VANCOUVER — West Coast rock band 54−40 says it was robbed of seven "irreplaceable" instruments ahead of two shows in Vancouver Friday and Saturday night.
In a pair of statements posted to the group’s Facebook page, the band says the instruments were stolen from a rented cube van Friday morning in New Westminster, B.C.
The seven stringed instruments include a blond 1957 Fender Esquire electric guitar, a 1974 Fender Jazz bass, a 1966 Fender Stratocaster, a 1966 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard, a 1954 Gibson Florentine electric mandolin, a Gibson SJ200 acoustic guitar and a Gibson Dove acoustic guitar.
The statement says the instruments hold great value beyond their monetary worth to the band, whose hits include "I Go Blind," "One Day in Your Life" and "Ocean Pearl."
The band is urging anyone with information to contact them or police and is offering a $5,000 reward for their safe return.
The weekend’s shows at the Commodore Ballroom will go ahead as planned.
The Canadian Press