Metallica Offers To Replace Gear Stolen From Tribute Band

April 28, 2017

Metallica tribute band Blistered Earth made the news recently when they discovered all of their instruments and gear were stolen out of their trailer after playing a gig on April 22nd, 2017 at the Rock Hard PDX in Portland, Oregon.

The band posted about the theft on their Facebook page, and soon news spread like wildfire after the amount of shares eventually made it to Metallica's HQ. A representative from Metallica's camp reached out to the members of Blistered Earth by requesting a list of gear that they lost. Drummer Shawn Murphy told M.I.R.P. Magazine about Metallica reaching out to them, "From what I understand, it was actually from KATU news. That was how it got communicated to those guys [Metallica>. I got a call from a lady from Metallica HQ who said she was trying to contact me to verify who I was. Then from there they got me in touch with Metallica's manager who asked me to send him a gear list. And so I did, and it just kind of went from there."

Touched by Metallica's generosity, Murphy said of the band's gesture, "It's pretty awesome that they would do that. I guess it was actually James [Hetfield> that saw the story on the web site for KATU. I don't how familiar you are with Metallica, or how closely you have followed their career, but it is fairly well documented that they had all of their gear stolen way back in the day, back when they didn't have money to replace their gear. So, they have a firsthand knowledge of how s**ty this feels. But, again, I never thought it would come to this."

(source: blabbermouth)