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Sonic Youth Offer Reward For Return of Gear

Sonic Youth Offer Reward For Return of Gear

July 6, 1999 12:00 AM ET

Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo has posted urgent messages on a number of websites stating that all of the band's equipment had been stolen from a Ryder truck parked at a Ramada Inn in Orange County, Calif., sometime during the night of July 3. To the band's credit, they performed their show at Orange County's This Ain't No Picnic using borrowed equipment, but much of the seminal art-noise band's sound is derived from modifications they've made to their own gear.

The band is offering a reward for the recovery of their instruments, and they can be contacted via email at Mascaras66@aol.com, or call their representative, Aaron Blitzstein, at 212-343-2314. The band still has three more shows before they return home to New York City, including two nights in Austin, Texas, on July 7 and 8, and a performance in Santa Fe, NM, on July 10. The band will play those final dates with rented equipment, according to their spokesperson.

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