MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis-based rock band Cold Kingdom will return to the stage this weekend thanks to a generous donation of $15,000 worth of audio equipment. The donation will replace some of the equipment lost when the band's trailer was stolen last Friday, forcing them to cancel several Midwest shows.
On Oct. 2, the band reported their trailer containing nearly $34,000 of equipment was cut from its hitch and stolen from where it was parked sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on 34th Ave. N. in Minneapolis. The trailer contained nearly $34,000 worth of equipment, including a including a $15,000 drum set, microphones, equipment casings and some of their merchandise.
After hearing of the theft, Audio equipment manufacturer Electro-Voice donated $15,000 of microphones, speakers and other audio equipment to the band on Friday. The band announced on their Facebook page they will play their scheduled show on Saturday at Busters Sports Bar and Grill in Mankato using their new audio gear along with other borrowed equipment.
The band said the proceeds from the show will go towards replacing their stolen gear, as well as the gear of another local band, Pinwheel, that experienced a similar theft.
Cold Kingdom has already raised more than $6,000 through their GoFundMe page, “Cold Kingdom Stolen Gear Fund” to help recoup the costs of the stolen equipment.