July 7 [14:00 EDT] -- Just as they were about to go shopping for new guitars, amps and other equipment, the Cardigans have recovered the contents of a van that was stolen from them last month in Gothenburg, Sweden.
According to a report on Music Central, Swedish police have arrested a man, described as being only in his thirties, for stealing the Cardigans' white Hyundai van from outside their studio. All the missing musical equipment turned up in the man's apartment.
The tip that led to the arrest came from a fan of the band. Apparently memebers of the concerned public went so far as to put together search teams when they heard the van, filled with equipment the band was about to take on tour, had been swiped. The Cardigans are currently on tour in the United States, and are included on the all-female lineup of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair.
Perhaps getting the equipment back will be consolation for lead singer Nina Persson's other recent loss. She was beaten out
by Sheryl Crow for recording the theme song for the upcoming James Bond movie, "Tomorrow Never Dies."
In other Cardigans news, a Cardigans tribute album was released in Europe this week, with homage tracks from Groove Tunnel, Elvis Ellington, the Mobylettes and other Swedish bands.