Frank Black Gear Worth $70,000 Stolen

Trailer, equipment belonging to former Pixies frontman and his Catholics taken outside Pennsylvania hotel

It was not a Good Friday for Frank Black and the Catholics.

The former Pixies frontman and his band woke up April 13 at a hotel in Lester, Pennsylvania, to find their trailer and approximately $70,000 worth of gear stolen.

Black (whose alias changed from Black Francis) and the Catholics had just played the fourth show of a 35-city national tour and were forced to cancel gigs in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh over the weekend, according to a statement from What Are Records?, their label.

The band has purchased new equipment and will resume the outing Monday (April 16) for the first of three sold-out shows at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.

Although the 17 guitars, amplifiers, drums and other equipment were insured, some of the vintage instruments are irreplaceable, Black told the Associated Press. They include four 1960s Fender Telecaster guitars and a 1972 Fender Precision bass.

The white custom-made trailer — stolen from the EconoLodge parking lot at about 3 a.m. — also held several Vox AC 30 amps, two pedal steel guitars and a Gibson Les Paul guitar. The band has asked that anyone who has information about the stolen gear contact the Philadelphia Police Department or What Are Records? at 1-888-281-1289.

Frank Black and the Catholics are touring in support of Dog in the Sand, their third album and Black's sixth quasi-solo release since the Pixies dissolved in 1993.