Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Gear Stolen

Jon Spencer and company have good reason to sing the blues after their equipment was stolen following the first gig on its current tour.

According to the band's tour manager, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's van was broken into at approximately 1:30 a.m. (PT) Wednesday night in Vancouver while it was parked on the loading dock at the Sheraton Suites Le Soleil Hotel.

Among the items lost in the robbery is Spencer's vintage Theremin, an incredibly difficult-to-replace piece of equipment.

This incident is the latest in a rash of thefts which have been plaguing touring bands over the last several months. Sonic Youth had all of its customized, modified gear stolen before a gig in California earlier this month, causing the group to bow out of its remaining live dates and possibly posing irreparable damage to the future of its signature sound (see "Sonic Youth In Search Of Stolen Gear"). The equipment has yet to be located.


blow to the JSBX hasn't threatened its road plans so seriously, however. The band intends to continue touring in spite of the theft, according to a spokesperson for the group's label, Matador Records.

If you have any leads or information that could assist in the location of the JSBX's gear, you may contact the band's tour manager, Dick Meredith, at 213-503-0269 or by e-mail at

Here's a list of what the JSBX is missing:

  • 4 space rack case containing:
  • ART Dual MP (mic preamp), serial #254-02193
  • DBX 1066 (compressor), serial #CJ97FB-10054
  • Empirical Labs EL-8 (compressor), serial #1744
  • Furman PL-8 (power outlet/conditioner), serial #N8875, engraved with name and address
    Calzone briefcase containing:
  • Panasonic SV-255 (portable DAT machine), serial #8070096
  • Stewart PM-2 (phantom power supply), serial #N/A

    Blue 1 space case containing:
  • DBX 166 (compressor), serial #911661871

    Case containing:
  • Ludwig 16" Floor Tom, black with gold flake, serial #N/A
    Case containing:
  • 1962 Vintage Moog Theremin, very rare, and particular to the JSBX
    Calzone guitar amp case containing:
  • Sunn Alpha 212 RB (2x12 combo amp), serial # A69502
    SKB microphone case containing:
  • 20 x Shure SM57's
  • 2 x Shure SM91's
  • 1 x Shure Beta 52
  • 3 x Shure Beta 57a
  • 2 x Shure SM-81LC
  • 2 x Shure SM98A
  • 2 x Shure VP-88
  • Boss SP-202 (small sampler), serial #AK42451
Also lost were a tool kit, a personal Sony CD player, a Sony MiniDisc player, and a CD collection in a case marked "CWP."