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Right now, it’s safe to say the road is being less than kind to the Stooges. On Monday (August 4), the reunited rock icons awoke in Montreal to discover that their tour truck, packed with instruments and stage equipment, had been stolen, leaving Iggy & co. desperately searching for their gear and the punks who swiped it.

The equipment is estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars, the band’s tour manager Eric Fischer told the Detroit Free Press, saying that the truck held everything from Scott Asheton’s drum kit to Ron Asheton’s guitars and amps. Mike Watt’s vintage Gibson bass, which the part-time Stooge has played since his Minutemen days in the early ’80s, was also stolen.

"That bass would go in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame someday if we could find it,” said Fischer. "We’re all just gutted.”

The band discovered the yellow, 15-foot Penske truck was missing at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. It had been parked on the street in front of Montreal’s Embassy Suites hotel (208 Saint Antoine Ouest), where the Stooges were staying after playing their first Canadian show in more than three decades at the city’s Osheaga Festival on Sunday.

The Stooges will still play their scheduled gig in Toronto this Wednesday, Fischer said, but now the band will be forced to use rented and donated gear.

"I don’t know if it’s a syndicate that’s targeting bands on the road, or what,” said Fischer. "But nobody ever seems to see this gear again.”

If anyone has any information on the missing gear (a complete and very long list, along with pictures, can be found here) or the theft, they are asked to contact Fischer at nycentral13@gmail.com. The truck had a Michigan licence plate numbered AC46493.

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