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California Band’s Gear, Van Stolen While On Tour In Chicago

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The van that was stolen while the group FayRoy was on tour. (Credit: FayRoy Facebook page)

The van that was stolen while the group Fay Roy was on tour. (Credit: FayRoy Facebook page)

CHICAGO (CBS) — A San Francisco band on tour in Chicago has lost its van and all its instruments to thieves in the Ukrainian Village area.

The band is called FayRoy: four guys traveling cross-country.

And some time between midnight and 4 a.m. Tuesday, their ’97 maroon Chevy conversion van was stolen, WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports.

“Everything was in the van,” said Zack Hoag, who plays guitar and sings in Fayroy. “Everything. We had six guitars, three amplifiers, synthesizers, a drum set. Everything that a four-piece band has.”

And yes, he says, they’re kicking themselves for leaving all that stuff in the van parked on Wood Street south of Chicago Avenue.

“That’s the risk you take when you’re in a big city with a lot of expensive stuff. You’ve got to keep an eye on it constantly. We definitely learned a lesson.”

Hoag says Chicago people have been great.

“It’s a good spot to have your van stolen, I guess, if you had to choose.”

In fact, the tavern where they last played – Moe’s, 2937 N. Milwaukee – is having a fundraiser for FayRoy. The band will play at 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Photos of the van are on the band’s Facebook page.

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