Gang Gang Dance’s gear destroyed in Amsterdam fire, playing MoMA Armory Show
Gang Gang Dance @ the Studio @ Webster Hall (more by Gabi Porter)
TOUR CANCELLED DUE TO FIRE….
hello all……very sad news from GGD camp today. We are in Amsterdam after having played the first of what was meant to be 14 shows in Europe and the UK. Last nights show was really great and a big thank you to everyone that came out for it….we had a blast, but unfortunately our morning was a bit tragic. We stored our gear in the club last night and when we arrived there today to pick it up and head off to Brussels for tonights show, we were informed that an electrical fire had occurred in the very room where our stuff was stashed. We didnt really know the scope of how bad the fire was until we arrived on the scene to find every piece of equipment we own scattered out in the parking lot…melted, charred, and still smoldering. Most of our gear is way beyond repair and the small amount of stuff that looks as if it wasnt physically destroyed by the fire itself has all been doused by the firehoses. So we have been left with synths that are melted, a charred guitar, cases full of wet pedals and cables, drums that are nothing but the metal rims, amps that look as if they’ve been doused in tar…the list goes on. It is really devastating for us as our equipment is very specific and without it we cant do much of anything. Most of our memory cards for our samplers melted so we’ve lost a bunch of jams that we were really looking forward to playing for you all. While we did entertain the thought of just renting or borrowing a bunch of random gear and somehow continuing the tour and just improvising every night, it just doesn’t seem like its going to work out. While it would be fun and we’d love to stick this out for everyone that was excited to see us, we feel like we came to perform a certain set of songs and if we cant do that then its probably best to just come back again when we have the necessary gear to do so. On top of that we are stuck here in Amsterdam until we are able to meet with the insurance company that is dealing with the fire, if we were to leave then we would risk losing out on the compensation that will be necessary for us to build our equipment back up.
As i said its all really devastating and we wish nothing more then to be in Brussels tonight (we were super excited about that show!) and to be able to continue on with our tour, but there is really no way for that to happen given the circumstances.
We are hoping to come back asap and make up for all this and we really want to thank everyone who bought tickets and everyone who was planning on coming out to the shows on this tour. It looked as if it was going to be one of our best yet thanks to y’all…….
See you when the smoke clears. peace and respect——GGD
According to their MySpace, Gang Gang Dance is scheduled to play a MoMA-related benefit on March 4th. They are also playing Coachella. All dates, including the cancelled ones, below…
Gang Gang Dance – 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 14 – AB Club SOLD OUT Brussels
Feb 15 -Uebel + Gefahrlich Hamburg
Feb 16 -Schauspielhaus Leipzig
Feb 17 -Volksbuhne Berlin
Feb 18 – Karlstorbahnof Heidelberg
Feb 19 -Generiq Festival Dijon
Feb 20 -Point Ephemere Paris
Feb 21 -Route du Rock Festival St. Malo
Feb 22 -Grand Mix Tourcoing
Feb 23 -Rough Trade (In-Store) London
Feb 25 – Roadhouse w/ Rubbed Out Manchester
Feb 26 -Dingwalls w/ Rubbed Out SOLD OUT London
Feb 27 -Fleece w/ Rubbed Out Bristol
Feb 28 -Audio w/ Rubbed Out Brighton
Mar 4 -Museum of Modern Art New York, New York
Apr 18 -Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival Indio, California
Apr 30 -Bergenfest Bergen
May 30 -Primavera Sound Festival Barcelona