Chicago band seeks help after nearly $10,000 in gear stolen

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Chicago band is reaching out to fans and supporters to replace gear that was stolen earlier this month. A GoFundMe campaign has been setup to assist in the effort, and has raised over $6,000 so far.

A synthesizer, pedal board, ring light, and an iPad were among the items David Paige said were stolen Jan. 2 in the 800 block of North Rockwell in Humboldt Park.

In a video posted online, he talked about the emotional value his microphone was worth.

"It was the microphone I toured with for years. It's been with me everywhere from San Diego to New York, Canada to Honduras," Paige said.

Paige and his wife Stephanie are part of the cover band, Student Body. He said an adjuster told them renters’ insurance would not cover the nearly $10,000 loss, because the items are business equipment.

"And that leads me to this moment. A moment where I can't think of anything else to do other than reach out to my friends, family, coworkers, colleagues, and strangers," Paige said.

"I can't replace the sentimental value that each of these items that were stolen held for us, and the weight of the financial burden is far greater than I can handle right now.

He said the band needs to buy new equipment for upcoming gigs.

"If you cannot spare any money, I understand - times are hard, but please share this with someone who may be in a position to help. If you have even $10 to spare, and this has resonated with you in any way, please help us replace the gear that was stolen so we can get back to work," Paige wrote in the description of the video he posted to YouTube.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up with a goal to raise $9,563 - the exact value of the items stolen. As of Monday afternoon, it has raised more than $6,800.