Riding high after the release of her recent album My Piece of Land and getting ready to participate in this week’s AmericanaFest festivities in Nashville, Amanda Shires and her band had their van broken into while on the stage at the City Winery in Chicago on Monday (9-19) evening.
“All my thesis writing and new songs and journal are all gone…I’m the one who doesn’t ever do a back up…” Shires said via Twitter Monday night after finishing up her performance and discovering the window of their van was smashed in, and certain contents were taken. “Also missing my ukulele, my in ear monitors, blood pressure medicine, MacBook, unreleased signed Saunders book ‘Lincoln in the Bardo,’ thesis notes from professors, sunglasses, retainer for my teeth, address book, violin strings, thesis…did I say thesis writings yet? I do 90% of my writing with paper and a ballpoint pen.”
If there is any good news, it’s that the van wasn’t taken itself. This is usually the case with the numerous thefts from vans that seem to be a weekly occurrence. “Also missing passenger side window…currently driving with the wind on our faces,” says Shires.
At the moment there is no word on who might have perpetrated the crime, if there was any surveillance video, or any more specific information on the stolen items. But folks in the Chicago area are being asked to be on the lookout or notify authorities if they saw anything, especially if you might have attended to concert.
Stay tuned as more details become available.