Police Recover Some of Portugal. The Man's Stolen Equipment

10:43 PM PST 08/14/2011 by THR staff
Atlantic Records

The Portland-based buzz band reported 97 pieces of gear stolen hours after performing at Lollapalooza.

Chicago police have recovered some of the equipment stolen from Portugal. The Man hours after the psych rock buzz band performed at Lollapalooza.

While police aren't releasing details of what they found, they said that the investigation is ongoing and the case is still open.

But singer-guitarist John Gourley told the Oregonian that the equipment was found in a house and that the thieves knew they couldn't move any of it because of all the media coverage surrounding the robbery and the band itself.

"It was such bad timing on their part," Gourley said. "Our first record on Atlantic had just come out."

The equipment was taken from the band's van and trailer while parked in a Chicago lot Monday morning.

In total, 97 pieces were stolen, among them several guitars, including a 1971 Fender Strat, a Gretch white falcon, a 1966 Mustang Fender bass, an electric organ and piano, amps, microphones and dozens of pedals.

The Portland-based four-piece put out a call for the public’s help in tracking down the gear and the thieves, tweeting a description of the vehicle and its location.

Portugal. The Man is scheduled to kick off a world tour Sept. 28 at the Avalon in Santa Clara, Calif. Their major label debut, In the Mountain in the Cloud, was released July 19. 

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