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Band Equipment Stolen, But Show Will Go On for Coupe De' Villes

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Rochester: Band Equipment Stolen, But Show Will Go On for Coupe De' Villes
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A local band continues to search for $20,000 worth of equipment that was stolen last week. The Coupe De' Villes have been performing blues music for more than 30 years, but last week, their equipment trailer was stolen.

They were once full-time musicians, and they've continued to rock the city of Rochester for more than three decades.

"We've seen families grow, people who saw this band 30 years ago raise a family and come see us again," said Tommy Bianchi, guitarist.

But last week, the blues took on a new meaning.

"Horrified, couldn't imagine it happened to us," Bianchi said.

The Coupe De' Villes' equipment trailer was stolen from the parking lot of J & D's Biker Leather on Howard Drive in Gates. It's right across from the Gates Police Department.

"On top of that flat brick right there, that's where the trailer was," said Joe Crispino, J&D's co-owner.

Crispino, a long-time friend of the band, realized the trailer was missing on Thursday afternoon.

"We went to look for locks, broken pieces, nothing. Everything was clean."

The musicians say the trailer contained sound and light systems, guitar amps, speakers, and drums. Equipment can be replaced, but a small blue bunny tied to the drum set for 35 years is irreplaceable.

"I lost Robbie, my 14-year-old in 1985, and that was the little bunny rabbit that was in his crib and I want that bunny rabbit back," said George DeMott, drummer.

The Coupe De' Villes' trailer was white with the band's emblem on the back. Security cameras were only able to show the wheels of an unidentified SUV pulling a trailer.

"I never expected this. At one point, it was shared more than 1,000 times."

After seeing the band's Facebook page, fans and musicians have loaned the band equipment for upcoming shows and are keeping a watchful eye on eBay.

"We're getting messages from all over the country, we've made the Wall Street Journal, and we're just a little old band out of Rochester."

The band, along with the Gates Police Department, is offering a $1,000 reward for information on the trailer's contents.

The band, consisting of all veterans, will continue to perform weekly and say it will take a lot more to keep them down.

"They inconvenienced us but they're not gonna beat us. This is what we do and we will be there. I always say when the fun's gone, that's when we're gonna get out of the business, but it's still fun."

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