Things were going well for Kentucky Knife Fight. The Edwardsville band had a sold-out album release show in March, performed at Loufest and toured with bands like Lucero and Murder by Death.
They even had one of they're songs, Love the Lonely, featured in the movie 23 Minutes to Sunrise.
2014 was off to good start as the band was planning to embark on a tour Jan. 17 the day after their tour van was stolen.
The 1997 Dodge van, nicknamed The Rage Cage, was stolen while it was parked outside lead singer Jason Hollers home in St. Louis. The St. Louis Police recovered the mangled remains of the Rage Cage in a North City scrap yard.
It was pretty devastating. Even though it didnt look nice, it ran really well and we never had any problems with it, Holler said. The timing of it was awful, too. There is a lot of work that goes into a tour. Cancelling was never even talked about. We decided that we were going to have to figure out a way to make it work.
The band was able to borrow a van from a friend and complete the tour but they still need to get a replacement for the Rage Cage.
It ran like a tank. You spend so much time in it. You get attached to it. You have all these memories of it. You give it a name, Holler said. Its a very sad thing. When I saw the pictures of it, I immediately burst out laughing because it was that bad. Its like you're either going to laugh hysterically like a crazy person or I'm just going to cry.
The band is having an All Good Vans Go to Heaven benefit show Saturday at Off Broadway, 3511 Lemp Ave. in St. Louis. John Henry and The Jump Starts also will be performing.
You can also make a donation via PayPal on the bands website www.kentuckyknifefight.net . Anyone who makes a donation or buys advance tickets will receive two unreleased Kentucky Knife Fight songs.