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Passion Pit’s gear destroyed in Chicago storm

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    Chicago experienced severe thunderstorms on Friday night, prompting North Coast Music Festival to temporarily evacuate its attendees. Many of the scheduled performers eventually took the stage later in the evening, however, the night’s headliners, Passion Pit, were forced to perform an impromptu DJ set after most of their gear was destroyed in the storm.

    The band explained on its website:

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    [Friday night] in Chicago, our gear was completely annihilated by weather. 70mph winds blew tarps and covers off of our equipment, allowing enormous amounts of rain to destroy a large portion of what we now know, as of today, to be approximately 75% of our gear. As a touring band that is proud to actually perform electro-pop as opposed to just pressing play, using many keyboards, both analog and digital, this is a nightmare we’ve had for quite some time. It’s almost incredible that it hasn’t happened already.

    Well, it happened, and now we’re doing our best to recover.

    Passion Pit is now actively looking to replace its equipment, however, its upcoming dates in Canada will also come in the form of DJ sets.

    [Saturday] in Calgary — and tomorrow in Edmonton — we will be doing a kind of “DJ set” in place of performing. This is because we really cared about coming to these new territories in Canada. We felt that at least attempting to have some fun and connecting with our fans was a much better idea than canceling altogether. Again, we are a band obsessed with performance, and DJing is not close to what a real Passion Pit performance really is. However, that being said, we look forward to at least showing our fans, the promoters, and everyone involved, that we actually care.

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    The band plans to return to a full-band stage setup in time for its webcast performance for Live on Letterman scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th. Check out their full docket below.

    Photo, above, by Joy Asico

    Passion Pit 2013 Tour Dates:
    08/31 – Calgary, AB @ Calgary X-Fest
    09/01 – Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom Festival
    09/03 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon
    09/04 – Winnipeg, MT @ Garrick Centre
    09/06 – New York, NY @ Pier 26
    09/07 – New York, NY @ Pier 26
    09/08 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
    09/14 – Hamilton, ON @ Supercrawl
    09/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ TCF Bank Stadium
    09/29 – Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion *
    10/01 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
    10/02 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys *
    10/03 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City *
    10/05 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
    10/07 – Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre *
    10/08 – North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues *
    10/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park *
    10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Center *
    10/12 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
    10/15 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center *
    10/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
    10/18 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House *
    10/19 – Portland, OR @ Theatre of The Clouds
    10/21 – Sacramento, CA @ The Theatre at Sleep Train Arena *
    10/22 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre *
    10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
    10/26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *
    10/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
    10/29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC *
    10/31 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center *
    11/01 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Showboat Atlantic City *
    11/03 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva *
    11/08 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre *
    11/09 – Tampa, FL @ Live Nation Amphitheatre
    11/10 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre

    * = w/ The Joy Formidable

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