BlogFebruary 8, 2016 11:04 AM ET

Vanna accused of gambling while receiving thousands of dollars via GoFundMe

As you may or may not know, Boston hardcore/post-hardcore band Vanna were the victims of a van break-in while on tour in Atlanta several days ago. A GoFundMe was subsequently launched by their manager to help cover losses, and thus far, the campaign has raised over $11,000. That's a great show of support for the band right there.

While this was happening, we received three separate emails (from different people) complaining that members of the band were playing the dice game Cee-lo. Apparently a handful of photographs were posted by said members via Snapchat (relevant Snapchat usernames sent to us include mr_pastuszak and mylegsgavein). One of them, to which somebody (not us) obviously added some text, can be seen below.

Here was the most passionate of the emails we received:

"Vanna was robbed yesterday in Atlanta and in response set up a GoFundMe me account which raised over eleven thousand dollars in one day. While this GoFundMe was being bumped all across the Internet the guys in Vanna were playing $100 cee-lo (dice) games in a hotel room. Pictures to prove it. This needs to be reported as it is clear that this band is profiting from their fans, claiming to be penniless, having lost everything, while simultaneously sitting in a hotel room gambling hundred of dollars. Photos can be provided. Captions included. Photos are still on members snap chats that were sent out to certain people in hopes of not being exposed"

Make of this what you will. We have no proof that Vanna was playing Cee-lo this weekend (photos could have been old). Furthermore, while not particularly tactful, gambling money while receiving donations doesn't negate the necessity of raising funds to offset a robbery. The two aren't mutually exclusive. Besides, aren't dudes in bands slumming it across the country to play hardcore entitled to a little windfall?

Any way you slice it, there are at least a few people out there not too happy with the band at the moment.

Vanna allegedly playing cee-lo amidst fundraiser on their behalf
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anonymous 2/8/2016 8:51:26 AM

no care, u donate ur a dumbfck

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:06:03 AM

even if they weren't using fan money, which they were because they are on tour, fck this band, and fck them twice because they are begging people for money because they were fcking stupid and got their van broken into. thats part of touring. name a band. they got their shit stolen. thats part of the game. also fck this band for not getting insurance. thats also part of the game.

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:17:38 AM


anonymous 2/8/2016 9:24:53 AM

Davey Craig am I right? Wakawakawaka

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:26:43 AM

Girls Beer Food Gambling Guns Knives Fire

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:34:28 AM

the potential rewards outweigh the risks with this GoFundMe racket bullshit. Its too appealing for bands NOT to take advantage of their mindless followers. Create a problem: purposely leave valuable shit to get stolen Then create a solution: GoFundMe Reap benefits that not only offset the cost of the "lost" merchandise, but overshoot the original losses by %1000

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:35:23 AM

pathetic. they're a disgusting group of people.

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:36:49 AM

photos can't be old on snap chat how the hell is this "author" serious?

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:37:23 AM

this is sad

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:43:54 AM

fck this band hard. Even without this gambling prospect.. Almost $12000 to recover from a broken window and a couple iPods stolen is ludicrous. They have no right accepting that money.

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:45:38 AM

Vattnet Viskar is stoked.

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:48:32 AM

SO fckING WHAT?!!? They're playing the game in what appears to be a hotel roon, with what looks like their own PERSONAL money, and they're playing it amongst themselves, I don't what the harm here is. Now if they were plyaing with Merch $$ or other $$$ like from the GoFundMe campaign I could see why people would be upset. But seriously, quot lookin for reasons to be pissee. It's just a photo of 3 dudes playing a harmless dice game with their own personal money.

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:56:57 AM

Too bad the two dudes actually gambling aren't in the band. Only the dudes taking the pictures are. Just saying....

anonymous 2/8/2016 9:57:26 AM

anonymous posted 9 minutes ago photos can't be old on snap chat how the hell is this "author" serious? actually, you can share saved images through snapchat if you wanted to

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:02:08 AM

Kid on the left is in fact their drummer. Look at promos. Also, other kid is with them and must have lost shit from the van. The post said EVERYONE

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:03:46 AM

lol, saving tour money to get insurance. insurance is $100 a year. play less c-lo and you'd still have your shit. this band deserves nothing

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:08:12 AM

Between this, shitty live performances and Davey traveling lying about his past, they're just killing it with robbing teens of their time and money.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:08:46 AM

I think it's sick that davey lies to thousands of kids and then uses said kids' money to play cilo. Badass, this band should never hang it up. I was born in a fckin draw.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:08:59 AM

I think it's sick that davey lies to thousands of kids and then uses said kids' money to play cilo. Badass, this band should never hang it up. I was born in a fckin draw.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:10:30 AM

This was on their story - you can only send old images through chat. Nice try though, band member girlfriend. Also, drummer and singer are in this pic. Guitar player took it. Drummer is def playing

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:11:46 AM

these dudes suck. too bad all this money was given to them by kids that cared. they fcked over their fans

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:11:54 AM

Yo is that turd up there serious???? Read their fcking post about the GoFundMe. It literally says they ALL lost ALL their personal belongings/"everything". Losing everything would definitely include 100's of dollars that they're clearly gambling. Cool, it's their "personal money", that they implied they lost, but that doesn't matter THEYRE BEGGING FOR MONEY AND THEN GAMBLING OTHER MONEY

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:12:18 AM

look at daveys stupid face. I don't even have words, I just hate him so much. & his band* * the other losers who travel around making shitty music** **its not actually music. It's terrible noise*** ***nvm noise is a few steps up from what they do

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:12:33 AM

Not the first time Davey has done something like this. His apartment caught on fire a bunch of years ago and there was a benefit show for him. He ended up taking the money and spending it on video games. He has the right to spend the money anyway he wants, but anyone who donates to a con man like him is a fool.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:14:48 AM

I work at a venue they're playing at next week and I literally requested the day off once I knew they were playing because they suck. It was approved. THANK GOD.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:17:58 AM

If you think about it, they are now going to replace their stolen goods with all brand new stuff. HELLOOOOOO - I'm not advacating breaking the law here. I'm just saying they tour, they stole from you, and where they are is listed online everyday. Maybe get your money back, kids.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:18:57 AM

I am heartbroken by this. I loved this band and I will never listen to them again. Disgusting.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:26:57 AM

I don't think they are gambling. Looks like cocaine to me

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:30:28 AM

Evan Pharmakis did it.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:34:08 AM

I heard slaves is looking for a second vocalist.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:39:03 AM

For Today giving Vanna social media advice and how to really win over your fans.

anonymous 2/8/2016 11:08:57 AM

I was at a Texas show and after what happened I donated. I'm so disappointed and you better believe I'll be reporting to go fund me and getting my money back from these fcks!!

anonymous 2/8/2016 11:26:34 AM

can this be reported so we can get our money back? I donated $100 and I would like it back please

anonymous 2/8/2016 11:45:36 AM

they have always been full of shit.

anonymous 2/8/2016 11:50:26 AM

I want my money back too. I only gave $10 but wtf!!!

anonymous 2/8/2016 12:13:21 PM

wow - I want a refund. I donated $20 and was considering going to their show when they swing by and now I'm not going and I want my $20 back. UNLIKED. UNFOLLOWED.

anonymous 2/8/2016 12:19:04 PM

Bludgeon my head fam!! Davey muise is a very good guy who doesn't smoke meth.

anonymous 2/8/2016 12:20:54 PM

everyone report this to gofundme I think we can get our money back

anonymous 2/8/2016 12:40:21 PM

I'm Meatle from the band Down In It. Please book my band to play a show with Vanna.

anonymous 2/8/2016 1:02:03 PM

Dave Thirsty gonna need that money back tho

anonymous 2/8/2016 1:07:23 PM

youre straight up dumb as fck if you think that thats how Gofundme works. its been like a DAY they dont get the money this soon at all. and secondly they literally lost thousands in equipment. its necessary expenses. two dudes "gambling" their own small amount of money back and forth may not create a great social reaction but it sure isnt them "swindling" y'all out of anything. shut the fck up.

anonymous 2/8/2016 1:18:07 PM

They did not lose any gear. Read the post again genius. Gear lives in the trailor. Van got robbed, idiot.

anonymous 2/8/2016 1:21:39 PM

^^^ true.

anonymous 2/8/2016 1:36:36 PM

No gear was stolen. We still want our money back.

anonymous 2/8/2016 2:13:31 PM

Simpsons did it

anonymous 2/8/2016 2:13:42 PM

You might read these comments and say they don't phase you, but FFS it should. Think about this when you lay your head on your scab infested pillows: You are worthless human beings doing nothing to benefit yourselves or society. You have nothing else going on in life to possibly substain yourself INDEPENDENTLY after this shit show ends. You are all literally a burden to society. Think about where you'll be in 10 years. Sweet dreams, pumpkins. Xo.

anonymous 2/8/2016 2:39:45 PM

this band is so pathetic. I thought they couldn't disappoint anymore than they already have but here we are.

anonymous 2/8/2016 2:42:38 PM

lol at that person trying to stand up for them above. prob a new groupie that hasn't been thrown around between band members yet #sad

anonymous 2/8/2016 2:54:46 PM

their merch guy and that justin bieber look alike gang banged me at starbucks and wiped the c-m off my face with $100 bills and made my lick it. so hot.

anonymous 2/8/2016 3:02:42 PM

These guys and for today need to hang it up. 10 years later and still playing the same shitty places in c-market towns

anonymous 2/8/2016 3:09:47 PM

give the people their money back, find your shovel and dig your grave and die in it.

anonymous 2/8/2016 3:10:23 PM

Davey go use that Shovel you found and bury yourself. Waste of god damn space. Hopefully Joel has an "accident" and runs off for good.

anonymous 2/8/2016 3:13:57 PM

anonymous posted 2 hours ago Dave Thirsty gonna need that money back tho Yesss!!! People still remember my name.

anonymous 2/8/2016 3:15:09 PM

hey guys don't worry even rocks don't have bottoms like these

anonymous 2/8/2016 3:42:28 PM

Lol Boston band more like New Hampshire band, that has already gotten way to far for how shitty everything about them is. They stayed with some friends years ago and totally trashed their apt and the pool area, did not pay for anything they fcked up nor did they clean it. Hashtag you're the worst vanna - even if this isn't true you're still the worst.

anonymous 2/8/2016 3:43:02 PM

vanna needs fcking gofundme donations because they are all losers with no real jobs and no money to support themselves. fckin pussies. get a fcking job.

anonymous 2/8/2016 3:56:59 PM

how about who cares because this band is garbage.

anonymous 2/8/2016 5:30:12 PM

hahahahahahahahhahahahahah ahahahhaah wow what a bunch of fcking jokes. This band blows

anonymous 2/8/2016 5:49:05 PM

sucks that they got their Vanna broken into

anonymous 2/8/2016 5:50:17 PM

Dave thirsty. That name rings a bell. That retard who booked shows up in NH and shorted bands for money. Dealt with that character many times

anonymous 2/8/2016 6:02:20 PM

Davey's mic stand flowers are stoked.

anonymous 2/8/2016 6:03:02 PM

You realize the only member of Vanna in this pic is the dude filming right?

anonymous 2/8/2016 6:06:08 PM

^^^ and the singer. And the drummer. And the Merch guy (who lost things allegedly). And the arm of some other fckin herb from that band. So literally all of them are in this picture. Good try though

anonymous 2/8/2016 6:06:19 PM

You realize that's Davey and the fill in drummer right?

anonymous 2/8/2016 6:13:09 PM

10k for a new window and maybe a couple laptops/iPods? Get the fck out. This band is just a bunch of wanna be try hards that talk shit about the other bands they're on tour with. One of their guitarist(model boy) once asked me where on his denim vest he should stitch on his vanna patch. I just gave him a blank stare. fcking dork.

anonymous 2/8/2016 6:21:03 PM

Joel was such an innocent boy when he was playing with Cavender. I just can't believe he's turned into this gambling outlaw. I hope he can find God (again?) and get better soon. Susan - Superintendent, Derry Opera House

anonymous 2/8/2016 6:40:38 PM

The mic stand flowers make him look sensitive while he cheats on his wife.

anonymous 2/8/2016 6:56:37 PM

Let's be real if NICK LAMBERT posted his PayPal Id send him money because that dude rules and is actually a solid dude. His reputation is ruined due to Davey.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:02:30 PM

Nicks knee and child are happy about this news. And his girlfriend? And Alaska.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:04:49 PM

gear vs equipment vs whatever word you want to use, thats petty so who cares. youre all being so stupid lmao why dont you ring them up and ask what was stolen? oh thats right. as a personal friend of a couple of the guys in the band i know what really happened and the deal with this "gambling" shit (which is at its very worst bad PR) and it honestly sucks that you have to get your kicks out of talking shit on a lambgoat post but some people just have nothing better to do with their time.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:04:52 PM

2x Can't knock Nick for any of the garbage that surrounds this band now.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:05:22 PM

No police report or a post trying to find the people. Instead a gofundme went up quickly after it happening. Jim Riley is laughing.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:06:37 PM

They wouldn't be able to be playing cee lo with the Go Fund Me Money because the money hasn't been released yet... Also why would you donate $100 if you wanted it back so quickly? Ya'll are dumb.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:14:51 PM

"Oh wow it's that easy to get $1100 for saying your van got robbed?" - Harms Way

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:14:56 PM

If I remember correctly, This Davey character dated a middle schooler until she got out of high school. Like actually.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:18:30 PM

Vanna finally showed up to comment pretending to be fans or friends... Let's be real do any of them have fans or friends besides themselves?

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:22:29 PM

vanna sucks.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:32:11 PM

This band is full of some of the shittiest people I have ever met. I am floored that they even got a penny in that GoFundMe crap. And the fact that they were caught gambling with hundreds of dollars during this stressful time (sarcasm) just proves how shitty they are.

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:40:50 PM

I heard davey idolizes the lead singer of lostphophets and Jared from subway

anonymous 2/8/2016 7:55:52 PM

"As a personal friend of some of the guys" LOL shut up, loser. No one is impressed you're "friends" with the human equivalents to living in a trailer. Go away and listen to Hawthrone Heights.

anonymous 2/8/2016 8:30:47 PM

yall are fcking dumb, its not even possible that they were using the go fund me money, the account is still up and you can donate which means they haven't received the money yet. This pic could be from anytime so who really knows. Keep on strolling, theres nothing to see hear.

anonymous 2/8/2016 8:38:49 PM

It was received via a screenshotted snapchat which snapchats only last 24 hours. Also that fill in is brand new and furthermore whether they had the money yet or not if they're struggling so hard why are they gambling $100 games of cee lo in a hotel room?

anonymous 2/8/2016 8:53:30 PM

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anonymous 2/8/2016 9:07:07 PM

Today I learned that Vanna is still relevant. Who gives a fck about what these guys do behind closed doors? I'm sure the emailers are also weed and alcohol haters too. Boo fcking hoo.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:14:31 PM

sick man bun faaggot

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:27:40 PM

The biggest joke of this whole thing is that Vanna doesn't even have the balls to come out and address this shit. Because they know that no one is actually gonna do something about it. I for one say fck that ontact Frauds

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:40:51 PM

I love how their "friends" are trying to make the arguments that either A. They can't be betting the GoFundMe cash and B. That "who knows when that snapchat was posted"

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:41:36 PM

Okay A. No shit idiots. No one is saying they are USING the money that you morons are dishing out to them. What everyone is saying is that if these jerks are "penniless" and "lost everything" (their words) then why are they frivolously gambling HUNDREDS of dollars in a hotel room that very night. It isn't the money you gave them they're gambling away, it's the money they are claiming not to have in the first fcking place

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:45:51 PM

B. Do none of you know how snapchat works? If that was submitted in the last 24 hours it means that the photo (which can only be available to view for 24 hours itself) then that means that the picture is AT MOST 48 hours old. Still with me? The band got robbed 72 hours ago. That means they were gambling...that's right kids! AFTER THEY BEGGED ALL OF YOU FOR MONEY THEY CLAIMED THEY DIDNT HAVE.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:48:29 PM

Not that gambling while having a gofundme campaign looks remotely good, I just want to point out that you can't collect any money from them for atleast a week. So this write up accusing these guys of using fan money to gamble isn't really a thing since they won't get it until next week.

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:48:43 PM

Nope. The simplest answer is almost always the answer. These dudes are scum bags. They lied to you all to get money. Even if they did get robbed (which there is no police report for by the way) they claimed to have NOTHING left. They chose those words to yield a response even though they weren't true. You've all been dooped

anonymous 2/8/2016 10:50:40 PM

^^^^^^^^ Read the above comments genius

anonymous 2/9/2016 3:21:03 AM

They didn't use money that was raised but they did lie in a post to gain more awareness and gain more money. Yes they used either personal money or money from the previous show but they still are doing something very disrespectful. Bands get robbed and they go to the show the next day if possible and say "buy our merch to help". When did that stop being a thing? I guess man bun boys have that pretty boy rich mind and would rather hide behind a phone and use fans to raise money for the "band".

anonymous 2/9/2016 4:08:16 AM

How can tou tell its their money from a picture..could have been money from the fund..what their money looks different so you know its are all stupid..cant believe these posts...sure they did all kinds of stuff with that money..and remember tou cant put anything on thw internet that isnt true..lmao!!!

anonymous 2/9/2016 4:34:41 AM

To those of you saying that the Gofundme is still up so it couldn't be the Gofundme money, have no idea how it works. You can receive the funds directly to your bank account daily, but it'll still show how much has been received

anonymous 2/9/2016 5:52:55 AM

Who gives a f@#% ? They're in irrelevant group that sucks. They'll never amount to anything as "artists"

anonymous 2/9/2016 7:42:15 AM

There is no evidence that this was from their gofund me account, it's cash. Gofundme takes days to withdraw and you can only take out a few hundred a day which goes directly into a bank account. And they got $10,000 worth of equipment stolen out of their van not an ipod.

anonymous 2/9/2016 7:55:04 AM

No proof that it's from their gofundme. Gofundme takes weeks because you can only transfer a couple hundred a day.

anonymous 2/9/2016 8:47:45 AM


anonymous 2/9/2016 11:10:23 AM

here's hoping for the worst for them

anonymous 2/9/2016 12:31:36 PM

I think I got dumber reading this entire thread. How can anyone form a valid opinion based on an assumption lol fcking idiots

anonymous 2/9/2016 2:10:46 PM

Band sucks. Bunch of weird creepy dudes

anonymous 2/9/2016 3:47:10 PM

Still waiting for Frankie Palmeri's GoFundMe account to go up...then I'll donate to a real broke ass mother**ker

anonymous 2/9/2016 5:34:57 PM

Too bad it was a van break in and not a fatal van crash

anonymous 2/9/2016 10:19:33 PM

Davey is scum, he met my 17 year old girlfriend on warped and gave her his number then would send dick pics & harass her all the time. Call late night from blocked numbers and threatend her when she said no to deleting her texts.

bmilkers 2/10/2016 8:46:50 AM

You've got to be kidding me. Ya'll need some new writers and new material, attacking a band and their members about money they have yet to even receive. You would have to be a total moron to believe anything posted by "the onion" news source of "metal". Yaaaawn.

anonymous 2/10/2016 1:45:13 PM

Heres a novel fcking idea - Take the campaign down once it reaches the "goal" and go ahead and subtract your little $100 ceelo bets from the overall number

aisha88 2/13/2016 11:38:44 PM

Thats not really great! i like it though.

anonymous 2/15/2016 9:49:59 AM

Hahaha this is a perfect example of why Evan left Vanna years back. They were awful to him and did stupid shit like this.

anonymous 2/15/2016 5:57:47 PM

Maybe ask Bryan Nowell about this. Petty little bitch.

anonymous 2/17/2016 10:40:38 AM

Anyone who cares enough to read into this must be under the age of 15. Just sitting around dicking around in the computer waiting for mommy to finish cooking you dinner.

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anonymous 11/15/2017 11:13:30 PM

I hope all the underage girls find their shovel and speak out about Davey......

anonymous 194 days ago