News•July 12, 2019 5:43 PM ET•6,064 views
Betraying The Martyrs cancel tour after gear destroyed
Betraying The Martyrs have been forced to cancel the remainder of their North American tour after being involved in a "serious auto incident" following their in Los Angeles two days ago. The incident occurred around 4 am on Thursday, July 11 when the trailer portion of the band's Mercedes Sprinter van caught fire. All band and crew members were able to safely to exit the vehicle with no major injuries, however, all of the band's equipment and personal belongings were lost in the blaze. Singer Aaron Matts commented on the scene: "We're all shaken by what has happened this morning. We're well but very heartbroken that all we have worked hard to accumulate over the years, both in musical equipment, and personal belongings has been lost in a matter of minutes. I'm grateful that we have our health, each other, and were able to walk away with the clothes on our backs. We are extremely sorry to have missed another opportunity to play for those that were looking forward to see us. We'll bounce back and we'll see you soon. Thank you." Guitarist Baptiste Vigier also added: "This is the most tragic event that has ever happened in our band's career, and in my entire life. Earlier this morning, I was awakened by our driver screaming and urging us all to get out of the vehicle. Although I'm incredibly thankful to still be alive and tell this story, I lost all my gear and personal belongings. We feel incredibly powerless and in shock." A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to offset losses. The band says, "If you've ever had the chance to catch BTM live, if you know the band or simply follow what we do, if you've shared the stage with us, if you've ever listened to or streamed our music, we're asking for your help. Any donation will be incredibly helpful to all of us and will go directly towards rebuilding our band, to help us get back home and ultimately to keep doing what we love, which is creating music and sharing it with our fans."