Indie Band Leaves Drummer Behind During Walmart Stop

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2017 3:44 PM CDT
Updated Aug 18, 2017 1:00 AM CDT
Belle & Sebastian Forgets Drummer in a Walmart
Sarah Martin, left, and Stuart Murdoch of the Scottish band Belle and Sebastian perform at the Sundance Music Cafe during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Belle & Sebastian managed to leave its drummer in a North Dakota Walmart this week, and the rest of the band apparently didn't notice until about seven hours later. "S---, we left Richard in North Dakota. Anyone want to be a hero and get him to St Paul, Minnesota somehow. The gig hangs in the balance," reads a tweet from the band's frontman, Stuart Murdoch, Tuesday. It seems that when the band's tour bus stopped at the Walmart, drummer Richard Colburn went into the store without his phone. The driver apparently thought everyone was back on board and left. Murdoch's tweet was sent from Maple Grove, Minn., which the AV Club notes is a seven-hour drive from the Dickinson, ND, Walmart.

Murdoch described the situation to the Current radio show Tuesday, explaining that when everyone woke up that morning, they realized Colburn was missing. Colburn waited in the Walmart for four hours, assuming someone would realize he was gone and the bus would come back for him, "but the trouble is everybody went to bed" after leaving the Walmart, Murdoch says. The drummer eventually checked into a hotel and someone who saw the band's social media plea gave him a ride to the Bismarck airport; he was able to fly from there to Minneapolis and make it to the show in St. Paul. "A new sign appeared on our bus. Should be ok now," Murdoch tweeted Wednesday along with a photo of a sign meant for the bus driver's seat reading, "SOMEONE IS OFF THE BUS." (More strange stuff stories.)

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