A "back bag containing irreplaceable items" was allegedly stolen from the dressing room of Finnish love metallers HIM when they performed a headlining concert last night (Wednesday, February 26) at 170 Russell (formerly Billboard) in Melbourne, Australia.
After the show, the quintet posted a message on Facebook alerting fans of the alleged theft along with an image of the suspected thief taken from surveillance camera footage.
"Anyone in Melbourne Australia know this guy?" the band wrote. "Please help up as and the police to catch this guy!"
HIM is currently touring Australia as part of this year's Soundwave festival.
The band's latest album, "Tears On Tape", sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.
HIM's previous CD, 2010's "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", opened with 26,000 units to land at No. 25.
The group's 2007 effort, "Venus Doom", registered a first-week tally of 38,000 to enter the chart at No. 12.
"Tears On Tape" was released on April 30, 2013 via Razor & Tie in North America and on April 29, 2013 through DoubleCross (Cooking Vinyl's specialist rock imprint) in the U.K. and Ireland. The "love metal" act's eighth official album was recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and was mixed in London, England by Tim Palmer, who previously helmed 2005's "Dark Light" and 2007's "Venus Doom".
HIM's current lineup is Ville Valo (vocals), Mikko "Linde" Lindström (guitar), Mikko "Migé" Paananen (bass), Janne "Burton" Puurtinen (keyboards), and Mika "Gas" Karppinen (drums).