Every band has been there - you try to pack for a big American tour, and you leave something behind... a suitcase, replacement guitar strings, the drummer...
Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch relayed the details of the story on social media earlier in the week, revealing that when the band stopped off at a Walmart in North Dakota drummer Richard Colburn failed to get back on the bus.
Shit, 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..— stuart murdoch (@nee_massey) August 15, 2017
Speaking to The Current, Stuart Murdoch explained that Richard Colburn had been left without a phone or ID - only his credit card.
The singer explained: “The thing is, he was probably thinking that somebody was going to notice, but the trouble is everybody went to bed.”
“I mean, there used to be a system,” the singer added. “But because we all have mobile phones these days, everybody’s got a little bit blasé about it. It used to be that it was the pass on the passenger seat — you used to leave a pass for the last person, and that’s how the driver knew.”
Stuart Murdoch added: “With a band our size… it’s like herding cats! So it’s maybe not surprising that something like this happened.”
Thankfully, both band and drummer saw the funny side:
Thanks for your help folks. We have Richard on a plane now, so everything is ok. He's in his pyjamas, sitting with a mimosa
— stuart murdoch (@nee_massey) August 15, 2017