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Canadian Customs 'Destroy' The Cure's Reeves Gabrels' Guitar

08/06/2013 04:54 EDT | Updated 10/06/2013 05:12 EDT
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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 04: Reeves Gabrels and Robert Smith of The Cure perform during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on August 4, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

The Cure had a busy weekend performing at Lollapalooza and Montreal's Osheaga festival, but it got off to a bad start for the band's guitarist Reeves Gabrels thanks to Canadian customs officials.

According to a Facebook post from Gabrels on Sunday -- and posted on fan site Chain of Flowers -- a cherished Reverend guitar of his was ruined by officials at the border.

"Great show in Osheaga," he wrote. "No thanks to Canadian customs inspectors who managed to destroy my main guitar by seemingly leaving it outdoors in a heavy rain storm with the case open during inspection." The guitarist also posted a photo of the electric guitar.

After playing a 29-song set Friday night in Montreal the group carried on to Chicago for Lollapalooza with Gabrels in a better frame of mind thanks. "This reverend jetstream hb guitar came thru at lollapalooza last night with flying gold sparkly colors as a last minute substitute for my main reverend rg2 guitar that canadian customs destroyed," he wrote yesterday on his Facebook page. "Boundless thanks to ken haas at reverend and matt k at chicago guitar exchange."

In related news, The Cure's Roger O'Donnell recently visited the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy and in passing said if the museum ever needed him to write music to let them know. According to a July 31 post on his site "Ferrari have asked me to write some music for the entrance hall to the museum." O'Donnell -- who said he's been a Ferrari fan since he was 15 -- says he "very proud and honoured to be asked" to write the music.

The Lollapalooza gig completed a whirlwind trek for the band which saw them play festivals in South Korea and Japan in late July before a gig in Honolulu on July 30. The Cure, whose last studio album was 2008's "4:13 Dream," performs later this year at the Austin City Limits festival.

Osheaga 2013 Photos