News-Christian McBride’s bow confiscated

Christian McBrideChristian McBride’s prized bow confiscated

The TSA strikes again!

Story by Jon Liebman | June 27, 2014

For his last few gigs, Christian McBride has been relegated to performing using borrowed bows, as his prized carbon fiber bow, which he’s had only three months, failed to appear when the internationally renowned jazz bassist arrived at a Western Canada airport last weekend. McBride was scheduled to perform at the TD Victoria International JazzFest. When he looked inside his bass case, the bow was gone.

McBride vented his frustration on his Facebook post:

“Now that it’s confirmed, I can tell you that good ol’ TSA confiscated (aka STOLE) my brand new bow right out of my hard case yesterday. I arrived in Saskatoon only to find the bow missing inside the case to my Lemur Travel Bass. Maybe they thought it was a weapon (idiotic), or they were looking for ivory, of which there wasn’t any.”

The bassist, in the midst of an extensive tour, is scheduled to return to Canada before heading overseas for dates in London, Copenhagen, Paris and Madrid. McBride found himself using a borrowed bow again for his Cleveland gig this week, as he’s still had no luck tracking down his own. “I will get to the bottom of this.”

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