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Delorean's Mexico kidnapping delays Iowa City concert until February

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Carly Weber  ::   UPDATED: 21 January 2014 | 4:34 pm   ::  

SCOPE is having a run of bad luck lately.

The University of Iowa student run group that brings concerts to campus was supposed to open their 2013 season with Hawkapalooza featuring the Eli Young Band and Joe Nichols in September.

That concert was canceled "due to unforseeable circumstances."

A week later, Third Eye Blind was supposed to rock the Pentacrest on Oct. 4 for Iowa's homecoming celebration. Inclement weather threatened, though, and the concert was moved indoors to the Iowa Memorial Union. They rallied and packed the house for a concert that was "worth the wait."

Now, SCOPE has had to reschedule its Nov. 1 Delorean concert due to some circumstances that were, indeed, unforeseeable.

Consequence of Sound, an online music magazine, reported last week that the Spanish alternative dance pop band was kidnapped in Mexico.

Yes, you read that right. And no, this isn't a ripped-from-The-Onion spoof. The band was reportedly the victim of what police are calling a “virtual kidnapping.”

Here's what COS reported last week:

"Here’s what we know so far: an undetermined number of kidnappers posed as police officers and contacted the band, informing them they were to be moved from the Four Points hotel in the city’s Colonia Roma district to a second location for unspecified safety concerns. Once at the new hotel, the kidnappers confiscated each band member’s cell phone before calling their respective families with ransom demands of 5 million pesos each. While the band’s specific whereabouts, not to mention their last two days of movement, remain unknown, the police confirmed early this morning that all four men are “in good shape and at liberty.”

Read more on their website.

At first, Delorean planned to only cancel one show and hit the road again Oct. 9 in plenty of time to still keep their Iowa City date at the Blue Moose Tap House. On Oct. 16, though, the band announced they wouldn't perform again until 2014.

Their Iowa City concert will now be Feb. 15 at The Mill. Original tickets will be honored for the new date, or refunds are available at the point of purchase.

We have our fingers crossed for SCOPE's next show rapper Juicy J on Oct. 28.

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