It’s been a rough week for Geoff Rickley. After weathering the revelation of a connection between his post-hardcore label Collect Records and Big Pharma price gouger Martin Shkreli, and the decision to sever ties with Shkreli as a silent partner in the label, another bout of bad luck has befallen Rickly. The No Devotion frontman posted an Instagram from the band’s account to say he was poisoned and robbed outside of the Rock Cafe St. Pauli before their scheduled show in Hamburg as part of the Reeperbahn Festival.
Here’s what he wrote alongside a pensive selfie:
From @GeoffRickly: Just a little note to say that I was poisoned & robbed (outside our @reeperbahn_festival venue on Friday) and spent the night in the hospital in Hamburg. I’m recovering and will be in Paris tonight. ?? Sorry to anyone that was at our show for the cancellation. The outpouring of love & support for @collectrecords @nodevotionband & @normanbrannon @shaundurkan is nothing short of remarkable.?? xoxo
The band’s show that night was cancelled due to Rickly’s hospitalization. This kind of poisoning reportedly happens frequently when tourists are targeted by thieves, and studies on the phenomena have begun to pop up. Rickly has since been released and the band continued their tour in Paris. In slightly better news, No Devotion’s new album, Permanence, entered the Top 40 in the UK this weekend. Stream it here, buy it here.