Monday, May 08, 2006
Beta Band Frontman Goes Missing
Steve Mason, who wrote all the songs and was basically the heart and soul of Beta Band, has gone missing just days before his new band King Biscuit Time debuts their CD and they go on tour. Suffering from depression, Mason just took a powder and disappeared. This article ends with the reporter saying Mason did respond to a text message he sent, but without giving any clues as to where he was or when he would return. My favorite detail is how Beta Band was a critical fave but financially disastrous for the band. At one point after breaking through to critical acclaim, Mason says the band was $2 million in debt and he had to work in construction to pay the rent.