It's hard to keep the beat for your bandmates when they're in a different state.
The Scottish indie group Belle and Sebastian might have faced that problem when their tour bus headed to the Twin Cities minus drummer Richard Colburn Tuesday.
By the time the band realized they were one member short, they'd traveled so far that doubling back for Colburn was apparently not an option. So lead singer Stuart Murdoch took to Twitter seeking help.
The plea for help getting Colburn to St. Paul's Palace Theatre in time for Tuesday night's show led to messages of support. And in less than an hour Murdoch tweeted an update.
In response to one Twitter comment Murdoch said of Colburn: "He's in a taxi to Bismarck, but we're not sure if he'll get on the plane without ID. In pyjamas."
How does this happen?
Bands on tour do a lot of their sleeping during the day on their buses, which are sometimes outfitted with bunkbeds.
Once Belle and Sebastian made it to St. Paul, Murdoch told The Current that on their way out of Dickinson, North Dakota, that morning they'd stopped at a Walmart for some water.
When they climbed back on the bus everybody went to sleep, not noticing Colburn's absence.
Colburn – in his pajamas – did not have a phone with him but did have a credit card. Murdoch told The Current that when no one came back to get him, the drummer checked into a hotel to catch up on his own sleep.
It's still a little unclear how his bandmates tracked Colburn down, but by late afternoon Belle and Sebastian was confident the show would go on.
The Star Tribune says that when big bands are traveling with several crew members, it's not so surprising that this sort of thing happens.
Murdoch agreed, telling The Current that keeping everyone together was even harder when Belle and Sebastian was larger.
"With the string players, it was like 12, 13 of us," he said. "And it's like herding cats. So it's maybe not surprising that something like this happened."