Canadian musician Harry Manx said he felt alone and insecure Friday as he stepped onstage just hours after his signature Indian guitar had been stolen in Chicago.
But a Facebook message he posted about the theft that night went viral, producing 3.5 million views, multiple offers of help and, ultimately, an international shipment containing a replacement.
Manx filed a police report saying that the guitar, called a Mohan veena, was stolen earlier that Friday at a baggage claim at O’Hare International Airport.
That night he posted a message on the social media website, telling fans what happened and pleading for the return of the guitar he had been playing for 20 years.
Forty minutes into the show, Manx checked the social media site and found 50,000 people had seen his note. By Sunday morning, he said, that figure had ballooned to 3.5 million views. Thousands of people have shared the post and at least three people have offered to send him a new one.