Deadly serious health concerns and scary economic instability might be the main stories of the COVID-19 pandemic, but when it comes to regular Rock People Problems, having your favourite band cancel a concert does not add to the fun.
I for one was seriously choked when the Drive-By Truckers had to cancel their show scheduled for last night (March 17) at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom. Last December I posted a blog titled 10 good reasons to see the Drive-By Truckers this spring, wherein I listed some of the fab DBT songs I hoped to be hearing right about now. That wasn't good enough, though, because the band has too many killer songs. So in January I posted 10 more reasons to go see the Drive-By Truckers this spring.
Then just last week word came in that--along with most every other live gig in the world--the show had been cancelled. Up until that point I'd been weighing the potential health risks associated with rocking out to my fave band in close proximity to a bunch of other folks. I mean, didn't Queen have a song called "Who Wants to Live Forever"?
Five months is still a long time to wait to see your favourite band, though, so here's a little something to keep my fellow DBT freaks going in the meantime.
It's a full-length concert recorded in 2017 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, wherein the Truckers play their hearts out for over two hours, cranking out such beauty originals as "A Ghost to Most" and "Birthday Boy" and covers by Tom Petty ("The Waiting") and the Ramones ("The KKK Took My Baby Away"). (The gig starts about 13 minutes in.)
Your social distancing just got a whole lot more rockin'.