This is a pretty big announcement for us, Gusterrhoids. After a lazy fall with much songwriting and no live concerts, we’ll be playing two very special album-anniversary-themed shows Thanksgiving Weekend in NYC:
Keep It Together live at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday November 30th.
Parachute live at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday afternoon, December 1st. Matinee-style!
Presale tickets for the weekend go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday September 11th at 9AM ET. The seats closest to the stage at the Beacon Theatre will be exclusively available via the presale. Tickets for the Beacon Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl go on sale to the general public Friday September 13th at 9AM ET.
Each show includes an album set and a second set of songs we choose in the order we choose them, dammit. Here is a video to watch and spread:
Keep It Together (released June 2003)
The day we released KIT, we played a free concert in Boston’s Government Center. Introduced by Mayor Menino as “Goose-ter”, the audience was a massive sea of nearly 50,000 heads. We played every song double speed and stayed into the wee hours of the night autographing hummingbird after hummingbird for whoever waited in line. The next morning I opened up the band’s email inbox, expecting to be inundated with love, and was shocked to find like, no new messages. People were still digesting that this album was a real departure. A transitional album, in the context of our musical history, we feel pretty good looking back at what we created now, and so many people have told us it’s their favorite Guster album. While the front half was tighter and more pop, the back half unleashed a new, more experimental side for us. But every last song on that album still feels relevant, and we’re excited to celebrate it, from “Diane” to “Two at a Time”, at the Beacon Theater.
Parachute (released May 1994)
People thought we’d never do this, but we’re doing it, and we’re doing it at 2pm in a bowling alley. We were juniors at Tufts playing in a band called Gus when we first put out this album. The cd release party was at a dining hall, and someone in the crowd let off a sulfur stink bomb during our set, which still pisses me off nearly 20 years later. While many of the songs on this album have fallen out of favor in the live set, we appreciate that for a lot of our oldest fans, this was what hooked them. And for three kids who were recording between midnight and six am at Q Division studios in Boston while racking up incompletes in our classes, the album sounded better than we could have ever imagined at the time. Most copies of Parachute were sold out of a guitar case while busking in Harvard Square in the mid-90s, and there are 4000 existing copies where the band was GUS, not GUSTER. Those are worth between 10 and 12 dollars on eBay. Join us as we attempt to perform our first studio album, 19 and a half years later. Help us with the lyrics.
So there it is. Discuss. Here’s a topic: Is this the best live interview we’ve ever done?
See you in NYC for Thanksgiving,