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#16: All Good Things…

March 19, 2009

In 1994 episode # 176 of Star Trek: The Next Generation aired. It was the 25th episode of the 7th season of the show and the last episode of TNG that would be made.

Like television shows, eventually bands will end and our favorite artists will either die or call it quits. Some bands have ugly break ups and never play another show. Others go on mutual breaks and never reform. The rest will put together a final effort and play one more for their fans.

On January 30th, I went to one such final show at Canyon View Christian Fellowship in San Diego. Some friends of mine, Fighting For Nineveh, were playing their last show as a band. Being able to see some friends of mine play thier last show really got me thinking about endings. As I sit and write this on the eve of what has been tagged as my band‘s last show I think about timing and how some bands call it quit at the top while others peter out over time.

Back in 2003 I was able to attend Five Iron Frenzy’s last show in San Diego. It was part of the sarcastically titled “Winners Never Quit” tour. As a teenager I spent hours upon hours listening to Five Iron Frenzy, learning their songs on guitars and chatting up their message board. I remember going to that show, the only time I saw FIF, and feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude to the band for playing the show, putting out albums and being part of my musical adolesence…

and really I feel like that’s the reason bands should play last shows rather than just fade into obscurity. Maybe your band is like mine…a small time group that never played outside of your local scene and over the course of time built up a modest fan base, or maybe you’re in a band like Five Iron Frenzy or something even bigger. I’m wary to say that bands owe their fans one last show, but if the band is up for it, playing one more show/tour for the fanbase is a win-win situation for everyone.

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  1. Melissa Rowe permalink
    March 20, 2009 2:02 pm

    Agreed. Shoot, I am a YFB wife and I was even disappointed in the fact that I couldn’t remember the last time I really saw you play not knowing the end was near of course. So needless to say, I’m glad YFB is going out “with a bang”, so to speak.

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