Update: Final GBV Show Heading To DVD
Guided By Voices' New Year's Eve 2004 blow-out at Chicago's Cabaret Metro, which also doubled as the final show of its storied career, will be released on DVD later this fall.Guided By Voices' New Year's Eve 2004 blow-out at Chicago's Cabaret Metro, which also doubled as the final show of its storied career, will be released on DVD later this fall. "The Electrifying Conclusion" is due Nov. 15 via Plexifilm with bonus features to be announced.
As expected, the performance was epic even by GBV's standards, encompassing more than 60 songs from the nooks and crannies of the band's catalog and the myriad side projects of leader Robert Pollard. Appropriately, the show ended with "Don't Stop Now" from GBV's classic 1996 album "Under the Bushes Under the Stars."
In between, a host of past GBV members joined the band on stage, including guitarist Tobin Sprout for "Fourteen Cheerleader Cold Front," bassist James Greer (with Sprout) for "Johnny Appleseed," drummer Don Thrasher for "I Am a Scientist," drummer Jim MacPherson and bassist Greg Demos on "I Drove a Tank" and "Shocker in Gloomtown" and Pollard's brother Jim for "Lethargy."
The show also boasted guest turns from Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster ("I Am a Tree") and former Chavez leader Matt Sweeney ("Unleashed! The Large-Hearted Boy").
Bonus features include four live performances from 1994 and footage of Pollard recording two demos from GBV's final Matador studio album, "Half Smiles of the Decomposed."
As previously reported, Pollard has several new releases in the pipeline, including the second installment of his massive "Suitcase" boxed set. First up is the Sept. 27 release of the EP "Music for 'Bubble'" via the artist's own Fading Captain Series imprint.