Posted in music on October 2, 2007

"I am still alive," reports Ian MacKaye.

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Being forced to think about his mortality has ruined my night. Thanks, BV.

Posted by debya | October 2, 2007 7:23 PM

Thank god he is not dead, now the straight edges won't have to go out drinking tonite

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2007 7:37 PM

Hey Brooklyn Vegan... why no post about langerado music festival? You ever been?

Posted by Yous_Guys | October 2, 2007 8:33 PM

he's such a nice guy...i met him at fort reno in dc this summer. he just hangs out there at the shows. totally approachable...he's the most gracious artist in terms of talking to strangers that i've ever met...he asks everyone their name and talks about whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2007 9:14 PM

I dont understand...was there any truth to the rumor? obviously he's not dead but was he hospitalized for something? is he sick right now? whats the story?

Posted by Ryan | October 2, 2007 9:34 PM

I dont understand...was there any truth to the rumor? obviously he's not dead but was he hospitalized for something? is he sick right now? whats the story?

Posted by Ryan | October 2, 2007 9:34 PM

Are those Fugazi reunion rumors true?

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2007 9:38 PM

re: "I am still alive," reports Ian MacKaye.

So is Abe Vigoda.

Posted by Steve | October 2, 2007 10:03 PM

I doubt any reunion rumors are true. I think it was Joe Lally that mentioned in a recent interview that they have no plans to reunite right now.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2007 10:04 PM

i asked ian mckaye about the rumors this summer. not true. he says they "never broke up" but like are doing their own things now and that they're still good friends. he said like when there was the rumor on wikipedia that he took it down like 2 hours later.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2007 11:09 PM

only his career is dead.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2007 11:14 PM

that statement ^^^^ shows so much ignorance of this man's historical significance in music. If fugazi reunited they could probably sell out a webster hall size at least 15 nights in a row. touring in a van for 15 years so that you can keep ticket prices at 5 bucks on your fan takes a toll on you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 12:29 AM

i respect ian for what he's done professionally, but (in my opinion) he is a self-righteous asshole. I've met and dealt with him multiple times, and though he comes off as respectful, he has this air about him that that is just very ego-centric.

Probably is a decent guy, but Im just saying Ive never experience anything nice from him personally.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 12:32 AM

This rumor surfaces on the interwebs about every seven years. Anyone remember the rumor he had been found dead in his hotel room OD'd around 2000 or so?

Posted by j | October 3, 2007 12:55 AM

"As for the chances of Fugazi working again – my basic feeling is that it is very, very unlikely but you never know." - Guy Picciotto in '05
via http://www.ics.uci.edu/~jkile/interviews/guy.html
My sense is that it largely has to do with Brendan's reluctance, but that's just conjecture.

Posted by Max Power | October 3, 2007 8:46 AM

Brendan has a kid(s?)...my college conuselour from high school's daughter was in his daughters class. supposedly he does like sound for their elementary school plays and what not.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 9:49 AM

never met the guy but i have nothing but the utmost respect for him and his previous bands.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 10:06 AM

"Only his career is dead"

*rolleyes*

I sure Ian would find it pretty funny to think of his artistic output and the work he has done within the punk scene as a "career" that could "die."

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 10:17 AM

I met him at a show in Athens, GA. I was at the venue early before they started letting the crowd in. the show was advertised as all-ages, but the venue wouldn't let anyone in who was under 18. Ian was conversing with the 5 or so of us who were already inside and discussing what to do. He eventually told the owner that Fugazi wouldn't play unless they let everyone in who had tickets.

In the short time I was around him, he was very nice, eager to interact with his fans, and seenmed very genuine and down-to-earth.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 10:38 AM

I've found that people that deem other people as "self-righteous" are probably too lazy to have well adjusted, self-made, and genuine opinions. It's a waste of time arguing with them.

By the way, you should tell DC kids his career is dead. They might inform you about the community based activity programs Ian has both founded and been a part of since he has left Fugazi.

Or they might just ignore you for being pretentious. FYI: DC punk isn't supposed to be about pretension, it's about caring and furthering the potential of politically/socially conscious youth of America.

Ian just happened to be one of the first punks to not be about the destrutive tendencies of some of his punk contemporaries.

Glad to hear he's still alive!

Posted by Ardy | October 3, 2007 12:14 PM

To 12:14,

That's great about your generalization of people who describe others as "self-righteous" but in my case, I'm just describing the vibe I got from Ian when I dealt with him. No one has to argue with anything. Just sharing my experience (as others are). Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 12:24 PM

Generalizations are a way humans interpret interactions with other beings and apply them to future life experiences.

I wasn't generalizing, I said "I've found that." In other words, my past experiences have pointed towards those type of conclusions. I like to hear out new people I meet because everyone is different.

And what I've found in the past is that negative minded and ill-informed people are the first to cast a stone when it shouldn't be thrown at all. That's just in my case.

Just sharing too! That's why these forums are great.

Posted by Ardy | October 3, 2007 12:38 PM

Ardy, you are right, and I apologize.

I just don't want to be looked at as someone who is making generalizations about Ian because of a few negative experiences.

I know he has a lot of loyal and dedicated fans and supporters. And I'm not trying to get into it with anyone.

I also, (as I stated before) respect the man, what he's done (for the scene and for the fans), and his standpoint on many issues.

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2007 1:13 PM

I met him at that east river show back in 05. extremely down to earth guy. signed my evens cd.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2007 9:09 PM

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