Posted in music | pictures on September 19, 2011

photos by Alex Broadwell

Hopscotch

9:00 P.M., 9/9/2011 --Earlier this summer, it was announced that Guided By Voices's headlining stint at Hopscotch would mark the band's "final-ever" live performance. Strangely, the mood here at City Plaza is generally indifferent. I suspect that this might be because: a) people aren't convinced that this is really the end, being as this isn't GBV's first trip to the retirement home; b) people are beginning to accept that frontman Robert Pollard has reached Danny Glover-like levels of being "too old for this shit"; or c) going into the festival, the band didn't really play up the fact that this was going to be their final show. Whatever the case, the lo-fi legends don't appear to be bothered by the surprising lack of fanfare they're receiving. Assuming this really is the end, GBV might not have gone out with a bang, but they didn't exactly exit with a wimpier either." [Slant Magazine]
Some pictures from that North Carolina show are in this post. More of them below...

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In somewhat related news, Torche has a record coming out with three GBV songs on it.

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Comments (34)

DECIDE NOW!!!

Posted by Count Funkula! | September 19, 2011 8:42 PM

never heard of these guys. are they any good?

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 8:45 PM

they will be back. give it 2 years, or less.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 8:59 PM

trust me, it wasn't the last show ever

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 10:11 PM

They were practically at indie rock retirement age when they were new.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 10:40 PM

now they can go back to their day jobs. if their jobs will take them back.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 11:47 PM

They went out with a "wimpier"? I doubt that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 1:25 AM

their last show was actually supposed to be on new year's eve at irving plaza (at least according to Pollard at their Terminal 5 show last year). they will keep saying this and then act like they never did because they keep getting offered money to play additional shows.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 8:20 AM

Hands down one of the best live bands ever. No matter how old they are.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 8:41 AM

Honestly, the reason that they got such a muted response at Hopscotch is because maybe 30-40% of the crowd was familiar with their material. Of that 30-40%, there was a sizable contingent calling out for "Glad Girls" and stuff that this era of the band wouldn't ever play. The show still ruled, though. Hopscotch is a great festival, but the crowd isn't quite on the same level as a lot of the bands that are booked.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:02 AM

The band was a little raggedy, I miss Doug Gillard, Pollard still knocks 'em flying though. The best show of Friday evening was Swans.

Posted by schlep | September 20, 2011 9:06 AM

8:41..I have seen hundreds of concerts and bands and GBV wouldn't even crack the top 100 for me. Not saying they are bad...but it is just a fun and that is all. Just IMHO

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:30 AM

9:30 good to know, no one here cares

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:33 AM

^thanks for responding..which shows you care.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:38 AM

"I'VE seen more concerts than YOU! therefor MY opinion is better than YOURS!"

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:44 AM

I care a lot about you and the rest of the Internet knowing how little I care.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:45 AM

9:44 hey idiot...I wrote IMHO!!! Which means in my honest opinion..I did not say my opinion means more than yours!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:48 AM

IMHO means "in my honest opinion"???
I always thought it meant "it's my hummus order".

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 9:58 AM

i always thought it was "humble"

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 10:08 AM

I have seen it both ways humble and honest!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 10:36 AM

GBV final show.
Yeah, like Barbara and Liza and their "final show"
See ya next summer, boys

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 12:17 PM

all their shit sounds the same

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 12:22 PM

IMEHO

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 12:23 PM

I think I saw that singer cleaning the toilets in my office building the other day. Who knew he had a band?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 12:30 PM

^^ "that singer" has more talent in his fingernail than the combined skills of "artists" in the neighborhood you live in, you little shit

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 12:38 PM

^^^ I live in Nashville, so I kind of doubt that. You little shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 12:55 PM

He is a talented beer drinker..that can't be underestimated!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 1:20 PM

Bob rules. Everyone else here sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 1:26 PM

Look for GBV ver. 2.0 doing "Jazz Odyssey" on the amusement park circuit (summer 2012)

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 1:56 PM

The club will forever be open

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 10:18 PM

Thanks 8:42 That made my day

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2011 9:50 AM

^thanks for responding..which shows you care.

Posted by Jenniferpiy | November 10, 2012 1:51 AM

ummmm arent they playing the RIOT FEST in Denver?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2013 4:48 PM

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