This is possibly THE most boring and tedious thing I have ever done, but my completist nature forced me into it, and I’m still disappointed because I don’t think it’s truly complete. I’ve compiled a year-by-year list of all The Dears’ tour dates. Info for the more recent years is pretty complete, but 2002 and further into the past, things get a bit fuzzy. I mean, those shows pre-date my current computer and my old, tangerine clamshell Mac is totally fried. This means I have to dig into physical files, deep down in the Tomato Sauce Closet.
I was a little worried that listing all our past shows might come off as, um, masturbatory. But I’ve always wanted to include it somewhere on our site. I think of it more as a testament to our fans, to the people who have (and haven’t) come to the shows: even though that one night can seem fleeting, it lasts in some ephemeral way. It might even be cool to expand the list archivally, where we can all (that’s you, readers, and us, the band) post scraps of memories that we have collected: anecdotal events, show posters, photos and crappy mobile phone films, ticket stubs, set lists, press, your reviews and experiences, even. And in the future we can add content as we go along.
Our site is absolutely not set up to receive this kind of info. So for now it’s just a one-dimensional list, but I’m going to push to have this included when we relaunch thedears.org. I have to put that giant box of old show posters to use somehow. Some of them are really beautiful, others are shoddy photocopy jobs; I do have one from a show in Groningen, NL in Neptune’s room because it’s so cute.
Anyway, just an idea.