Tour Dates: An Ultimate Dears List

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.

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9 thoughts on “Tour Dates: An Ultimate Dears List

  1. Yes, please try and allow for user content. I have so many wonderful life experiences related to Dears shows, and would love to connect with other fans who were there.

    ps ~ been reading your blog since the first post!

  2. Neat. The only date that I can definitively add to the archives is the first Dears show that I saw:
    – April 21, 2001. Halifax, NS. Marquee Club.

    An interface for attaching user content to the concert list would be great. I have recaps from every show that I’ve seen, a few photos (only from the outdoor shows), and a couple of setlists that I could add.

  3. Thanks for always stopping in Kingston. There have been times when — hard pressed to come up with anything else — I’ve told people, “Well, one good thing about Kingston is that it’s big enough to draw a band like The Dears, but small enough that you get a fantastic intimate show.”

    This would be the part in the commercial where it would cut to a tight shot of my face, and I would say something like, “MY Kingston includes The Dears.”

  4. Can’t wait to catch a few shows,between babysitting neptune

    I’ve got lists of early shows too …in the Dears archives

  5. What a nice idea.I have plenty of items including ticket stubs,photos,set lists and anecdotes.The first time I saw The Dears play, here in the UK, was at the Electric Ballroom in 2005.It was a fantastic show and The London Evening Standard gave it a rave review which I still have a copy of.So I’m looking forward to the developement of the site.

  6. Heh…Wilf’s (“The Chicken Wing Joint”).

    I recorded a phone interview with you before that show and did a piss-poor job (I think) of not coming across as a total fanboy.

    Why “The Chicken Wing Joint”? Did it make that good of an impression on you?

  7. Five years of that place probably numbed my senses to it. And re-reading their menu, which hasn’t changed since I left, it was probably for the best.

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