Guided By Voices Comes Back to Dallas in September

When it was announced that Bob Pollard was getting the band back together for Matador Records’ 21st birthday shindig in Las Vegas, I began waiting for the announcement of a Dallas gig. I’d pretty much given up after the Austin date was revealed, with no other Texas dates mentioned. But on Friday, it happened: Guided By Voices, September 29, the Showroom at Palladium. [Redacted curse word] yes.

The band for this tour — since Pollard has been the only constant for its inception — will be what some are calling the “classic” GBV: Tobin Sprout and Charles Mitchell on guitar, Greg Demos on bass, Kevin Fennel on drums. I’ll write more about it as the show nears, but for now, I leave with you with this, from a GBV profile I wrote for the Dallas Observer in 2001.

“Last time I came to your town, we went to a party after the show,” Pollard says, about 10 seconds into the conversation, referring to Guided by Voices’ infamous show at Trees in 1999 and more notorious after-party at a local musician’s house. “Some guy was f—ing laying — and I don’t do cocaine; I mean, every once in a while — and some guy was laying out cocaine with a $100 bill, and it came up missing, and he f—ing accused me of taking it.” He laughs. “Yeah, that was crazy. I ended up giving the guy, like, $40 out of my pocket — and he took it, too. I go, like, ‘Man, nobody took your money, man, but here’s some f—ing money if you’re gonna cry about it.’ And he took it.”

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