To say that Thursday is one of my favorite bands would hardly do an adequate job to describe how much their music has meant to me over the years. To say they have made a significant impact on music over the past decade would simply be stating the obvious. A group of down to earth guys that legitimately care about their fans, and put every fiber of their being into their music, whether on stage or on record.
The rumor mill has been swirling that the upcoming tour will all but be the curtain call for one of the most defining bands of our scene. Perhaps some songs will still be recorded here and there, maybe a show or two, or maybe the band is still full speed ahead and the rumors are bullshit. If they are indeed taking an indefinite break, I say with mixed emotions that that is okay. They have done what they came to do, and then more than they could have ever imagined. They have made their mark, so they deserve their time away.
This Fall, there will be two special shows played. October 10th in LA the band will be playing War All The Time from start to finish. On the 25th of October, they will be doing the same for Full Collapse in New York City.
These shows are small. They are intimate. They are what a Thursday show should be. That being said, there are so many people who will not be able to attend these shows, and so many people who will never be able to hear "that one song" they've waited years for. There are even fans that for whatever reason have never been able to see the band at all.
I got to thinking, and then to talking, and then I coincidentally found somebody who was listening and had some connections. I told them my idea.
These shows need to be filmed. There needs to be a way for the people who can't experience these in person to experience them somehow. Shows as epic and memorable as these need to be documented. I say, "Why not?" If you have seen the Kill The House Lights documentary and live performance that goes with it, you know the band is more than capable of putting together a fantastic dvd. Having these shows professionally recorded, given the proper treatment, and then offered to the fans would be a real treat, to say the least, especially if the band is indeed calling it a day. Having something cohesive and tangible to experience would only add to what is already quite a legacy.
More than likely, shows like these will never happen again. These albums mean so much to so many kids. They changed peoples lives and musical tastes. Perhaps it's more of a long shot than I am realizing, but I feel like I should at least propose the idea and see if others are willing to get on board, in whatever way they can.
Let us fund it. Let the fans do something to give back to a band who has given us so much, year after year. I'm not sure of financial figures, but I do not believe the amount needed to pull off a professional recording of these two shows would be so staggering that the Thursday fan base would not be able to raise the money to make it happen. The only reason for this to not happen would simply be the band not wanting to, and that would be okay. It's their music, their show, this is simply an idea for something I believe the Thursday fan base would absolutely love. If the band and the label or whoever would want to help, that would be great as well. I would just like to show them that people would genuinely want this.
A few dollars here and there from as many people as possible, maybe some willing to spend a little more to make this happen. With the band's approval, this is completely plausible. The logistics and the money shouldn't be a problem in any regard. This isn't necessarily a new business model, but I don't think there are many bands that make people care enough anymore to pull something like this off. Thursday does. Thursday can.
Even if this all ends up being wishful thinking from a die hard Thursday fan, it seemed significant enough to say something about. I know there are at least a few of you listening.
That being said, who wants to help make this happen?