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Published: 2013/09/10

Guster to Play Keep It Together and Parachute In Their Entirety

Guster will play two classic albums in their entirety Thanksgiving weekend. The band will perform their 2003 album Keep It Together at New York’s Beacon Theatre on November 30, and they will recreate their 1994 debut Parachute live during a matinee at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 1. Ben Kweller, who appears on Keep It Together, will also appear at the Beacon.

The band explains:

This is a pretty big announcement for us, Gusterrhoids. After a lazy fall with much songwriting and no live concerts, we’ll be playing two very special album-anniversary-themed shows Thanksgiving Weekend in NYC:

Keep It Together live at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday November 30th. Parachute live at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday afternoon, December 1st. Matinee-style!

Each show includes an album set and a second set of songs we choose in the order we choose them, dammit.

Keep It Together (released June 2003)

The day we released KIT, we played a free concert in Boston’s Government Center. Introduced by Mayor Menino as “Goose-ter”, the audience was a massive sea of nearly 50,000 heads. We played every song double speed and stayed into the wee hours of the night autographing hummingbird after hummingbird for whoever waited in line. The next morning I opened up the band’s email inbox, expecting to be inundated with love, and was shocked to find like, no new messages. People were still digesting that this album was a real departure. A transitional album, in the context of our musical history, we feel pretty good looking back at what we created now, and so many people have told us it’s their favorite Guster album. While the front half was tighter and more pop, the back half unleashed a new, more experimental side for us. But every last song on that album still feels relevant, and we’re excited to celebrate it, from “Diane” to “Two at a Time”, at the Beacon Theater.

Parachute (released May 1994)

People thought we’d never do this, but we’re doing it, and we’re doing it at 2pm in a bowling alley. We were juniors at Tufts playing in a band called Gus when we first put out this album. The cd release party was at a dining hall, and someone in the crowd let off a sulfur stink bomb during our set, which still pisses me off nearly 20 years later. While many of the songs on this album have fallen out of favor in the live set, we appreciate that for a lot of our oldest fans, this was what hooked them. And for three kids who were recording between midnight and six am at Q Division studios in Boston while racking up incompletes in our classes, the album sounded better than we could have ever imagined at the time. Most copies of Parachute were sold out of a guitar case while busking in Harvard Square in the mid-90s, and there are 4000 existing copies where the band was GUS, not GUSTER. Those are worth between 10 and 12 dollars on eBay. Join us as we attempt to perform our first studio album, 19 and a half years later. Help us with the lyrics

Guster has a long history of New York-area Thanksgiving shows. They have not performed most songs off Parachute in years. They performed their 1999 breakthrough Lost and Gone Forever in its entirety on tour in 2009.

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