This is the strangest rock club I’ve ever played in, you know? I was wondering where the graffiti with dicks on the wall was. Well, now I know where they are, because I left a few on the wall in there. So the next band here will feel more at home. And now we play. – Vic Chesnutt
If reading the year 2014 feels like you’re living in the future, you’re not alone. Vic Chesnutt died four years ago last month, Christmas day 2009. His final tour was aided and abetted by members Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Silver Mt Zion and Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto. Touring in support of Vic’s new LP, At The Cut, the December 1st Los Angeles gig marked one of the, if not the, strongest I’d ever witnessed Chesnutt live. Both Chesnutt and the material felt reinvigorated and redefined.
In 2012 a one hour documentary aired on Canadian television, entitled Vic Chesnutt – It Is What It Is, capturing Chesnutt and his band’s performance at a house show in Saskatchewan, one month before his death. To my knowledge the entitely of the documentary has not been made available outside of Canadian public television, sans excerpts floating around the Internet. What does exist is riveting and exemplifies the live mojo of the tour’s collaborative ensemble cast. Here’s a taste, and if you’re privy to where one can view the special in full, hit us up in the comments.
…same song, preceded by short Vic interview, etc