I have a tattoo on my arm that proudly proclaims “Know Regrets!!!” I had this tattoo done because I fully believe we should be able to look at our mistakes and use them as opportunities for growth and to learn. In this spirit, I’d like to share a quick story of one of the many shows I regret missing the most.
Fugazi was a band that I first heard at a really red neck party. It’s all blurry now, but somehow my brother ended up with a Fugazi shirt (unofficial, of course) and I put together that this band was the one Kurt Cobain had written on his shoes (FUHGAWZ). My brother bought a copy of the album Red Medicine and I was in love. I didn’t know all the history of the band and would later grow an appreciation for them beyond what I had at the time, but I knew they were awesome and that was enough in 1999.
At the time, I had just graduated high school and immediately moved out on my own. This meant I had to work to make ends meet and because of this I ended up making tacos at Taco Bell in Jessup Maryland instead of going to see Fugazi at Fort Reno in 1999 for free. I couldn’t get the shift covered and ended up obsessing over the show all night.
Fugazi would stay together for a few more years and albums and I took them for granted. Before I knew it, one of the greatest bands of all time, founded right in my neck of the woods (Washington D.C.), ceased to exist and I never got to see them live. These guys aren’t the Pixies and won’t be looking for a reunion to cash in (they famously never played a show with a cover more than $5). Also, it sounds like they live spread across the globe (I heard Brendan Canty lives in France).
I learned a lot from Fugazi, and from missing this show I learned to never expect a band to last forever.
See them while you can.