BEST DEAD HORSE

WMNF-88.5 FM Tribute Shows

Don´t get us wrong, the radio station´s daylong worship services for some of music´s most influential artists have provided a whole lot of good times and communal vibes. But it´s been a couple of years, the idea is getting a bit stale, and both attendance and performance quality have waned noticeably over the last few installments. And hell, after paying homage to everyone from The Beatles to Johnny Cash, Flee and the rest of MNF´s marvelous staff are just a David Bowie show away from enduring 40 different versions of Van Morrison´s ¨Brown-Eyed Girl.¨ Having said that, however, please note that this is, after all, an award. We´re not saying the fundraisers should be discontinued — they´ve put nearly every great local band in front of a horde of appreciative people. But maybe it´s time for a little hiatus and some revampage. That the original concept has gotten a little old certainly doesn´t mean that it´s no longer any good; many within the scene do feel, however, that these shows would benefit from either a break or a new twist.

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