November 27, 2009
the Jesus Lizard
Poster by Dan Crosshair
hey david…i was at the show last night. it was excellent, i should add. did david (yow) get hurt? the show felt like it ended rather abruptly. and you guys played longer and did two encore sets in NYC. and one of the door guys mentioned that the ambulance was there for david after the show had ended. what happened?
From the Chicago Tribune this afternoon:
Jesus Lizard singer David Yow hurt at show, but will play tonight
As a typically manic homecoming show wound down Friday at Metro, the Jesus Lizard’s whirlwind singer, David Yow, put himself in harm’s way again and paid the price.
Yow injured himself while crowd-surfing during the encore, crashing to the floor from a height of about 7 feet, according to several nearby fans. The bad news is medical staff had to attend to him immediately and the singer was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. The good news is that Yow’s bruised ribs won’t keep him from performing a second Jesus Lizard show Saturday at Metro, according to the club’s publicist, Jenny Lizak.
Here’s the complete text of the Metro press release:
“During last night’s encore, Jesus Lizard’s David Yow accidentally fell into the floor while crowd surfing and injured himself. Metro’s emergency medical technician treated him at the club immediately. To ensure that his condition was not serious, an ambulance was called and he was taken to a local hospital. After a few hours of observation, doctors thankfully determined that although he does have some bruised ribs, his condition is stable and he is otherwise fine. He was released, is currently resting, and WILL perform tonight.”
Yow has a long history of injuries suffered while performing with the Jesus Lizard in the late ‘80s and ‘90s during typically unhinged concerts. The band broke up in 1999, but the original lineup of Yow, guitarist Duane Denison, drummer Mac McNeilly and bassist David Wm. Sims reunited earlier this year to acclaim. Both Metro performances this weekend are sold out, and the band returns to the club again to perform on New Year’s Eve.
It was a great show and I have to apologize for the audience members to my left. No way that should have happened. If you are going to stand that close to the stage at a JL show you need to be prepared to do your part to keep things going (i.e. keep David Yow afloat). It’s a community thing, people! Sounds like DL will be ok (not bad for a gentleman of 63!), but I hope he takes it a little easier tonight.
We travelled from the twin cities to catch the show on Friday night. You guys were truly excellent. I can safely say that you put on the most entertaining–and alternately horrifying–rock show I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much. I hope David’s doing okay from his fall. That looked like one of the more painful things that can happen to you at a rock show. Glad to hear he didn’t break anything.
If, for any reason, you guys decide to do another tour in 2010 to hit the places you missed, hit up Minnesota. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
Thanks again and I hope you guys have a hell of a show on Dec 31st.
Anyone get a setlist for Friday?
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