I was at the last concert that Rabbit ever wore (at the time) his infamous coachman’s hat. I was at the last concert that Rabbit wore pants. I have a poster signed by former members of the band that I will probably never see again. There will always be people who boast or lament about these kinds of things. But while all of those things I mentioned are meaningful and significant to me in their own way, this band isn’t about lasts. It’s about firsts.
Instead I think about the first time Hatchworth joined the band on stage, and won us over with his adorkable antics. Or the first time the Walter Girls joined them on stage. Or the first time the Spine marched into the room with those glowing silver spines (I was ecstatic to actually be privy to that one). Or the first time Rabbit stepped on stage as a female, and the absolute glow and excitement she gave off as she did. Or the first time they introduced Bebop, and now Qwerty.
As much as Matt and Mike and Paige leaving the band affected me, I am no less enthused by the band’s work and where they’re headed. Every time I’m shaken and unsure about the direction the band is heading, they come back and win me over with their sincerity and confidence in themselves and their vision. One of the most amazing parts about being part of this fandom is being able to join them on every step of their constantly and rapidly evolving journey. It can’t go stale, because it’s growing and changing as quickly and dramatically as the people who make it possible. Bunny’s most recent blog post just reaffirmed that for me, and I couldn’t be more excited.
I can’t wait to see Rabbit’s beautiful new costume in person. I can’t wait to see the re-worked show and all of the new tech and projections. I can’t wait to hear “Go Spine Go” live. I can’t wait to meet the completely adorable new Walter Girl Chelsea. No show is ever the same, and that’s how it should be.
See you in Detroit guys, and thanks for the amazing journey.