The end of Dr. Dog as we know it. Philly jam band, Dr. Dog will end the year and their touring days, on a high note.
With everything closing down on the Omicron tip from now until New Year’s Eve, it’s nice to know that Philly’s longtime rootsiest, jammiest, pop rocking-est ensemble, Dr. Dog will not be swayed, cancel or postpone and that they’ll knock it all on the head, and ending their career as planned – as a touring band – with sold out shows at The Fillmore, two sold out Theatre of Living Arts shows, and two sold out Union Transfer shows, closing out 2021 with a bang.
“We’ll be there,” Dr. Dog announced on Instagram while offering refunds to ticket-holders not quite comfortable attending in person. With the Fillmore show over and done with, the TLA shows need you to have a vax card or a negative test administered within the past 72 hours.
As for their Union Transfer finale, on December 30 and 31, it’s vaccination-only for entry or stay home.
“We hope all this helps everybody,” the band wrote on that same Instagram.
No. It doesn’t help, Dog.
Because ever since 1999, Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman – together with Zach Miller, Frank McElroy, Michael Libramento and Eric Slick – have always been at their finest in a live setting.
That’s saying quite a bit considering that all of its albums, from the lo-fried “Toothbrush” of 2002 to its revisionist theatrical looksee into its early, cassette-only “Psychedelic Swamp” up through its newest, more polished “Critical Equation” of 2018, have been stunning examples of what it means to grow up (and out of) indie and blossom into something lyrically and sonically provocative at every turn – and have everyone in the audience and the industry respect you for it all.
And even though they promise that they won’t break up, my guess – and I’m hoping that I’m wrong – is that Dr. Dog won’t be exactly the same after January 1, 2022. Or we won’t. Something like that.