Yes, New Year’s Eve, that magical evening of at least slightly overpriced parties that nonetheless hold out the possibility of an epochal, champagne-fueled, surprise-guest-besotted, properly year-christening blowout. There are hundreds to choose from; the Drive-By Truckers, we are beginning to suspect, might be hosting the best.
The hard-touring Southern rockers (always worth seeing with and without pals the Hold Steady in tow) will be piling into Terminal 5 that Friday night; longtime fans are riled up by this interview with co-frontman Patterson Hood, wherein the usual teasing boasting (“If we can pull off what we’re trying to do it’s gonna be ridiculously over-the-top and cool”) has led to hopes of the DBT holy grail: the long-threatened full-blown live reenactment of their two-disc 2001 masterwork, Southern Rock Opera. Folks in the band’s camp can’t confirm at the moment, but we’ll keep you posted… should anything of the sort come to pass, it’ll be worth the trip into Midtown’s heart of darkness for “Zip City” alone.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 3, 2010