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- Posted on Aug 6th 2009 3:30PM by Justin Jacobs
But that's not the only unique feature of the eight-city run, dubbed the "No Deachunter" tour. After an oven-hot show last night at Rhino's, an all-age, alcohol-free community center in Bloomington, Indiana, Deacon spoke with Spinner about the importance of the live show and the reason why booze and music should be kept separate.
"A lot of venues are simply money or alcohol-driven, and that mentality reflects in how they treat the artists and the audience," Deacon said, reflecting his happiness with the tour's venues thus far, many of which have been all-age community centers. "I think the only reason alcohol-driven venues were so popular in the '70s and '80s was because mainstream, corporate rock bands couldn't play live. So people just got inebriated," he says. "But that's not what it's about. If you've got a good show, it shouldn't matter if people are wasted or not. I'd rather have a hyperaware audience than one with a dulled perception of reality."
On the No Deachunter Tour, Deacon wasn't alone in his sentiment. When Bradford Cox, frontman of Deerhunter, took the stage, his first move was to call out the club rules posted in huge white letters on Rhino's wall, which included "No Alcohol," "Be Yourself" and "Sing Along if So Moved." But Cox's favorite rule? "Number three -- no pornography and no nudity," he called from the stage, half-kidding. "That's the most important to me."
With the successful round robin tour wrapping up in Chicago this weekend -- in time for all three bands to play Lollapalooza -- the future is uncertain for the No Deachunter collective.
Fans can cross your fingers, but shouldn't hold their breath for another tour or an album. "I would never rule out recording together. I think we'd all be into it. It's just a matter of schedules," Cox said after the show. "I would vote for it. I'd be there in a minute."