During an interview last summer, Alejandro Escovedo said the toughest gig you can play is opening for the Dave Matthews Band.
Because the crowd just doesn't listen. It's there to party.
That's not going to stop The Hold Steady from trying.
The Minneapolis band (via Brooklyn) has signed on as surprise guests to tour with the DMB this summer, including Post-Gazette Pavilion dates on June 19 and 20.
The Hold Steady plays a style of post-punk - somewhere between the Replacements and the E Street Band - that is not likely to appeal to DMB fans, who are generally more partial to virtuosic jamming.
The Hold Steady puts a big emphasis on Craig Finn's lyrics (about drugged-out party girls) that are likely to get lost in the shuffle during a shed show.
Let's hope in Burgettstown they don't showered with boos.