Drunken brawlers, fear not: Memphis country-punks Lucero's two-night stand at Mercy Lounge, which begins tonight, is still on. The band had to cancel a string of dates this week after drummer Roy Berry suffered a broken jaw in what has been reported elsewhere as a mugging. However, sources close to the band say, in fact, what really happened is that Berry was jumped by a gaggle of fratty meat-heads.
The incident occurred last week after in a show in Augusta, Ga. Shows in Jackson, Miss., Hunstville, Ala. and Chattanooga were all subsequently nixed, and the band make their return to the stage tonight in Nashville. No word yet on how Berry's broken jaw -- which is currently wired shut -- will affect the band's performance or music overall, but if history is any kind of indicator, then you can expect it to sound more like this.
Now, we know that shitty shit is always happening to drummers, and while a broken jaw isn't quite as bad as onstage spontaneous combustion, choking on a roller-coaster rider's vomit or getting in a gardening accent, it sucks more than the worst of the adversities that could ever possibly befall, say, a bass player. As a drummer myself, I can empathize with Berry's painful plight. For that reason I'm encouraging all you Lucero fans out there to take a short break from your typical routine of alcohol-fueled fisticuffs, and instead bring Berry stuffed animals and milkshakes to show him you care when you descend upon Mercy Lounge tonight and tomorrow. It has long been said that "every bad boy has a soft side." Well, here's your chance to put the proof in the pudding. Literally. Pudding. Dude's fuckin' jaw is wired shut, it's all he can eat. Seriously, have a heart y'all. Care packages are cool.
Tickets to tonight and tomorrow night's shows are the familiar combination of "still available" and "$15." You can purchase them here. Chattanooga's Bohannons open tonight, and Boro faves Glossary open tomorrow.