On Friday afternoon I hopped on a bus to Boston to join my friends in saying goodbye to one of our favorite bands. Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers announced that they would be taking a hiatus starting in 2013. No one knows when the hiatus will end. It was a difficult bit of news to take in. What do you do when a band you love goes on an indefinite hiatus?
The Paradise Rock Club was sold out and filled with fans. I was surrounded by my closest friends, some of whom I had not seen in over a year. I was so excited to be with them and enjoying a SK6ers show together, just like we had many times before. We huddled together at the back of the room, singing along with all the songs we knew by heart. After an incredible show, complete with several encores, we were hoarse from singing and teary-eyed from the final bow.
We walked next door to an empty restaurant to enjoy a few more minutes together before going our separate ways. When we walked in, part of the dining room had been cleared for the night so we sat at a table on the perimeter of the room. A staff member in the corner played music from a makeshift DJ stand, alternating between top 40s pop and classic rock. In an almost unspoken agreement, my friends and I started to request songs from our past. Soon, the speakers were blaring late 90s pop, like N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Will Smith. We took to the cleared space, making it our dance floor, and suddenly it was as if we were pre-teens at a middle school dance again. We sang and danced along to the songs we hadn't heard in years. It was the best way to end a night together. Music had always been a sort of therapy for us, so getting to enjoy the music that started it all was the best coping mechanism we could have asked for.
That night was one of the most fun I've had with my friends, and we were all together because of the music we love. I'm so thankful I've had the opportunity to enjoy the music of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. I'm even more thankful that this band has brought me closer together with the friends I adore. Although they may not release a new album or go on another tour in the foreseeable future, we will always have their music to provide a soundtrack to our lives. There are so many feelings and memories woven into each melody and every lyric, and those won't go away no matter how long the hiatus lasts.
So, see you later, see you soon, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Thank you for all the good times.
Has a band you love ever gone on hiatus? How did you cope?