Under The Gun Review sent photographer Melanie Hodgins to the final Michigan show Thursday ever performed. What follows is her summary of the night, as well as a photo set from the show.
The entire UTG staff has loved covering and following Thursday over the years and will miss them greatly in years to come.
I was lucky enough to find myself at the iLounge in Pontiac, Michigan on December 3. Why? Three words: Thursday’s farewell tour.
The tour date had been marked in my calendar for weeks and, to my displeasure, as time passed I found the probability of attending the show to be dwindling. Saturday, the show day, rolled around faster than the time it took Kim Kardashian to get divorced and all hope to see the show was gone. Since I wasn’t going, I had agreed to drive one of my best friends to the venue where the both of us work for his shift. That’s when everything fell into place; we’ll just call it serendipity. Our place of employment is just a few blocks away from the iLounge and, being a photographer, my camera is something I never leave the house without. A few strings were pulled and before my brain had time to process what was going on, I had fought for a spot in front row and Thursday was moments away from taking the stage one last time in Michigan.
Fans throughout the venue were sporting recently bought shirts from Thursday’s merch table. Thinking back, the atmosphere at the iLounge was something I had never felt before at a show and it’s doubtful that I will for quite some time. As soon as Thursday took the stage, the audience’s subtle meloncholy burst into a super charged frenzy. If there had been barricades they would have been hurdled just to get closer but there wasn’t anything keeping fans from the front of the stage… except for those already standing there, including me. Juggling my camera around while trying to pay attention to the performance and fighting to keep my place was no easy task. Front row or go home, right? With songs from both new and old albums, their well balanced set kept you hanging onto every note. At that time, nothing mattered more than the relationship and interaction between the band and their fans. It was an experience I will never forget.
On November 22, 2011, Thursday announced they would be going on an indefinite hiatus. This news came as a shock, especially considering how well their latest studio album, No Devolución, was received. I’ve been sitting here in front of my computer trying to find the words that would do this show justice but it’s difficult when the fact that this show was the first and last time I would be seeing them perform. If you have an opportunity to catch any remaining dates of their tour- go! I’m not saying this because this is the last tour they’ll be doing but because they delivered one of the best live sets I’ve ever seen.