How Serial Concert-Goers ‘Dennis and Lois’ Deal with the Pandemic

Posted on: November 2nd, 2020 at 5:09 am by

Lois and Dennis selling merch, photo courtesy of Chris Cassidy

If you’re missing live music during the pandemic, don’t fret, there are two people who probably miss it more.

Chris Cassidy’s documentary Dennis and Lois is a music-infused love letter that’s a must see for any fan. In the before times, the gig-going couple typically saw up to four shows a week, sometimes even jetting off to Manchester for the weekend to catch a quick Vaccines concert. With the current climate being what it is, our thoughts have kept coming back to Dennis and Lois, wondering how two people who have built their lives around live music are faring during all of this.

“The situation is depressing and upsetting to us,” they said in an email conversation. “We usually go out every day for a short drive, but had a bit of a fall last week, so we’re staying in watching DVDs and listening to records.”

But it’s not just the music they miss. “It’s the people who we miss most. Bands, crews, and fans who have morphed into friends,” they tell us.

Music is helping a bit, though. And despite their adamant position on digital music and virtual shows (“We don’t listen to music on a computer – sound quality is very important to us”), they’re still discovering new stuff and finding albums to get them through these trying times.

“We’ve been listening to two new Manchester bands: Cabbage and Loose Articles. Some older American stuff, too, like John Prine. And of course, Mekons and their spinoff groups.”

They’re cautiously optimistic about the creative expression coming out of the pandemic. “Most artists are using the time to write. The only thing we fear is a future onslaught of depressing apocalyptic themed albums.”

There’s no question that Dennis and Lois have seen it all. They have sort of a combined Yoda-like wisdom when it comes to all things music. So it only seemed natural to have them weigh in on the despondent question tossing around in every music fan’s brain: will I ever see a live show again?

“Things will return to how they were eventually. Think there will be many false starts first. To reinvent things will be tough. Limited capacity? Social distancing? And there’s the problem of venues and artists making a living without raising ticket prices into the stratosphere.”

A glimmer of hope.

When asked about kids who haven’t had their first concert experience yet, they offer some words of encouragement, alongside a covetous collection of ticket stubs.

“I’d tell them to hope they will eventually see a show the ‘right’ way. We are old but lucky. We’ve experienced music live from the 50’s through now. Elvis, Dion, Little Richard, Beatles, Woodstock The Fall, Ozzy, Doves, Ramones etc. Kids today will never be that lucky.”

Dennis and Lois is now available on Amazon Prime for your viewing pleasure. Check it out.

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