Though Fugazi have been on extended hiatus since 2003, their rabid fanbase follows the band with no less passion: just last year my roommate told me, in an only-half-joking tone, “the only thing I listen to anymore is NPR and Fugazi.”
The punk band’s loyal following will be thrilled to learn that the Fugazi Live Series, a massive archive of Fugazi shows spanning from 1987 to 2003, will launch to the public on December 1st. 130 videos will be available at launch, with a whopping 800 to be posted in the archive when all is said and done. That’s an average of 50 shows a year, for any current artists taking notes on how to carry themselves like total badasses (remember, 800 doesn’t even count the ones they didn’t record).
As is fashionable these days, you can preview a show for free and download it through a pay-what-you-want scheme, with a recommended price tag of $5 per show. There will also be an all-access option for those who want to save the complete archives, but no word on how that will be offered just yet.
Whatever your connection to Fugazi, you have to admire their dedication to putting together what looks to be (one of?) the largest single-artist concert archives on the web. Keep your eye out for the project, which opens its doors this Thursday.