The 2003 Saint Vitus reunion has been made curious by the years since. It’s almost like the band — guitarist Dave Chandler, vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams and drummer Armando Acosta — came back together, played this show, waited to see if the world was ready for them yet, and finding it wasn’t, went back into hibernation for a few more years. What exactly the change was that led the band to be able to re-reform in 2009 and go on to produce an album as stellar as this year’s Lillie: F-65 (just picked as my favorite of the first half of 2012, if you missed it), I don’t know, but it’s hard to argue with results as killer as those, and I’m inclined not to try.
But that reunion, short-lived as it was, was documented in the limited edition Reunion 2003: Live in Chicago DVD. At the time, Chandler was working with Trouble bassist Ron Holzner in Debris Inc. (they went through an array of drummers as well), and they played this show at the Double Door as well, but it became a blip in the history of the band that, until 2009, seemed to be the last they’d be heard from. The DVD is long gone, but there are a couple tracks up on TouYube, and being in a generally Vitus-type mood this week, “Clear Windowpane” couldn’t be a better fit. Wino‘s madman scowl is great throughout.
Please enjoy and have a happy (also doomed) Wino Wednesday.
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