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Ben Weinman Reflects On The Second Anniversary Of The Dillinger’s Escape Plan’s Final Show


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Former The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman has reflected on the recent second anniversary of the band’s farewell show. The group hit the stage for the last time at Terminal 5 in New York, NY back on December 29th, 2017. Since then, Weinman himself has went on to join Suicidal Tendencies. In a post shared on his social media yesterday (December 29th), Weinman had the following to say:

“Two years ago today @dillingerescapeplan played our last shows after 20 years of nonstop creation and grind. What a ride. I may not speak often with all of the people who shared this experience with me, and some were sadly missing on that final day, but we will always share something that will never quite be replicated. The musical climate has changed.

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I’m not going to say for better or worst because I will just be accused of being either old and removed or pandering to the new guard. But the fact is that we made music during a time when bands were mythology. Innovation came from limitations and a musician could not be influential by simply playing cover songs or scales from the comfort of their bedroom. They did it by making a global cultural impact by how they performed and the music they created. So much so that it was impossible to ignore.

The word content had a different meaning. To us, it was the physical detail and meaning of our art. Not data to fill someone else’s multi-billion-dollar website or mobile app. I embrace evolution and prefer to get on the arc rather than sink with the dinosaurs, but feel really lucky and grateful to have experienced what I did with the people I did it with. #dillingerescapeplan #thedillingerescapeplan #punkrock #hardcore”

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Two years ago today @dillingerescapeplan played our last shows after 20 years of nonstop creation and grind. What a ride. I may not speak often with all of the people who shared this experience with me, and some were sadly missing on that final day, but we will always share something that will never quite be replicated. The musical climate has changed. I'm not going to say for better or worst because I will just be accused of being either old and removed or pandering to the new guard. But the fact is that we made music during a time when bands were mythology. Innovation came from limitations and a musician could not be influential by simply playing cover songs or scales from the comfort of their bedroom. They did it by making a global cultural impact by how they performed and the music they created. So much so that it was impossible to ignore. The word content had a different meaning. To us, it was the physical detail and meaning of our art. Not data to fill someone else's multi-billion-dollar website or mobile app. I embrace evolution and prefer to get on the arc rather than sink with the dinosaurs, but feel really lucky and grateful to have experienced what I did with the people I did it with. #dillingerescapeplan #thedillingerescapeplan #punkrock #hardcore

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