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By: Alex Mitrani 5 months ago

Definitely worth listening to this show. It's as close as we can get to a full live performance of The Argument, and the last Fugazi show to date in the USA. As Gunter says the recording on the Fugazi Live Series site is incomplete, having only 14 songs. There is a complete recording with 17 songs that sounds really good on archive.org here: https://archive.org/details/fugazi2002-07-01.shnf

By: gunter habets over 3 years ago

On July 1, 2002, Fugazi played the 34th edition of the Fort Reno summer concert series, a returning feat and staple in the band’s tour chronology as I pointed out earlier (see e.g. my entry for the 1988 Fort Reno concert).

Yet as it turns out, this particular concert would be the very last Fugazi show on US soil. At this point in time, the United Kingdom and Ireland were still to host a string of (14) shows in the fall of 2002, which had been cancelled earlier, allegedly due to the passing of a relative of a band member, but that would be it. After these shows, the hiatus was announced by the band and up until today, it still proves to be very much indefinite.

Having read a handful of show reviews related to the Fort Reno concert, it appears that the recording presented here is incomplete. The introductory remarks and three opening songs are missing (Cashout, Full Disclosure, Break). The actual fourth song, Smallpox Champion, fortunately is included but mislabelled as “Intro” in the set list below. In this regard, it can be mentioned as well that the song titles for Nightshop and Life and Limb are mixed up.


By: gunter habets over 3 years ago


Note that alternate and complete recordings of this particular gig exist. I have been able to trace at least one audience recording through a quick internet search. It is worth mentioning as well that, with the exception of Oh and Ex-Spectator, Fugazi played the complete October 2001 album The Argument on this occasion, including a rare live take on Strangelight.

The sound quality of the recording is admittedly quite good, although the vocals are rather low in the mix and get buried during the more up-tempo parts. Other than that, there is occasional static interference as well as some sort of rustling sound which might be caused by the kick drum.

Footage of Full Disclosure, Epic Problem as well as of the set closer Song number 1 can be found on YouTube (search for "For Reno 2002").

Banter is scarce, and pretty much limited to a critique of the state of the nation and post 9/11 policy of the George W. Bush administration (”a war of terrorism”). As to the logistics of the Fort Reno happenings, Ian gives a shout-out to Gus Sound before playing the set closer.

By: Melissa Oswald over 10 years ago

I was fortunate enough to catch this and the three London shows. Last of the last on both sides of the pond. Peace.

By: Anthony Bonini almost 12 years ago

"one note about that particular show at Fort Reno, that's actually the last show we played in the U.S. That was 2002, and after that, we did a short trip in England. But our last show we played was in November of 2002. So, actually, that is -- that was our last U.S. performance."

By: michael liford about 12 years ago

nightshop and life and limb are mixed up but a very good show

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Fugazi Live Series FLS1031 Fugazi Washington, DC USA 7/1/2002

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 Fort Reno
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1. Intro
2. Interlude 1
3. Back to Base
4. Nightshop
5. Closed Captioned
6. Rend It
7. Furniture
8. Interlude 2
9. Strangelight
10. Interlude 3
11. The Kill
12. Interlude 4
13. Argument
14. Life and Limb
15. Epic Problem
16. Interlude 5
17. Blueprint
18. Encore 1
19. Number 5
20. Interlude 6
21. Song #1
22. Outro

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