The “Five Stages of Grief” as applied to a Blue Rodeo concert where Greg Keelor was conspicuously absent

1. Denial:  “OMG what?  No, this can’t be happening, he HAS to be here, this is impossible! They’re kidding, right?”

2. Anger: “WTF, this is not fair!  Fuck, how could they do this, how could they dupe us into thinking this was Blue Rodeo without Greg??”

3. Bargaining: “Okay, seriously as long as he comes out and performs, even just a few songs, okay?  Please?  I’ll do anything, I won’t ask for anything else, honestly”

4. Depression: “Dammit, what if this means the end of the band as we know it?  Why bother coming to see them anymore?  It’s just not the same…”

5. Acceptance: “He sounds great and he looks great, so I guess if this has to be the setup for the next little while until he recovers fully, it’ll be ok.”

You probably think I’m kidding, and I wouldn’t blame you because I am clearly deranged, but these are the thoughts that went through my head within about the first 20 minutes of the concert in Stratford last night. 

I did make it to acceptance finally, but as is the case in the dying process, I don’t have to like it.  I just have to accept that this is the way it is going to be.  For now, at least.  Wishing Greg a full recovery from the ear/hearing issues that are troubling him.  Because man, the thought of that band having to throw in the towel makes me really, really sad and depressed.

Okay, so maybe I haven’t reached acceptance yet.

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