Back when the Hold Steady were the best rock band in the world, one of their most crucial members was keyboardist Franz Nicolay, who added pounding Roy Bittan-esque pianos to their records and unbounded enthusiasm to their live shows. Nicolay left the band in 2010, and the split was pretty contentious. The Hold Steady have done great things since then, but they’ve also been missing something. So it’s very cool to see that, at least for a few shows this fall, Nicolay is rejoining the band.
The Hold Steady made the announcement on their Facebook today. The occasion: Boys And Girls In America, which most people think is the best Hold Steady album, is turning 10 this year, and the band will play “a limited number of live shows” to celebrate it. (Most people, incidentally, are wrong. Separation Sunday is the best Hold Steady album. Boys And Girls fucking rules, though.)
The details of those shows haven’t been announced yet, but you should do whatever you can to get to one of them. And as an added bonus, the band also announces that they’ll be reissuing their first two albums, 2004’s …Almost Killed Me and 2005’s Separation Sunday, on Frenchkiss this fall.