These axioms were proven once again at The Wonder Ballroom when The Hold Steady performed; their gig opening up for Death Cab for Cutie in Portland having been cancelled (reportedly due to low ticket sales at the basketball stadium), allowing The Wonder Ballroom show to happen. Sorry Death Cab, but no big loss. I'd much rather see The Hold Steady headline a full gig at a smaller place than open for someone else with a short set at a huge place.
The fanatical drunken followers were in full force, up front, singing each word to each song, dancing like mad men. Singer Craig Finn is, of course, the maddest dancer of them all. Strangely, he also sings every word to every song too. He's got the best smile in indie rock. He gives hope to dorks, dweebs, and geeks everywhere with his bespeckled anti-rock star rock star persona.