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Renee McMahon
The National's Matt Berninger, halfway through a bottle at Sasquatch!
Because we're getting conflicting messages. This week I chatted with The National's Matt

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Musicians: Is It a Good Idea to Have a Few Drinks Before/During a Show, or Not?

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Renee McMahon
The National's Matt Berninger, halfway through a bottle at Sasquatch!
Because we're getting conflicting messages. This week I chatted with The National's Matt Berninger (the band's playing Marymoor on Sept. 11), who said:

Before the show until the show's over, I probably drink a bottle of wine, if not a little more. Truthfully that's the way I write the songs, the lyrics, and everything, too.

I'm usually drinking wine and loosening my grip on whatever and letting some of the more primal good stuff come out. I will admit that drinking is a crutch in a way. But it's a very, very useful crutch.

But a few weeks ago, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn told me:

The best thing that I've found is not drinking before you play the show. Just because if you get a little buzz going -- really the big thing is not getting too excited and start yelling -- things get away from you, and all of a sudden you're not singing for the rest of the week.

So, which is it? Musicians, is it better to drink or not to drink?

 
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