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TGL to play final show Saturday night

Friday, April 17, 2009

TGL, which features local members John Sibbitt, Will Cath and Zach Stewart, along with Boyd Lewis, will play its final show at DePauw's Lilly Center on Saturday.
After nearly seven years together, Greencastle's own rock band, TGL, will be calling it quits.

They have, however, decided to rock their hometown one last time, as they will play an all-ages, free show at DePauw's Lilly Center at 7 p.m. Saturday. The show had originally been slated to take place on East College Lawn.

The lineup for the night will be either two or three bands.

Bassist Zach Stewart, guitarist and vocalist John Sibbitt, drummer Will Cath and guitarist Boyd Lewis will be going their separate ways following Saturday's show.

But unlike so many other music stories, the story of this band's demise is not one of hard feelings and disagreement. According to Stewart, who contacted the Banner Graphic Thursday, it's a case of something we all do -- growing up.

"Will and John both go to DePauw, and when we signed a record deal, they took a year off from school, so they needed to finish and if they had taken any more time out, we weren't sure what would happen with financial aid and credits," Stewart said.

"But that was just one of many factors," he continued. "I guess it was just one of those things where we were all kind of growing up and doing our own thing."

In their 20s, all the members have different interests -- both musically and personally -- than they had as teenagers.

"We're playing music that we started playing seven years ago, and now that we're grown up and a little bit older, it's not the kind of music that any of us really listen to anymore," Stewart said. "So rather than try to form into something else, I think it was just best for us to just call it quits and go our separate ways. But it wasn't any kind of bad break or anything."

And now all four have decided to take their own directions. Lewis, the only non-local in the group, has moved back to Pennsylvania. Sibbitt will graduate from DePauw next month. Cath will be in school for another year, and Stewart has moved to Crown Point and chosen some different pursuits in the music business.

"I'm kind of doing my own music thing up north. I started a record label and a management firm, so I manage bands, and I own a record label now," Stewart said.

He added, though, that moving on won't be easy for any of them.

"It's going to be sad for all of us. It was the biggest part of our lives for the longest time. It was the most influential part of my life, hands down," Stewart said.

"It'll be hard once we're done playing music. We'll definitely miss it. I have no intentions of playing in any other bands. TGL was my thing, and now I'm just pursuing the other end of the music business," he added.

For his part, Stewart is keeping a healthy perspective on it all.

"All good things must come to an end," he said.

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Great show!!!!!!!!!! You guys lived a dream that most only think about. Im sure you felt like true rock stars,and good for you. Keep on living part of that dream by singing and playing for fun. You make us all happy and proud. Youre #1 fan. YOU ARE THE MAN JOHN. YOU MAKE ME PROUD

-- Posted by enough 1 on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 3:26 PM

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