They came close to breaking up from what I hear. I hope they stick it out, because when it comes to rock n roll they are one of the best of the past 12-13 years. I always have a stupid looking smile when I listen to them. They remind me what I love about music, the connection I feel I have with music is ignited when I listen to this band. There aren't many bands I love as much as the Hold Steady. Lyrically they run deep as hell. Love them!
Finn's voice was completely shot when they played in 09. They had been your very extensively before that set and it took it's toll. They're one of my favorite bands. The Echoplex show was great. They still sound great without Nicolay though they had to alter Stuck Between Stations to cover the void. The setlist was incredible and the first time I ever got one from a roadie.