UPDATE: Some good news, is that Mark Eitzel is co-headlining with the Late Birds in the Great American Music Hall on Saturday, the 10th of Sept 2011. Great to have him back on the stage. Wish I could be there!
Some sad news, but at least he’s alright. Mark Eitzel had a heart attack sometime in early May. As with most things about Mark, it didn’t make the press, and I only found out about it due to an update on his facebook page saying:
“Everything is OK. Thanks for the support and concern.”
I must have seen Mark Eitzel ten times over the years, and each time I’ve seen him has been an event. He’s often at his best when playing by himself, and just talking to the crowd. He tells amazing stories, which you’re never sure whether they’re quite true or not. It doesn’t matter, seeing Mark on stage is a real experience, as he’s always someone who doesn’t hold back, and gives the audience his all.
The last time I saw him was at ATP, where he spent the whole set trying to convince the crowd that he was one of the regular Butlin’s performers, who ATP were contractually obliged to have at their festival. He has a wonderful self deprecating sense of humor, and his gigs are often as funny as they are musically engaging. I hope he’s back on the stage soon!