Breaking news for fans of The Postal Service. The band announced on Twitter that Lollapalooza and the Metro Festival will be their last ever performances.
Fans were disappointed to see the Tweet, posted by the band this morning:
Hey Chicago, these @PostalService shows at Lollapalooza and Metro will be our very last. Please come celebrate with us!
— Benjamin Gibbard (@Gibbstack) August 3, 2013
The Postal Service formed after Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) recorded a song for one of Dntel’s albums. Producer Jimmy Tamborello and Gibbard decided more collaboration was needed after the song sparked an entire EP of remixes by several big name artists.
The band’s debut album, Give Up, which featured Gibbard and Tamborello, as well as Chris Walla on guitar and piano, and Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) on background vocals and keyboards, was released in 2003. Songs from that album have shown up in prominent commercials and television shows. “Such Great Heights” has featured as the original title song for Grey’s Anatomy, and has appeared in Kaiser Permanente and UPS commercials. It has also been covered by several artists, and remains The Postal Service’s most popular song.
In January 2013, after years of speculation regarding the band’s return to the touring scene and a possible second album, the band announced that they were planning an extended world tour. The tour would coincide with a re-issue of Give Up that would include several music festivals, including Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Now fans will never get a second album, as tonight’s live streaming performance from Lollapalooza at 8:30CDT will be their second-to-last show ever. Fans can catch one last show at Lollapalooza’s grand finale at Metro on Sunday night.