Ted Leonsis, owner of the basketball team the Washington Wizards and the hockey team the Washington Capitals, has made a statement recently asking for the band Fugazi to reunite for a charity concert. One of the most popular punk bands to come out of Washington D.C., Fugazi spent around 15 years together from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. Since then, however, the group has been on a seemingly permanent hiatus and has shown little sign of reconvening. Leonsis is hoping to change this, wanting to bring the band back together for a charity concert at D.C.’s Capital One Arena.
In a post made to Twitter earlier this week, Leonsis wrote that he would love to get the group together because their sound is something that “resonates well with all generations.” Leonsis also offered to pay the band generously, along with making donations to charity in their name, in order to try to entice them. He was seemingly inspired to reunite the punk band after seeing an art installation titled Visualizing Fugazi, which sought out to show the impact the band had and the artistic stylings of their music in a new form.
While Fugazi has yet to reunite for new music over the past 16 years, nothing is set in stone. The former bandmates have stated on several occasions that they are still in contact and on good terms. Each has been busy with a variety of different projects and ideas, often times collaborating with each other on these projects. At the end of last year, Ian MacKaye and Joe Lally announced they would be working on a new band together. Despite this, the idea of the Fugazi’s coming together for a reunion is still a little far fetched, as the project would require their full attention and all four of the former members are currently enjoying the projects and bands they are currently working with. For more information on Ted Leonsis’ statement, you can find his tweet about Fugazi below.
Let us all work to get Fugazi to reunite, play at our Arena, we will compensate the band, and make a major donation to local charities in their names, it has been too long. They resonate well with all generations, we miss them. Check this out. https://t.co/c7HcqHWY4l
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) May 13, 2019