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Lucky Boys Confusion to rock New Year’s Eve

The Chicago rock group Lucky Boys Confusion: late Joe Sell (guitar) Adam Krier (guitar/vocals) Stubhy Pandav (lead vocals) Ryan Fergus

The Chicago rock group Lucky Boys Confusion: the late Joe Sell (guitar), Adam Krier (guitar/vocals), Stubhy Pandav (lead vocals), Ryan Fergus (drums) and Jason Schultejann (bass).

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Lucky Boys Confusion with The Young Distractions and The Run Around

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. Dec. 31

Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire.

Tickets cost $25-$60

After a year that included both a 15-year anniversary and the death of original band member Joe Sell, Lucky Boys Confusion is capping off 2012 with a high energy New Year’s Eve show at Cubby Bear North.

But partygoers shouldn’t expect to hear “Auld Lang Syne” when the clock strikes midnight. LBC lead singer Kaustubh “Stubhy” Pandav says he’s “too lazy to learn it.” But he promises a great show for all those in attendance.

“New Year’s Eve, it’s a party and we’re the entertainment,” he said. “We will play the songs that are more popular. A Chicago crowd, they typically know a lot of the older music, they grew up on it.”

Pandev said LBC, whose music is rock with punk/pop flavorings and whose members are suburban Chicago natives, takes that into consideration when they plan for a New Year’s Eve gig versus other concerts. For those type of shows, “We’re a little more self-indulgent. We’ll play what we want,” he said.

Of all the New Year’s Eve shows LBC has played in the past, Pandev said Cubby Bear North is the band’s favorite.

“It’s more intimate, the fans are a lot closer to the band,” he said.

And LBC wants to be close to their fans, they’ve even provided information for the hotel they’re staying at that night — the Hampton Inn & Suites right down the block — so fans can stay at the same place.

Pandev said the band opens themselves up to their fans and they really want to thank them for being supportive for so many years.

A new record, though, is one thing not in the band’s future. LBC’s last album was released in 2009.

“It just wouldn’t be right,” Pandav said. “[We] don’t want to do a record without Joe. I don’t mind somebody coming to play his parts [on stage], but it would be really weird with us to make a record without him.”

The band members are all doing their own thing at the moment too — including working with their other bands AM Taxi and the Super Happy Fun Club.

“It’s all pretty much done,” Pandev said. “I wouldn’t say we’ll stop playing Midwest shows, [we were] winding down as it was. And with Joe’s passing, it just doesn’t seem right to do it. [But] if you’re in Chicago you’ll definitely see us play again.”

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