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Fugazi bassist adapting to life as a solo artist

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Joe Lally hasn't given up on Fugazi, even if the iconic punk rock group's hiatus has hit eight years and counting.

"I feel like I'm still in Fugazi, even though we haven't played together for awhile," says the bassist, who now resides in Italy. "I don't feel I'm out of that band. We didn't call it quits. I'm still in communication with everyone. There's always the possibility something can happen."

But after three solo albums -- including this year's "Why Should I Get Used to It" -- Lally, 47, says he's gradually embraced the idea of working on his own.

"All those years I was in Fugazi, I did very little accompanying other people or writing with other people," notes Lally, who's touring with a trio that includes cellist Alison Chesley from the group Helen Money and drummer Ricardo Lagomasino of Many Arms. "I'm able to explore all that now. I'm starting to write so much more for my solo stuff 'cause I'm not just a quarter of a band anymore.

"So I'm writing all the time, and the more you write, the harder you are on yourself about what you're doing. I'm much closer to knowing what I'm doing now than I ever was before. it really is a path of discovery that I'll keep following, because I don't think it stops. And I don't want it to."

Joe Lally, Allan James and Helen Money perform Friday, Nov. 11, at the Vernors Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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