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10,000 Maniacs show off their Bills pride

The two original members remaining with the band 10,000 Maniacs combined a gig in Virginia Beach and the Bills making the playoffs for  a memorable New Year's Eve.

Bass player Steve Gustafson and keyboardist Dennis Drew are both big Bills fans and got to see the Bills' win and the Ravens' loss before the 10,000 Maniacs performed. The band originally from Jamestown is back touring again.

Here's Gustafson's account as told to News Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan:

"We watched the Bills game in a restaurant near our hotel in Virginia Beach. We were the loudest table and had to tip handsomely so we wouldn't be asked to leave. After the fish were frozen, I went back to my room to watch the Bengals-Ravens game and get ready for our show. When Dalton threw the TD, I screamed so loud and jumped around so much the front desk called my room.

"Needless to say, we were talking proud on stage that night and got booed for it. Dennis Drew even wore his Bills colors. It was a great end to an odd year. We played an outdoor show in the town center. It was 18 degrees when we hit the stage. Coldest night in 100 years. Talk about streaks! It was nothing to us.

"If the Bills should win vs. the Jags, we'll be playing in Boston next weekend.

"After the Dalton TD, our 25-year-old guitar tech, who is from Lewiston, got online and bought tickets for the Jacksonville game. He said he and his son, Riley, would drive down in his van and drive back after the game."

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