Dispatch Debuts Russian Version of its Beloved Antiwar Anthem, “The General,” as a Show of Support for Ukraine

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

Boston-based indie/roots/jam band Dispatch has a robust catalog of earnest songs speaking out about a number of worldly topics, among them poverty, homelessness, racial issues, violence and beyond, always infusing its music with an awareness and focus on what really matters.

The latest effort from the group is a reinvention of “The General,” long one of Dispatch’s most well-known songs and a fan favorite. A poignant antiwar anthem from the perspective of a “battle-torn” general who has a dream envisioning his enemies as people with families and lives — and thus questions his very perspective in battle — it’s a powerful track.

Seeing the parallel between the original track, which appeared on 1997’s Bang Bang album, and the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, founding Dispatch members Chadwick Stokes and Brad Corrigan released a new version this week, with Stokes’ lyrics translated to Russian.

Per a news release, “the song was written as a statement against war and Stokes wanted to record it in Russian with the hope that Russian soldiers might hear the message and question their roll in this unjustified invasion.” Not a Russian speaker himself, Stokes worked with a translator, and shared the results in a performance video:

All proceeds from streams of the song will benefit Leleka Foundation, an organization that provides vital medical supplies for treatment of the wounded in Ukraine.

Here’s the original version of “The General,” definitely a favorite concert moment at any Dispatch gig:

Dispatch will tour this summer with O.A.R. on a co-headlining trek, surprisingly the first time the two long-running East Coast “roots” bands will have gone out on the road together.

It’ll be a 37-show tour for the groups, who boast musical palettes that span rock, indie, reggae, soul and beyond.

“DISPATCH has always been a name on our white-board wish-list for bands we wanted to tour with,” said O.A.R.’s sax player Jerry DePizzo. “It’s almost as if we’ve existed in parallel universes. We both came up through the ranks and cut our teeth playing colleges and small clubs throughout the Northeast and Midwest. It’s taken a few years, but the stars have finally aligned. We’re looking forward to this because we feel both audiences will be excited as well. We should have done this a long time ago.”

Dispatch‘s most recent album is 2021’s Break Our Fall, while O.A.R. released The Mighty in 2019.

The dates (click here for more details):

7/15 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
7/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
7/17 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
7/19 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
7/20 – Rohnert Park, CA – SOMO Village Event Center
7/22 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
7/23 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
7/24 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
7/28 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Venue TBA
7/30 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/5 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
8/6 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
8/7 – Columbus, OH – EXPRESS LIVE!
8/9 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
8/10 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Music Park
8/12 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/13 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival *on-sale spring 2022
8/14 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre Freedom Hill
8/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
8/18 – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann
8/19 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/20 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
8/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/23 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
8/25 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
8/26 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/27 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/28 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8/30 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station
8/31 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/2 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
9/3 – Wilmington, NC – Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park
9/4 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
9/8 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
9/9 – Houston, TX – The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall
9/10 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

*July 15 – August 10: joined by Robert Randolph Band
*August 12 – September 10: joined by G. Love

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