For a while in the late ’90s and early-to-mid-2000s, Dan Hosker seemed to be in about half the bands in South Florida – the Holy Terrors, the Bikes, Harry Pussy, the Laundry Room Squelchers – the list goes on. If it had strings, Dan played it, along with a few instruments that didn’t, and when he wasn’t on the stage, odds are he was in the front row. This most-prolific period of the man’s onstage life partially coincided with the time in which I wrote a weekly music column. So for a few years there, I saw Dan a lot. He had then, and still does, a sort of slow energy. There is nothing manic about the man, but no matter how late the night or how early into the morning, I have never seen him appear tired. His brain is always going.
Last Friday, Saturday really – another of those early mornings – Dan was struck by a car on the highway. It’s pretty bad. Dan’s in the ICU at Broward General. Rob Elba, his bandmate in the Holy Terrors and his friend since before the two came to South Florida some 20 years ago, posted a brief message on Facebook in which he partially stated, “If he survives this critical period he will have a long, hard recovery ahead of him and will need all of our love and support. But for now, visits are not possible and would not be helpful to him or his family. Well wishes are always welcome, but Dan’s family is on FB as well and I’m asking everyone to please respect their feelings by not speculating on details of the accident or his condition online. … We are all shattered by this, and I know that everyone who knows and loves Dan feels the same.”
When I reached Elba, he didn’t have a lot to add. “I’m in a daze, feeling empty inside,” he said. So are we all who know the man. Dan is funny, smart, brilliantly talented. No one deserves this, I know, but Dan least of all. I hope he gets out of that hospital as soon as he can. I hope I see him play again. I think I will.