the best of the six or so times i've seen lucero was at a free outdoor show in the afternoon, and ben made a point to say that he had had nothing to drink yet that day besides water. he should take finn's advice and only start drinking once he's onstage. it's much more difficult to get sloppy drunk in that amount of time and having other things to do.
he said it himself in one of his songs: "i can only say, 'i'm sorry--i was drunk.' so many times before it doesn't mean much."
sorry, i just don't find drunken musicians very charming.
That's half the fun of a Lucero show. I've seen them a million times and I only remember a few shows where he was so drunk it ruined the show. Usually it just adds to it, especially when he tries to play some old songs and you get a drunken rendition of something like Outsiders or Diamond State Heartbreak.