Words can't express how much I'm looking forward to this.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd say that God took Hicks too early because he knew too much and was too good at spreading the message. He had it all worked out, and was able to make the message compelling, interesting and entertaining... and that's dangerous.
I don't think Hicks was ever going to be big in the mainstream. Flyover America doesn't want the truth, it wants to be pacified. It doesn't want to think, it wants to be told "everything's OK. Go back to bed."
Hicks was too good, and he was taken too soon. There are artists who, somewhat controversially, I've claimed died at exactly the right time. Who could stand to see John Lennon or Jim Morrison hit that success plateau and end up doing infomercials like Tony Orlando? Who could stand to hear their self-indulgent garbage albums of not-what-you-want-to-hear because they surrounded themselves with unchallenging yes men?
Not Hicks. He went too soon. There was still too much for him to say, and too much philosophy that was left unthunk. Still too much to do.
The thinkers miss you, Goat Boy. Big ol' shaggy thang.