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Bob Mould live in Minneapolis. If ever there
was a city to catch Bob Mould in, it's Minneapolis.
He has the roots of his musical career in Minneapolis
with the band Husker Du, and although he doesnt
live here any more, he has to love coming back here.
The audience fully appreciated the fact that he had
returned to the place where he got his start, in a
club that gave him support throughout the years. Bob
set upon Minneapolis with the reverence of a big fish
who had escaped his smaller pond for bigger waters,
but loved the fact that he had come back to the smaller
pond for a big show.
He played many songs from both Sugar and Husker
Du, not to mention all of his new work, and rocked
on with all of the reverence of a player who knew
the game and worked it. The crowd completely ate up
every bit of music he fed them, hungry for more, anxious
for the roots of the Husker Du days and completely
excepting of the new material he was giving out.
He ripped through 90 minutes of material - loud,
intense (he even jumped around a bit!), and very much
demanding every ounce of attention of every person
in the club. In a set of songs that ranged from Sugar
to Husker Du to new material from his Album
Body Of Song, Bob played with the ferocious
intensity of a punk kid who grew up and kept playing
on, now the wise veteran. Hes a punk Buddha.
The scholarly elder who emerged from gutter punk status
to rise up in the world and create a vital sound.
He's Bob Mould, you know? If ever there was
a great icon in Minneapolis, it's Bob Mould.
For a city as big as Minneapolis, we dont have
many musical icons that have stood the test of time.
Everybody talks about Prince, but he plays
a different kind of music. Then theres Paul
Westerberg (the Replacements), who has created
a career for himself in songwriting, but he seems
to have chosen a backburner position now as far as
public perception goes. Once upon a time, there was
Bob Stinson (also the Replacements), but he
fell by the wayside long before his untimely death
brought on by too many nights of excessive drinking.
So that brings us back to Bob Mould. Hes
lasted. He didnt get bogged down by drinking
or drugs, hes always created lots of music,
and continues to do so. He never really has faded
away. Bob has always written his own ticket, from
Husker Du through the dark acoustic days of
Black Sheets of Rain to the just in time for
the alternative phenomenon days of his band Sugar.
Now he hes back on the solo ticket again, and
he brought the electric guitar with him. And the volume.
And that drummer guy from Fugazi.
Opening band Uncut from Canada also played
a fairly solid set. They came out in low light, playing
loud, and rocking through a set of punk influenced
music with a small hardcore tinge to it. It was fresh
and raw sounding, at times with the abrasive grit
of sandpaper, at other times with the noisy deconstruction
of Sonic Youth.