October 22, 2014

Riot Fest 2014 Day 2 Band 5: Bob Mould

Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
How often do you see an artist leave the ruins of a highly influential band only to have even greater success with his next band, and then enjoy a decades long solo career, all while being completely uncompromising and delivering with an energy and passion that belies his age?
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould started his musical success in Hüsker Dü. After their breakup, he put out a couple of solo albums before forming another power trio called Sugar, which released one of the all time classic alternative rock albums, Copper Blue. After the dissolution of Sugar, Bob returned to his solo albums, where he's been ever since. In between all that, he released an autobiography, See A Little Light; The Trail of Rage and Melody, which I thought was a great read.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography picturesBob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
I've seen Bob perform live many times, the first time with Sugar. I've even taken some of my classic iPod Touch pics at his shows at The Mod Club and The Horseshoe. Toronto's Riot Fest was different. This was the first time I actually got to officially photograph this personal influence and legend.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Bob Mould and the band were in top form, kicking the hell out of the set in a "show 'em how it's done" manner. He opened with some Hüsker Dü in the form of "Flip Your Wig" and "Hate Paper Doll". Sugar tunes "Changes" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind" made it into the set, as did a handful of tunes from Bob's latest, Beauty & Ruin and a little more Hüsker Dü. The only other solo album he pulled from was 2012's Silver Age and the tune "The Descent".

I'll leave the notes I made during the show intact: Unreal energy. Amazing. The peak of my day.
Bob Mould at Riot Fest Toronto September 7, 2014 Photo by John at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative music blog concert photography pictures
Here's a bunch of stuff from Bob's amazing set.

The two opening tunes. Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" and "Hate Paper Doll". Amazing tunes but it doesn't give us photographers a lot of time.

Sugar's "Changes"

"The Descent"

"I Don't You Anymore"

"The War"

"I Apologize"

"If I Can't Change Your Mind"


"Hey Mr. Grey"

"Makes No Sense At All"

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