Bob seems to be having a great time over the past decade or decade and a half. He seems to have completely come to terms with his past and has been playing Hüsker Dü and Sugar tunes throughout his sets. It’s amazing to hear the breadth of his musical career presented so energetically. With his solid and well established rhythm section of drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy, the songs all sound fresh and energetic and full of life, delivered with power that few bands can muster.
The show started off with a super-strong combination of tunes from Bob Mould's solo catalogue, Sugar and Hüsker Dü. Bob's "The War", Sugar's "I Good Idea", Hüsker's "I Apologize", Sugar's "Hoover Dam", Sugar's "Your Favourite Thing", and Bob's "See A Little Light". Wow.
From that point, the set continued to bounce between new and old, Bob's solo tunes, Hüsker Dü tunes and one more Sugar tune until closing out with Hüsker's "Chartered Trips" and an encore of "What Do You Want Me To Do?" from Sunshine Rock and "Black Confetti" from Patch the Sky.
The band sounded amazing. They're so tight and the playing style of each member perfectly contributes to and compliments the whole. They may just be the perfect power pop band, the perfect power trio, and the perfect combination of singer/guitarist/songwriter with the perfect rhythm section.
And with that, another amazing Bob Mould Band show was in the books. As always, I can't wait for next time. On this tour, Bob’s selling his own brand of flannel shirts, and he’s modelling one during the show. Looking sharp!
Check out my coverage of The Drew Thomson Foundation, who opened up this particular show, here.
Here are a bunch of my personal favourites from the band's set.
Sugar's "A Good Idea"
Sugar's "Hoover Dam"
"See A Little Light"
"What Do You Want Me To Do?"