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Bob Mould show report (Husker Du and Sugar fans...)(7 posts)

Bob Mould show report (Husker Du and Sugar fans...)JS Haiku Shop
Apr 1, 2002 6:15 AM
we were on the 5th row...

drove to st. louis friday afternoon for friday night show at the Pageant. opening "band" started promptly at 8:00-ish, if you consider two keyboards and a laptop a "band". was pretty entertaining for 5 or 6 songs, then they got off the stage.

bob mould started playing within 25 minutes. he was alone, with two large video screens behind him, and backed by pre-recorded synthetic or otherwise non-synthetic music. i'll guess he did all of his own supporting sounds. he used one of three guitars at any given time during the show, two electric and one 12-string acoustic.

the first few songs were from the new "modulate" recording, which is a strange turn from the classic Mould. sat through these, fully expecting (from what i'd read and been told) him to play the entire "modulate" release, track for track, before any of the older stuff. after three songs he pulled out the acoustic and launched into "hardly getting over it", to my happy surprise. i can't remember exactly, but i think it was "hardly getting over it". from there he probably played another dozen songs from new day rising, file under easy listening, LDAPS, copper blue, warehouse: songs and stories, black sheets of rain, and workbook.

stuck around for 15 minutes after house lights came on and got to meet the man, get several CD jackets autographed, talk with him and shake his hand, and my wife took two pictures of us.

conclusion:

hotel: $70
gas-hogging SUV fuel: $45
road snacks: $13.50
breakfast: $25
tickets: $40
t-shirt: $15
half-day off work: $$

chance to see my favorite artist, hear songs i never thought would be played live again, meet and have pictures taken with him, and fulfill a 15-year dream: priceless.

if you get the chance, and know his work, i fully encourage you to go see his show.
Mould's other careermickey-mac
Apr 1, 2002 8:13 AM
I read recently that he was writing "scripts" for pro wrestling as a consultant a pro wrestling federation. Apparently he got involved because he is a big wrestling fan and not because he needs the money. He's an interesting man.
done with that I guessColnagoFE
Apr 1, 2002 8:21 AM
Read that the wrestling thing went belly up. Have listened to Modulate and like it, but to be honest I like old Husker Du better than most of any of Mould's solo stuff.
done with that I guessJS Haiku Shop
Apr 1, 2002 8:26 AM
i'm suppressing (my) further comment on the 'modulate' stuff. let's just say i was relieved to see an acoustic guitar.
I had to listen to it 6 or so times firstColnagoFE
Apr 1, 2002 11:19 AM
First time I heard modulate I was pretty indifferent. Then you can kinda hear that "wall of chaos" sound like old Husker Du coming through on some of the tracks though with electronic effects rather than guitars. I always thought a good image of Husker Du's music was of a giant piece of metal spinning around at high speed and beginning to fragment apart throwing sparks and metal everywhere.
by the way, that symbol on all the old husker du albums...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 2, 2002 5:49 AM
finally found out what it means. from some of the old 'zines, now electronically stored:

the circle is the band
the three horizontal lines are the band members
the vertical line is the band's direction

a ha!!!
re: Bob Mould show report (Husker Du and Sugar fans...)MJ
Apr 3, 2002 5:17 AM
I drove up to Sheffield from London in 1994/1995 to see him when he was touring with SUGAR on the F.U.E.L. tour. They were great and worth the three hour drive and the three hour drive back home.

I'll have to give 'Modulate' a go - but Husker Du stuff remains the touchstone

the Flaming Lips play alot of their supporting backing track and sync it up cleverly with video to boot - i.e. it's still a show not a cassette recording