(Photo via Consequence of Sound)
Great to read how exciting Bob Mould's Thursday-Friday shows last week in Chicago must've been for attendees.
Consequence of Sound wrote about Thursday night's show:
"But the turning point of the night came after the clipped ending to “Man On The Moon”. Following a few thankful words to the crowd, the band launched into several tracks off the recently released Silver Age, which, hands down, marks Mould’s best record since Sugar’s second and final full-length, File Under Easy Listening. Playing the material sandwiched between Copper Blue and a handful of Hüsker Dü songs proved that at 51, Mould’s at the top of his game."
Chicago Now wrote about Friday's show:
"What struck me immediately was just how much fun Mould seemed to be having. He bounced across the stage like someone half his age throughout the night and bared quite the grin as he repeatedly moved to his right to jam with Narducy. To say this band has gelled is an understatement as each member had their moment to shine. For Wurster, that moment was on the Sugar ballad “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” which he transformed from mere ballad retread to anthemic punk anthem with his propulsive drumming. Narducy took center stage later in the night on the Hüsker Dü classic “I Apologize” where it wasn’t just his bass but his outstanding backing vocals, harmonizing with Mould, that solidified the performance."
And I say -- "I Apologize" live and electric? N-I-C-E!
And then later, Bob Mould and band ripped into a cover of Cheap Trick's 'Downed'? Awesome! Also from the Chicago Now blog post:
"From 2005’s Body of Song came an excellent rendition of “Circles” but the highlight of the encore came as Mould requested of the crowd “Someone tape this and make sure to send it to Rick!” That was a nod to Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen as the band tore through a raucous cover of Cheap Trick’s “Downed.”
And thanks to the awesomeness that is YouTube, here is that version of Cheap Trick's 'Downed' and Husker Du's 'Celebrated Summer' from Friday night: