photos by Sachyn Mital; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park 9/7/2012
"Copper Blue was 20 years ago And most of those songs were actually written right over there on Richardson," former neighborhood resident Bob Mould told the Williamsburg Park crowd last night, pointing East. "You've really done a lot with the place."
As Mould said, his '90s band Sugar's debut album is indeed 20 years old (almost to the day) but he and his ace band (Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums, Telekenisis' Jason Narducy on bass) ripped through its ten songs like George Bush Sr. was still in office. The crowd -- mostly folk who remembered the songs the first time -- ate it up. For having such a raw vocal style, Bob's pipe's were in fine form, really belting out "Hoover Dam" and "Helpless."
After Copper Blue, he played the choice cuts from his very Sugar-esque new solo album Silver Age as well as a health dose of Hüsker Dü classics like "Hardly Getting Over It," "Could You Be the One?" and "Makes No Sense at All" -- all of which you could see Wurster singing along unmiked behind the kit, clearing loving it. Bob pulled Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn to the stage to help sing on Hüsker Dü's "Something I Learned Today" and Finn was as amped for it as you'd expect.
Openers were Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars who probably own a couple Mould albums and put on a nice opening set. Bob Mould's Copper Blue/Silver Age tour rolls on throughout September and he'll also play FFF Fest in Austin in November.
More pictures and setlist from the Williamsburg Park show, plus remaining tour dates are listed below.
Setlist: Bob Mould @ Williamsburg Park, 9/07/2012
The Act We Act
A Good Idea
If I Can't Change Your Mind
Man on the Moon
Round The City Square
Hardly Getting Over It (Hüsker Dü)
Could You Be The One? (Hüsker Dü)
I Apologize (Hüsker Dü)
Chartered Trips (Hüsker Dü)
Something I Learned Today (Hüsker Dü ) (with Craig Finn)
In A Free Land (Hüsker Dü )
Makes No Sense At All (Hüsker Dü )
Bob Mould - 2012 Copper Blue / Silver Age Tour Datess
September 8 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
September 10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
September 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
September 13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
September 15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
September 18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
September 19 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
September 21 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
September 21-23 Pensacola Beach, FL @ DeLuna Fest (Bob Mould Plays COPPER BLUE)
November 2 Austin TX Fun Fun Fun Fest