Posted in music | pictures on September 8, 2012

photos by Sachyn Mital; words by Bill Pearis

Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park 9/7/2012
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"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.

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Setlist: Bob Mould @ Williamsburg Park, 9/07/2012
Copper Blue
The Act We Act
A Good Idea
Changes
Helpless
Hoover Dam
The Slim
If I Can't Change Your Mind
Fortune Teller
Slick
Man on the Moon

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Star Machine
The Descent
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)
Keep Believing

Encore:
Something I Learned Today (Hüsker Dü ) (with Craig Finn)
In A Free Land (Hüsker Dü )

Encore 2:
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

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Comments (55)

Fuckin' A I wish I was there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 3:09 PM

Great show

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 3:24 PM

holy cow I am excited for this!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 3:25 PM

"Silver Age" is amazing. Listen to it.

Posted by Dan | September 8, 2012 3:27 PM

Great show, well run venue, friendly crowd.
The whole band looked like they were having a great time.
Thanks for the pix BV.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 5:09 PM

Wish I'd of seen this. His new album rips!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 5:36 PM

were is a good place to start if you have no idea who Bob Mould is? Sugar?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 6:16 PM

Things just got so real !

Posted by Tyres | September 8, 2012 6:26 PM

@ 6:16 PM,

'Copper Blue,' from Sugar... New Day Rising or Flip Your Wig from Husker Du... Workbook solo album.

-bp

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 7:47 PM

Husker's Warehouse, Sugar's Beaster, Bob's Black Sheets of Rain.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 7:56 PM

Old white people scare me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 8:08 PM

husker du's land speed record then stop.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 8:09 PM

Wish I hadn't missed this. Fuck!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 8:35 PM

Of all the free shows to miss...

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 8:56 PM

thought it might wind up an annoying douchefest getting in the way of the music being a free Bklyn part show, but all reports seem to point to a really great atmosphere, if not quite as full as it should and could have been (but then again, the douchebags stayed home. yet so did the doofus who is writing....oh well.
hope he does an indoor club show too later on.)

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 9:19 PM

He needs to do another show, one wasn't enough.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 9:22 PM

I've only heard maybe 3 Du tunes but went since i live down the st. MUCH better than most current bands. Great energy , the sound was on spot, and the crowd was stoked

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 10:23 PM

Yes. It is nice and interesting to see that at least some younger
folks who seem to want to find some great rock music presented with fire, energy, melody, and a total lack of fake self-satisfied smugness have discovered Bob Mould's music and his live vibe.
Direct, no bullshit, gives it everything he's got, without a second to waste. That's our man, kids. It would be great to see some younger bands with their own sounds use such an honest and straight-up approach. Rock music could have a future if they did.
The Foo Fighters don't hold a candle to Mould (or to Superchunk for that matter.)

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2012 11:04 PM

Lots of people left when he started playing the new stuff.

Good show though. Lots of elbow room and no lines. It was a bit too empty though. Crowd was too subdued.

I like Craig Finn but I was embarrassed for him.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 1:05 AM

Did anyone else hear Mould play '2541' aftter the second encore?

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 7:52 AM

hart troll in the house

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 9:29 AM

I enjoyed the show. Sort of sad it was so empty. That venue is terrible. People are paying $50+ to see shows there?! I would think twice before seeing another *free* show there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 10:03 AM

The Return of the King!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 11:00 AM

Agreed that the venue was terrible. I got their during Cymbals Eat Guitars and it was a very sparse crowd. Filled out a bit. I miss the old waterfront location, particularly the first year where the skyline backdrop was stellar. Show was great. Band really ripped through the songs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 12:10 PM

I regret not getting a shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 12:19 PM

this show was so fucking awesome. really want bob to come back.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 2:22 PM

That venue is ugly and bleak.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 3:16 PM

They've really done whole lot of gentrification with the place

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 4:15 PM

the turn out there is no real stain on Bob's standing or reputation.
it would have been fuller were it in July or August, and he can fill Irving Plaza as usual, no problem.
He's always been in it for the long haul, not playing the Star Machine. (he would have kept Sugar together and gotten a new bass player, and signed to a major label again in the mid-90s to capitalize on all that if he really wanted that, but he didn't.)
It would have been nice if it had stayed at Webster Hall - next time! (or Summerstage/Prospect Park would have been better fits for a free show. )

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 6:33 PM

Bob's the man but Craig Finn? That guy is as lame as they come.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 9:21 PM

The planet Earth needs this supergroup...

Bob Mould: Guitar
Mike Watt: Bass
Steve Shelly: Drums
J Mascis: Lead Guitar
Mark Arm: VOX

Comments?

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 10:41 PM

no, that doesn't seem to mesh. Bob is his own guitarist in every way - he can shred when he feels like it. Watt and Shelley have a different rhythmic drive than Mould, and Bob is also his own vocalist.

It was great when Brendan Canty played with him.
bass? hmm, Mike Mills? (he's free), Lou Barlow? ok, maybe Watt would actually be cool.


Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 11:16 PM

Bruce Foxton!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 11:17 PM

"Hardly Getting Over It," damn. Candy Apple Grey is so underrated.

this show would have been perfect for McCarren Pool back when it was a music venue.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2012 11:31 PM

Front man has to be Greg Dulli.

Posted by Jacks | September 9, 2012 11:34 PM

front man has to be BOB MOULD

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 12:20 AM

I was there and would personally put this down as the best show I've ever seen. Technically, the band was great, but what really did it for me was seeing how much fun they were having up there. A shitty band having fun is infuriating, but a great band playing the soundtrack to the past 25 years of my life is amazing. Bob seems to be fully at peace with his history and his demons. This was a victory lap run by someone who has won the race and is now running even faster just because he loves to run. It was a privilege to watch this show.

Posted by Joel P | September 10, 2012 12:30 AM

"area man, Bob Mould.."

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 12:33 AM

becasue we all know it's only about Joel's miserable life, amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 7:39 AM

I heard Diane at the end of In A Free Land. Not trolling just observing and reporting.

B/t/w - great show, maybe best of summer (AW @ BB still has best of year honors).

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 9:06 AM

awesome show! you fucked up if you missed it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 9:36 AM

I forgot a t-shirt as well. Any way to get some gear?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 10:28 AM

It really was an excellent show - loved the fact that he grinned most of the show, very obviously having a blast. Also wanted to send a little love to the 3 guys that started a tiny pit right behind me when he started playing Husker Du songs - also having a blast! :)

Posted by Holly | September 10, 2012 1:21 PM

If you are who I think you are Holly, you are one hot mama and I'd like to get to know you better!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 1:42 PM

If you are who I think you are... you smell like a wet sock.

Posted by Holly | September 10, 2012 1:55 PM

^ that's not Holly. nice try troll.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 2:06 PM

thank you, Anonymous. That was not me, but this is. I smelled no wet socks Friday...

Posted by Holly | September 10, 2012 2:26 PM

Bob Mould.... from power pop to power top

Posted by Greg Norton's mustache wax | September 10, 2012 3:50 PM

idiot...(it isn't even clever. it may even be true, but who gives a fuck.)

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2012 10:12 PM

Irving Plaza Bob! Better yet, a couple of nights at the Bowery Ballroom! Gotta give the deep fans some love.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 12:06 AM

@September 10, 2012 7:39 AM - If you felt that upset about a total stranger posting that they loved a concert, maybe my life isn't the miserable one. XO, troll.

Posted by Joel P | September 11, 2012 11:17 AM

Actually Joel P, the fact that you felt the need to comment back to anon's comment is an indication of you being upset by it. Why do you care what some anon person says about you? Maybe if your life was not so miserable you would not give a shit at all.

P.S. I am not the person who posted the original comment. Just making an observation.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 11:51 AM

This guitar knows everything! very good! love it!

Posted by Melhor Massagem | April 12, 2013 8:51 PM

time sure does fly.

Posted by jordon | July 22, 2013 3:06 PM

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