BOB MOULD – 2/26/19, Englewood CO

Dates: February 26, 2019

Location: Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO

Live at the Gothic Theatre, of course!

 BY BEN CURNETT / PHOTOS BY J.D. BAMFORD

When you go see Bob Mould on tour, one thing jumps out before the show starts: everyone in the crowd looks pretty much like the performer. You will not witness more middle-age-slightly-balding-touch-of-grey-buzz-cut-square-glasses-stubble-beard-plaid-shirt-and-vans lookin’ dudes anywhere this side of a bears meetup weekend in the Poconos. And just in case you’re wondering if Bob’s in on it, they sell the goddam plaid button down that he’s wearing on stage at the merch table next to the standard black tour Ts. First rule of marketing: know your audience.

Bob knows his audience. The man’s iconic, like it or not (he doesn’t), having now made three decades worth of music post-Hüskers, If a retrospective of that entire canonical catalog what you’re craving in a live show of this particular stripe, you will not be disappointed. The concert is a showcase of what is currently the world’s best example of what rock looks like in late middle age: fun, honest, and full of energy. That “fun” part is important. You can see plainly that Bob is having a good time on stage, playing old Sugar and HD hits not because he has to slog through them in order to keep enough people coming to be able to still play large theaters, but because those songs are a backdrop to the new stuff. And while we’re on the subject … Sugar songs played: A Good Idea, Hoover Dam, If I Can’t Change Your Mind. Hüsker Dü songs played: I Apologize, set closers Something I Learned Today and Chartered Trips, and an encores of Love is All Around and Makes No Sense At All (verdict is still out on whether or not it’s ok to hate our Fort Collins neighbors for stealing New Day Rising).

The new album was prominent in the set list (the title track, “Sunshine Rock” was a highlight, as was the frenetic “Thirty Dozen Roses”) and there was a pretty good balance of other career nuggets too, including “See A Little Light” and “I Don’t Know You Anymore.” In fact, you should stop reading this now and run, don’t walk, to your nearest new browser tab to get tickets for the next show. You won’t just be getting a Mould compilation; you’re going to witness one of the best live performances you’ll see this year.

The band is one of the best trios you’ll see. That’s not hyperbole; they are amazingly tight, and that controlled fever pitch is the feel that the band carried through the night. Jason Narducy’s bass and backing vocals matched the energy Bob was putting out there like they had played together for more than a decade, which … hey look at that! … they have. Jon Wurster made me ask myself why I hadn’t ditched everything and dedicated myself to playing the drums.

And then there’s Bob. The man’s iconic, like it or not (he doesn’t), having now made three decades worth of music post-Hüskers, If a retrospective of that entire canonical catalog what you’re craving in a live show of this particular stripe, you will not be disappointed. The concert is a showcase of what is currently the world’s best example of what rock looks like in late middle age: fun, honest, and full of energy. That “fun” part is important. You can see plainly that Bob is having a good time on stage, playing old Sugar and HD hits not because he has to slog through them in order to keep enough people coming to be able to still play large theaters, but because those songs are a backdrop to the new stuff. And while we’re on the subject … Sugar songs played: A Good Idea, Hoover Dam, If I Can’t Change Your Mind. Hüsker Dü songs played: I Apologize, set closers Something I Learned Today and Chartered Trips, and an encores of Love is All Around and Makes No Sense At All (verdict is still out on whether or not it’s ok to hate our Fort Collins neighbors for stealing New Day Rising).

I don’t think I can, it was one of my favorite shows ever. Bob was smiling a lot, and so was I. Great night.

 

 

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