Portland Oregon’s The Thermals opened the night to a sparse crowd, but by the end of their 45 minute set the floor had filled up significantly and everyone was pretty into their indie post-punk sound. However, it was clear the majority of people were there to see the headliner.
Bob Mould treated the significant crowd to an energetic hour and a half long set. The first part of the set consisted of the 1992 album Copper Blue in it’s entirety. From the first note of “The Act We Act,” the crowd was right there, cheering, clapping and singing along. There was even some moshing. Bob and band played the entire album without stopping for much more than a sip of water here and there. The second part of the set was a mix of new material from “Silver Age” as well as old solo and Husker Du material. As Bob said after wrapping up the Copper Blue set; “we’ve got a lot of material to cover” and they did a pretty good job of covering Bob’s entire musical career. Bob didn’t chat much during the night, but he did make sure to mention to vote “yes” on Ref 74.
The night ended with an encore of two Husker Du songs: “Celebrated Summer” and “Makes No Sense At All.” Once the last note had faded, everyone walked off stage and left just Bob standing there. He calmly walked to the apex of the rounded Showbox stage, took in the crowd’s vigorous cheering, clapping, and smile before he gave a simple smile and a thumbs up and left the stage.
If you are a fan of Bob Mould or The Thermals, chances are you made sure you didn’t miss this show. But if you did, we have you covered with plenty of pictures after the jump.