Bob Mould admitted he was nervous. He hadn’t played out since early November. And as he jostled with one of the microphone cables, a wisp of feedback bit the air. Someone in the audience whew-hewed him on.
“I’m not even sure what to play,” he said. “Is this loud enough?”
“Nah louder,” some guy barked. “Louder!”
A chord surged up from Mould’s Blackstar amp. “That better?”
“Oh, yeah!” the guy cried, and the rest of us followed.
“It’s a little early, I guess,” Mould smirked, “but — ahhh well –“
And he stepped up and stammered:
“Standing on the edge of the Hoover Dam…
I’m on the centerline…
Right between two states of mind….”
Lyrics from “Hoover Dam” by Sugar, 1992.
Bob Mould at City Winery.
Photos by Rick Stachura. February 9, 2017.
(This story was originally posted to my old Tumblr site on February 17, 2017.)