Setlist: Bob Mould — Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA, 28 Apr 1997

Wishing Well
Needle Hits E
Hoover Dam
Your Favorite Thing
No Reservations
Can't Help You Any More
Lonely Afternoon
Sunspots [see comments]
New #1
Vaporub
If I Can't Change Your Mind
High Fidelity
The Last Night
Can't Fight It
Hardly Getting Over It
Sinners And Their Repentances
Roll Over And Die
Poison Years

Egøverride*
I Apologize*
Hanging Tree
Man On The Moon*

Thumbtack

Solo acoustic show except (*) solo electric.

Thanks to Mark Weygandt, from whose website (now defunct) this information was retrieved, along with the informal show reviews and comments below, which were originally posted to the Sugar internet mailing list:

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From: DPribner

Well, there must be something magical about the Iron Horse. I've seen Bob
four times there now, and each time just gets better. This evening was filled
with a lot of down-deep screaming, as well as a lot of laughing. A great
night.
Rumours were abound about Bob being sick, and this was confirmed as he got
prepped for 'Wishing Well'. He's had the flu, but seeing his water bottles on
stage you knew that was not going to pose any problem-- one bottle had the
word 'fuck' written on the neck, and the other said 'sick'-- "Fuck Sick".
Anyway, highlights for me were 'Vapo Rub' (a very intense version), 'High
Fidelity', the trio of 'The LAst Night', 'Can't Fight It', and a 'Hardly
Getting Over It' to tear you heart out, Poison Years' and 'Hanging Tree'. Oh
yeah, the Joe Satriani version of 'Sunspots was great.

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From: Paul Hilcoff

Bob was in a pretty bad way with flu, and was worried about it before
the show, but once he started playing he seemed to work his way through
it.  His uncertainty about the show's direction was apparent during the
first few songs, but the more he played the more the momentum built.
There were no peaks and valleys tonight; Bob's performance just kept
getting stronger and stronger.  He used his voice conservatively in the
early going so that by "Poison Years" he had enough left for a string of
chilling final screams that were off the chart.  The crowd was very
appreciative, and after the show Bob was *really* happy with his
performance.  I wouldn't go so far as to suggest he dose himself with
flu virus every time out (he looked awful, except while onstage), but
I can't help wondering if he regarded the illness as some sort of
challenge and was determined to get the best of it.  He did.

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From: Ken W

Great reviews of the show.  I thought I'd just mention anything
else that was not.  The show was indeed incredible.  Since Bob
had said that he was fighting the flu, I noticed that he was
holding back on vocals in the beginning, but after the first few
songs, he totally let loose.  I don't think that I have heard him
do Poison Years so intensely since I saw him open for Pete
Townshend.  I though that the new songs sounded AWESOME, and now
cannot wait for a new album.  He said that he wouldn't start
working on it probably until the end of the year. :(  And he also
mentioned that he thinks that New #1 is the best of all the new
ones that he has written and it would be hard to top.  The Iron
Horse seems like a really nice place, but I wasn't totally into
the seemingly mandatory seating, since we got there at about 7PM,
and the table we got upstairs was kind of blocked by the people
at tables in front of us jamming all their friends into them.
But hey, the Iron Horse has Blackened Voodoo beer, so I was
happy. :)


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