Setlist: Bob Mould — Showbox, Seattle WA, 10 May 1997

Wishing Well
Needle Hits E
Hoover Dam
Your Favorite Thing
No Reservations
Can't Help You Any More
Lonely Afternoon
New #1
Vaporub
If I Can't Change Your Mind
High Fidelity
The Last Night
Hardly Getting Over It
See A Little Light
Celebrated Summer

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

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: 'ShawrkByte' J Shaw

Awesome.  No cold, no complaints...except there appeared to be a rave or
something going down after the show, so he was forced to shorten his 1h
40min set from whatever length it might have been.  personally, i was glad
to finally hear the new material i had onlFrom: "'ShawrkByte' J Shaw" 

Awesome.  No cold, no complaints...except there appeared to be a rave or
something going down after the show, so he was forced to shorten his 1h
40min set from whatever length it might have been.  personally, i was glad
to finally hear the new material i had only heard about on the list.  he
was under the impression that he had played it before, but asked the
audience (as though we never change) if he had in november (october bob,
it was late october).  anyway, awesome... too bad he's going back to work
on more material at home, but i think id like to see a new album myself.

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From: G Mark Winford

I thought this was one of the better Mould solo shows I've seen.  His 
voice was strong, he was in a good mood, and he had some great 
performances.  Highlights for me: "New #1" and "Lonely Afternoon" (Bob just 
ripped it on the solo to "Lonely...").

He also did a classic rant/stand-up break while smoking a cigarette.  He
talked about Ellen's coming out, the Spin article, always being sick when
he comes to Seattle (accept this time), the Mariners (and why listening to
the ball game was better than listening to modern rock radio), he also
knew a surprising amount about the local politics behind Seattle's new
ballpark.  He mentioned the weirdness of the Levis one-off gig of last
summer; he said something to the effect of "you have to try something like
that at least once."  One of the funniest parts was when for some reason
he launched into a series of phallic company names, like "Mr. Tube Steak"
and "The Paul Bunyan Log Shoot."  People liked the break so much that Bob
questioned whether he should just keep talking and not play anymore. 

I liked the new tunes, especially "New #1," which has classic Bob written
all over it.  This one ripped my head off, and I can't wait to hear it
recorded.  "High Fidelity"  had a good melody that is still sticking with
me.  "Vapo Rub" I can't really recall too much about. 

The show build up to peak with "Lonely Afternoon," but it seemed to die 
out a bit afterwards; he just couldn't top this.

The electric encore was a nice touch, espcially "Hanging Tree."

Disappointments?  No "Brasilla..." No "Poison Years..."  Alas.  

But all in all a fantastic, truly memorable show.  Bob also mentioned some
really good news:  after this stint of touring ends on Saturday he's
going home to write!  It sounds like he's really looking forward to it--I 
know I am! 

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From: J. Hoppe

Lois opened, cool but she guffed my hometown, so she put me on the
defensive.
What can I say besides this was the best I've seen BOB at.  The crowd
interaction was amazing.  BOB was bustin funnies left and right.  Some
great social commentary rivaled only by the infamous Cabaret Metro show.
This is also one of the best times I've ever heard his voice.  Shit, the
LAST NIGHT was simply amazing, his voice was full throttle.  Hanging
Tree, Man on the Moon were also quite memorable.  He didn't play as many
songs because of all the talking and the pressure from the ravers. I do  
get
the feeling that BOB quite enjoys the Showbox... Crowd was cool BOB was
amazing so definitly a great evening.y heard about on the list.  he
was under the impression that he had played it before, but asked the
audience (as though we never change) if he had in november (october bob,
it was late october).  anyway, awesome... too bad he's going back to work
on more material at home, but i think id like to see a new album myself.


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