Setlist: Bob Mould Band — First Avenue, Minneapolis MN, 13 Sep 1998

Moving Trucks
Taking Everything
First Drag Of The Day
I Hate Alternative Rock
Fort Knox, King Solomon
Classifieds
Wanted Was
Art Crisis
Lonely Afternoon
New #1
Skintrade
Eternally Fried
Brasilia Crossed With Trenton
Roll Over And Die
Egøverride
Reflecting Pool
Deep Karma Canyon

Disappointed
Hanging Tree

Sweet Serene
See A Little Light

Band:
Bob Mould -- guitar, vocals
Michael Cerveris -- rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Jim Wilson -- bass, backing vocals
Matt Hammon -- drums

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: Scot Richardson

OK, last nightís show was great.  Met up with a few listers prior to the 
show at "Let it Be."  It was great to meet some more folks.  I donít 
have too much time today, so Iíll just get out the set list.  All in 
all, 21 songs, only a couple of pauses.  Bob did say something to the 
effect of "I guess I better say something, since this is home."  He 
seemed to be pretty up beat (sorry Ďbout that pun).  I talked with him 
for a couple of seconds before the show, as First Ave. was showing some 
WWF on the movie screen in front of the stage, I mentioned to him that 
they must have been thinking of him and invited him out to hang with the 
listers.  He just kind of chuckled, and said, "No, thanks."  

Highlights: First Drag of the day really has become the "Big Assed Pop 
Song" that Bob promised that it would be back in New York at the Fez.  
Remove the pipe organ and add a second guitarist and that song is just damn 
hot.  Other highlights:  the Skintrade passthrough to E-Fried.  Wow.

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From: Jeff Runnels

Just got back home from the Minneapolis show (helluva long drive).  Some
brief and possibly incoherent comments:

Varnaline was dull.

If you were a ways back from the stage and squinted abit, that Cerveris
(too tired to look up the actual spelling) guy, with his shaved head and
all, looked kinda' like Billy Corrigan on steroids.

Highlights of the show, which frankly didn't quite live up to my
expectations (call me jaded) included a version of New #1 that was far
better than the recorded version and an absolutely  great rendition of
Eternally Fried. (I'm sure Paul - who I met briefly - will be posting a
complete set list soon).  Other than these two songs, I liked the two
(?) Workbook selections best.

Egoveride sounded like a big pile of mud from my perspective. Last Drag
and Skintrade were weak. Although I didn't think the show was all that
loud, the mix lacked definition and the leads were seldom loud enough.

Bob was plenty animated, but didn't really look into it.  This may sound
wierd but Bob looked to me like he was just going through the motions.

Grant was wondering around the bar area looking extremely dejected.
Toward the end of the evening I saw him arguing vehemently with a
bouncer ("you're on my shit list man!") who wouldn't let his 45 year old
friend back into the drinking area without an ID (the bouncer was  just
doing his job - he wouldn't let me in either and I'm pretty ancient
myself).

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From: Seifert

        After seeing Bob some 5 times (Sugar, solo karioke, solo w/bass
backup, solo, LDAPS, etc.), I have to say that he appeared to be in as much
of a festive and happy mood as I have ever seen him perform in.  We
witnessed more jumpin' around and smiles than I've been able to note in the
past. He actually looked like he might be having fun with the new material
and all.  His voice seemed to be in fairly decent shape also.....it was nice
not to have him completely (or partially) 'hoarsed' out as he's been on
occasion.  All in all, the show seemed pretty solid to me and was full of
positive energy!  I feel we are so very fortunate to have had the
opportunity to see Bob perform again using the full band format (and to hear
as many of the 'old favorite' selections as we were able to also).  Bob
Mould is certainly the duely exalted 'great one'.  What a complete treat the
evening was (indeed, Varnaline was DULL after a 'fair' start).  As long as
Mr. Mould keeps putting a product out there for us....I'll be sure to
follow.  To the 'guy' who thwarted my wife's (and my) effort to purchase a
cd of 'Black Sheets' & "greatest hits" by taking the last two
copies......phooey on you (hehe).  I guess we'll have to visit "Venus"
records sometime when we are in the Twin Cities again.  FYI, I was surprised
not to have been stopped by anyone while wearing my "Bob Mould/ Sugar/
Husker Du - The Joke is Always on Us ~ ...Sometimes
(sugar@csua.berkeley.edu) T-Shirt.  I guess I missed all you listees that
were at the show!  We were standing by the end (away from 7th street entry)
of the lower level bar directly facing the stage.  Thanks for listening and
take care..  

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From: WmLKoch

What's up with everyone dissing Varnaline?  I thought they were great and
sounded dead on.  Maybe I just knew what to expect having been listening to
them for about a year and a half now.  Oh well.  The Sunday night show was
great.  I thought Bob was in a great mood and seemed to be having way too much
fun up there, bouncing around back and forth with a big grin on his face that
was still there after the show.  He thought the crowd was receptive and was
looking forward to Monday nights show.  Anyone go?  Anyway, Sunday highlights:
Hanging Tree was dead on.  Eternally Fried was also great.  I was surprised to
hear someone say they were dissapointed with Skin Trade.  Another great one
but I also loved the song so I'm biased.  Brasillia was also a great having
not expecting it.  Did anyone catch the little Michael Jackson "ow" Bob let
out during Egoveride?  Amusing.


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