Last week Bob Mould released the album Sunshine Rock – a fresh and albeit glowing new collection that critics have spent the last few days raving about. Tomorrow Mould is set to start his international tour in support of the album. It’s a journey that will take him across the United States and through Europe, including two shows the weekend of March 30-31 in Minnesota at The Palace and Turf Club in St. Paul (the very city where his legendary archetypal band Hüsker Dü formed) that mark Mould’s 40th anniversary on the stage. The Turf Club show has already sold out.
Mould shares of the anniversary:
“I started my “professional” stage career as a musician on Mar 30, 1979 at a tiny bar called Ron’s Randolph Inn, located near Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. The name of the band was Buddy and the Returnables – a four piece fronted by keyboardist/singer Charlie Pine. I was the guitarist, Greg Norton was the bassist, and Grant Hart was the drummer. We played two consecutive nights.
Moments before the end of the Mar 31 show, an audience member yanked the cable out of the Farfisa organ that Charlie was playing, and the three remaining musicians – who immediately went on to be known as Hüsker Dü – launched into a handful of hastily-written originals.
Fast forward 40 years: I’ll be performing in St. Paul with my longtime bandmates, Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster, at Palace Theater on Mar 30 and Turf Club on Mar 31.
It’s a big anniversary, but my celebration of 40 years in music is for one weekend only. I’m typically not the nostalgic type when it comes to my work – but I would be remiss if I didn’t make mention of the importance of my early days in St. Paul, my gratitude to Grant and Greg for those first eight years of music, and my sincere thanks to the people of Minnesota for the centuries of support. Looking forward to seeing you on the Sunshine Rock tour, wherever it may be.”
Sunshine Rock is available now and features the recently released tracks “What Do You Want Me To Do”, title-track “Sunshine Rock”, and the Euro-inspired satirically political “Lost Faith”, for which the video premiered on NPR.
Mould has also paired with the handcraft clothing company JCRT to release a special edition ‘Sunshine Rock’ inspired flannel. While supplies last, the shirt will be available along the tour and also online at www.jc-rt.com. Customers will receive a download of the album with purchase.
Fans can see behind-the-scenes footage from Mould’s recording of the new album in the Sunshine Rock Studio Session video here, and watch the Berlin video in which he shares an intimate portrait of life his life in the Berlin here.
For information on Mould, music and concert tickets, visit www.bobmould.com.
Thu Feb 14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/ Titus Andronicus)
Fri Feb 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (w/ Titus Andronicus)
Sat Feb 16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (w/ Screaming Females)SOLD OUT
Mon Feb 18 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre (w/ The Drew Thomson Foundation)
Tue Feb 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls (w/ Murder Girls)
Thu Feb 21 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel (w/ Titus Andronicus)
Fri Feb 22 – Chicago, IL – Metro (w/ Airstream Futures)
Sat Feb 23 – Chicago, IL – Metro (w/ Beach Bunny)
Mon Feb 25 – Ft. Collins, CO – Washington’s (w/ In The Whale)
Tue Feb 26 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (w/ The Trujillo Company)
Thu Feb 28 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah (w/ Exasperation) SOLD OUT
Fri Mar 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom (w/ Criminal Hygiene)
Sat Mar 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (w/ Film School)
Fri Mar 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan (w/ Pabst)
Sat Mar 9 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater (w/ Pabst)
Mon Mar 11 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Zakk (w/ Styrofoam)
Tue Mar 12 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot (w/ Styrofoam)
Thu Mar 14 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom (w/ Pabst)
Fri Mar 15 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club (w/ Pabst) SOLD OUT
Sat Mar 16 – Edinburg, UK – The Liquid Rooms (w/ Pabst)SOLD OUT
Sun Mar 17 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2 Manchester (w/ Pabst)
Sat Mar 30 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace (w/ Porcupine)
Sun Mar 31 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club SOLD OUT
Tue Apr 2 – Dallas, TX – Granada (w/ Will Johnson of Centro-matic)
Wed Apr 3 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (w/ Will Johnson of Centro-matic)
Fri Apr 5 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (w/ Hutch Harris)
Sat Apr 6 – Seattle, WA – Neumos (w/ Hutch Harris)
Sun Apr 7 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw (w/ Hutch Harris)