Bob Mould announces UK and Ireland tour
Bob Mould, the former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman turned solo alt.rock hero, will be coming to the UK and Ireland in early 2021. Dubbed the Solo Electric tour, it’ll see the big man playing songs from across his four decade-long catalogue, as part of his current look back at his exceptional career with his Distortion vinyl box set series.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming Solo Electric shows in the UK and Ireland,” he says. “I’m excited to be performing songs from 2020’s Blue Hearts, as well as revisiting the prior 40 years of my songbook.”
Talking of Distortion, the latest instalment, Distortion: Live, comes on August 6. It follows Distortion: 1989 – 1995, Distortion: 1996 – 2007 and Distortion: 2008 – 2019, and like those, it’s a mammoth thing, comprised of eight discs. For the unboxing video, Bob asked his friend, comedian Fred Armisen, with whom Bob has performed in Fred’s punk band Ian Rubbish And The Bizarros, to do the honours and give him a hand.
“I’m a longtime fan of Fred’s work, especially the Portlandia series,” Bob explains. “Fred and I have made music together in the past – with my band, with Ian Rubbish, on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and at the occasional birthday party. So, it was a thrill for me to “unbox” the various configurations, geek out on the packaging, and share a handful of fun stories.”
Catch Bob (but not Fred) on tour next year…
Bob Mould UK and Ireland tour 2022
19 Dublin, Whelan’s
21 Liverpool, Arts Club
23 Cardiff, The Globe
24 Chester, The Live Rooms
25 Birmingham, The Mill
27 Stoke, The Sugarmill
28 Bristol, Thekla
29 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
31 Glasgow, Oran Mor
1 Newcastle, Riverside
3 Southampton, Engine Rooms
4 Brighton, Concorde 2
5 Oxford, O2 Academy 2
7 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Punk rock’s past, present and future with Mr. Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould.
Here’s the setlist from Weezer’s jam-filled stadium-ready set on the opening night of the Hella Mega Tour.