Bust Out Your Flannel, Kids, It’s Mudhoney in Concert
Kurt Cobain used to wear a T-shirt that said “Grunge is dead.” But if you saw Mudhoney—who ushered in grunge rock in the late 1980s with their EP “Superfuzz Bigmuff”—at the Rock and Roll Hotel last Monday night, you’d have to agree that it’s still alive and moaning.
Opening band The Points took the stage a little before 9. Their performance was only memorable for the drummer’s mountain-man beard and the audience’s embarrassingly lukewarm reaction to the set—and for the bleeding eardrums that resulted from their failed attempt to play music. The Cynics, who were too old for their own good, opened next. They warmed up the crowd with their old school garage rock tunes, getting everyone prepared for the moshing and madness that were Mudhoney.
I’ll admit, I was expecting a diluted version of Nirvana to limp onto the stage, but Mudhoney delivered loud, raucous songs that were played with plenty of passion, despite some of the most famous ones being almost 20 years old. Lead singer Mark Arm was sweating and hollering all the way through the set. Mudhoney opened with the Mudhoney/Nirvana tune “The Money Will Roll Right In,” moved on to some of their newer songs (yes, they’re still making albums), and then went back to some of their old classics.
The crowd responded with swells of enthusiasm. A diverse group that included grandparents, office workers, and plenty of twenty-somethings got pretty rowdy in the mosh pit during “Touch Me, I’m Sick,” “Into the Drink” and “Here Comes Sickness“.
The concert ended with a long-winded encore—six songs total—but Mudhoney proved that they’re still keeping crowds pleased and carrying the torch of great grunge music. After all, Kurt Cobain and his t-shirt couldn’t be right about everything.