Former Hüsker Du frontman Bob Mould was joined onstage by Ryan Adams in New York last night at the Bowery Ballroom; the pair performed four songs from Hüsker Du’s classic 1980s albums Zen Arcade and New Day Rising: “Something I Learned Today,” “New Day Rising,” “I Apologize,” and “Celebrated Summer.”
Widely regarded as one of the bands responsible for the development of American indie rock out of hardcore punk, Hüsker Du split in 1988 and have not reunited since. All three of the original members (Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton) continue making music seperately; Mould’s career has especially enjoyed renewed interest recently thanks to 2012’s acclaimed solo album Silver Age and the reissue of Copper Blue by Sugar, the songwriter’s 1990s alt-rock band.
Ryan Adams, himself a long-time Hüsker Du fan, has collaborated with Bob Mould in the past, most recently appearing in the video for Mould’s “The War”.
Watch two fan-made videos from last night below.
“Something I Learned Today”: