The Hold Steady played a sold-out show at Great American Music Hall on July 21st. The Brooklyn band are supporting their most recent record, Teeth Dreams, but didn’t skimp on the old hits like “Your Little Hoodrat Friend,” “Stay Positive” and “Hot Soft Light.” Overall, it was a loud, frenetic, sweaty set., and few people in the crowd seemed disappointed.
Before playing “Constructive Summer” from 2008’s Stay Positive, singer Craig Finn mentioned that his first stage dive ever was as a teenager at a show in his native Minnesota, to the song “Celebrated Summer.” He didn’t name the band, but many in the crowd knew the song by fellow Twin City-ers Husker Dü. Eagle-eyed fans also spotted Bob Mould himself in attendance.
Alas, the only crowd surfer of the night was a bespectacled middle aged dude, who kind of just lowered himself into the audience. On is second attempt, he was dragged off the stage.