Though he reportedly expressed some humble resistance to the tribute because "he's not even dead yet," Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould took part in an all-star tribute to his songwriting and legacy last night at L.A.'s Disney Hall, where he was joined by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Spoon's Britt Daniel, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Ryan Adams, No Age, Margaret Cho, and many more.
Our sister blog West Coast Sound in L.A. has a full report of last night's festivities, which they say was presented with a "prevailing down-to-earthness" and with "little in the way of high drama," and there are also a handful of YouTube videos already floating around the web today.
By all reports the highlight of the set was when Mould performed with No Age, a combination that made so much sense that fans were wondering why they had never collaborated before. Here's Mould singing "Celebrated Summer":
Mould also played a set of Hüsker Dü songs with Dave Grohl, who sticks to guitar for "Hardly Getting Over It," "Could You Be the One?" and "Ice Cold Ice" in the first video before switching to drums for "New Day Rising" in the second.
Ryan Adams chose "Heartbreak a Stranger," one of the first songs Mould recorded solo following the demise of Hüsker Dü as part of his album Workbook.
And Britt Daniel appeared early in the night to play two Sugar songs, including "The Act We Act."
Still missing from YouTube at this time is any footage of Craig Finn's contributions for the evening, though West Coast Sound's reviewer didn't seem too impressed by his set (he called it "earnest and flat"). You can read the entire recap and see more photos here.