I've been a Mudhoney fan for the better part of the last 20 years, but unfortunately, was never able to see the band live ... until Monday night. The veteran quartet didn't disappoint, bringing a slew of hits to its hour-plus set at Houston's trendy Fitzgerald's. Playing before a packed house - on a Monday night, no less - Mudhoney pounded out popular singles like "Touch Me I'm Sick" and "Suck You Dry" to the delight of those in attendance.
The band began the show around 10:15 p.m. and started out more in jam-band mode, but quickly turned the tempo up. This was not lost on those in attendance, as stage diving and mosh pitting were seemingly required for those who made it out to Fitzgerald's.
Mudhoney never rose to the commercial heights of peers such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but it was nice to see a quality veteran band still so sharp after all these years. In an era where older bands reunite purely for the cash grab, it was evident to those in attendance that Mudhoney is still a "band" in every sense of the word, four guys who really enjoy making and playing music with one another.
In the end, it took me two decades, but I finally made it out to see one of the pioneers of the grunge movement. I couldn't be happier that I did.