Curt Kirkwood @ the Living Room
I have very vivid memories of going to see the Meat Puppets in the early to mid 90s. I specifically remember one show during 1994 at Bogart's in Cincinnati. It was a very warm August day, my friends and I hung out all day in front of the venue so that we could be right up front when the music started. The show was amazing. I don't remember to many details but I remember that the show rocked very hard and the crowd pushed and moshed a lot. This ruckus crowd resulted in one of my friends losing a shoe.
Late last year I heard that Curt Kirkwood(the chief Meat Puppet) was releasing a solo album entitled "Snow". Unfortunately I never got around to hearing the CD. But then when I saw that he was going to be touring in support of his new album I decided I would just check him out live. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this show. It has been nearly ten years since Curt released an album. I had read reviews that said the album was more twang than grunge, more beautiful than rough and more folk than rock. I thought these new sounds would be a good thing since my taste had grown a lot since the days of grunge. But nothing really prepared me for last night. At around 11:30 Curt took the stage no longer looking like the character "Thing" from the Addams Family. He had short hair and was very clean cut. He looked just like an average guy instead of the grunge rocker he was known as during the 1990s. Once the show began I was presented with a brand new Curt Kirkwood. One that sounded more like Townes Van Zandt. He performed mostly new material and a few Meat Puppets songs. I was delighted to hear how Curt could still write great songs. His new material is equally as good as his old songs. The old song which included "Oh Me." and "Backwater" sounded amazing in these solo acoustic versions. It will be interesting to see what is next for Curt Kirkwood.
See a few more photos here
Curt Kirkwood Solo - Golden Lies (live on KXCI)
Curt Kirkwood Solo - Box of Limes (live on KXCI)
Curt Kirkwood Solo - Backwater (live at Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco)
Download entire Meat Puppets and Curt Kirkwood shows here