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Bob Mould’s ‘Letterman’ Performance Shook Dust From the Rafters

Two of his 'Beauty & Ruin' tracks threatened the integrity of the Manhattan Studio

Husker Dü founder Bob Mould returned to The Late Show With David Letterman on Friday night in support of his 2014 album Beauty & Ruin. Even just watching the broadcast, it’s clear that the blistering runs through “Tomorrow Morning” and “Kid With a Crooked Face” were just a little more fiery than the studio is used to. But Mould’s bassist Jason Narducy confirmed as much later, tweeting that members of the audience reported that “that dust fell from the rafters as [they] played.” So it looks like they came pretty close to very literally bringing down the house at Letterman’s midtown Manhattan studio. You can watch the whole performance up above, and though you can’t make out the dust on the video recap, it’s easy enough to see how a performance of that magnitude might threaten the structural integrity of the building that attempted to house it.