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Published on Jun 29, 2012
With traffic zooming by on Hennepin, the Sculpture Garden lit up behind the band, and many of the landmarks in The Hold Steady's tunes just a stone's throw away, it was hard not to get goosebumps during songs like the name-checking "Southtown Girls."
Frontman Craig Finn was generous with his praise of the city, clearly reveling in the opportunity to play for a sea of hometown fans (and quite a few family members, too).
"I came here as a fan last year, I was watching My Morning Jacket, and I said, 'I've got to play here next year.' And here we are," Finn said, in a touching speech toward the end of the set that also found him paying tribute to late Soul Asylum bass player Karl Mueller, who passed away seven years ago this Sunday. "He was a great musician and a wonderful person. So think about that tomorrow, think about his family and friends," Finn said.