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History Lesson: Hüsker Dü Breaks Up at The Blue Note

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Remember a band called Hüsker Dü? You probably don’t considering it hasn’t been together since 1987. Back in the day, Hüsker Dü was a hardcore and alternative punk band from Minnesota. It was quite popular at the time, and has now gone down in history as one of the only good punk bands with those weird accents in its name.

One night in 1987, the band was doing a show at The Blue Note while on its tour for Warehouse: Songs and Stories. It had only done a few tour dates before that show and the tour was just getting underway.

Tension had been building in the band after the suicide of their manager and, with drummer Grant Hart trying to get off a heroin addiction, everyone was on edge. He was using methadone to wean off his heroin addiction but the bottle of methadone had leaked and he was about to go through withdrawal.

After the show that night, lead singer Bob Mould cancelled the rest of the tour dates, convinced that Grant Hart would not be able to play the rest of the tour.

The band went their separate ways and that night at The Blue Note became Hüsker Dü’s last show ever.

This post was written by Chantelle Moghadam, a contributing writer at The Blue Note.

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