Words and Photos by Rich Clark
Three of the original line up reunited to create Meat Puppets latest album Dusty Notes. Cris and Curt Kirkwood and drummer Derrick Bostrom hit the road again for their European tour in 2019. They took to the stage together for the first time in over twenty years. It was well worth the wait to see Meat Puppets perform together at the Brudenell Social Club.
Throughout the set that included defining songs like “Lake of Fire,” “Plateau” and “Blackwater” the bands chemistry together worked well and was natural. These songs in particular reminded me of the performance in 1993 by Curt and Cris with Nirvana Unplugged In New York. These songs made Meat Puppets well known, giving them a cult following which has continued to grow over the years.
Curt is one of the best songwriters of his generation and over the years the Meat Puppets have developed their sound, they’re not easily categorised as a specific genre of music as they have their own unique style.
The keyboardist Rob Stabinsky complemented the band perfectly as he brought the melody to the hard old school rock guitar from Elmo Kirkwood. Curt by contrast softly strummed his guitar with such precision and passion.
Meat Puppets are still living the hard rock star lifestyle and they don’t do this by halves. Life on the road can be hard and take its toll but they can still be seen enjoying every minute of being on stage and performing to their fans.