I first saw Soundgarden back in the early 90s at the Baltimore Arena when Superunknown was popular. Then I saw Chris Cornell solo at Rams Head in 2007. In 2010 at Lollapalooza, I saw Soundgarden in their first big show together over a decade. I went it as soon as the gates opened and got a spot on the front rail, but all the way to the left. I stood there in the hot Chicago sun all day watching a few other bands until Soundgarden finally took the stage. They played all their hits including my favorites ‘Fell On Black Days,’ ‘Black Hole Sun,’ and ‘Spoon Man.’ Chris Cornell was beautiful as ever. He walked through the crowd pleasing many fans!
A year later while in Philadelphia for the U2 360 Tour, I saw Soundgarden at Festival Pier (it was the day before the U2 show). I bought a fanclub GA, so we were let into the venue before the regular GA. We got to the front rail on the left, but closer than I was at Lollapalooza the year before because this was a smaller venue. Soundgarden took the stage at 8:45. They played my favorites Spoonman, My Wave, Fell on Black Days, Rusty Cage, and Black Hole Sun. They were great and seemed really excited that the Philly audience was so enthusiastic. Chris even said something like, ‘Finally a real crowd.’
This blog post is part of my A to Z April Challenge about ‘My Music’ – music I love from A to Z. Thanks for stopping by. I am also blogging the A to Z Challenge on my other blog On the Road with U2 about ‘My U2′ – what I love about U2 from A to Z.