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LOLLAPALOOZA '96: THE FANS' REPORT
AUGUST 2, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA


stevenina@earthlink.net
This is the first time we've seen SG and they rocked! (Though I would much rather see them at a headlining show--without all the fools who weren't rocking out because they were waiting for Metallica.) They came out onstage at a few minutes past 7:00 (which was perfect b/c it wasn't too blaringly hot, and most people who'd been there all day in the hot sun were fried by then, laying off to the side, which made it surprisingly easy to get real close up to the stage.) They opened with "Spoonman" then played the Doors' tune, "Waiting for the Sun (?)" which sounded really cool. After the Doors' copy, I think they played "Rusty Cage," which got most people going, including some asshole Nazi moshers. Ben Shepherd was surprisingly animated and lively throughout the show, and actually talked to the crowd about as much as Chris, especially before "Ty Cobb," when he berated some asshole who had apparently beat up some chick earlier. Even Kim Thayil (who was all dressed in black and looks like he's losing his beer belly) ventured out to where we were and waved out to us with a mischeivous grin, which was really cool! My memory after that as far as the actual playlist order is a little hazy but I definitely remember every song that was performed. "Ty Cobb" came next, which was intense! "Let Me Drown" was really good too. For a tour that came after the release of DOTU, they played more songs off of Superunknown (6) and even Badmotorfinger (3) than they did from DOTU (2). I think they played "Pretty Noose" next, which was a real vocals treat--CC hit every note smoothly and fluidly (he never ceases to amaze me!) "My Wave" was kick-ass, and even got the people who obviously didn't know SG's songs movin'! The only disappointment was Chris's solo of "Black Hole Sun," because it didn't seem to have as much energy and intensity as the rest of their pieces that day, but that segued in to "Outshined," which was killer! At some point they played "Fell on Black Days," and "Mailman," which seemed to lack intensity. (Maybe they're starting to feel the grueling effects of the road tour, or maybe there wasn't enough vibe in the crowd for them--Chris did do some capping on the lack of audience response from certain sections in the stands, especially in the VIP section.) Anyway, "Jesus Christ Pose" made up for the dead fish response from some of the crowd--if you can't rock out, then what the hell are ya doing at a concert in the first place??!! I think they closed with that one--no encore, no nothing, in fact, they started breaking the set down right away! For my first SG concert, they were, of course, the GREATEST! I can't wait for a headliner tour!


nin9@juno.com
I saw the show in San Jose and it was awesome! They played songs from Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, and Down on the Upside. I fuckin lost my shoes and ripped my shirt in the mosh pit and just trying to stand up.


stevenina@earthlink.net
Update: San Jose 8/2 show-- Forgot to mention that they played an excellent version of "Searchin' With My Good Eye Closed." Total playlist: DOTU-2 songs; Superunknown-6; Badmotorfinger-4; plus "Waiting for the Sun" by the Doors. AWESOME!!! Nina


edjofnapa@juno.com
THEY ROCKED!! It was the first time I saw them live and I CAME ONLY to see them! They played most of their tunes from the Superunknown album - RAGING versions of My Wave and FELL ON BLACK DAYS. A mellow BLACK HOLE SUN showed Cornell's unique vocal style and frankly, I didn't miss the instruments. One of my personal favorites, PRETTY NOOSE, couldn't have sounded better. Then, they RIPPED into a Ty Cobb that made ya wanna smoke. I think I would go ANYWHERE to catch these guys live. I LOVE THIS BAND!!!! Keep em' coming Chris. As for Lollopalooza, lighten the fuck up and serve beer everywhere. And hey, what happened to the good old days of rushing the stage, Mr. Bouncer? This is a PARTY and you're not being alternatively correct.


edjofnapa@juno.com
These guys ROCKED!! My first show and I CAME ONLY TO SEE THEM and I was not disappointed. They sang mostly from their SUPERUNKNOWN album - RAGING versions of MY WAVE and FELL ON BLACK DAYS and last but not least by fucking far, MAIL MAN. Only a couple from DOTU, PRETTY NOOSE and a TY COBB that made you wanna do another green hit. They played hard and sounded great. I think I would go ANYWHERE to see these guys. I LOVE THIS BAND!!!!! Keep em coming Chris (for whom I would close my eyes and bow my head ANYDAY) As for Lollapolooza, lighten the fuck up and serve beer everywhere! And hey Mr. Bouncer, what happened to the good old days of rushing the stage? This is a PARTY and you aren't being alternatively correct.


edjofnapa@juno.com
These guys ROCKED!! My first show and I CAME ONLY TO SEE THEM and I was not disappointed. They sang mostly from their SUPERUNKNOWN album - RAGING versions of MY WAVE and FELL ON BLACK DAYS and last but not least by fucking far, MAIL MAN. Only a couple from DOTU, PRETTY NOOSE and a TY COBB that made you wanna do another green hit. They played hard and sounded great. I think I would go ANYWHERE to see these guys. I LOVE THIS BAND!!!!! Keep em coming Chris (for whom I would close my eyes and bow my head ANYDAY) As for Lollapolooza, lighten the fuck up and serve beer everywhere! And hey Mr. Bouncer, what happened to the good old days of rushing the stage? This is a PARTY and you aren't being alternatively correct.


edjofnapa@juno.com
Not to over do it but I only meant to submit ONE review. . .


jthomp5690@ocsnet.net
This was my first concert ever, and the 4.5 hour drive was well worth it to see Soundgarden (Metallica and Devo put on great shows also). The band sounded really good and really loud. I had a kiler view to start with because I went down to the stage during Devo's set and finally worked my way to about 25 feet from the stage when Soundgarden came on, then the moshing started and I slowly moved my way back in the crowd. Soundgarden started the set with spoonman. I was hoping that since they played right after Devo that they might play "Girl U Want", or even play it together, but it didn't happen. Also included in the seemingly short set were Rusty Cage, Outshined, Searching w/My Good Eye Closed, Limo Wreck, My wave, Fell On Black Days, Black Hole Sun (C.C. solo), Pretty Noose, Ty Cobb, and Waiting for the Sun in no particular order. When they finished the


jthomp5690@ocsnet.net
This was my first concert ever, and the 4.5 hour drive was well worth it to see Soundgarden (Metallica and Devo put on great shows also). The band sounded really good and really loud. I had a kiler view to start with because I went down to the stage during Devo's set and finally worked my way to about 25 feet from the stage when Soundgarden came on, then the moshing started and I slowly moved my way back in the crowd. Soundgarden started the set with spoonman. I was hoping that since they played right after Devo that they might play "Girl U Want", or even play it together, but it didn't happen. Also included in the seemingly short set were Rusty Cage, Outshined, Searching w/My Good Eye Closed, Limo Wreck, My wave, Fell On Black Days, Black Hole Sun (C.C. solo), Pretty Noose, Ty Cobb, and Waiting for the Sun in no particular order. When they finished the set, I thought they had only played about 6 songs, but I guess time flies when your watching Soundgarden. If you've never seen Soundgarden (or Metallica for that matter), get some earplugs and go. Be prepared to get shoved around a lot though, even if your not in the mosh pits.


hskim@eros.dwt.co.kr
before saying about lolla@san jose, it will be better to introduce myself to you. i'm a SOMMster from KOREA. if you have seen a looks-like-a-chinese-or-a-japanese guy with a sunglass, it's me. *giggle* i was lucky to see my favorate band at my (business) stay in the states. it was my first time to see SG live and they rocked! when i came to the stadium, lamones were playing. an episode: i got my camera inside my shorts and the godess of luck helped me to go through the securities. (a female security said to me, "hey, why are you dressed up like that?" -i was wearing a hawaii shirt when everybody else is wearing metallica shirt or things like that. :^) but i failed to get great shots of SG except one. i promise you to send a scanned copy to seth. lamones were not bad but.. what the hell are these fat guys in yellow training suits? -yeah, i know they're not men they're devo. but i thought they sucked when i was a kid and now i'm sure i was right. ;^) after endless wait for SG, they appeared on the stage. and when they played the every-sommster-knows-what-will-be-the-opener "spoon man", the crowd were pushing like crazy. it was really hard to be in the front part with a camera. but i enjoyed the whole show anyway. CC was cool and Kim was better than i thought. but CC didn't tear off his shirt as i was told before. the songs were nice but were way too loud to reveal the delicate details -which makes SG special compared to the other bands. sometimes the guitars were not in sync and CC's voice was somewhat painful. i think if they were the head liner, the SG part will be much better than that. i got the impression that they're not happy with opening(?) for metallica. i think the great song on that day was "let it drown" -it really kicked ass! san jose was like home for metallica and i enjoyed every bit of their show with the great fireworks. but i don't want to say further 'cos it's not SG contents. after all, it is one of great memories of my stay in the states. see you sommsters! -H.S. Kim.


stevie214@aol.com
With a great mix of older and new songs, Soundgarden played an excellent set at Spartan Stadium. It seemed that even if you came in as not being a fan of this band, you left with a greater appreciation. I was very pleased to hear an excellent version of "Fell on Black Days". I think that was the best I have ever heard that song performed. Although too short, the show was a two thumbs up, and I can't wait for Soundgarden to come back this way soon!


1891a@interramp.com
Well, I guess from reading the other reviews so far, I am a Soundgarden veteran. I became hooked on these guys back 1989 and have seen them eight times altogether. To be honest, I have been a little disappointed in the last three performances, mostly due to song selection. They are really ignoring their very heavy past and avoiding the treasure chest of killer tracks on Loud Love, Ultramega and Screaming Life. For those who have only seen them in recent years and think these concerts are intense, just think what "Tears to Forget", "Full on Kevin's Mom" or "Flower" would be like live. I saw them first in 1989 at a small club in the Haight called the I-Beam, which is no longer. They blew my mind and I've been hooked ever since. Anyway, let's get back to the San Jose show. Overall it was a pretty good Soundgarden show, though way too short and again not enough diversity in the song list. I would love to hear at least ONE pre-Motorfinger song per concert. And what happened to "Slaves and Bulldozers?" This was an instant live classic on their Motorfinger tour, they shouldn't have dropped it. My favorite songs in San Jose were "My Wave", "Let Me Drown", "Rusty Cage" (which rocked so fuckin hard my neck was sore for a week!), and "Jesus Christ Pose". I've heard tighter renditions of "Pose", but this one was still pretty good. "Ty Cobb" was better than expected and rocked pretty good. I thought the disappointments were "Searching with My Good Eye Closed" which was pretty "thick" sounding, and "Mailman" which was a little TOO slow; beyond subtle. I hope Chris' voice is in better shape when I see them next; when he is really on, his voice is unbelievable. Did anyone see them in 1994 at San Jose State Event Center? His voice was in top form that night. I am going to try to see them in Europe in September since I will be there for business, and like a true soundgardner, I will travel the ends of the earth for a good SG show!! See ya next time.... PS my biggest disappointment in life is missing the Faith No More, Soundgarden, Voivod triple bill in SF in 1990, did anyone go???? Voivod are another excellent band everyone should check out...


cynthia@aloha.net
August 2nd was the highlight of my summer. As soon as I had heard that Soundgarden was playing at Lollapalooza, I had to get tickets. I only really went to see Soundgarden and they ROCKED! They sounded great and from where I was, Chris looked as sexy as ever. I wish the show could have been longer but I thought everything sounded great, probably because I was just so happy to be seeing the greatest band ever in the first place. But the one memory that stands out in my mind is during the middle of their set, Chris lifted up his shirt to wipe off his forehead. He is the sexiest guy in the world!!! Well, Soundgarden rules and I hope to see many more shows!


pulliam@inet.att.co.kr
YEAH I TOO WAS THERE I WENT THERE TO SEE JUST SOUNDGARDEN... ANDPERHAPS A BIT METALLICA, THE SHOW WAS GREAT ALTHOUGH I WANTED JUST A BIT MORE OF A TASTE OF THE OLD, ONE OF BEST PARTS WAS WHEN CHRIS SAID"THIS NEXT SONG IS ON SUPERUNKNOWN, ITS ALSO ON THE "MOM" COMPILATION WHICH IS BENEFITING THE OCEANS SO WE CAN SWIM IN THEM FISH IN THEM AND WHAT EVER ELSE YOU WANT TO WITH IT"..."THIS IS MY WAVE"....OOOOHHHH YYEEAAH,...IT ROCKED, WELL THERES IS A LOT MORE BUT YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF OTHERS TO READ... OH YEAH I GOT SOME KILLER PICS OF THE BAND(CAUSE I WAS PRETTY CLOSE,... SNDGRDN,


Raul-T@att.net
CHRIS CORNELL IS A BABE AND HE'S GOT A BEAUTIFUL VOICE!!!!!!!! -jESSICA