U.S. Tour 1996: The Fans' Report
New York, NY, 15 Nov 1996


rnlugo@aol.com
The best NY SG show ever. The band was so on. Helter Skelter was like being made love to...rythmic, slow and orgasmic. Chris' voice was a little horase in the beginning but got better as the night progressed. It was a good crowd, except for getting an entire beer dumped over me by some anencephalic Elvis wanna-be. No set list so you can be surprised, but SG has never been better.


kdowns@usccmail.bms.com
When I heard that my #1 favorite band in the world -- SOUNDGARDEN -- was playing Roseland, NYC I was ecstatic!!! I've only seen them in areanas (Jones Beach and the Bayfront Arena, St. Petersberg, FL) 1,000 miles away from the stage. Being such an avid fan I saw them on both Friday & Saturday night. Unfortunately for me, I got this cold/virus/flu thing going around so I wanted to save my strength and I missed the Tenderloin set. Rockets from the Crypt were good, kinda like James Brown type stuff but on a smaller scale. When I arrived at Roseland to my surprise it wasn't as crowded as it usually gets. I sensed the crowd was friendlier and older so I placed myself about 15-20 ft. away from center stage to avoid the surfers and still get a decent view of the stage. I hardly ever go into the pit but I sacrificed myself this time because the sound is better and it seemed safe. Anyway, Soundgarden came out and the second they started playing, the place went wild and I was immediately christened on the head with beer (in fact that happened both nights). Soundgarden fed my soul..... rocked my world.....and blew down the walls....I had ear plugs but it didn't matter cause one of them catapulted out of my ear from all the vibrations and/or my brains rattling.... The guys were ALL TOTALLY ON!!!!! CHRIS SOUNDED FANTASTIC!!!!! These guys are beautiful inside and out. I wish I had a recording so I could keep replaying the concert. This was by far Soundgarden at their best. They played alot of my favorite tunes from the last 3 albums(basically the same set list). When Chris came out to sing his solo Black Hole Sun, he said yea, I'll play whatever you want and started playing the guitar part for Hands All Over (that was cool)....but ended up singing Black Hole Sun. Yea, I wish they played some of the earlier stuff too, but I love just about everything Soundgarden plays. Chris didn't talk as much to the audience on Friday as he did on Saturday night. He warned someone not to shine the laser pen at him. He made a comment about a certain publication who did an unauthorized article on one of his friend's bands and encouraged us to face the VIP section (which is a small stage on the side, where all the industry people sit) and show them what we thought by pointing our important finger at them. That was pretty cool. One guy managed to get up on stage which is almost impossible and pointed out a tattoo on his back to Chris which was the badmotorfinger logo. He also had one on the front I couldn't figure out and then he dove off the stage before security could get to him. They played atleast 2 hours and ended with my all time favorite JPC with lots of cool feedback. It was pure ecstasy. They gave it their all. I gave it my all, too. I was dripping wet, you could ring me out, but I survived the pit. I also lost my voice from screaming and singing two nights and it's Tuesday, I'm here at work and I still can't talk BUT it was definitely worth it!!!!!! I hope Chris has a speedy recovery and no serious damage so that all of you can experience Soundgarden at their best. See Ya.......


mlb55@columbia.edu
Soundgarden's performance Friday night at Roseland was nothing short of Spectacular. This was the first time I had seen them since the final two days of Lollapalooza in Irvine. It was amazing. Tenderloin opened up to many jeering comments from the typical NY crowd, but they still were pretty good. Ben and Matt came out and performed a song with them. Ben played most of the song on his knees, but then someone in the audience threw something at him and he got mad and jumped to his feet and started flipping off the crowd and spitting at them. After Tenderloin, Rocket from the Crypt came on and performed a good set. The guy who sang backing vocals with them and jumped around and danced was very annoying but luckily for us he was only there for the first three songs and the last three. After they left the stage it seemed like forever for the stage change to take place. The guitar techs gave us a hint at what was to come when they turned on the full range of speakers and amps. The sound was deafening. Finally the lights went out, and Kim walked across the stage and waaved to the crowd who was going berserk. The rest of the band followed and everyone in the crowd wanted to get close to the stage. The first song to come out was Spoonman. It was great even with Ben messing up on his lyrics. There was energy in the air. They continued on with songs mostly dating from Bad Motor Finger until present. Chris started to play "Hands all Over", but then he turned it into Black Hole Sun. On stage Chris was like a God. He went off on the Senior Editor of Rolling Stone for printing an untrue article about one of his friends bands. He then proceeded to play Ty Cobb with the drummer from Tenderloin filling in.. The video segments were very cool also. On the big screen behind them, video segments played during "Burden in My Hand" and before and during "Blow Up the Outside World". Chris also got made at the noises his amp and guitar were making, but made up a nice little story about Crossbows being shot at him. They played a few other songs, one by Iggy Pop and also Helter Skelter. They left the stage all too soon, after Chris threw his Fender into the air, but returned after only a few minutes. They proceeded to play two more songs, the last of which was "Jesus Christ Pose". It was the best version I have ever heard. There was a lot of feedback and they just went off on their solos. It finally to an end when Chris grabbed the mic stand and his guitar and made a cross and then threw it into the Matt's drum set. It was the best show I have ever seen in my life. If you were there then congrats, if not then you truly missed out on one of the best musical performances ever.


Ac71@aol.com
"We're a band from Seattle" Friday Night @ Roseland was a solid example of how far this band has come. With a set list that did not reach it's pre-Badmotorfinger days, the band proved just how strong their newer material really is. I must admit that I was hoping for some older material even though I've seen it played before. On Friday night however, the band rifled through songs that I've heard too many times on the radio and gave them new life. Blow Up the Outside World was a powerful surprise. As well as a Cornell solo version of Black Hole Sun that immediately broke into Outshined (a song that I've never seen them perform). My real memory from the night lied in the slow cover of Helter Skelter. Chris began in low voice until he erupted with a high pitched "EVERYONE"S GOT SOMETHIN' TO HIDE EXCEPT ME AND MY MONKEE" This moved right into Boot Camp..perfect.....that was the moment that I brought home with me. Other highlights included...Rusty Cage, a great jam during Slaves & Bulldozers, a cover of Search & Destroy....damn near everything to speak honestly. Interesting point in the show when Chris pointed out a Rolling Stone magazine person in the VIP section and attacked him (most likely for that piece they did on Eddie Vedder). I had tickets for Sunday night and was dissapointed in the cancellation. It was a show worth seeing again.


ktr@eden.rutgers.edu
Nov. 15 was the first time that I saw soundgarden and I have to say that it was the best show I've seen in my whole 20 years on this earth. I was a little worried at first because while Chris was on krock he said he wasn't feeling well, but let me tell you he sounded incredible. Roseland was electrified as the band raged through a great set.....probably the best show I'll ever see.


SCOOB 64
What can I say that thoes before me did not? Not much I just want to say this was one of thoes shows you see once in a life time,the energy the band put out nailed you to the spot ,I was on my toes for two hours and didn't realise it until the show ended and my legs seized up with cramps.When the roadies sound checked the bands gear it was obvious this was not going to be a night for the week of heart ,the sound these guys generated was not of this world it clean blew right through your soul,and the tension was electric from the second Ben flipped off the crowd for throwing shit at him when him and matt were playing a song with the opening act add to that Chriss telling the audienceto let Rolling Stone's editor feel their rath for writing a shitty article on one of his friends bands (vedder??).Killer sound,killer atmosphere tight as a ducks ass playing all made this a show I'll tell me grandkids about.


SCOOB 64
What can I say that thoes before me did not? Not much I just want to say this was one of thoes shows you see once in a life time,the energy the band put out nailed you to the spot ,I was on my toes for two hours and didn't realise it until the show ended and my legs seized up with cramps.When the roadies sound checked the bands gear it was obvious this was not going to be a night for the week of heart ,the sound these guys generated was not of this world it clean blew right through your soul,and the tension was electric from the second Ben flipped off the crowd for throwing shit at him when him and matt were playing a song with the opening act add to that Chriss telling the audienceto let Rolling Stone's editor feel their rath for writing a shitty article on one of his friends bands (vedder??).Killer sound,killer atmosphere tight as a ducks ass playing all made this a show I'll tell me grandkids about.


natasha broadhead @ mckinsey.com
lucky to see friday performance in nyc. chris sounded magnificent ben is the man. crowd sucked somewhat - bandwagoneers should stay home next time or at least in the back - roseland decent venue good size or smaller would be perfect - would have loved and appreciated to hear 'tighter and tighter,' like suicide' or 'no attention' maybe next time when i have them over.


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lld1090@is2.nyu.edu.
Last year, I only went to three concerts ... and Soundgarden was, by far, the best of the bunch. I'm not saying that because I'm on the homepage, but because they put on one hell of a show. I was fortunate enough to get to Roseland two hours early; thus, I was right in the front. Playing a small venue was a definite plus, but having such lousy opening acts was the only bad part of the show. Anyway, they played for nearly two hours, and they played all of the songs that you'd expect them to play (even medlies of "Hands All Over" and "Say Hello to Heaven"). I was taking a shower when I heard the news. The first thing that I thought was that one of the band members had died. After finding out what really happened, the news had hit me just as hard, and it saddened me just as much. I suppose that it would've been nice if they were still a band, but at least I know that they're following in the footsteps of the Ramones: if you're going to go out, go out on top (or, in their case, 'Down on the Upside').