U.S. Tour 1996: The Fans' Report
Nashville, TN, 24 Nov 1996

Great show!! Mostly newer stuff -- only older song was Hands All Over. Crowd was very tame-looking...no tattoos or pierced noses (I was shocked -- nothing like the crowd at Lollapalooza this summer!) But there was a hell-of-a mosh pit down front!

P.S. -- After reading everyone else's reviews, I'm glad I skipped the openers, Pond and Rocket! I walked into the auditorium at the very end of Rocket's set and heard several people say, "They sucked! We want SOUNDGARDEN!"

Indeed my fellow UT student Pond and Rocket were to say the least, HORRIBLE! Well Soundgarden kicked booty as I expected. I was very pleased that they opened with Spoonman kicking ass as it did at Lolla(motherf***ing)pollooza. I also liked the version of Black Hole Sun, which was the same as 'pollooza with Chris doing a solo. Outshined was the song I really wanted hear and they played it loud. The thing that was most annoying to me, besides Rocket and Pond, was the amount of security in the Aud. The security personnel were total assholes if I may say so, I was quite appauled and I don't plan on attending anymore concerts there. Several times I had a rent a pig shine his damned light in my eyes while I was trying to watch the show. It took away from the music a whole bunch. Back to 'garden, the video screen used during Burden in My Hand and Blow Up the Outside World were very nifty, the video and silence before the playing of Blow Up set up the mood that the band was trying to convey. Burden, totally rocked and so did the video. Well thanks to Soundgarden for a great performance. Oh yeah, I look forward to your comments "bulletboy".

Whoever said that the security was tight was WRONG!!! I didn't have a pit ticket, but did that stop me from moshing with the best of them? NO WAY! In a hockey arena, moshing is the coolest... Plexiglass around the pit. That aside, it was a great show. I thoroughly enjoyed "Outshined" and "Jesus Christ Pose". Yet, I still can't figure out why Kim had to mess with the amps so long at the end. "Helter Skelter" was definitely a good addition to the show, as well. And yes, the guy being held upside down by his ankles by the security guards during "Slaves & Bulldozers" was me. Fun. I give it an 8.

Soundgarden kicked _ss! They were great! Please, come back!

Good thing I'm finally getting around to writing this over four months after the show. Anyways, it was about a five and a half hour drive to get to Nashville from where I live in Indiana, and we actually left a little later than planned. I had never been to Nashville, so we stopped at a gas station once we arrived to ask directions to Municipal Auditorium. As soon as I stepped out of the car, this crusty old guy asked me if I wanted to buy any weed. Great first impression of the city. So we got directions and found the building with no problem. I had two extra tickets (which I had to scalp). I ended up taking a loss, but I guess something is better than nothing. One of the guys I was with had a fat chain on his wallet and security confiscated it. He never got it back. By the time we got into the arena, Pond had already finished about half their set. I know a lot of people didn't like them, but I thought they were pretty good. They reminded me a little bit of Green Day. I hate Green Day, though, so I don't know why I liked Pond. Anyway, the only cool thing about Rocket from the Crypt is their outfits. They all wore these shiny chrome shirts. They could have passed for the Jetsons. I really didn't like their music. They had one guy who didn't play an instrument. He just danced on stage. He was pretty cool to watch. The equipment changeover before Soundgarden came on didn't take very long at all. I was surprised. When I saw them in Michigan in '94, the changeover after Tad played was something like 45 or 50 minutes. I was down on the floor dead center and about ten feet back from the stage when they came out. The moshing wasn't bad at first, but then it got a little rough for my taste so I moved off to the right. I spent the rest of the show standing right in front of Ben, and didn't get spit on once! The set list was (in order): Spoonman, Searching With My Good Eye Closed, Let Me Drown, Pretty Noose, Burden in My Hand, My Wave, Ty Cobb, Black Hole Sun, Outshined, Rusty Cage, Fell On Black Days, Helter Skelter/Boot Camp, Blow Up the Outside World, Rhinosaur, Hands All Over, Slaves & Bulldozers, Dusty, and Jesus Christ Pose. The band's energy level was through the roof, and they all seemed to be having a good time (even Ben, who smiled the whole night). Some of the more memorable moments include Ben grabbing a microphone and encouraging the crowd to steal as many of "those little glow in the dark thingies" as they could, some dumbass hitting Chris with a sweatshirt while he was playing (forcing him to stop), and Kim making a toast to the crowd with a can of Miller Lite after the show. The security guys were dicks. Matt's Ayotte kit with the wood hoops was beautiful. It rained the whole trip home, and everyone lived happily ever after. The end.