U.S. Tour 1996: The Fans' Report
Mesa, AZ, 29 Nov 1996


dperry@csulb.edu
"Follow me into the desert as thirsty as you are..." and so I did! I live near Los Angeles but I drove to Mesa, Arizona to see Soundgarden (for my third time) at a general admission venue (and to visit the Grand Canyon). This show didn't compare to the show in 94 at LA's Grand Olympic Auditorium but it was still excellent. The Mesa Amphitheatre is a 4200 capacity outdoor arena and smoking is not allowed... what the hell kind of sense does that make?! So, Chris was sure to point out the anal tendencies of this policy and mocked the audience and the arena's management by taking long drags and slowly exhaling while holding the cigarette high in the air. After handing the cigarette off to Kim, Chris's vocal assault continued. The set included all of the songs mentioned in the other reviews. Unfortunately, "Mailman," "Never the Machine Forever," and "Drawing Flies" were not performed. Kim acknowledged the sign I held up requesting "Mailman" during the last encore ("Jesus Christ Pose") but did nothing to quench my desire. Oh well. The band sounded great but seemed to greatly energize their performance during and after playing "Search and Destroy." "Hands All Over" was amazing as was "Slaves and Bulldozers," "Ty Cobb," and "Blow Up the Outside World." Ben's trademark ballet stunts at the beginning of "My Wave" were hilarious. The much under appreciated Matt Cameron was unstoppable... I'm no drum player but he fucking rocks! I was lucky enough to get a red Soundgarden guitar pick at the end of the show. I also managed to smuggle a camera in for the show (actually, my girlfriend hid it in her pants... now that's true love!). I'll develop them this week and send them to Seth if anything comes out. Fly to Seattle and buy from a scalper if you must!! Soundgarden is always a must see concert!! Regards, Daniel Perry


VSteven141@AOL.COM
Being a native of Arizona it was a little cold out,but it was a nice night, especially for a good show. This show was definitely a lot better than the rather short Lollapalooza show.During Rocket from the Crypt's Performance we noticed Krist Novoselic watching with Matt and Ben,I guess it was him,he responded to his name.Anyways, they opened with "Spoonman". I was hoping they would play "Drawing Flies" and "Mailman", but they did'nt.I did however get to hear "Hands All Over" which definitely made up for it.They also played a pretty good cover of "Helter Skelter" and "Search and Destroy".Chris also responded to Mesa's anti-smoking laws by lighting up, and looking as if he was smoking the best cigarette in his life.He then handed it to Kim who used the smoke to blow on his guitar for "Slaves and Bulldozers".They also dedicated "Fell on Black Days" to the Phoenix Suns, who have a 1-14 season right now.They closed with "Jesus Christ Pose", which Chris dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King,and Matt's drumming was incredible After the show I managed to get a pick.It's red and it has Soundgarden written in white. Somehow my luck did'nt end there.For some reason I took my camera,but left it in the car,afraid it would get broken up front. After the show we waited for Twenty minutes backstage and when Matt came out,we talked to him for a second,and I asked him for a picture with me.When I got my pictures back yesterday there it was.I can send you one if you want,but it was definitely a night(and a show)I will never forget. "All Your Fears are Lies" -Viki Stevenson


VSteven141@AOL.COM
Being a native of Arizona it was a little cold out,but it was a nice night, especially for a good show. This show was definitely a lot better than the rather short Lollapalooza show.During Rocket from the Crypt's Performance we noticed Krist Novoselic watching with Matt and Ben,I guess it was him,he responded to his name.Anyways, they opened with "Spoonman". I was hoping they would play "Drawing Flies" and "Mailman", but they did'nt.I did however get to hear "Hands All Over" which definitely made up for it.They also played a pretty good cover of "Helter Skelter" and "Search and Destroy".Chris also responded to Mesa's anti-smoking laws by lighting up, and looking as if he was smoking the best cigarette in his life.He then handed it to Kim who used the smoke to blow on his guitar for "Slaves and Bulldozers".They also dedicated "Fell on Black Days" to the Phoenix Suns, who have a 1-14 season right now.They closed with "Jesus Christ Pose", which Chris dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King,and Matt's drumming was incredible After the show I managed to get a pick.It's red and it has Soundgarden written in white. Somehow my luck did'nt end there.For some reason I took my camera,but left it in the car,afraid it would get broken up front. After the show we waited for Twenty minutes backstage and when Matt came out,we talked to him for a second,and I asked him for a picture with me.When I got my pictures back yesterday there it was.I can send you one if you want,but it was definitely a night(and a show)I will never forget. "All Your Fears are Lies" -Viki Stevenson


schiff@gas.uug.arizona.edu
Soundgarden played an excellent show and played a great set list. Meas Amphitheatre is a great venue, it is small, and has great acoustics. If they are coming your way don't miss them.


daniel.slater@wcom.com
I was expecting a great show and I got one. If there is one word to describe Soundgarden is would be Powerful, from Kim's thundering riffs to Chris's incredible and unmatched voice. It sounded good too as it was in a small venue. I was there to enjoy the show, so I had to knock down a couple of punks who were moshing (being 6'5", its easy to do). Anyway, they played all the songs as previosly mentioned. Why does Ben get so pissed of all the time, he should lighten up. Anyway, it was an incredible show. SG is a must see even though he preluded my favorite song (Fell on Black Days) by dedicating it to the Phoenix Suns. THE ROCK