U.S. Tour 1996: The Fans' Report
Los Angeles, CA, 1 Dec 1996


asinine9@earthlink.net
Well i didn't think i would be the first to post anything, but considering i had such a amazing time, it really shouldnt. First off, let me say, having larengitis twice you would never even attempt to sing the way Chris did unless you really loved what you did. They opened up with the already established line up of songs: blow up, etc. which snowballed up, slowed down and started up again. I guess the closest to Big Dumb Sex I will ever get is Hands all Over....so with that in mind, i was overjoyed that it still kept the same energy it had when i first heard it. The four big highlights of the evening: A cover of Helter Skelter and Waiting for the Sun, seeing huge amounts of spit coming out of Bens mouth and seeing Kim smile. ;-)'


pegasus077@aol.com
Well, I went last night, which was December 2nd...(it wasn't listed as a choice for submitting a review) at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. It was EXCELLENT!! Chris came out with his arms upstretched into a 'V' and smiling. They opened with "Spoonman" and it only got better from there. Highlights were the lengthy "Slaves And Bulldozers," an interesting version of "Helter Skelter," which segued into "Boot Camp," (and at first sounded like the intro to "Flower"), "Hands All Over," which Chris dedicated to all the long-time fans there last night, "Ty Cobb" with the audience singing the "fuck you all" part back at the band, and Chris egging us on of course, and "Jesus Christ Pose," one of the encores. Chris' voice was in wonderful form, I must say. Ben got playful with the audience a few times. When their set started, he looked at some late-comers and pointed at his wrist, shaking his head at them, as if to say, "You're late." He also pretended to blow bubbles during "Blow Up the Outside World," as if he had a container of bubbles in one hand and the wand in the other. Towards the end of the night, Chris told us he was from Seattle, "where your teachers are junkies and it rains 364 days of the year. Don't ever go there! You want to stay right here in California where it's beautiful every day of the week!" I don't know if it'll work, Chris. But it was a good try! It was also pretty neat to see Kim sitting at the side of the stage for Pond's entire performance. Over- all, I had a blast. They rocked. It was a great 2 hours!


pegasus077@aol.com
Well, I went last night, which was December 2nd...(it wasn't listed as a choice for submitting a review) at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. It was EXCELLENT!! Chris came out with his arms upstretched into a 'V' and smiling. They opened with "Spoonman" and it only got better from there. Highlights were the lengthy "Slaves And Bulldozers," an interesting version of "Helter Skelter," which segued into "Boot Camp," (and at first sounded like the intro to "Flower"), "Hands All Over," which Chris dedicated to all the long-time fans there last night, "Ty Cobb" with the audience singing the "fuck you all" part back at the band, and Chris egging us on of course, and "Jesus Christ Pose," one of the encores. Chris' voice was in wonderful form, I must say. Ben got playful with the audience a few times. When their set started, he looked at some late-comers and pointed at his wrist, shaking his head at them, as if to say, "You're late." He also pretended to blow bubbles during "Blow Up the Outside World," as if he had a container of bubbles in one hand and the wand in the other. Towards the end of the night, Chris told us he was from Seattle, "where your teachers are junkies and it rains 364 days of the year. Don't ever go there! You want to stay right here in California where it's beautiful every day of the week!" I don't know if it'll work, Chris. But it was a good try! It was also pretty neat to see Kim sitting at the side of the stage for Pond's entire performance. Over- all, I had a blast. They rocked. It was a great 2 hours!


susan@sbxray.ucsb.edu
The December 1 show at Universal Amphitheater was the third time I've seen Soundgarden live. I was in the boonies for this one, the people around me seemed to be there for the beer, and the Universal Amphitheater has an overwhelming cinematheque ambiance, so I didn't enjoy the show as much as the previous ones I saw. But I'll try not to let that color my review of the concert. The band kicked ass as they usually do. I particularly liked the selection; they didn't just stick to stuff from the latest album. Hands all Over was excellent; I also liked the cover tunes they did (Waiting for the Sun was much better than the Doors version). One thing I was really concerned about at the beginning of the show was the state of Chris' voice. During Rusty Cage I actually cringed a couple times; he sounded really strained and I thought I heard his voice actually crack in a couple of instances. As I understand it, a couple earlier shows were cancelled due to Chris having sung while he had a cold...hopefully what I heard was just some fallout from that. Toward the middle of the show his voice seemed to get better, but it was still kind of nerve wracking. (I'd hate to think he's wrecking his voice just so we can hear it live. That unearthly, trumpet-like howl is one of the most unique sounds in music, and it would truly suck if it were destroyed.) Ty Cobb had what it was lacking during Metallapalooza this summer...audience participation! And Hands all Over (Chris' voice was back in full force for this one) also rocked, even though most of the people around me had no clue what they were hearing. The quieter songs were also stellar...Black Hole Sun, and Helter Skelter. I would have loved to hear the acoustic version of Mindriot, but I was denied. They did, however, play Slaves and Bulldozers which was incredible, as was Blow up the Outside World. All in all, the concert was great and the band seemed to be enjoying themselves more than was evident in the previous shows, and it more than made up for my lousy seats.