U.S. Tour 1996: The Fans' Report
Oakland, CA, 5 Dec 1996


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refer to LA show 12/3 for proper description of 12/5/96 show in oakland.....


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Loaded.... Go to L.A. review 12/3 for proper review


concertgor
this show was the bomb,well the 1st 2 bands sucked but when garden came on the house shook,they opend with spoonman,like how theyve been doin, after they played searching that song kicked assi cant remember the rest in order but they played,ty cobb,rhinosaur,burden,black days,bhs{solo] let me drown,my wave,pretty noose,slaves,hands all over,dusty,blow upoutshined,rusty cage,thats bout all i can remember.the crowd was cool,it wasnt a picnic but every thing was cool,highlite 4 me was the last song jcpi had 2 surf knowing it was the last song so i went up 3 times 4 a long ass time,like i would get pulled out an the go up agian,but the best part was the 3rd time i went upi was up 4 a while i was doin the pose it was cool,an when i got pulled out,as soon as i lokked up there he was chris an i locked eyes with him,an i was doin the pose an he kept on lookin at me this was 4 like 10 sec we had our eyes locked giving eash other possesd looks,then chris blessed me, i couldnt believe it he actualy blessed me,it was hella cool,i couldnt believe it i actualy had a moment with 1 of mt heroes,well all i can say if sg is in your area go out an see them,cuz they rule


concertgor
this show was the bomb,well the 1st 2 bands sucked but when garden came on the house shook,they opend with spoonman,like how theyve been doin, after they played searching that song kicked assi cant remember the rest in order but they played,ty cobb,rhinosaur,burden,black days,bhs{solo] let me drown,my wave,pretty noose,slaves,hands all over,dusty,blow upoutshined,rusty cage,thats bout all i can remember.the crowd was cool,it wasnt a picnic but every thing was cool,highlite 4 me was the last song jcpi had 2 surf knowing it was the last song so i went up 3 times 4 a long ass time,like i would get pulled out an the go up agian,but the best part was the 3rd time i went upi was up 4 a while i was doin the pose it was cool,an when i got pulled out,as soon as i lokked up there he was chris an i locked eyes with him,an i was doin the pose an he kept on lookin at me this was 4 like 10 sec we had our eyes locked giving eash other possesd looks,then chris blessed me, i couldnt believe it he actualy blessed me,it was hella cool,i couldnt believe it i actualy had a moment with 1 of mt heroes,well all i can say if sg is in your area go out an see them,cuz they rule


umlaut@hooked.net
My 4th time seeing the band and they rocked as usual, but Chris' voice was definately not in prime shape. He wasn't hitting alot of his trademark high notes consistantly, and during 'Rhinosaur' that was painfully evident. Also, Ben wasn't as active onstage as he's been in the past - Very limited use of his silly walks, etc.. Opening with 'Spoonman' was a great idea to get the crowd goin' right off the bat. All in all a good show, not the best time I've seen them, but they definately didn't disappoint me.


bdowling@us.oracle.com
Not the best show I've ever seen. Chris' voice couldn't hit the high notes, and the sound was a little distorted. I think the Kaiser Convention center is too old. The show had that high school gym sound. Ben Shepherd is an asshole to his fans. Otherwise, the band is still the best. Berkeley Greek Theatre in '94 is still the best show ever. I guess '92 at the Warfield is pretty high up there.


bdowling@us.oracle.com
Not the best show I've ever seen. Chris' voice couldn't hit the high notes, and the sound was a little distorted. I think the Kaiser Convention center is too old. The show had that high school gym sound. Ben Shepherd is an asshole to his fans. Otherwise, the band is still the best. Berkeley Greek Theatre in '94 is still the best show ever. I guess '92 at the Warfield is pretty high up there.


jblum@us.oracle.com
This was my first show and it was impressive. The band's energy was strong and loud. Rockets from the Crypt were a trip-their dancers were out of the minds. The play list for Soundgarden was the same as their previous concerts expect for the addition of Rhinsour-which seemed like they hadn't rehearsed it before this rendition-but it was still awesome. Matt's bass amp was giving him fits near the end of the concert and he ended up kicking the crap out of it with 4 songs left-his notes weren't audible afterwards. The overall sound of the gig was average at best, the location might have been the cause for the lack of clarity, but according to some of my friends the closer you got to the stage the better it sounded. I stood right in front of the sound board and it sounded like I was in a gymnasium-too much echoing and distortion when it wasn't necessary. All in all they rocked, but I think an ampitheatre would be a better venue to check them out.


1891a@mindspring.com
Well, this show came on the seventh anniversary (give or take about 4 days) of my first Soundgarden show. That was back in 1989 at the IBeam in SF. I think I have seen them ten or eleven times now and they remain my favorite band. This particular performance was basically uneventful; there were no real standout songs and the band had more of a "9-5" attitude than at other shows. They went through the motions and tried to keep the quality up but didn't add anything extraordinary. A far cry from the old days when Chris (and Jason) would just go nuts on stage - gratuitous headbanging. Evidence of the old days is the "Louder than Live" home video, a must for any real fan. Basically they are a lot more boring to "watch" these days; not necessarily more boring to "hear" if you see what I mean. Chris' voice was harsh at first and he must be the only singer whose voice actually improves during a concert the more he abuses it - he just beats it into submission and by the 5th song or so, it is behaving properly. Ty Cobb seemed to be the one this time to whip things into shape. I was lucky enough to see these guys a few months ago in Hamburg, Germany and that show was definitely better. The venue only held about 2500 people and the audience was actually focused on seeing the band as opposed to all these idiots in America who only want to crowd-surf. People were even crowd-surfing during the "unplugged" Black Hole Sun. That's about as inappropriate as you can get. So, this show wasn't a complete disaster but surely wasn't as satisfying as most of the other shows I've seen. I was excited to hear Rhinosaur this time but it actually didn't work very well. Hands All Over was a great addition, they should play more from pre-MotorFinger days - the crowd definitely knows the old stuff too. They should drop Fell Asleep On Black Days but I guess it is a good break for everyone - except the idiot crowd surfers. Nothing else is very memorable I'm afraid, except I think the venue sucked. The sound was terrible unless you were right up front, which I was most of the time. Oh, one final thing, the little movie they showed before Blow Up the Outside World was pretty lame, very U2-ish. No preaching or "I'm a victim" stuff guys, just play the songs and take a regular break if you need one. They could show a video from Seinfeld or something if they want to entertain people while they re-energize backstage.


rubyred@uclink2.berkeley.edu
This was my first show although my mom has seen them several times as has my friend who I went with. Her foot was in a cast so we sat up in the bleachers which kind of sucked. Being so short it was nice to finally have a view of the band but I missed the energy of bing near the stage (when I stood up to dance everyone behind me yelled at me to sit down--appropriately, I gave them the bird.) So anyways, Chris's voice was definatly strained (poor baby) but I thought they rocked pretty hard anyways. Highlight were when Chris pointed directly at me and accused me of being on hallucinagenic drugs--and how could he tell, you ask, he said I had lizard skin (I know it's dry because of winter but if one of us was trippin' it was definately him). So then, near the end of the show my friend and I thought we heard him yell "Bless You" as in God Bless You. Did anyone else hear that? Is he turning all religious on us? Has he always been like that? If anyone knows anything about that pleas e-mail me--I would love to hear about it.


MONOPTEC@AOL.com
Fucking wonderful.


MONOPTEC@AOL.com
Fucking wonderful. P.S. - I saw them in London at the "Rock Garden" in 90 or 91...now I can't remember.. when they weren't yet nobody... my partner at the time said... this band is going to be "HUGE", and well.. I guess he was right. I am a believer now... and Chris' Voice? I was at the Kaiser Arena on December 5th.... Chris hit enough high notes for me.. and the sound... fucking LOUD... simply fucking wonderful. Best wishes for all future success. Electra


danielle15@hotmail.com
The condert was one of the best concerts I have ever attended although I sensed a sort of strange aura about Chris Cornell and the other band members. I was very annoyed by the poser chicks that were in the front yelling "We love you Chris", it was a great experience. Well worth the drive from San Jose. Soundgarden is still my favorite band but Chris Cornell has a lot of potential on his own. About the concert, I think anyone who really knows Soundgarden knows that their spirit just wasn't there you could feel that they were not enjoying what they were doing, and I commend them for doing what they feel and not staying simply for the money. When I saw Soundgarden the summer before they were a lot more active and into the music. Another thing about the concert was it could have lasted a little longer. There is so much i could say about the Soundgarden show but I think I'm going to end it here. Veronika Vallez


danielle15@hotmail.com
The concert was one of the best concerts I have ever attended although I sensed a sort of strange aura about Chris Cornell and the other band members. I was very annoyed by the poser chicks that were in the front yelling "We love you Chris", it was a great experience. Well worth the drive from San Jose. Soundgarden is still my favorite band but Chris Cornell has a lot of potential on his own. About the concert, I think anyone who really knows Soundgarden knows that their spirit just wasn't there you could feel that they were not enjoying what they were doing, and I commend them for doing what they feel and not staying simply for the money. When I saw Soundgarden the summer before they were a lot more active and into the music. Another thing about the concert was it could have lasted a little longer. There is so much i could say about the Soundgarden show but I think I'm going to end it here. Veronika Vallez PS I have heard that Chris Cornell is going to play Christian music now, if that is true then I like Chris Cornell even more as a person. I really dislike it when people put down things because they are religious. What is this world based on. Chris Cornell is a excellent musician his music will be heard when we are all old and dying and that has a lot to say about Soundgarden versitile music style. I'm am going on and on so I am really going to stop now. Soundgardens' music definitly lives on in all of our hearts because they played music that touched us all. THE CONCERT ROCKED!!