Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I know some of my friends think I'm crazy, but I had the password and info on buying tickets to Soundgarden's "secret show" at the Showbox on Friday and didn't buy tickets. Don't get me wrong, there was a time when I liked Soundgarden. Their first 7", Screaming Life ep, and about half of their Ultramega OK album on SST are pretty good. But the transition from original sounding underground rock band to updated '70s arena rock was already well underway by the time they signed to a major label. And those 5+ minutes songs with Chris Cornell howling, especially live, didn't quite do it for me. Here's my deal, if the songs are over 4 minutes long and have a guy screaming like a chick, it better be metal. It works for bands like 3 Inches of Blood, but not so much for Soundgarden, who to me became more like Led Zeppelin... watered down, drawn out, hair farmin' arena rock. So I passed on buying tickets, especially at $35 each and then with all the Ticketmaster fees tacked on (probably ended up being over $45 each). Friends that went said it was awesome, but today, listening to the recording, I'm thinking it was more an awesome experience, than awesome musically. Chris Cornell's voice still seems kinda shot and not so good. He's always sounded way better in the studio than live, but the disparity between the two has become more vast over the years. It will be interesting to see how his voice holds up through the full Lolapalooza tour. Oh, if you want to hear Friday's show, a live recording is here.