Concert Review

Soundgarden Heats Up a Cold Night in Pittsburgh

When I heard Soundgarden was coming to Pittsburgh’s Stage AE for a May outdoor show I was ecstatic.   I envisioned a warm spring evening accompanied by killer entertainment…well, warm spring evening my ass.  The temperature was in the 30’s, not to mention the rain that occasionally spat at us.  Although somewhat miserable, it did not stop the some 4,000 fans that filled the sold out venue to see the grunge legends.  For the Seattle natives, it probably felt like a taste of home.

After waiting for 1 ½ hours from the time doors opened due to no opening act, the band finally took the stage.  The atmosphere was electric.  The set list was well proportioned to include  twenty plus songs that spanned the group’s career.  They kept a great balance by mixing songs like “By Crooked Steps”, “Halfway There” and “Eyelids Mouth” in with older favorites like “Spoonman”, “Blow Up the Outside World”, “Rusty Chain” and “4th of July”.  Cornell, who spoke little between songs, had the crowd laughing when he asked his tour manager to have the Bayer sign atop Mt. Washington turned off.   “Can we get that sign up there turned off?  It’s very distracting and I feel obliged to read it every time it changes”, said Cornell.  He also went on to state, “Those are non-effective drugs it’s advertising anyway”.

The encore followed suit with the rest of the set with a mix of classic and new with “Been Away Too Long”, “My Wave”, “Black Hole Sun” and “Rowing”.

In the end, one could never tell these guys had taken a 13 year hiatus.  After all of these years, singer Chris Cornell can still mesmerize the crowd with his seductively sultry yet powerful voice. These guys were able to take us on a musical roller coaster ranging from ‘in your face’ head banging into sweet melodic harmonies without missing a beat accompanied by some mind blowing graphics created especially for the tour.    Hard to believe it’s been over 20 years since they visited the Burgh.  The last thing Cornell promised was to not stay away so long this time.  Here is hoping Chris keeps his promise.

*A tip for collectors: At the merch booth the first four posters and vinyl copies of King Animal are autographed and sold at the normal price!

Setlist: Pittsburgh, PA  STAGE AE

  1. Encore:

All photos ©2013 AWeldingphoto & Pittsburgh Music Magazine

IMG_7283_Snapseed IMG_7309_Snapseed IMG_7323_Snapseed IMG_7325_Snapseed IMG_7362_Snapseed IMG_7385_Snapseed IMG_7392_Snapseed IMG_7400_Snapseed IMG_7429_Snapseed IMG_7430_Snapseed IMG_7452_Snapseed IMG_7454_Snapseed IMG_7489_Snapseed IMG_7521_Snapseed IMG_7522_Snapseed IMG_7526_Snapseed IMG_7539_Snapseed IMG_7545_Snapseed IMG_7590_Snapseed IMG_7614_Snapseed IMG_7695_Snapseed IMG_7699_Snapseed IMG_7733_Snapseed IMG_7766_Snapseed IMG_7825_Snapseed IMG_7827_Snapseed IMG_7862_Snapseed IMG_7871_Snapseed IMG_7898_Snapseed IMG_7905_SnapseedIMG_7206_Snapseed IMG_7256_Snapseed IMG_7188_Snapseed IMG_7184_Snapseed IMG_7180_Snapseed IMG_7179_Snapseed IMG_7176_Snapseed IMG_7157_Snapseed IMG_7155_Snapseed IMG_7137_Snapseed IMG_7118_Snapseed IMG_7116_Snapseed IMG_7096_Snapseed IMG_7069_Snapseed IMG_7007_Snapseed IMG_6993_Snapseed IMG_6990_Snapseed IMG_6982_Snapseed IMG_6973_Snapseed IMG_6971_Snapseed IMG_6933_Snapseed IMG_6931_Snapseed IMG_6913_Snapseed IMG_6901_Snapseed