Soundgarden at the Showbox 4/16/10

NUDEDRAGONS

It was the coming of age of my 10 year old 5th grade self, that awkward pre-teen girl who lived in the glow in the dark Superunknown shirt. Jason and I were lucky enough to get 2 of the 700 tickets allotted for the general public thanks in part to KEXP/Slacker.com DJ Marco Collins who repeatedly encouraged people to sign up on Soundgarden's website.

I was barely alive in Soundgarden's glory days and aside from that I was in Oklahoma, but the importance of this concert wasn't lost on me. Quick peeks around online of people driving from California and catching flights from San Diego before the show was confirmed said enough. There was something new about Seattle that seemed to come alive in reverence, especially since it was a mess of rumors and possibilites of the "Nudedragons" until 12 hours before Soundgarden took the stage.


Photo by Matt Gamboa

At 10am an email went out to everyone on Soundgarden's email list. For many people those emails didn't arrive until hours after the show had sold out, myself included. Jason however got the email and had purchased tickets right at 10:08. A few dozen people who happened to sleep out on the sidewalk in front of Showbox at the Market were mostly (and unfortunately) left out since it was internet only. Doors were at 7.

Showbox has a left and right bar and the right bar was roped off for the 300 or so "friends and family" with special invites leaving no chairs for the rest of us. We took to an elevated perch in the left and drank and made new friends until the band finally took the stage at 10.

Then it was an hour and a half of Kim Thayil playing the sludge chords he perfected and Chris Cornell hitting the high notes that always set him apart. As for Matt and Ben, their constant smiles struck me more than their playing. Every single person in that building was just incredibly happy to be there, the band included.

There's a bootleg recording of the show floating around and you might be able to find it. It starts off rough as "Spoonman" had some speed and vocal edges, but the rest of it is completely solid including my favorite "Beyond the Wheel"

Muse at Key Arena

Muse last song of set

Muse Lasers

Key Arena iPhone Autostitch Panorama

1. The last song of the main set always ends with giant confetti filled balloons. 2. Lasers! 3. Bad panorama of Key Arena taken between the openers, Silversun Pickups, and Muse.

All iPhone pictures, the pictures of Muse taken with QuadCam and the panorama taken with the iPhone camera and stitched with the Autostitch App.

Heart at the EMP Sky Church

All my most vivid memories from childhood involve my mom dancing around to loud music from the 70s and 80s. The music we listened to has always been something we shared. My mom, Carol, recently turned 50 and I had a hell of a time finding the perfect birthday present. Luckily Twitter once again saved the day with the ultimate present.

Heart, one of her favorites and a staple in our house growing up, in their hometown one night only filming a DVD. I convinced her to take a day off of work and provided both the plane tickets and concert tickets as her present.

From the max occupancy sign I’m assuming there were less than 500 tickets sold, and while we were packed tightly in front of the Sky Church stage the entire crowd was only about 8 rows deep and everyone had an amazing view. Large cameras were in every corner and the tour manager came out to warn us there would be breaks to adjust the equipment. It became evident throughout the night that by equipment he meant Ann’s hair and makeup.

Setlist (from heartlinker.eu)

Barracuda
Never
Kick It Out
Straight On
Love Alive
Mistral Wind
Avalon
These Dreams – Alison Krauss lead vocals
WTF (World Taekwon Do Federation)
Hey You – Nancy Vocal – Nancy on Autoharp
Red Velvet Car – Ben Mink on fiddle
Safronia’s Mark – Alison & Ben on fiddles
What About Love
Alone
Love Reign
Crazy on You (short ending)

Sand (Ann & Nancy – slower version)
Long Journey – Ann, Nancy, Alison (from Raising Sand album)
There You Go
Magic Man

EMP|SFM put up a great set of photos from the night that will have to make do until the dvd comes out this summer.