Soundgarden at the Orpheum Theatre, 2/2/13
|Photo By Steve Cohen|
Cornell exited next, giving the crowd a last appreciative gesture of thanks, while Shepherd left his bass upside down, leaning against the speaker stacks, as he took a deep bow and left the stage to Thayil, who took in the massive crowd one last time as he left his textured guitar strains ringing deep into the theatre. It was a grand, triumphant return for Soundgarden, one that was certainly a long time coming but ultimately well-worth the wait.
Personal Bias: Soundgarden and I go way back to the early '90s.
The Crowd: Packed with passionate fans who were taking full advantage of the bar before, during, and surely after the show. Though I was surprised there wasn't more headbanging coming from the audience.
Overheard In The Crowd: "I got my kids a babysitter and I'm going to see Soundgarden!"
Random Notebook Dump: The only thing the night was lacking was "Loud Love," otherwise this was a damn near perfect Minneapolis return for Soundgarden. Also, new songs "Black Saturday" and "Bones Of Birds" were on the original setlist, but went unplayed.
Let Me Drown
Jesus Christ Pose
By Crooked Steps
Hands All Over
Been Away Too Long
The Day I Tried To Live
Blood On The Valley Floor
Blow Up The Outside World
Fell On Black Days
Rusty Cage (Encore)
Slaves and Bulldozers (Encore)