Soundgarden @ Red Rocks, 07/18/11

We’re Soundgarden and we’re back!

It had been over 15 years since I last saw them, but on Monday night Soundgarden proved they are still 100% legit.  Led by a long haired, goatee sporting Chris Cornell, the grunge masters performed one of the hardest hitting shows I have ever seen at Red Rocks.  It was the perfect night with a warm breeze, a blood red moon and some good ‘ol 90’s rock and roll!  I doubt anyone in the sold-out crowd would argue that this was a massive return to the stage from a band that couldn’t help by please with songs like Outshined, Rusty Cage, Black Holed Sun, The Day I Tried to Live

Lacking the time this week, I am going to provide some thoughts from a friend, photos and setlist in lieu of a review…

Deep Thought from DLabbs:

  • Soundgarden is not on a 401k Tour – they are on a tour to ROCK! Definitely brought energy and were not just going through the motions.
  • They stand the test of time better than any other grunge band from 80s/90s – and really they stand the test of time better than most bands of any genre!
  • Their library is full of SOOO many bad ass songs!
  • I was amazed that I knew most of the words to most of their songs w/o even realizing it
  • Arguably one of the best sounding and hard rocking shows music wise that I’ve ever seen
  • Chris Cornell was in full-on Soundgarden mode with the long hair and goatee from back in the day – he seems pretty timeless – I could’ve sworn it was the same guy from the 80s/90s singing on stage!
  • They played a LONG show and it was almost all music – little banter or breaks which was GREAT!
  • Realized how many memories I have attached to their music over the years
  • Time to get back to a Soundgarden phase and have all their albums on steady rotation for a while!!
  • Great f’ing kick-ass show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Setlist:
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Let Me Drown
Jesus Christ Pose
Blow Up the Outside World
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Fell On Black Days
Loud Love
Big Dumb Sex
Outshined
Nothing To Say
Rusy Cage
Black Hole Sun
Burden In My hand
Pretty Noose
Superunknown
4th of July
Beyond the Wheel

Hunted Down
Face Pollution
Mailman
Slaves and Bulldozers