Soundgarden plays old songs, hits at Lollapalooza, Vic Theatre concerts

Soundgarden continued to blaze its reunion tour trail last weekend with two shows in Chicago. The first show, which happened Aug. 5 at the Vic Theatre, was in a rather intimate setting as the band performed a 22-song set before a crowd of around 1,400. The second set went down with a bit more grandeur before a quite larger audience at Lollapalooza. The shows were the second and third concerts the band has performed since its breakup in 1997.

While Soundgarden rocking stadiums in 2010 is great news, to me that’s not the best part of what went down over the weekend. The most interesting part of the Chicago shows were the set lists, which saw the band digging deep into its catalog to play plenty of older material and even perform a song live for the first time (“4th of July”). This continues the trend the band started with its April show at the Showbox by not relying on its hits and catering its sets toward the hardcore Soundgarden fans. “Jesus Christ Pose,” “Face pollution” and “Mailman” were a few of the deeper cuts that made the set lists that weren’t performed in Seattle. The set lists for both Chicago shows more or less contained the same songs just in different order with a few exceptions (“Pretty Noose, “Superunknown,” “Head Down”).

Also of note is that Jack Irons, former Red Hot Chili Pepper and Pearl Jam drummer, joined the band on stage for “Slaves and Bulldozers,” the final song of its Lollapalooza set, according to Set lists for the three reunion gigs are below for comparison as well as a few videos from the Vic show in case you want to know what the guys sound like nowadays. Apparently they were a lot more lax with cameras and recording in Chicago then they were in Seattle.


Soundgarden Setlist Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA, USA 2010, 2010 Reunion Tour
Soundgarden Setlist Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA 2010, 2010 Reunion Tour
Soundgarden Setlist Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL, USA 2010, 2010 Reunion Tour





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