Soundgarden Visits Hammerstein Ballroom, Night 1 [1/22/13]

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 at 11:25 am by

soundgarden-hammerstein-5

Soundgarden returned to the city this week after a brief hiatus, playing back-to-back sold out shows at the Hammerstain Ballroom. The gigs were in support of King Animal, the Seattle outfit’s first LP of new material in sixteen years.

We caught the first show on Tuesday evening. Doors were called for 8pm, and fans all seemed to show up at the same time. Quarter past. Huddled masses intimidated by the cold nevertheless queued around the block to 35th and 9th. Finally inside and frisked, we were surprised by the confiscation of lighters…some rock show!

soundgarden-hammerstein-1

By the time the majority of the crowd entered the ballroom, Soundgarden had already busted out “Jesus Christ Pose” and “Spoonman.” Starting on a high note, the show still needed a kick in the pants. That momentum arrived shortly thereafter with “Outshined,” during which a lucky fan was pulled onstage to play rhythm guitar. All for waving a sign stating his desire to do so.

soundgarden-hammerstein-4

For the rest of the 2.5-hour performance, the grunge rockers muscled through a 26-song set of A-sides and dustier gems like “Rhinosaur” and “Flowers.”

From the balcony vantage point, it was rather upsetting to see not more than one crowdsurfer during the entire performance. Chalk it up to the aging audience.

soundgarden-hammerstein-3

Here’s the whole setlist:

Jesus Christ Pose
Spoonman
Let Me Drown
Rhinosaur
Flower
Outshined
Been Away Too Long
Worse Dreams
My Wave
The Day I Tried to Live
Blow Up the Outside World
Fell on Black Days
Hunted Down
Non-State Actor
Zero Chance
Incessant Mace
By Crooked Steps
Taree
Hands All Over
Burden in My Hand
Dusty
Blood on the Valley Floor
4th of July

Encore:
Ugly Truth
Rusty Cage
Beyond the Wheel

Recent Stories

graffiti-wall-tagged
Before PichiAvo Paints the Bowery Graffiti Wall, Taggers Go Crazy

The lame duck session at the Bowery Graffiti Wall has proven an opportune moment for taggers. In the week since Goldman Properties whitewashed the two-story encasement ahead of the next artist design, the fresh canvas has been attacked several times. Especially thanks to the perfect storm of inclement weather and lack of the usual security. […]

Rendering composite of Ben Shaoul and 196 Orchard St, Photo: Real Deal
Here’s a Recap from that Deplorable ‘LES is More’ Developers Summit Yesterday

Yesterday morning, movers and shakers (nay, demolishers) in the real estate industry met to discuss the future of the Lower East Side vis-a-vis Donald Trump. Like a Pinky & the Brain segment, the summit was seemingly an opportunity to plot the future of how to dominate a neighborhood already suffering attack from all sides. The event, […]

Chinatown Fair, August 2009
6th Annual New York Game Awards Happening at Abrons Art Center Tonight

Game on! The 6th Annual New York Game Awards, presented by the members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, is happening tonight at the Abrons Art Center Playhouse. The group works alongside the community to mentor and distribute college scholarships for all things associated in the realm of gaming. They also have game-oriented panels, fireside chats and do […]

waterfront-meeting-6_wm
LES Activists Torpedo Developers’ Scoping Session to Protest Waterfront Towers

It was only fitting that, two days after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the spirit of protest infiltrated a planning session for the upcoming wall of glass on the Lower East Side waterfront. And a surprise, at that. The powers-that-be set up an info session (free food!) on the environmental review process (“EIS”) for the […]

new-territories-2
‘New Territories’ Dessert Shop ups the Ice Cream Game in Hell Square

Another built-for-instagram sweets shop just hit the Lower East Side. And it’s apparently the hottest new shop in Hell. Square, that is. New Territories sold out of product upon its opening Sunday night at 190 Orchard Street. They won’t be back for your dollar until tomorrow, according to a sign on the closed gate. Owned and […]