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

orchard-hell-retail
Orchard Hell Building Retail Units Sell For $21M

Ever since the branded sidewalk bridge arrived in October, the commercial retail in the base of the 23-story Orchard Hell Building has been dormant. Cushman & Wakefield is still pimping the properties – separate from the Hotel Indigo upstairs – for possible flagship usage. But now, a wrinkle in the story… The Real Deal reported […]

farmhouse-ludlow
‘Farmhouse Restaurant’ Replaces Sebastian LC on Ludlow Street

Our suspicions about the Sebastian LC closure late last year were at least partially confirmed this week. Yes, the corner restaurant is back open, but not with the same moniker. Management is forsaking the French fare for the more generic American style cuisine. Farmhouse Restaurant announced itself a couple days ago with a new sign […]

whynot-orchard
Whynot Cafe on Orchard Street Fails, Looks to Become ‘Sushi Wa’

Whynot, because it couldn’t. Whynot Cafe failed to gain traction due in large part to its inability to secure a full liquor license. Their two bids met stiff resistance from the community including the LES Dwellers. And now it’s on last legs. Rumblings of its closure had circulated for the last week, but their PR […]

goa-taco-extension
Goa-Taco Extends Its Residency on Delancey Another Month; Scouting Permanent Location

Fans of Goa-Taco on Delancey Street will be happy to hear this. The tiny lunch counter alongside Grey Lady just reupped its tenancy for an additional month, and will continue to serve Paratha tacos here through the end of March. “The response has been really positive with us being in the area,” owner Duvaldi Marneweck […]

essex-market-demolition-1
Plywood Fence Arrives at Essex Market Buildings for Demolition Ahead of Essex Crossing

It begins… The first plywood fence of the Essex Crossing mega-project just arrived, with the rear parking lot of 115 Delancey Street now cordoned off. Demolition of the one-story warehouse building is slated to commence early next week – likely Monday – and kick off more than a decade of dust and (additional) noise in […]