Saturday, July 23, 2011

Soundgarden & The Mars Volta @ The New Joint



Again it is another band I have waited 14 years to see again. And when I purchased the tickets and then Queens Of The Stone Age announced a show on the same night I questioned whether I’d done the right thing. From memory the last time I saw Soundgarden, they were terrible.

One of the drawing points was The Mars Volta opening. This is Moz’s favorite band – and while I am not a fan of their records I hear live they are something else. And this is true. Their set, while short on songs, was dynamite. The off beat, signature changes and presence made for a great show. I’d love to see them in a small venue. My opinion of their music remains the same – not sure it’s the type of music you can just sit down and listen to – but seeing it performed is something else.

Mars Volta Setlist
Aegis / The Whip Hand / Molochwalk / Dyslexicon / The Malkin Jewel / Broken English Jam / Goliath

Soundgarden came out playing Searching With My Good Eye Closed, and they made it obvious from the start that this was going to be a good show. The band sounded great and every song was a classic - nothing new in the repertoire. Though they did say there would be a new album in the future, but tonight it was all about the old stuff. Jesus Christ Pose was fantastic, as was My Wave. And right near the end the trifecta of Outshined, Rusty Cage and Superunknown was superb way to end the night.

Soundgarden were a lot better than I remembered, and a good night was had by all. Mars Volta was a good choice for an opening band - can't wait to see them again.

Soundgarden Setlist
Searching With My Good Eye Closed / Spoonman / Gun / Jesus Christ Pose /Let Me Drown / My Wave / The Day I Tried To Live / Ugly Truth / Big Dumb Sex / Fell On Black Days / Burden In My Hand / Blow Up The Outside World / Pretty Noose / Black Hole Sun / Loud Love / Head Down / Black Rain / Outshined / Rusty Cage / Superunknown / 4th of July
Encore: Hunted Down / Beyond The Wheel / Slaves & Bulldozers

The Crap Facts:
This is my 319th concert.
This is my 12th concert at The New Joint.
This is my 114th concert in Las Vegas.
This is my 114th concert in Nevada.
This is my 126th concert in the USA.
The Mars Volta are the 384th band I've seen.
This is my 4th Soundgarden concert.