FREE KIM THAYIL.
When the band broke up, my first thought was “I’ll never get to see Matt Cameron play drums again” and, well, we know how that turned out. But there’s a difference between playing on that stuff and playing Soundgarden music. I snuck through Seattle alleys and darkened under-curfew streets to see Kim Thayil play live with Jello Biafra during the WTO riots. I flew to San Francisco to see Chris Cornell’s first solo gig at the Fillmore. I will believe it when I see it, but there is part of me that is just OVER THE MOON.
The shot above is from the 6/20/96 gig at the Showbox, right before they left for Lollapalooza. At 4pm on a Friday, tickets went on sale at the Blockbuster above Queen Anne. I got in line at 3pm the day of this show. The problem with Soundgarden, of course, is that the audience is full of Pantera wannabes. I have photos from Lolla 96 at the Gorge where the pit looks like Scylla and Charybdis were inside of it. I worry about it being emotionally void. But I also know that I will go once just to find out for sure.
I will also remind you of the site that set the standard for what a band website COULD be: The Unofficial Soundgarden Homepage, where I had to go to dig out that photograph. And you would have to have been a member of SOMMS to understand the headline of this post. For that reason, I will not explain further.
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