tickets were $5.
even though i had graduated already, i had stuck around isla vista because i was in love with jeanine and we were living together as she finished her senior year.
soundgardens badmotorfinger was in heavy rotation in my sony 100 cd changer and i still remember hearing it blasted as i played NHLPA on my sega genesis.
not only were they heavy but they were melodic and cornell’s vocals soared.
he was capable of doing things with his voice that even kurdt couldnt do. in fact of all the grunge stars, he was the rock star.
sure weiland was freakier and flashier and glammier, but chris had the long hair and tore off his shirt and strapped on the guitar and literally thrashed around the stage at the small gym
and i laughed as the fold up chairs that were zip tied together were tossed aside two songs into the show. poor Associated Students tried to make the Soundgarden show a seated show but the kids weren’t having that. and neither was the band. it was glorious.
pretty sure i saw them again at Lollapalooza but that was a giant show. Rob Gym is maybe 300 seats. crumpled and discarded. it was a rock show in a loud old gym. and Cornell was perfect the entire time.
i cannot believe he is dead. what a perfect voice. what great style. what love of music. he did a tour where all he did was covers. thats love. he will always be loved.
there should be a plaque at Rob Gym that says
Soundgarden Rocked Here