Soundgarden Roar at Hammerstein Ballroom

Soundgarden play a marathon two and a half hour set at the first of their two sold out shows at Hammerstein Ballroom

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Soundgarden play a marathon two and a half hour set at the first of their two sold out shows at Hammerstein Ballroom. Photos by Michel Dussack
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There were no openers for the show - Soundgarden took the stage at 8:30 and played until 11. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band kicked things off with the one-two punch of hits "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Spoonman". Photos by Michel Dussack
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Bassist Ben Shepherd plays in a power stance. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Drummer Matt Cameron, who also drums for Pearl Jam, hidden away behind his drum kit. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Early on in the set, the band ripped into "Rhinosaur," which until the show had not been played live since 1997. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Guitarist Kim Thayil was fairly stoic throughout the band's set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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A couple songs later, during "Outshined," Cornell noticed a fan who wanted to play the song on guitar with the band. Cornell happily allowed him to come on stage and rock out with the band. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Before the band ripped into "Blow Up the Outside World," Cornell spoke about how the song was banned after 9/11, but he felt that enough time had passed to play it again. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Overall, the 26 song set was evenly compromised of hits, rarities and new material, and it's hard to image any fan leaving the venue disappointed. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Also included in the set was "Zero Chance," which was played for the first time ever at the show, despite being released in 1996. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Every member of the band seemed happy to be back together and playing music both new and old. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Several songs followed "Zero Chance," all leading up to a couple of the band's heavier songs to close the main set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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At one point near the end of the set, Cornell spoke out about how ridiculous it was that people in America could buy guns and alcohol and have them together, but not marijuana. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The main set was closed out with "Blood on the Valley Floor" and "4th of July". As the band left the stage, Cornell's vocals from the latter song were left looping over the speakers for several minutes. Photos by Michel Dussack
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When the band returned for their three song encore, it seemed all too brief especially since the main set was twenty three songs. Photos by Michel Dussack
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First up during the encore was "Ugly Truth" from "Louder Than Love," the band's second studio album. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Next was "Rusty Cage," one of the singles that originally helped Soundgarden break through to radio and MTV. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Closing out the show was "Beyond the Wheel" off "Ultramega OK," the band's debut album. It was a fitting way to end the show, which was part celebration of the past, and part looking forward for the grunge legends. Photos by Michel Dussack
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