PHOTOS / RECAP: Soundgarden @ The Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT 5/17/13

What a show! Pure Rock & Roll played to its finest and sung by Chris Cornell, a man with the voice of a God and a vocal range like no other. I’ve had the pleasure of catching a solo acoustic Chris Cornell show a couple of years back but that was a completely different realm as Soundgarden literally ripped shit up late last week at The Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT. Don’t get me wrong, Cornell’s voice is entertainment enough on its own, but when the lights went down, you could feel the energy just ooze through the air from this packed house of 5000 worked up fans just waiting for the band to bust out of the gates…so much that I literally started to shake in anticipation and excitement!

420I haven’t had the chance to see a hard rock show in quite some time, let alone photograph one and man, was I glad I got to catch this one! It was just perfect for a Friday night as you can tell everyone could use letting off some steam after their work week. The stage setup was great with plenty of lights,  a nice digital backdrop screen, and plenty of room for the band to move around, and that they did all night.

I’ve seen so many jamband type shows that I forget about the energy that can emerge from a band like Soundgarden. Constant rolling guitar riffs with a thunderous bass-line and booming drums laying down the foundation…what more could one ask for??? This was nothing but loud, hard, slammin’ rock & roll and that is certainly what I was out to see and hear this evening!

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Starting out with “Searching With My Good Eye Closed” and then right into “Jesus Christ Pose”, I soon realized I was in for a doozy of a night and I guess that was validated the next day by the ringing in my ears and the stiff neck I had from bouncing my head all night…good times for sure!


Setlist:

  • Searching with My Good Eye Closed
  • Jesus Christ Pose
  • By Crooked Steps
  • Let Me Drown
  • Attrition
  • Loud Love
  • Ugly Truth
  • Get on the Snake
  • Non-State Actor
  • Live to Rise
  • Worse Dreams
  • Been Away Too Long
  • The Day I Tried to Live
  • Ty Cobb
  • Hunted Down
  • Fell on Black Days
  • Blow Up the Outside World
  • Blood on the Valley Floor
  • Burden in My Hand
  • Head Down
  • Rusty Cage

Encore:

  • Spoonman 
  • Outshined 
  • Rhinosaur 
  • Rowing
Based in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest, CT, Craig has been contributing to Live Music Blog for a couple of years now. He's made a strong start out of the gates and his enthusiasm always makes for a fun read. A veteran of almost 200 Grateful Dead shows and hundreds of other various concerts, Craig decided to combine his love for live music with photography to be part of the action.