Monday, April 19, 2010

Soundgarden Set List from First Reunion Gig

Soundgarden played their first reunion show last Friday April 16 at the Showbox in Seattle. Billed as Nudedragons – an anagram of Soundgarden – here’s the set list. Interesting they stayed away from major hits like Black Hole Sun, and got the other big hit Spoonman out of the way right off the bat!

According to, here it is:

1. Spoonman
2. Gun
3. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
4. Rusty Cage
5. Beyond The Wheel
6. Flower
7. Ugly Truth
8. Fell On Black Days
9. Hunted Down
10. Nothing To Say
11. Loud Love
12. Blow Up The Outside World
13. Pretty Noose
14. Outshined
15. Slaves And Bulldozers

1. Get On The Snake
2. Big Dumb Sex
3. Waiting For The Sun (by The Doors)

According to a report from

On Thursday afternoon, Seattle radio station 107.7 "The End" began tweeting about the possibility of a "secret" show, and news soon spread that fans on the band's e-mail list would receive information on when and where it would take place. When word got out that a band going by the name "Nudedragons" (an anagram of Soundgarden) would be playing on Friday night, fans began stalking Twitter and Ticketmaster, awaiting the moment that tickets would go on sale. According to local news reports in Seattle, the available tickets sold out in less than 15 minutes.

"That's Kim. That's Ben. That's Matt.," Cornell informed fans, pointing to his stagemates, halfway through the band's almost two-hour set, which included a run of more than an hour of nonstop rock before a short break. "And that's Chris," responded drummer Matt Cameron, bringing a cheer from the hometown crowd, who appreciated the introductions, though they were hardly needed.

"It's a rehearsal, so if we f--- something up, we're probably going to go through it again," explained Cornell, just before tearing into "Outshined," off 1991's Badmotorfinger. From the fans' perspective, however, the show appeared to be a rehearsal in name only, with the crowd holding tight to every note, drumbeat and guitar riff sent their way.

If the throwing of a guitar symbolizes all things rock and roll, then clearly bassist Ben Shepherd is ready to make a go of it. After tossing his bass in what many hard-core fans recognize as the "end" of the band back in February 1997, it probably won't go unnoticed that Shepherd did the same thing to close Friday night's show, in what could be seen as an effort to go back to the way things were — with Soundgarden as the heavy, loud powerhouse that exemplified the early-to-mid '90s.


Don Capone said...

I had gotten that Nudedragons email about a secret show (I had signed up at Soundgarden's website a few weeks back), but since I'm in NY and not Seattle, I missed out! I definitely want to see them when they come to NY. It's going to be a hot show.

Tony said...

i was there!!! drove up at 4am that morning. what could have been the best day ever really turned out bad. the show was amazing though