Post by chuckrh on Nov 22, 2016 11:34:01 GMT 1
well the big day (sunday) finally arrived after months of waiting finally saw temple of the dog. it was an outstanding show musically. they started with "say hello to heaven" & kept going. & going. & going. the whole record was played along with several mother love bone songs & some other choice covers. they came on about 9:30 after about an hour after the opening band (fantastico negrito or something like that, they were ok. 2 or 3 good songs with sort of obnoxious lead singer). i don't know if its just me but i find an hour between bands to be excessive. having done a bit of roadie work i know that everything technically is set up in the afternoon for the headliner. there was absolutely no need to build up anticipation as it had been over the top for months. temple played 2.5 hours ending at midnight. with the long break, it seemed too long. by the time they got to the last song of the 1st encore (war pigs), we were ready to go home. it was a work night & i ended up dealing with 3 hours of sleep yesterday with an intense day in the mines. luckily, will have a 4 day weekend to recover after tomorrow. my friend observed that she would've rather heard more music by the musicians onstage than covers by led zep & sabbath. she had a point. some of the covers were excellent (hendrix "hey baby", "fascination street") others seemed excessive. other highlights were mad season's "river of deceit" & "times of trouble". chris cornell was extremely chatty which was a little unusual. back in the hey day he was definitely a diva. eddie vedder was a no show, which was surprising because he was in town, having been seen earlier in the day @ the Seahawk game with actor Bradley Cooper. i think if he would've shown up for a few songs it would've lifted the show to the realm of special. as it was, i would give the show a B grade. very good but could've been better. i think i would like to see this lineup create some new music in the future as the chemistry seemed very good.