|Audience watching Soundgarden|
"Jesus Christ Pose" was stunning. Finishing up with "Black Hole", and then "Beyond The Wheel", was sheer genius. The whole show was electric. In awe...
Soundgarden are a true, in-it-for-your-lifetime, rock band. They're alive and live and involved and in tune with the fans and the audience: it's a show, it's a rock concert, and I very much want to see them again. Now. Today.
For me? Soundgarden could have been the whole show, the headliner, and I would have been happy.
(Dear Chris Cornell, I would very much treasure the opportunity to photograph Soundgarden at some point in the future. Your show was amazing, and it would be an honour to capture a small fragment of the energy and light with my camera to share with the world. Yours truly, Alison Toon | Photographer.)
|Audience watchng Nine Inch Nails|
Nine Inch Nails were perfect in every way... a little too perfect for me. I was reminded of a Eurythmics show I saw, years back, when the band was so good, so tight, so self-contained, that there seemed to be an invisible barrier at the edge of the stage; I could have been watching them on a cinema screen, and had the same emotions. That's how I felt about NIN last night; we didn't quite touch. Almost, but not quite.
But maybe it's me.
And that's what live music is all about: listening to the music, finding what you like best, and just enjoying the show. And I did enjoy it, very much so.
NIN's and Soundgarden's tour continues: see http://nin.com/ or http://soundgardenworld.com/tour/ for more dates. Really, REALLY worth seeing!
(Not forgetting a shout out to Cold Cave, who opened the show; reminiscent of Depeche Mode, Wesley Eisold and Amy Lee filled the venue with song and sound and much more than should be possible from a two-person setup. I'm going to listen to more of their music.)