This weekend I got to live out a bit of a teenaged dream and saw Soundgarden perform at the Tuscaloosa Ampitheater.
The Ampitheater is a large, outdoor venue surrounded by abandoned fields and an elevated train track. That may sound unappealing (because it is Tuscaloosa after all), but at night the train lights circling overhead makes even the most badass alternative/grunge band of the 90's even more badass.
Here's a funny story about Soundgarden that has nothing to do with me. Around 2000/2001, my sister-in-law, then a teenager, got on a plane to visit her friend in Seattle where she spotted Chris Cornell at an outdoor market (because it was Seattle). She screeched, "YOU'RE CHRIS CORNELL!" and he ran off and jumped into a limo. Just a few months ago, when she told us about this concert, we said, "Hey, you should flag him down and see if he remembers you. Maybe you can get us backstage!" That didn't happen, but it COULD HAVE DAMMIT!
Any way. Here are just a few of the highlights from the weekend:
- Soundgarden still fucking rocks as hard as they did when I was a teenager. Seeing them perform live was a bucket list item I didn't even know I had. Kim Thayil shreds effortlessly; Chris Cornell shrieks effortlessly.
- Chris Cornell signed a fan's poster board immediately after the first song, which I thought was incredibly gracious and kind.
- He also said the band was coming back to Tuscaloosa soon ("Not, like, in a month but we're coming back.")
- He also shared a story about a woman warning them to be careful when they went to Tuscaloosa. "Why?" he asked. (Answer: a lot of reasons.)
- I know it's basic AF, but Black Hole Sun is still one of my favorites of theirs if not of all time. Watching them play it live made my heart swell a few inches bigger. Even my husband, a BHS-hater, admitted that it was a fucking great song after seeing it in person.
- I don't go to concerns too often so pardon my naivete when my sister-in-law reported spending $48 on 4 beers and I nearly shit my pants. Behold the beauty of pre-gaming on gas station-bought beer.
- Between the opening act and the headliner, the woman sitting to my left began having a melt-down with her male companion who got up and left -- as in, didn't even stay for the band we were all wanting to see. The woman then called him, ugly-crying, begging him to come back. "He said he was gonna LEAVE ME HERE! He's actin' all crazy-like!" she drawled between sobs. Then a minute before Soundgarden took the stage, she got up and left, too.
- As we were leaving and searching for my car in the parking lot, we spied a woman squatting not 20 feet away from the pavement, pants down, bare-assed, taking a shit or piss in full view of everyone. One friend commented, "I am just too fucked up to process that right now."
- I've got some video from the concert that amounts to 10-30 secs from a total of 5 songs. I'm going to edit it together so I can replay it always.
I also saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
I fully admit to only liking the Guardians movies of the MCU because they're funny and don't require a lot of extra research (other movies, the comic books) in which to catch up. The characters are fun and likable and the CG looks colorful and complementary rather than dull and ugly.
I don't have an in depth review planned for this movie. After all, it's still a comic book movie where the themes aren't too complex or complicated to figure out. If the first Guardians movie was about family, then this one is as well. That's it. Not that its simplicity should be dismissed but I don’t think it needs further review. I think I saw the movie trying to make a cancer metaphor and Ego Quill's universe-conquering, but it didn't really go anywhere. Still, I liked Guardians Vol 2 and didn't leave the theater bored or frustrated.
So. Here's to a fantastic weekend!