2/13/92…Skid Row with Soundgarden @ Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

Skid Row @ Aragon Ballroom 2/13/92

Skid Row @ Aragon Ballroom 2/13/92

Yes, you did read that title correctly.  Soundgarden DID open for Skid Row back in the beginning of ’92.  It seems like a weird combination now and it was even weirder seeing it happen live.  My best friend & I were so excited to see Skid Row again.  In fact, we were so excited that we left my house without the tickets.  So we had to cruise back to pick them up.  While we were there she snapped this picture of me thumbing through the phone book to make sure I had Aragon’s address:

Making sure I knew where Aragon was.  2/13/92

Making sure I knew where Aragon was. 2/13/92

We were a little stressed because it was a general admission show and driving from Libertyville to the city in rush hour traffic is no easy feat.  Well, luck was with us.  Once we arrived to Aragon, parked, and got in line (which wasn’t too long), the doors opened shortly thereafter.  We RAN into the venue and managed to snag “Sebastian Sweat Zone” seats on the side of the stage.  We were thrilled!!  At the time, we didn’t even know the name of the opening band.  We found out once they came out.  We were like, “Who the hell is Soundgarden?”  This was before Grunge had hit, obviously.  I can’t say that I really liked it, but I didn’t hate it.  It was just completely different from what we were looking forward to from Skid Row. Chris Cornell rocked, of course.  And I remember Ben Shepherd acting so weird and making the goofiest faces.  It was funny.  The set list is pretty great and I would later fall in love with most of these songs once I really got to know Soundgarden’s music.

  1. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
  2. Jesus Christ Pose
  3. Face Pollution
  4. Gun
  5. Beyond the Wheel
  6. Rusty Cage
  7. Big Dumb Sex
  8. Outshined
  9. Slaves & Bulldozers

Once Skid Row came out we went CRAZY!!  I definitely got some more of Sebastian’s sweat flipped at me when he whipped his hair.  Nice…This was now my fourth time seeing this band.  I was obviously a huge fan.  But things would be changing soon.  As I got a whiff of grunge, I became just as intoxicated as the masses and my interest in the hair bands would start to wane.  But that wouldn’t be for a little while longer.


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