8/15/93…Neil Young with Soundgarden @ World Music Theatre, Chicago

Neil Young with Soundgarden @ World Music Theatre 8/15/93

Neil Young with Soundgarden @ World Music Theatre 8/15/93

Pat & Tim (with Val on the far left) before the show.  8/15/93

Pat & Tim (with Val on the far left) before the show. 8/15/93

Neil Young & Soundgarden??  Yup, after Neil Young had played with Pearl Jam, he became relevant again within the grunge world.  In general, this was the case, but specifically, as in this show, it was really all about Soundgarden.  At least for me it was.  I was curious about seeing Neil Young, for obvious reasons, but I can’t say I was quite a fan yet.  I went to this show with my girls, Cori & Val and we brought along Val’s boyfriend, Tim, & his roommate, Pat.  It was a group effort this time.  I’m pretty sure we got there a little late and missed some of Soundgarden’s set, unfortunately.  We always seemed to be running late to all of our shows.  It might have had something to do with our pre-partying.  Who can be sure??  I really wasn’t familiar with Neil’s music.  But one song stood out that night and will always be memorable to me for how I reacted to it.  It was “Motorcycle Mama”.  Everything about it struck me as funny on this night.  I was up, revving my engine, singing along like a dork.  It was hilarious, I think, mostly to me.  Looking at the set list now, it was pretty incredible.  I wish I could’ve appreciated it more then.

  1. Mr. Soul
(Buffalo Springfield song)
  2. The Loner
  3. Down by the River
  4. Helpless
(Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)
  5. Like a Hurricane
  6. Motorcycle Mama
  7. Separate Ways
  8. Love to Burn
  9. Change Your Mind
  10. Powderfinger
  11. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  12. Harvest Moon
  13. Unknown Legend
  14. The Needle and the Damage Done
  15. Live to Ride
  16. Rockin’ in the Free World
  17. Encore:
  18. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
(Otis Redding cover)
  19. All Along the Watchtower
(Bob Dylan cover)

I remember this being a fun, but bittersweet show since it would be our last one for the Summer.  School was about to start again and there would be less time for play.  Fall was definitely in the air.



  1. Dave says:

    Blind Melon definitely opened the show. It actually started an hour earlier than the time listed on the ticket. Thankfully, I called the venue to verify the start time – had gotten burned before at another three band show at the World and missed most of Screaming Trees’ set about a month prior.
    I had seats in the 4th row just to the right of center (Neil’s side of the stage). There was literally almost no one there during Blind Melon’s set. Shannon was giving us most of his attention since we were the closest ones to the stage. Got a little personal serenade that night!
    What a great night it was seeing them along with Soundgarden and Neil – not to mention Neil’s backing band that night – Booker T. & The MG’s. An unforgettable night for me with Mother Nature enhancing things a bit. Has it really been more than twenty years ago…

    • manzana88 says:

      Wow! Sounds like you had an amazing time! I wish I remembered the night as vividly as you did. But I guess my lawn seats combined with a lot of beer helped to cloud my memories a bit. lol

  2. Larry says:

    That was my first concert. Went to see blind melon and soundgarden. Never even heard of Neil Young then (I was 16). Anyone remember the huge guy with long hair sliding down the hill in the mud during soundgarden? I hate to admit that I left 2 songs into Neil Young. Great memories.

    • manzana88 says:

      You didn’t know who Neil Young was?? lol I do not remember the guy sliding down in the mud at all. Sorry I missed him. 😉

  3. allan ostermann says:

    I loved that show. I’m pretty positive that Blind Melon opened before Soundgarden. There was an electrical storm during the show which made it magical.

    • manzana88 says:

      I don’t remember Blind Melon that night, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t play. My friends & I may have gotten there late. This show was definitely a lot of fun!

      • allan ostermann says:

        I wasn’t a big Soundgarden fan until I went to this show. They blew me away. I realized that live they have such a deeper, full sound. Oh, also that night there was lightning during Neil’s set. Great night.

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