I just realized that Soundgarden was the first show I ever saw. Opening for Gn'R at the Target Center in February of '91. Did not understand what I was watching.
@orbit I saw them in '89-90 as well, twice actually. (think the second one was very early '90, the tour with Voivod).
Jason Everman on bass though. They were really good both times.
That Voivod tour was the first time I saw them, too. So good. Then with Danzig and Warrior Soul. I haven't thought about that show in a million years.
That did sound pretty amazing. I was probably never into Soundgarden as much as some other "alternative rock" as a teenager because they were closer to metal than most of it, and I've never been a metal person. But I would've loved to have seen them in that situation, I would imagine Cornell would have been quite the force in a room that small.
It was unbelievably heavy. "Gun" especially. Cornell was wearing army cutoffs with combat boots and an army jacket completely open. He looked beautiful and ripped.
Thayil was mesmerizing as well. I had Cornell Hair™ at the time and headbanged gratuitously in front of the monitor stacks. It was most memorable. Mudhoney and Bullet LaVolta played the next day and it was really weak in comparison.