Soundgarden. Wednesday. Going?

As a huge fan of rock and roll, I feel the need to call out Sacramento on a point of order. Are you going to see Soundgarden on Wednesday? If not, why the hell not?

Sacramento is a rock and roll town. Sure, we have a wide diversity of great local and regional music, a famed jazz scene and a reputation for popular Americana acts. Walk down the streets of our burbs, however, and see the boys in their black T-shirts, the girls in their tight jeans, and the multitudes who respond when you rock the goat.

Sacramento rocks.

Much of the 90s metal played on 98ROCK is grunge, which is a weird style to me, more a marketing creation of its era than anything. Compare Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots, the leading bands of this era. Common elements? Sure, they rocked, but Pearl Jam is a straight up classic rock band, Nirvana was an angry punk band filtered through pop production, STP was Guns n’ Roses, Soundgarden was early Black Sabbath, and Alice in Chains… well, they might actually be GRUNGE as I understand the style.

If you are a young fan of rock and roll, I think that any of those five bands would be tempting. Half are dead. Add in the fact that Soundgarden is quietly staging their first shows in almost 15 years, and I am flabbergasted that their show in Lake Tahoe on Wednesday is not close to being a sellout. Soundgarden is tremendous, possibly the best mainstream hard rock band of its generation. If you are a worshiper at the altar of Ozzy, do yourself a favor and get your ass up the hill to see the princes of dark metal.

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