three 90s megagroups rock nyc again

Everclear, Soul Asylum, and Cracker
August 20, 2008 Webster Hall NYC

When I got an email that these bands were all playing the same bill, I just HAD to go see them. I mean, three staple bands of 90s alternative rock all in one night! Of course it’s been a while since the 90s, but hey, good music defies time and space right?

First up was Cracker, whose fan base seemed to be comprised of bankers, accountants, and other professionals. They’ve all gotten good jobs since the 90s and were dressed more for an office party then a rock show. Hell, even the lead singer was looking like a PolySci professor. BUT that aside, they were tight and polished. And even if you didn’t know a single song they played (no “Eurotrash Girl ” was to be heard) they ended with the track that has the staying power to still be heard on KRock today, “Low.” To be blunt, it kicked ass live.

Note: Sadly, they did not play my fave “Get Off This” which to this day is still one my favorite videos (I can’t believe someone youtubed the premiere on 120 mins, I remember watching it!)

Next up was Soul Asylum…

First off, Dave Pirner, was in rare form this night, and even did a stand-up routine (oh yes, old-fashioned jokes one after another.) For some reason I thought I would be bored for their set, but I was way off. They were actually great! They clearly knew that most of us had a copy of Grave Dancer’s Union back in ’92, so they played “Without A Trace,” “Black Gold,” “Somebody to Shove,” and hell even “Runaway Train,” which surpisingly didn’t sound tired! They also did “Misery” which was nice to hear again.

Note: Sadly, they didn’t play my fave “Can’t Even Tell” off of the Clerks soundtrack, as featured in the official film of NJ, Clerks (such a classic video!)

And then came the headliner, Everclear

The last time I saw Everclear was in 1996 at the Roseland. I have fond memories of the show, but it had been 12 years for chrissakes! Could they possibly still be into it, and could they possibly drag me back into it. Yes… and yes!!! My favorite Everclear song is “You Make Me Feel Like A Whore,” and they opened with it, so they pretty much “had me at hello.” 😉

They also did “Heroin Girl,” “Strawberry,” and “Santa Monica,” off of the CD we all had in 1995, Sparkle and Fade. Other songs included “Everything to Everyone,” “Father of Mine,” “Wonderful,” and “AM Radio.

They even did a Rolling Stones cover (pictured below gathered around the mic)

It absolutely warmed my heart to watch Everclear out there giving 100% after all these years. And let me tell ya, for all those that mocked me for going… the place was packed!!! You just couldn’t feel bad after watching their performance (hell, I missed my bus cause I just couldn’t bring myself to leave early.)

As another birthday sneaks up on me, it was fantastic to see that rockers from our own generation can still defy aging. The bands had so much energy, gratitude for their fans, and were visibly thrilled to still be out there playing! Thanks to all of them for taking the time out to remind us of the good old days, and give us something to take with us tomorrow as well.


“…Yeah I dream of the day
When I learn how to make you pay
Someday I’ll teach you to beg
Someday, someday…”
You Make Me Feel Like A Whore

FYI: Jersey folks, Friday September 5th Everclear & Cracker are playing the Union Country Music Fest in Cranford, NJ for FREE!


1 Response to “three 90s megagroups rock nyc again”

  1. 1 Matt
    August 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Hey great review!! I was really impressed with Soul Asylum’s set as well. Everclear rocked too, even though the sound was shoddy for the first few songs. Do you know if anyone has the full set list for Everclear from the show?

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