[Concert Review + Setlists] Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Bush at Rock on the Range 2013 at Columbus Crew Stadium, 5.19.13

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden plays at Rock on the Range 2013 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

Chris Cornell and his band Soundgarden closed out ROTR 2013 with a set full of hits from the 1990s era of the group. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

For a night it felt like 1997 again as 90’s rock stalwarts Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Bush took the stage in turn at Rock on the Range 2013 at Crew Stadium in Columbus Sunday evening. The day capped off a weekend full of rock of all flavors, including fellow 90’s rock contemporaries Smashing Pumpkins (headliner Saturday).

Each band rocked a set packed with familiar hits from their past, which was somewhat fitting since each band went through breakups, several years-long hiatuses and are seeking to bring the old fans back in the fold….

Check out the full Bush photo gallery from Rock on the Range 2013 here!

Bush kept old-school fans happy with plenty of old favorites. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

Gavin Rossdale and Bush kept old-school fans happy with plenty of old favorites. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

The group that seemed to stick as close to the plan of playing older songs as possible was definitely Bush, led by founding frontman Gavin Rossdale. The group played a set heavy with songs from their first album Sixteen Stone, while adding in a song or two that the current iteration of the band has written, including the #1 radio hit “The Sound of Winter”. It was a bit disappointing for any fans of the bands other albums, since they steered clear anything but the first album save a couple songs.

Overall Bush was definitely entertaining to watch, especially for a fan who hasn’t seen the band live before. Rossdale is as always an enthusastic frontman whose physical stage presence and energy adds to the band’s performance. That said, it was too bad the band didn’t try to venture out of their comfort zone a little. Rossdale even made a comment after debuting a brand-new song from their next album that “You guys are great..I wish we could take you with us everywhere!”

Alice in Chains dominated the stage Sunday at Rock on the Range... (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

Alice in Chains dominated the stage Sunday at Rock on the Range… (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

Check out the full Alice in Chains photo gallery from Rock on the Range 2013 HERE!

Alice in Chains was the next to the stage and played a set with songs ranging the spectrum of their entire career. The initials LSMF adorned the drumheads of Sean Kinney’s kit, a tribute to fallen former bandmates Layne Staley and Mike Starr. The ghost of former frontman Staley did seem to permeate the crowd throughout the night, as everyone sang along to such hits as “We Die Young”, “Nutshell”,  and “Would?”. “We can hear you guys singing up here,” Guitarist Jerry Cantrell remarked between songs, “We love that shit – keep it up!”

AiC’s second act as a band with Duvall has certainly been successful, and the group played several of their latest hits such as “Your Decision” and songs from their new album (“Stone”, “Hollow”). Four years ago Alice in Chains headlined ROTR, and the band sounded nowhere near as polished as they do today. For all intents and purposes, Alice in Chains is back, and they are here to stay!

Soundgarden sounded good, but did not venture far from familiar territory musically. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

Soundgarden sounded good, but did not venture far from familiar territory musically. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

Check out the full Soundgarden photo gallery from Rock on the Range 2013 HERE!

Soundgarden closed out the night, and certainly kept things feeling nostalgic as they played several hits from their 1991 album Badmotorfinger. The band closed out Rock on the Range with such rockers as “My Wave”, Rusty Cage”, while playing only one of their new songs, “Been Away Too Long”. Perhaps not a bad idea to give the fans what they want, however. Several of the songs were played with a bit faster tempo, but overall it felt like walking into a rock concert over 16 years ago – not necessarily a bad thing, however!

Soundgarden’s set was further augmented by the fact that the band played several songs from their early days (“Hunted Down”, “Incessant Mace”), songs which may have seemed brand-new to many of the concert attendees who were born in the years after Soundgarden’s formation in 1984 and major-label debut in ’88.

For anyone wondering what’s happening with rock music these days, Rock on the Range 2013 is another sign that it is alive and well. Thousands upon thousands descended upon Crew Stadium this year, doing what they could do to seek out the music they love. And so it is in this new era of music – for those who seek it out, there is music to be found. Or, if you listen to it, they will come (and play a rock show for you). Rockin!

Bush Setlist
1. Machinehead
2. Testosterone
3. The Sound of Winter
4. Everything Zen
5. Loneliness is a Killer
6. Come Together (The Beatles cover)
7. Little Things
8. Glycerine
9. Comedown

Alice in Chains Setlist
1. Them Bones
2. Dam That River
3. Again
4. Check My Brain
5. Your Decision
6. Hollow
7. We Die Young
8. Down in a Hole
9. Nutshell
10. Stone
11. No Excuses
12. Would?
13. Man in a Box
14. Rooster

Soundgarden Setlist
1.
Flower
2. Outshined
3. Jesus Christ Pose
4. Hunted Down
5. Ugly Truth
6. My Wave
7. Been Away Too Long
8. Superunknown
9. Mailman
10. Blow Up the Outside World
11. Fell on Black Days
12. Rusty Cage
13. Spoonman
14. Black Hole Sun
15. Incessant Mace

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