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SHOW REVIEW: Soul Asylum-Milwaukee, WI 6-26-97
By: Nick Rutkowski

After selling around 6,000 seats at the Marcus Ampitheatre 2 yearsago, the Minneapolis based band,Soul Asylum, came back to Milwaukee to perform at a free stage during Summerfest. Summerfest is an 11 day festival that boasts the biggest names in music. Soul Asylum contended with the Verve Pipe and Dave Matthews, which were among many of the bands to headline the different stages at the festival on opening night. The ska band Reel Big Fish opened up for Soul Asylum, commenting themselves on how unlikely of a situation it was. After the smoke cleared from the "Big Bang" fireworks, Soul Asylum took the stage at around 11:30. Dave was decked out in his usual ripped jeans and a tee-shirt while smoking a cigarette. Much of the set was taken up by new material that is going to be on the next album. The first 3 songs were as followed: "See Ya Later," "Still be Laughing," and "Black Gold." The rest of the songs that Soul Asylum preformed (not in any order) were: "Misery," "Losin It," "Somebody to Shove," "Just LikeAnyone," "Without a Trace," "Closer to the Stars," "Black Star," and"Blood Into Wine." For a final encore, Dave Pirner put down hisguitar and put on a comical, yet entertaining performance of "Like ARhinestone Cowboy," complete with coreography.

Overall, the set was very impressive and gave Soul Asylum fans agood taste of what their new album is going to be like. "Losin It"and "Still be Laughing" seemed to be high points for the new album.The set held up quite well despite having the band skip the ever-popular "Runaway Train," which is a rare site nowadays during a Soul Asylum show. The new album does not seem as though it is going to venture too far away from their familiar "pop" format. The show clocked in at little over an hour.

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