There was a time in my life when I thought the sun rose and set on Minneapolis, Minn. Every band I was into at the time seemed to come from there. The Replacements, Husker Du, The Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. So this past Saturday night I relived a bit of my past by driving to Charleston to see Soul Asylum at The Pour House...and REALLY glad I did. Dave Pirner and the boys KILLED it!!!
OK, so Dave is the only original member left in the band. Sometimes that can mean things will be cheesy and just pitiful. Not the case here. For one thing he has Michael Bland playing drums for him. If that name doesn't ring a bell...he used to play for a guy called PRINCE! and PRINCE usually hires badasses for his bands. Dan Murphy was the original guitarist for the band and was a big part of the song writting as well. Late last year he decided he had spent enough time on the road and wanted to call it quits. And to prove that there were no hard feelings, he suggested his cousin Justin Sharbono to take his place. This kid is NO SLOUCH!!! And rounding things out on bass is a guy called Winston Roye who used to play drums for Ace Of Base...hey, it was a good pay check at the time. But together these guys sound as full if not more so than Soul Asylum ever did back in the day.
On thing that always gets me is how people think that "Grave Dancers Union" (1992) was the first album Soul Asylum released. Not true...it was actually their 6th album. Not to mention they have had 5 since then. The latest being "Delayed Reaction". You probably heard the single "Gravity" on KZQ. The thing that was great about "Delayed Reaction" sounded A LOT like the older albums, like "Hang Time" or "And The Horse They Rode In On".
Anywho...do yourself a favor and revisit...or visit for the first time the Soul Asylum catalog. There is a lot more to it than "Runaway Train" and "Black Gold"...trust me.
Here is the set list from the show.
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