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Grunge was transformed into mud Wednesday at the Midland theater.
The atrocious sound field for Soundgarden, one of the leading bands of the grunge movement, sullied what should have been a triumphant comeback concert. While pristine sonics are not part of the band’s aesthetic, the poor sound quality was unacceptable for a performance by a major act at an elite venue. Soundgarden broke a 13-year hiatus in 2010 and hadn’t appeared in Kansas City since the 1990s. The capacity audience of about 3,000 was primed to see the reunited quartet.
Soundgarden tore into an intriguing setlist with relentless intensity. The concert opened with mangled versions of “Searching With My Good Eye Closed” and “Jesus Christ Pose.”
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