Great write up, KB. I really enjoyed reading it and listening to the tracks as I typed this.
Huge, I mean HUGE fan here. I was lucky enough to work as a runner for a local outdoor concert venue the summer of 92 when Lollapalooza came to town. I was pumped to see and meet the guys from RHCP, Pearl Jam and Ice Cube too but it was Soundgarden that made the biggest impression on me and still has to this day. I stood off the side of the stage as they performed their set in the middle of the day and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen and felt. The power coming from Chris' voice and the heavy music was incredible. I just stood there - looking back and forth between them and the crowd. Insane. I can still picture it perfectly all these years later. They were all great dudes too. All of them were actually. Lots of great stories from just that one day alone. So thankful to have been there to get that experience.
I immediately dove into Soundgarden's music and followed them closely and still do to this day. I loved all of Chris' musical ventures. I think I actually appreciate Audioslave more now than I did when they were together. Every time I hear Like A Stone it chokes me up a bit. Big fan of the early stuff too - turned me onto Mother Love Bone (not Chris I know) and obviously Temple of the Dog. My favorite part of Peal Jam Twenty is the early footage of Chris and Andrew Wood.
RIP, Chris. Truly one of the all-timers.