Text & Photos by John Boydston
It was a cold, and very wet February Monday night, but that didn’t stop Soul Asylum fans from turning out, and Dave Pirner and the band from Minneapolis rewarded.
Center Stage is one of my fave venues in Atlanta, not a bad seat, cozy even and SA warmed things right up with a generous set list including “Runaway Train” and “Black Gold” from 1992’s breakout triple-platinum LP “Grave Dancers Union.” Encore included a surprise cover of Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” and how cool is that? Better yet is drummer Michael Bland – who was behind the kit with Prince during the The New Power Generation era of ’95-’97 and recording and playing live with the cat for seven years. Winston Roye on bass, on Ryan Smith on lead guitar for several years now, who joins Dave doing apt covers for the cities they hit – check ‘em out day of show on the band’s Facebook page.
New LP “Hurry up and Wait” out April 17. And looks like they are touring the world and elsewhere for much of 2020 so as an ex-anchorman I once worked with said: Don’t miss ‘em if you can.
The crowd was also ready for openers from Chicago, Local H, a reason to get there early.
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