LIVE: Soul Asylum @ Empire State Plaza, 7/19/17

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Soul Asylum
David Pirner of Soul Asylum

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Soul Asylum and Cracker – two veteran alt-rock bands who hit their highwater marks in the early ’90s – teamed up for an evening that seemed to bring back college memories for many in the crowd at the Empire State Plaza last week.

Band members have come and gone over the years, including Local 518 faves Pete Donnelly and Tommy Stinson, both of whom played bass with Soul Asylum at various times over the years. But it’s the singer, not the song, for these bands.

Only frontman David Pirner remains from Soul Asylum’s glory days of 1992’s triple-platinum album Grave Dancers Union (featuring their Grammy Award–winning single “Runaway Train”), but that didn’t seem to both the fans.

Meanwhile, vocalists-guitarists David Lowery and Johnny Hickman are still at the helm of Cracker, just as they were back in 1993 when their album Kerosene Hat went gold.

UPCOMING: Superb soul singer Charles Bradley’s star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album No Time for Dreaming. Bradley and his band the Extraordinaires take the stage at the Empire State Plaza on Wednesday (July 26). West End Blend opens the show at 5pm. Admission is free.

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Johnny Hickman of Cracker
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David Lowery of Cracker
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