Soul Asylum House of Blues December 30, 2010
'90s alt-rock mainstays Soul Asylum took the House of Blues stage Thursday night, 18 years after their breakthrough release Grave Dancers Union. Front man Dave Pirner is conceivably regarded as one of the era's most colorful alt-rock personalities, remembered for his signature dreadlocks, torn Spaghetti-O's T-shirts and actress arm candy (then-girlfriend Winona Ryder).
While Pirner, now 46, has since shed his 'locks, it seemed at first glance, that not much else had changed: Still long-haired and unkempt, sporting torn-to-shreds jeans and a baggy T-shirt, Pirner's youthful, energetic spirit was noticeable within seconds.
The Minneapolis quartet has glided relatively under the radar over the past few years, as the decade has dealt them a tough hand; in 2005, bassist and founding member Karl Mueller passed away from throat cancer. The following year, the band released their ninth album, Silver Lining.