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October 10, 2013

No stopping 'Runaway Train' for Dave Pirner and Soul Asylum


Night & Day — “The Minneapolis music scene was something that was very important to me. We all knew each other and supported each other and it was really cool vibe. We all slept on each other’s couches and supported each other.”

As he spoke to me from his tour bus, Pirner was talking about various cities he has visited over the years, which led me to ask him about Buffalo and Western New York

“Buffalo is cool because it reminds me of Minneapolis, Seattle and other places at the top of the map, not to discount Canada. I have always had really good times there and really good crowds. I have become friends with Ani DiFranco, who lives down in New Orleans.”

Before I let him go, I had to ask Pirner about one of my favorite live albums of all time, “After the Flood.”

“There are a couple tunes on there that had different song titles on it and everything. I remember the first time I heard a Led Zeppelin concert, they used to jam on things that would turn into songs,” he said.

The band has recently released an internet only album of cover songs and is planning to release an album of original material next year. Tickets for Soul Asylum with Fountains of Wayne are $29 in advance and $34 day of show, and available at The Tralf box office or through Ticketmaster.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

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