Last night (Jan. 30) in Seattle, Mad Season, the mid-‘90s side project of Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, reunited for a one-off concert as part of the Sonic Evolution series at Benaroya Hall, the home of the Seattle Symphony. The video of ‘River of Deceit’ is embedded above.

Northwest Music Scene’s review of the show says that the night began with three new symphonic pieces. The first was called ‘Ashes’ and inspired by Kurt Cobain, which was followed by another composition where the “writer was told to capture the energy, the sound and the philosophy of Pearl Jam but don’t copy the songs. The third, believed to be called ‘Waken the Horizon,’ was composed by McCready and also featured a 12-person choral arrangement.

After an intermission, Mad Season followed. As we previously reported, McCready and drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) roped in Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N’ Roses) to replace Alice in Chains (and Mad Season) singer Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders, both of whom have passed away. They performed many songs from Mad Season’s lone album and were joined by several mainstays of the local scene, turning the evening into a sort of celebration of Seattle's contributions to music.

As for the “trio of mystery guests” that were promised earlier in the week, they didn’t have to look too far. Three of McCready’s bandmates in Pearl Jam — Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron — came on for encore performances of ‘Call Me a Dog’ and ‘Reach Down’ by Temple of the Dog, the Pearl Jam / Soundgarden collaboration whose 1991 album pre-dated the rise of the grunge movement by a few months.

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