Back in the ‘80s, the tiny farming and college town of Pullman, Washington was often a destination for Seattle bands. This, of course, was during a time before “grunge” was a known musical term. The Pullman crowds were hugely appreciative of live music at that time, and many WSU students who hailed from Seattle were thrilled to experience their hometown bands on the other side of the state.
|Layne Staley at the CUB Ballroom in Pullman|
Bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Melvins, Skin Yard, Slam Suzzanne, Red Platinum, Coven, and so many more, played in Pullman during these years, often in tiny spaces.
The cover charge was usually $5, and sometimes, there was no cover at all.
Nirvana never played Pullman, but there were attempts to invite them to play there. In early 1989, when the "Greenstock" festival first started in the basement of the "green house," Nirvana was asked to play, but festival organizers couldn't afford the price Nirvana was asking: $600. Now THAT is a true indication that the grunge explosion hadn't happened worldwide yet... but fans throughout the Northwest had already figured out that something very special was taking place.
Later, in December
of 1989, Alice in Chains played the CUB Ballroom in Pullman, right in the heart
of the WSU campus. Two Pullman bands - Ignatius and Four Idiots Without a Name
- opened. The place was packed and the crowd was energized.
|Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell at the CUB Ballroom in Pullman|
The show was set up and promoted by a group of friends who lived in a Pullman party house known as “the white house.”
Please enjoy this full concert that’s never been posted online before today! Special thanks and gratitude go out to Tony Harrell for sharing this rare footage, and to Darren Balch for the photographs. Filmed by Jason Polich. Audio remastering by Tim Branom. Thanks also to Lump Head Studio for making this possible.
Click here to watch: Alice in Chains ~ December 1, 1989