Surviving Mad Season Members Remember Final Show in Mini Documentary

PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsIn commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Mad Season's 1995 concert at The Moore in Seattle, Mike McCready and Barrett Martin, the surviving members of the grunge super group, have released a mini documentary in which they reflect upon what would become the band's final show together. You can watch the five-minute video on Consequence of Sound.

"What made that night so special was that there was this reflexive thing that happened between the band and the audience," Martin says in the mini-doc. "We could feel their energy and they could feel ours, and it magnified. So throughout the night it just got more and more intense."

In addition to Pearl Jam guitarist McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Martin, Mad Season also included bassist John Baker Saunders and vocals from Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley. The band recorded one album, Above, featuring the hit single "River of Deceit." Following Saunders' death in 1999, as well as Staley's continued ailing health, Mad Season broke up. Staley died in 2002.

"It's a tough record to hear sometimes," McCready says in the doc. "It's Layne kinda chronicling where he's going, and ultimately we know where he ends up, at least in my perspective. It's so brutally honest, it brings me to tears sometimes."

In addition to the doc, Mad Season's final concert will be released on vinyl as Mad Season: Live at The Moore on August 28.

"That's what I'm happy about, more people can hear this night that happened," McCready says. "If people can get any kind of solace or any kind of good feeling out of it or answers or just great rock, then it's done its purpose."

Earlier this year, McCready and Barrett staged a Mad Season reunion performance in Seattle with Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver playing bass and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell on vocals. That show will also be released on CD and vinyl on August 28.

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