Soul Asylum Rocks Grand Forks Prom

July 1 [16:00 EDT] — On Saturday, Soul Asylum played a prom at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, performing for students from two flooded out high schools.

The band decided to play the gig after students from Grand Forks High School and Red River High in East Grand Forks, Minnesota put in a request to its recording label, explaining that their initial proms were postponed due to spring floods that wiped away 90 percent of the area.

“The kids said that, by not having an end to their school year, there was no closure for their adolescence. Being in a rock band, I could relate to that,” [800k QuickTime] singer Dave Pirner joked.

Soul Asylum’s two sets included such favorites as “Somebody To Shove,” “Runaway Train” [1.2MB QuickTime Video] and “Black Gold.” The band also rocked out a handful of “prom songs,” including Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” [1MB Live QuickTime]

The band heads into the studio late summer to begin work on its next album.