A runaway train will stop in Rochester this summer to open the 2016 Down by the Riverside concert season.
Soul Asylum was formed in 1981 and through constant gigging and word-of-mouth built up a strong following in the Upper Midwest. Early albums, including “And the Horse They Rode in On,” helped cement the band’s popularity on college radio. But it was the 1992 album “Grave Dancer’s Union” that at long last took Soul Asylum to national attention with the single, “Runaway Train.” The song received the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song and showed that Soul Asylum had made the big leagues.
After a hiatus in the early 2000s, Soul Asylum returned with a new album in 2005 but lost bassist Karl Mueller to cancer. Chief singer and songwriter David Pirner has continued to lead the band, which is now also without original guitarist Dan Murphy, who has moved on to other projects. The latest Soul Asylum album is “Change of Fortune,” released last month.
Also announced so far for the 25th season of Down by the Riverside is the return July 31 of Lucius. Concert headliners will be announced each week through June 2.