On January 30, Mad Season joined the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall in Seattle for a one-time reunion concert. Titled Sonic Evolution, the show featured original compositions by former Mad Season member Mike McCready, along with several guest appearances. “River of Deceit” featured McCready, Barrett Martin, Duff McKagan, and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell filling in for the late Layne Staley on vocals.
“River of Deceit” was one of three singles from Mad Season’s sole album, Above (1995). I think this arrangement of the song is absolutely beautiful and moving, and I would have loved to see this live. I’m crossing my fingers for a live CD/DVD release in the future.