AWESOME FUCKING SHOW!!! PJ still rocks hard after all these years.Definitely one of the best live bands ever, makes me wish I would've coughed up the $30 back in 96' to see em' last time they were here. Sparta was the opening act, and though I've only heard a few tracks from them off the net, I think they are definitely worth a pickup the next time I'm in the music store. When PJ finally took the stage the place went absolutely ape shit and stayed that way from then till the final song of the encore. There has been alot of talk lately about Eddie Vedders encores dealing w/ his views on the war in Iraq and George W., but though Eddie did make some refferences, he didnt dawn the G.W mask or any of the things the band has been criticized (and unjustly and unfairly so)by the media and so called fans lately. However, after the first encore break Ed returned to the stage and brought out the nights speacial guest, Mr. Bill Gates (or at least a mask attached to a mic stand). Now I was sitting in the crappiest seats so I had alot of trouble hearing much of what Eddie said but he introduced his new ukulele, which he named Luke, or maybe Lukin, couldnt hear the pronunciation well enough. They finished the first Encore, and as I was heading to leave, they came out yet again and performed 3 more songs ending w/ Yellow Ledbetter, which is just so amazing live. And for all of they're trouble the fine city of Buffalo will supposedly be fining the band around $100,000 for perfoming after the builings curfew, how embarassing. I mean here they are, trying to give a little extra for the money the fans spent to see them perform and they get jacked w/ a fine for staying past 11:00, pathetic.A great concert and a very memorable night, I hope it doesnt take another 7 years to see them live again.If anyone is interested in tour info or setlists (posted the day after each show)you can get them at http://www.pearljam.com/ and click on tour, awesome site and great intro music (1/2 Full off of the Riot Act CD).Can't wait for the bootleg to be available.
"You go ahead and talk about your psalms and your "John 3:16", Well "Austin 3:16" says I just whupped your ASS!!".
And for all of they're trouble the fine city of Buffalo will supposedly be fining the band around $100,000 for perfoming after the builings curfew, how embarassing.
Man, I sure hope State College doesn't have that sort of rule, because PJ never left the stage until 12:30 last night! Yup, 3 1/2 hours of Pearl Jam goodness. I've been waiting forever to see Pearl Jam live, and it was so worth it. Our seats weren't the best, either, we were almost directly across from the stage in the back, but the BJC isn't that big so it was all good. We didn't have any masks. Eddie's major political statements, aside from the choruses of "Hell No We Won't Go" and "Highway to Hell" during "Daughter", were basically about how we were the ones who had the power to change things if we didn't like it - politicians listened to the people who voted.
PSU rocked the BJC all night, so much so that we had three encores. Eddie came back out for an acoustic set for the first - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away & Gimme Some Truth. In the second one, they told us they'd take requests, so some guy threw his shirt up on stage. Eddie said it had better have a request written on it and they'd play it, but if it said, "Fuck me Eddie", he wouldn't. He made a big show out of unfolding the shirt and then said it said, "Thanks for the music. Please fuck me Eddie". He said he wasn't gonna do that, but then changed his mind and said he should probably get a look at the guy first. Eddie told us the band was daring us to leave by the last encore(it started near midnight!) but if we were willing to stick around, they were willing to make it the longest PJ show on record. Our last encore ended with Fortuante Son, Rockin' in the Free World, and Yellow Ledbetter. It was an incredibly awesome awesome show all around, and I heard "Satan's Bed" live so I can die happy. 39 songs for $37. Freaking phenomenally awesome.
Setlist: Release Save You Animal Corduroy Cropduster Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town Evenflow Grievance I Am Mine Improv Rearviewmirror Nothingman Daughter/(Highway to Hell)/(Hell No We Won't Go)/(Another Brick in the Wall, Part II) Lukin Whipping MFC Jeremy Improv Blood
Encore 1: You've Got to Hide Your Love Away Gimmie Some Truth Breath Do the Evolution Black Alive
Encore 2: Last Exit Mankind Down Betterman/(Save It for Later) Satan's Bed Leaving Here
Encore 3: Crazy Mary Porch Fortunate Son Rockin' in the Free World Yellow Ledbetter
Pearl Jam - Live in Little Rock: 57 Days & Counting
I just want to point out that my friends are huge fucking assholes for not wanting to go see Pearl Jam with me last week. Three fucking encores?! Aw, man...
CHRISTIAN,n. 1. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. 2. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.
God damn. They're gonna fit that whole SHOW on two discs? How do they plan on doing that? Even if they go all 80 minutes, that's just 2 hours 40 minutes... unless they had a LOT of downtime, I don't see it working.
They won't be coming to Europe for at least another year..*sigh* I NEED my Pearl Jam..it's been too long.. last change I had to see them was 3 days after Roskilde which got canceled...sigh....I am so jealous.. Enjoy every single second guys!
A bit tired this week, as my two-year old niece visited last weekend - and she kind of wore me out. I would argue that finding a way to harness the energy of a two-year old would be a clean source of electricity... but I've seen the diapers! (bud dap bum)...