Well, that was nice.
I’m exhausted. Seriously, my entire body’s sore. But since you got me talking about Pearl Jam, here are a few notes from tonight’s show. These may or may not mean anything to you–but to me, they mean a lot.
- Congratulations to Bri for the world’s fastest-ever “no, I can’t afford to see Pearl Jam again/alright I’ll go, get me that 16th row sideview seat!” waffle. Amazing what a cell phone, a half-decent single ticket, and the world’s greatest band can do to a big-hearted girl like Bri.
- New intro music: “Master/Slave” from Ten!
- Move over, “Long Road”! “Severed Hand” might’ve just become my new favourite Pearl Jam opener. The presence of laser lights (?!?!?!) didn’t hurt. This was followed by three of the hardest-hitters from Pearl Jam, then by “Given to Fly”, “Better Man” and “Even Flow”. Needless to say it was all downhill from there.
- Both “Garden” and “Why Go” were played this evening–which means that, twenty shows into my Pearl Jam career, I’ve finally heard an entire album live. The winner is Ten, which beats out Vitalogy (still haven’t heard “Tremor Christ”) and Riot Act (“All or None”). By the way, “Garden” has been reworked: it’s now heavy, plodding and nowhere nearly as good as the original.
- “Present Tense”. No longer capable of listening to this song without being brought back to the Fort William Gardens. Slightly reworked, as well, with Matt joining in a verse earlier.
- “Inside Job” is a masterpiece–and tonight was its live debut, which makes it the second live debut I’ve witnessed (after “Don’t Gimme No Lip”). Mike McCready played it with a double-necked guitar that was almost as badass as Mike McCready himself. By the way, Mike was on fire tonight; during “Even Flow” he ran frantically in circles for a good ten seconds while soloing, and yup, the “Alive” solo began behind his head.
- WHY GO HOME? WHY GO HOME? WHY GO HOOOOOME?
- Tonight’s “Do the Evolution” was probably the second-best version I’ve heard (after Montreal ’00). Stone screwed up the intro, though. Way to go, Stone.
- “Come Back”…like I said, it’s destined (doomed?) to be on the playlist of every single girl between the ages of 18-24 in the ENTIRE WESTERN WORLD. Exhibit A: Bri. All she could talk about afterwards was “Come Back”. Not that there’s anything wrong with it…but still, its inevitable evolution into “Black v2” is intriguing.
- Ed announced “Porch” as the closer, which it clearly wasn’t…but had it been so, it’d have been appropriate (“Porch” closed the first Pearl Jam concert I ever attended).
- I could listen to Pearl Jam playing “Rockin’ in the Free World” five times a day and never get bored of it…although once again Stone screwed up the intro (tonight it really was Stone’s fault). Openers My Morning Jacket (who were very good, by the way) joined in on tambourine chorus.
- Tonight was Mike McCready’s one-year anniversary…although as Ed pointed out, his longest relationship is actually with the band. Jeff tried coaxing Mrs. McCready out onto the stage, but she wouldn’t bite.
- Tonight seemed slightly subdued in parts, and the song selection was a bit sleepy (and very reliant on some of the more obvious Radio Hits, although “Small Town” was missing). The band, meanwhile, looked as though they were really enjoying themselves–but again, they weren’t as energetic as they usually are. I’m quite happy to pass this off as early tour exhaustion; by the time this thing gets rolling, watch out.
One last thing. Tonight was both mine and Sherkin’s 20th Pearl Jam concert, the 14th we’ve both been at…and the first one we’ve ever attended together. When tickets went on sale, we decided it was time for us to throw down some shows in which we could actually see one another. Tonight, we finally got right with ourselves (or something). Oh, and Ten Club provided us with a pair of beautiful 15th row tickets which afforded a great view of the whites of the band’s eyes. Y’know what? This summary is pretty extensive. I’ll get the pictures up later; in the meantime, a bed has never looked quite so appealing to me.