MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA.
How much pearl would a Pearl Jam jam, if a Pearl Jam could jam pearl? Well, this Pearl Jam jammed a lot of pearls on this spectacular all hallows eve. The weather was much more cooperative than the previous weekend that had left the sold out Bridge School Benefit fans riding waves of mud towards the downside of the lawn section. The lawn area was still in real bad shape for the Pearl Jam fans who probably decided it was a good night to stand up and enjoy the show rather than destroying all their clothes and blankets. I think this is a good thing, though, people just shouldn't be sitting down at a rock and roll show. This concert was almost a completely sold out show, the freeways were backed up for miles in every direction when Supergrass opened up the event. The parking lots were all full and fans were scurrying frantically around by the time Pearl Jam hit the stage at 9:00 pm. I was surprised to see the lawn section was amazingly full given the horrendous conditions. A nice breeze wafted through the crowd as the night got still and quite in anticipation of the main act.
The familiar sound of screaming teenage girls filled the air as Pearl Jam sauntered casually onto the stage. No costumes, no Halloween garb apparent, except, a lone pair of golden wings laying on top of one of the stage monitors. The first song was "Release" from Pearl Jam's first album "Ten." The light was hung real low as their first song came on real slow and quite, just like the night had. High energy and blazing spotlights accompanied "Breakfall" and "Corduroy" allowing for some great photos. I believe the extra euphoria can be accredited a lot to the fact that Eddie Vedder is playing guitar on many more of the songs that Pearl Jam records in recent times. Another contributing factor is the recent addition of explosive drummer Matt Cameron. Matt comes to Pearl Jam from the now defunct band Soundgarden, also from Seattle. He has worked with Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder before on a compilation tribute album that was recorded in the memory of Andrew Wood, the singer/songwriter pianist for Mother Lovebone. The album is called Temple of the Dog and it holds a respectful position in my favorite CD collection, if you don't got it, get it, good. Pearl Jam was formed from the remains of Mother Lovebone in the wake of Andrew Wood's untimely death. Stargazer, you called the shots, and we miss you dearly. Eddie Vedder came up from San Diego to join Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard in the wake of Andy Wood's untimely demise, the rest is Rock and Roll history. Pearl Jam has endured some lineup changes and internal strife amongst band members over the years. But, they have overcome all obstacles and have again come together as one of the most dominant forces in the Rock and Roll industry today.NICK RUNNING
This show at Shoreline Amphitheatre marks the end of the outdoor concert season here in Mountain View, California. It also leaves Pearl Jam with a suddenly empty datebook, as this concert is the last night in a two year stretch of concert dates all over the world. The encore was hilarious, Pearl Jam came out dressed like the Village People. Eddie was wearing a native american indian headdress and waistband. Jeff Ament was the construction worker and Mike McCready was the biker. Stone Gossard was the policeman and Matt Cameron was an Army soldier. The encore began with a silly little solo ditty sung by Eddie Vedder on a ukulele, and this was followed by a radical "Evolution." Two fans from the audience were invited up to the stage. They were festively dressed as George W. Bush, the Texucutioner, with a giant axe and Ronald Reagan with some spin writing on his suit. Vedder grabbed the axe near the end of the song and axed the Bush costume wearer to the ground. "Once," was next, and certainly one of the highlights of the evening for me. Eddie Vedder always puts everything he has into his music, and it is really incredible to witness. Eddie then took a minute out to mention the Bridge School and the children it helps, and that he feels especially bonded with them after performing at previous Bridge School concerts and getting to know them. He dedicated the next song to the kids of the Bridge School as he belted out "The Kids Are all right." The show continued with the Who cover song theme and Pearl Jam ended their tour with a rocking "Baba O'Riley," more popularly known as "Teenage Wasteland." Thanks for reading and we'll see ya at the shows.
COUNTING CROWS DEF LEPPARD CHER THE OTHER ONES AEROSMITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS PAUL McCARTNEY SANTANA SHERYL CROW TESLA JAY-Z AND 311 OZZFEST 2000 OZZFEST 2001 OZZFEST 2002 DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2 THE WHO JACKSON
PAPA ROACH, P.O.D.,CYPRESS HILL, & ROB ZOMBIE MORNING SPRING RAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 2002 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MIDNIGHT OIL MT. AIRE 2002 BIG HEAD TODD CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG BUSH AND DEFAULT INCUBUS BLUES TRAVELER LINKIN PARK IN
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE LINKIN PARK & P.O.D. CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
FUEL & SALIVA AEROSMITH 2002 STEVIE NICKS THE
AEROSMITH 2001 BLINK 182 THE STRINGCHEESE INCIDENT OZZFEST 2001 BAD COMPANY LINKIN PARK OZZFEST 2000 MARILYN
MEGADETH TED NUGENT
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
THIRD EYE BLINDSUMMER
YES THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000 THE B.B. KING
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT JOE WALSH
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNGREUNION TOUR 2000 NYE
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD TOM PETTY
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