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PEARL JAM, Manchester MEN 20 June 2012
together for more than 20 years Pearl Jam have a shed load of songs to
dive into for tonight's performance.
survived the Grunge scene in the early 90s, the Seattle band have
overcome many obstacles in these passing years from the madness of fan
driving a car head on into Eddie Vedder's house, plus the fans crushed
to death at Denmark's Roskilde festival, Pearl Jam are still going
the stage tonight with giant video screens behind showing black and
white footage of the band...no HD quality used here.
with 'Metamorphosis 2' performed nearly in total darkness except for a
single spotlight on Eddie Vedder the crowd singing every word with
honest what other 47 year old do you know who crowd-surfs?
play a blistering 150-minute set covering most of their back catalogue,
from 'Even Flow' to the band's beautiful, acoustic song 'Just Breath'
Then after a
request from a fan on the front they play 'Come Back', and then the
crowd go wild when Eddie leads the band into a cover of Neil Young's
'Rocking in The Free World' in which Vedder hits his tambourine so hard
it smashes into tiny pieces...
highlight for me tonight was when Eddie showered himself in a bottle of
wine which sent the crowd ballistic.
changes when Eddie talks about the tragic events the previous weekend at
the Radiohead gig, the crowd go silent then the band go into a very
moving version of 'Alive'.
bond between Pearl Jam and the audience was extraordinary, more like an
explains the loyalty of their followers, some of whom travelled from as
far away as Spain to see the band perform in Manchester tonight.
photos by Steve Goudie
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