Pearl Jam live shows really showcase the band’s strengths. And no shows are better than when they go to a place for the first time. This was their first trip to “Halifax to the Max” and the band sounds fantastic.
Even when Eddie Vedder forgets the words in the first verse of
a song “Breath” (which he says they don’t normally play and hadn’t yet played in on the tour) and just shouts “FUCK!” the band continues and the songs starts again as if nothing happened (the crowd wildly supportive of course).
There’s also some surprise treats, like the often overlooked “Glorified G” (not anywhere close to being one of their best songs, but fun in a live setting). I especially liked the snippet of Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl” that the toss in at the end of “Not for You.” Although the inclusion of “Bow wow wow yippe yp yippe yea” in “Blood” is certainly odd.
Eddie in particular has a lot of fun with the locals when he demands that they bring him a can of Keefe’s Irish Stout. He gets sillier and sillier with them (describing what he assumes the beer must be like) until one is finally procured for him. And the bit about “fetch me a new guitar, I shan’t be playing this one” was a great set up for a joke.
The only complaint is that my downloaded version ends with Bu$hleaguer but the setlist suggests that there should be two more songs (“Fortunate Son & Rockin’ in the Free World”). Bummer, although I’ve heard those songs on enough bootlegs to not really miss them. (New comments added February 26, 2011).
[READ: August 26, 2010] Echo: 23 & 24
The series continues to grow in intensity and depth. After something of a cul de sac in episodes 21 & 22, number 23 burst forth with new excitement.
The biggest news (ha ha) is that the alloy is making Julie grow. The revelation is done rather humorously because, as we knew already, she needed clothes. And when Ivy buys her her normal size, the clothes are simply too small (which Ivy has a mocking field day with). [The whole of Issue 23 is devoted to some female fighting. Terry seems to have an ear for this sort of fighting because it sounds very believable. Although it did make me uncomfortable that his two main characters, both of whom are female devolve into this sort of sniping, at least it didn’t get really ugly.] (more…)