Last night Jeff, Cory, Steve, and I attended the Pearl Jam concert at Rexall Place here in Edmonton. It was one of the best shows that I have ever been to. Not the best, but definitely up there with the greats (and I've been to a lot of shows over the years).
Pearl Jam played many of the hits from their catalogue, which is really extensive when you think about it. The setlist went as follows:
3.) Save You
4.) Spin The Black Circle
5.) Nothing As It Seems
9.) I Am Mine
11.) Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
14.) Given To Fly
17.) Do The Evolution
18.) Love Boat Captain
19.) Crazy Mary
22.) Fucking Up
23.) Yellow Ledbetter
The highlight for me was definitely opening with "Release." Eddie Vedder's voice was very powerful during that song. And to open with it? Well, I just knew then it was going to be an amazing show. The crowd sung along with favorites "Daughter" and "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town."
One thing that I really have to commend the band on, though, is their practice of making bootlegs of their own shows available to their fans. Right after the show in Edmonton was done one could log on to www.pearljam.com and download the concert in mp3 format along with a collection of photos, which I found most beneficial since my seats were far away from the action on stage. The beauty of it is that it only cost me 10 bucks to get the download, which is a fair price for such a good quality bootleg.
Well, it's been a very special day for me I think and I'm getting tuckered out now. My ears are ringing and I've been to a spectacular rock show. In two weeks it'll be me raving about seeing System of a Down and The Mars Volta. The autumn of great concerts in Edmonton is now upon us. Hail, hail!