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A raucous three hours of gorgeous Grunge

Pearl Jam Arena
Phoenix, AZ
November 19, 2013
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Review and photos by Mary Andrews

Ah, the familiar aroma of beer, weed, and wine took me back to days gone by! That set the mood to one hell of a good time provided by Eddie Vedder and company (alias Pearl Jam). It had been over 10 years since the band played in the Phoenix area and it was obvious they were going to make up for lost time. The set list was filled with classics as well as tasty bits from their new album, Lightning Bolt. The word before the show was that the crowd was 15,000 and still counting.

The band's line-up includes Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), Mike McCready (guitar), Matt Cameron (drums), and Eddie Vedder (vocals, guitar). The band is considered one of the most influential bands of the '90s and they are noted for pushing against traditional music industry practices. Tonight was no exception.

The sparse stage décor matched the lighting in the beginning of the show. This emitted the feeling of the biggest garage in the world filled with people of all ages. Within the first few songs, Vedder was playing maitre d' by pouring some of his wine into the glasses of some of the lucky fans close to the stage. I lost count of the number of bottles Vedder opened that night! Regardless, Eddie tried to make this stadium as intimate as possible! He made his statement about global warming during his reference to the Midwest and Philippine weather disasters prior to the electric steam of "Do The Evolution." Vedder jumped, stood on the speakers, and turned his back to the main crowd in order to play to the people in the rafters in the rear of the stage! The set ended with a rowdy version of "Go." Wait. Next was the first encore that opened somewhat acoustically with "Be Girl." "Future Days" was dedicated to his Uncle Johnny who lives in the area. The encore continued for another hour.

One of the big highlights of the show was during the third encore, Eddie was joined by Nils Lofgren! They performed "Rockin' In The Free World" (Neil Young cover). Interestingly, this was done with the house lights on. Curfew at this point had been broken. As one fan said after the show, "It was all I could have hoped for."

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Pearl Jam Setlist
Long Road
Low Light
Interstellar Overdrive
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
Given To Fly
Yellow Moon
Even Flow
Do The Evolution
1/2 Full
Better Man

Bee Girl
Around The Bend
Future Days
Hard To Imagine
Unthought Known

Encore #2:

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Spin the Black Circle
Rockin' in the Free World

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