Friday, September 23, 2011

Listening Post

It still leaves me dumbfounded to think that Pearl Jam have been around for 20 years -- and that, in fact, we're kind of celebrating in general the 20th anniversary of the era in which a whole slew of bands from Seattle shook the world and saved rock and roll.

I can say without hesitation that Pearl Jam's April 23rd, 1992 show at the Cameo Theater on Miami Beach remains to this day the best concert I've ever been to. It wasn't just a rock show -- it was a religious gathering.

If you haven't seen Cameron Crowe's incredible PJ 20 documentary yet, you really need to.

From '92, here's the band covering Rockin' in the Free World.


Steven D Skelton said...

I've been playing Pearl Jam songs for a decade and absolutely loving it.

They get lumped in with the "grunge" band, but they really aren't...and even if they were a little bit, they are so much more than that!

We used to open our second set with Porch, and it was like a fucking drug! The crowd would go ape-shit. Energy would feed back and forth between us and the crowd until the whole place had a giant orgasm during the "...would not ever touch you, feel you, never again yeah yeah" part.

It was a perfect musical expression of the human condition of unrequited love and loss.

I think you know a little about that.

Girl With Curious Hair said...

I wish you old people would stop talking about how great Pearl Jam's concerts were, etc etc. Enough already.

(Not really, I'm just jealous I never got to see them back then. Carry on.)

drater said...

I saw Pearl Jam in '92 also, at the Maui Community College gymnasium. Phenomenal show, I still get goose bumps whenever I hear Jeremy.

LK3 said...

It airs on PBS October 21st.

Ducky said...

Man, I love these guys! I could just listen to all their albums back to freaking back on the iPod, and never want to turn it off. I can't say that about too many other bands I love. This makes me feel good about feeling old.