New York City –
Eddie Vedder may be a good decade and a half older than when he used to stage dive at Lollapalooza – but Eddie and the rest of the Pearl Jam’s members can still pull a crowd!
A crowd reminiscing about the new-fashion retro decade 1990’s put on their best ripped up flannel and tattered Converse All Stars and headed to The Madison Square Garden a year and a half ago to hear the great American band rock out with over 30 songs, including two encores. Pretty impressive for self-confessed alt-rockers.
Jeremy, Alive, State of Love and Trust, Do The Evolution, Even Flow – all the angsty hits were there as the crowd had a massive sing along, with cigarette lighters having been replaced with the ever present lit up cell phones.
Eddie himself seems to have subdued in his more middle-aged years singing to his wife in the crowd. Back in the old grunge days a sign of a romantic union was more likely to be matching heroin addictions, oh, how times have changed.
Spotted attempting to mosh in the crowd: actor Matt Damon and film director Michael Moore.
It was a great concert, one that proved that Pearl Jam and its outspoken luminous frontman have been and still are one of the most popular American rock & roll bands of all times, in spite of “the chaos that ensued soon-after being catapulted into superstardom,” forcing them “to step back from the spotlight with the instinct of self-preservation, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them — giving way to a work culture that would sustain them.” Pearl Jam have outlasted many of their contemporaries from the alternative rock breakthrough of the early 1990s, and are considered one of the most influential bands of the last decade.
Here are some pictures taken at the Garden concert:
Photos: Lauren Farmer