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December 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Eddie Vedder didn’t speak to the crowd until Pearl Jam was a few songs into its end-of-tour show at KeyArena Friday, but once he started, he kept up a conversation all night.
“We don’t have to travel anywhere, so we can give it all we got,” he said.
Seattle has seen plenty of memorable Pearl Jam shows over the decades, but Friday’s was epic: a 37-song, three-hour-plus set. Near the end of the encores Vedder even brought out Mark Arm and Steve Turner of opener Mudhoney, plus Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and the Seattle supergroup ripped through “Search and Destroy.”
October 15, 2013 at 5:30 AM
Maybe Pearl Jam’s new album, “Lightning Bolt,” should have been the album to earn the name “Ten.” “Lightning Bolt” is not only the group’s 10th studio album, but also one of its most consistent and mature.
The band’s 2009’s “Backspacer” proved Pearl Jam could still top the charts and stay relevant in a rock landscape much changed from the early years. “Lightning Bolt” may do even better on the charts because it achieves something few legacy bands manage: It takes a classic sound but builds upon it with nuance, so that it sounds new but without being jolting.
All the essential Pearl Jam touches are here: Mike McCready’s crunchy guitar solo on “Sirens”; Matt Cameron’s infectious backbeat on “Getaway”; Stone Gossard’s riff-heavy punch on “Let the Records Play”; and Jeff Ament’s bass thunder on “Infallible.” Pearl Jam has always been a better band in concert than on its studio records, but “Lightning Bolt” shows that performance gap narrowing, and the band sounds cohesive here.
October 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM
by Nicole Brodeur
Seattle Times columnist
Eddie Vedder’s favorite place to perform is Easy Street Records in West Seattle.
Matt Cameron has never forgotten is early days behind the kit at bygone Seattle bars like the Ditto Tavern.
And someday far in future, Stone Gossard hopes he’s anywhere but doing to Britney/Celine thing and taking up residency in Vegas.
These are just a few of the truths that emerged Thursday night, when the five members of Pearl Jam gathered for the first time with a small group of fans for a “Town Hall” sponsored by Sirius XM, home of Pearl Jam radio. (A broadcast of the event will air on Sirius XM Oct. 11. “Lightning Bolt” will be released Oct. 15.)
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