August 13, 2022

“I’m not gonna discuss this a lot at different exhibits, however this appears like dwelling, and I missed ya,” Eddie Vedder informed the San Diego crowd on Tuesday night time.

The primary time I noticed Pearl Jam, it was December 1991 they usually had been the comparatively unknown openers for Nirvana and Pink Scorching Chili Peppers. My buddy had purchased a Pearl Jam shirt earlier than the live performance (although the “cool” factor was to get Nirvana merch), when instantly a long-haired Vedder ran up from someplace and thanked her.

Greater than 30 years later, Vedder continues to be stuffed with this sort of enthusiastic gratitude. He confirmed loads of tokens of it all through Pearl Jam’s almost three-hour set at Viejas Enviornment within the metropolis he mentioned “appears like dwelling,” the place the place he lived earlier than transferring to Seattle.

This was the primary cease in Pearl Jam’s relaunched tour to help Gigaton, a tour that was postponed for 25 months due to the coronavirus (get tickets right here). The band was so glad to be again on stage that they virtually needed to be kicked off the stage on the sold-out venue when the home lights went up throughout their closing track (“Alive”) — simply after 11:30 p.m.

Vedder began displaying his graciousness and pleasure early within the night, as most individuals had been nonetheless parking or on the craft beer tens. The frontman walked onto the stage to greet the followers already inside, treating them to an acoustic model of Warren Zevon’s “Maintain Me in Your Coronary heart.”

About an hour later — after a charmingly matted solo set from former Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer’s Pluralone undertaking  — Vedder returned to the stage with the remainder of Pearl Jam: Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Matt Cameron. Klinghoffer additionally joined the band, as he’s doubling as a touring multi-instrumentalist on this trek. The stage, whereas large, was sparse aside from a large arc of lights that modified colours to suit the temper of every track.

Pearl Jam, photograph by George Ortiz

They carried out a 23-song setlist, the choice of which Vedder mentioned was influenced by San Diego and the ocean. In entrance of an viewers that ranged from very younger youngsters sporting large headphones to silver haired rock followers, the band opened with Ten traditional “Oceans.” The band ripped straight by way of “Retrograde” and “By no means Vacation spot” with the type of focus and drive you’d count on to see in a small membership, not at a 12,000-seat enviornment.

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