Jam in Raleigh, USA, 15.04.03 - a concert review
- by Fredde -
I had the opportunity
to and to work for my company in Raleigh, North Carolina
again this spring. The decision to say yes and leave
Sweden was not too hard. I knew that Pearl Jam was coming
to town, but that was 2 weeks after my planned trip
back home. Bummer. Then things got a bit messed up at
work and I was asked to stay for two more weeks to finish
up. With Pearl Jam in mind that decision was even easier
to make.I bought my ticket the same day that everything
Needless to say I knew it would be a bit emotional to
see them live again since I was at their concert at
Roskilde in 2000. It was my last day of working before
heading for Sweden again. The weather was superb. Me,
and another guy from Sweden whom I shared apartment
with, took a quick shower after work and headed towards
the outdoor arena. We cranked the stereo in the car
and were on a mental high! I felt freaking good! We
shared a six pack in the parking lot along with thousands
of local music fans, then headed for the gates.
As we sat down on the grass with a cold beer in hand,
relaxed a bit, and started to look around at the people
walking past us I just wanted to shout: I'm on grass!
We were told that the warm-up band was going to be on
at 7.30pm. At that time a lone guy walked on stage with
an acoustic guitar and a harmonica around his neck.
People in the front went wild. (We had tickets on the
lawn a bit back. All the first 30+ rows are seats under
a roof, and are expensive as hell) I figured it was
a local artist at first. But when they got the cameras
on him, I saw on the video screens that it was Eddie
Later I found out it was a Beatles song he played called
"You've got to hide your love away" It was a nice thing
to get the crowd going. Then a minute after he left
stage three rocking girls took over. The band is called
Sleater-Kinney and hails from Olympia, Washington. Olympia
is not too far from Seattle...of course. :) It sounded
a bit like the swedish girlband Sahara Hotnights. And
they're not too bad to be compared too.
It might have been the music or the atmosphere that
made me feel all fuzzy and warm inside....or the beer.
:) Don't know how many albums they have released but
they played at least 15 rocking songs. They made a lot
of noise despite being just three on stage. I liked
them a whole bunch. 45 minutes later their set was over
and it felt like everybody headed for the toilets at
the same time. New glass of beer, and the anticipation
among the crowd of 20000 was getting higher by the minute.
Lights out...Eddie and the boys hits the stage. The
crowd goes mad as they start off with two songs from
their debut album Ten. Release/Even Flow. I can tell
you that I got chills all over. I had done my homework
badly since they played lots of songs I didn't know
either the name of, or the lyrics. "I am mine" was played
within the first 30 minutes. I really like that song,
it's got a great rhythm to it. Then just before the
first encore they played Alive. Got to tell you that
I got tears in my eyes standing there...singing/screaming
with Eddie and 20000 others. I really wished my close
Roskilde friends could have been there with me just
that moment. You know who you are.
After a short break the boys were back for another 6
songs before the second encore! Among those six, "Love
Boat Captain" from the new album. Everybody was singing,
dancing, clapping their hands like there was no tomorrow.
I was just standing there with a great big smile on
my face. The band seemed to be in a good mood. Eddie
made a few jokes in between songs and just had a smashing
evening. His voice filled the entire place. We are at
this stage up to 2h10m of Pearl Jam!
At the 2nd encore they came back with the girls of Sleater-Kinney.
It must have been a huge kick for them to come on stage
and do the final two songs with a great band like Pearl
Jam. First one was Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater
Revival. It's a good sing-a-long song and the audience
was ecstatic. Last song was Keep on Rocking in the Free
World! Need I say more? Perfect ending to a perfect
night. With all the surroundings: weather, beer on grass,
personal emotions, going home the next day....Alive!!!!
I got to give the night a Ten
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