Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Guest Blogger Jack Serpentine: Ten Reasons Why Pearl Jam Rocked the District

V Note: Here is the first in what will be several guest blogger posts as I travel for the next few days. Some of you may remember Jack from this post, but today he puts politics aside for a rock review.

For those of you lucky enough to possess great taste in music and a 50 dollar ticket allowing you entrance to Verizon Center last night, you know that a little band from Seattle brought pure rock to the District of Columbia.

Yeah that’s right, Pearl Jam indulged our sorry asses with a full-on attack including bassist Jeff Ament, drummer Matt Cameron, guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, and the vocal stylings of one Eddie Vedder. And just to blow our minds, they brought Boom Gaspar along with them from Hawaii to play keyboards.

Now if you’re an asshole, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Cool, a Pearl Jam show sounds awesome…in 1993.” Well Assbag, I don’t come to a Coldplay show or some Emo waste of time and slap the dicks out of your mouth, so why don’t you just lay off. Pearl Jam was cool in 1993, and they’re still cool now. Just take a little listen to their latest album and prove me exactly right. And if that doesn’t convince you, you should have been there last night.

Let’s just run down the list of why Eddie and company comprise the greatest rock band alive and playing today:

1. They opened with “Release,” an absolutely great song that sets the mood perfectly and gets us primed and ready for their harder stuff.

2. They totally went into their hard stuff immediately following “Release” with a loud and awesome rendition of their latest hit, “World Wide Suicide.”

3. When they played “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” the entire crowd sang with them and got to experience pure heavenly joy for about 4 minutes.

4. “Rearview Mirror” lasted 10 minutes and proved that Mike McCready is one hell of a guitarist.

5. The 14 year-old Jewish kids sitting in front of me clearly knew the words to every song, even the cover of Dylan’s “Masters of War.” They also played nerdy air guitar for almost the entire set. It’s just good to see some of the kids appreciate great rock.

6. It may be sad, but there’s something interesting about 20-something white kids dancing very badly and clearly reminiscing about what it was like to be an angsty high school kid listening to “Even Flow” on repeat instead of a lawyer, I-banker, or consultant who totally sucks now.

7. Eddie stuck it to Dick Cheney by dedicating Neil Young’s “Fuckin’ Up” to him.

8. Even though I had pretty lousy seats in the cavernous Verizon Center, Eddie still found a way to rock me and make me believe we were in a small club and the show was just for his closest fans.

9. The show reminded me how important music can be to someone and that experiencing that with 25,000 other people is, for lack of a better word, cool.

10. Everything else.


Blogger Raincouver said...

Hey Jack,
I'm not a huge Pearl Jam fan, but that's a pretty good tribute. Sounds like you got your money's worth!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Needtsza said...

First, that was one funny as line:
Now if you’re an asshole, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Cool, a Pearl Jam show sounds awesome…in 1993.” Well Assbag, I don’t come to a Coldplay show or some Emo waste of time and slap the dicks out of your mouth, so why don’t you just lay off.

Second, thanks for running down some of the show. I'm just not a fan of the Verizon Center. The sound is just shit, so I bet I woulda been peeved to hear PJ not at their best.

Got any pics?

6:52 PM  
Blogger dn said...

As you know, Jack, my first concert was Pearl Jam (and Urge Overkill opened - BONUS). This was right after they released Vs. When the bridge to "Porch" began, and the strobe lights with it, I think I saw God. He was handsome, well-dressed, with a neatly-trimmed beard, eating a pear, and tapping his feet in rhythm.

It was pretty cool.

9:21 PM  
Blogger J. Serpentine said...

Thanks guys. I agree about the sound in Verizon Center, but Eddie totally made it work. I don't have any pictures, but the Washington Post had a really good review of the show today.

12:44 PM  
Blogger NotCarrie said...

Wow, great review! Sometimes concerts are just so amazing.

12:52 PM  
Blogger c.c. heat said...

Did Live open for PJ?

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great to read something with such passion from a fan.
Very nice.

2:57 PM  
Blogger tiffany said...

i just saw pearl jam in detroit, and it was exactly as amazing as you described.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate you Jack!

1:40 PM  
Blogger J. Serpentine said...

Thanks for he comments, guys. I'm going to ignore the question about Live.

Tiffany: Glad you enjoyed the show in the Motor City. I'm pretty sure they're awesome everywhere they play.

And to anonymous, sorry you hate me. It takes a big man to anonymously tell someone you hate them though. So, nice work.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

My third cousin is PJ's producer (or was).

Unfortunately, I haven't talked to him since we were kids.

3:33 PM  
Blogger c.c. heat said...

I thought there were supposed to be a bunch of guest bloggers? But there is only J-Serp. And V gets back tomorrow. SO disappointing. (this is not meant to be a poor reflection on anyone, except V).

10:36 PM  

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