Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pearl Jam, o2 London, August 18th 2009


The morning after the Manchester show we got the train to London and had the awesome pleasure of hanging out with our friends Roly & Paula and Meg. We sat and chatted over a tasty coffee. It was such a treat to get to see them and we were stoked they made the effort to come hang with us for a couple of hours.

The show itself was a notch up from the night before. They were so tight and on form. Any show that starts with 'Release' is going to be a good one! Never mind following 'Release' with 'Animal', 'Corduroy', 'Why Go', 'Small Town' and 'Immortality'. Yowza. The crowd was quite different than the night before. In Manchester it seemed like everyone had grown up, gotten married and where content to chill out, sing out and enjoy the show. The London crowd where a little younger and a little more boisterous. Not necessarily a bad thing as the band seemed to get a buzz out of it and made sure that everyone was ok, even getting everyone to take three steps back at one stage to make sure everyone was good at the front. They seemed to play forever, going over curfew by 20 minutes which was sweet. The only thing missing from the show was my mate Hoey. Highlights were the opening 5 songs. 'I Got I.D' (love that song), 'Rats' so good to hear that song. He dedicated it to "someone who was going to be playing here" which is Micheal Jackson due to the 'Ben' reference at the end of the song. 'Whipping', 'Light Years' dedicated to a friend who passed away the day before, 'Insignificance', 'Blood'; that was raucous. 'Hail, Hail' in the encore, awesome. 'Footsteps', 'Leaving Here', 'Porch', a bangin version' and 'Yellow Ledbetter'. Man, pretty much the whole gig was a highlight. 28 awesome songs. 47 different songs between both nights makes the trip more than worth it. Here's the setlist.

Release
Animal
Corduroy
Why Go
Small Town
Immortality
The Fixer
Even Flow
I Got I.D.
Rats
Got Some
Whipping
Light Years
Insignificance
Black
Life Wasted
Blood/Atomic Dog
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Supersonic
Hail Hail
Footsteps
Love, Reign O'er Me
Do The Evolution
Alive
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Better Man/(Save It For Later)
Crazy Mary
Leaving Here
Porch
Yellow Ledbetter