By: Sarah Efronson
The Pearl Jam concert at the newly titled Sound Advice Amphitheatre, April 11, was a must see for any Pearl Jam fan. Fans who arrived at the concert early were surprised with an early bird gift: Eddie Vedder came out and sang a solo rendition of “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” before the opening band, Sleater Kinney, came on stage. They were great, but most fans were eager to see Pearl Jam. When Eddie Vedder came out on stage again, the amphitheatre went crazy. For the entire show everyone, from the first row of the amphitheatre to the last row of the lawn, stood and chanted the lyrics they knew. The best songs played included “Betterman,” “Even Flow,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Daughter,” but some fans were disappointed when Pearl Jam did not sing more of their singles like “Jeremy.”
Vedder cheered up one lucky fan by dedicating a song to him, since he had recently recovered from cancer. Vedder also stopped to give his opinion about the war, which he received a mixed response to. Although he admitted that he supports the troops fighting in Iraq, he does not believe that the government supports the troops when they come back home after fighting and sarcastically made a comment about how much he loved President Bush.
Overall the crowd responded very positively to Pearl Jam, which helps to explain why the band played over eight encore songs. After playing six songs during their first encore the band came out again to play to the screaming fans. They played well after the house lights turned on, the amphitheatre’s cue to stop playing. Everyone who attended the show went home happy after the concert ended.