Pearl Jam North American Tour 2016 hits Hampton Coliseum
Brief history of Pearl Jam for those who know not of this Seattle band formed back in 1990. Breaking into the main stream in 1991 with “Ten” this young grunge band was going against the grain of traditional rock music. Making unique music videos and refusing interviews but also going against Ticketmaster boycott. Pearl Jam has been also involved with Rock to Vote, Vote for Change and pro-choice. To date Pearl Jam has sold almost 32 million records in the U.S. and is also considered one of the most influential bands of the decade. Pearl Jam has a total of 10 albums that span from 1991 to 2013. This phenomenal band has been living and breathing their music with passion.
Hampton Virginia couldn’t ask for a better day for this concert. Nice warm temps, blue skies as I walked up to the venue. Another hour til the doors open and already loyal fans young and old are patiently waiting in line. As the hour dwindles down and the doors open up you can feel the anticipation to get inside and get a good spot on the floor area to watch this amazing concert. As the lights dim down and the band enter onto the stage. A distinct drum rhythm and bass line starts as they start off with “Why Go” from the Ten album. The fans are on there feet cheering as Eddie Vedder begins to sing. Truly his vocal from all these years he sounds just like the first time I heard him back the early 90s. Next up is “Mind your manners” off the most current album Lightning bolt. “Cordury” off Vitalogy followed by “Brain Of J” off the Yield album. This was just a warm up for the night which was still young and alive. It amazes me that this band can play for 3 hours and not take any breaks. Yes that’s right when you attend a pearl jam concert you get the heart, soul and dedication of this band. I can really say that this is truly a band you don’t want to miss. Playing a total of 33 songs it’s hard to believe it until you see, hear and listen for yourself.
Pearl Jam is:
Eddie Vedder – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
Mike McCready – lead guitar, backing vocal
Stone Gossard – rhythm/lead guitar, backing vocal
Jeff Ament – bass, backing vocal
Matt Cameron – drums, percussion, backing vocal
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