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| Pearl Jam opened it’s North American Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio to a rowdy and enthusiastic crowd at US Bank Arena
on the banks of the Ohio River on Wednesday. With this being the opening show of the tour and the farthest east that
the band will play this tour, it made for a tough ticket to get. There were people from all over the east coast and as far
south as Florida that made the trek to see arguably the best American rock band in the world.
Pearl Jam have long been known for their live performances. Dating back to their first American tours in the early 90s,
their shows have become legend for their constantly changing setlists and long run times. This night would be no
different. From the opening track from their latest release, 2013’s Lightning Bolt, Eddie Vedder and the band were in
fine form and showing no signs of rust after an almost three month break of touring.
The setlist pulled from all 10 of the band’s studio albums and also had some cover songs that the band is known for.
With their covers of The Rolling Stones' “Waiting on a Friend,” Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in a Free World” and also
slipping in a Pink Floyd reference during “Daughter,” the band shows its love and respect for their classic rock
upbringing. One highlight of the show was a tribute to the 11 people who lost their lives at the 1979 Who concert.
The band ripped through “The Real Me,” the last song that The Who played on that fateful night.
The crowd’s energy matched the band's enthusiasm and fans were singing along with Eddie Vedder on just about
every song. The reactions of the crowd to the classics “Jeremy” and “Alive” were like nothing I have ever seen at a
show. Wednesday night was more than just a rock concert, it was an event and an experience that the band provides
each and every time they take the stage.
From the opening song to the show closing “Yellow Ledbetter,” this band proved why they are a must see band and
a dead lock for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on their first year of eligibility. Go see them while you can; they are
everything that is great about Rock and Roll.
Pearl Jam will continue their "An Evening With" Fall Tour throughout October. See Dates.
Pearl Jam give a show to remember at fall tour opener in Cincinnati
Photos By MIKE HOWARD with Guest Review By ROBERT HUDSON