Above us only sky

Above us only sky

Eddie Vedder stirred up a minor controversy at the end of Pearl Jam‘s 2014 European tour. Over the outro of ‘Daughter’, he got the crowd chanting ‘no more war’, before launching into an angry anti-war tirade, and then leading the crowd into the chorus of Edwin Starr‘s famed…

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There’s one thing I wanna know

There’s one thing I wanna know

Straying from the usual grunge pathways, last week took me, at the kind invitation of my sister, down to Chelsea* Kew Gardens to see the evergreen Elvis Costello perform as part of the Kew the Music (ba-doom tish) festival.

The setting was delightful. The walk from the tube station takes you across the grubby A307, but once through the entrance gates, the approach to the open-air arena is through…

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50 million hands upraised and open toward the sky

50 million hands upraised and open toward the sky

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A reminder about the Wishlist Foundation pre-party fundraiser taking place this Monday evening, 7 July, the night before Pearl Jam are live at Leeds (will Ed mention The Who that night?).

The fundraiser is being held at Carpe Diem, and entertainment comes from an excellent Eddie Vedder solo tribute act (I’ve seen him in Pearl Jammera couple of times, and he’s top notch). There’ll also be an…

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Light a roman candle

Light a roman candle

Black Sabbath and Soundgarden, Hyde Park, 4 July 2014.

Black Sabbath and Soundgarden, Hyde Park, 4 July 2014.

Soundgarden are in London today, supporting Black Sabbath at Hyde Park. Faith No More and Motörhead are also playing. Lemmy is apparently healthy* again and ready to rock and roll. So I’m … at a Maths conference in Warwick. Aargh.

I hope it’s a belter. If anyone’s going, let me know all about it, not least how Matt Chamberlain gets on as Matt…

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Till the lightning strike sets you free

Till the lightning strike sets you free

14-06-28 Stockholm

Pearl Jam, Stockholm, 28 June 2014

Pearl Jam swung back in to Europe this summer for the latest leg of their Lightning Bolt tour, so with their arrival came the chance for Becky and I repeat our Prague trip of 2012 by selecting a glamorous European city to visit for a few days whilst also enjoying a PJ gig.

It was a tough choice this year, Leeds and Milton Keynes narrowly missing out to eventual…

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As I walk the hemisphere

As I walk the hemisphere

Following on (backwards) from the EV South America 2014 tour posters, here are the ones from the 2014 Australia tour that Vedder tagged on to the Pearl Jam tour. Support again from Glen Hansard.

Again, posters were saved from Spreading the Jam. Once you look at enough of these critters, certain themes start to take shape, some more predictable than others: ukuleles and guitars, surfing and the…

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Go forward in reverse

Go forward in reverse

One of the cool things that Pearl Jamhave continued to do – beyond the records and the regular tours and stuff - is produce posters for every gig they play. The same holds true for Eddie Vedder’s solo gigs. It is now quite a substantial output; whoever keeps…

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I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good

I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good

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And indeed it is. Ed must have been thinking about me and this post when he wrote ‘Wishlist’ all those yesterdays ago.* If you’re going to Pearl Jam‘s Leeds Arena gig on 8 July (or even if you’re not), try to make it to the Wishlist Foundation pre-party fundraiser the night before. It’s taking place at Carpe Diem, and entertainment comes from an excellent Eddie Vedder solo tribute act(I’ve seen…

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I won’t hold on

I won’t hold on

Poster from Sao Paulo, 6 May 2014.

Poster from Sao Paulo, 6 May 2014.

Eddie Vedder debuted a new song on his Brazilian jolly last month. Currently untitled, it’s been called ‘I Won’t Hold On’ by fans until it’s given a name. I don’t know which fans these are: is there a committee assembled for this sort of circumstance? Who knows.

The song got an airing at two of the Sao Paulo gigs and again in Rio a few nights later: you can…

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There must be some kind of way outta here

There must be some kind of way outta here

Mike McCready has long been a Hendrix nut: as a boy, he listened to his dad’s copy of Band of Gypsys,* and Jeff Ament used to bump into him at Seattle parties, pre-Pearl Jam, playing Hendrix (and Stevie Ray Vaughan) riffs aplenty. More recently, he’s often slipped some of…

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