Monday, October 25th 2010
Shows: Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam‘s performance at this year’s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, CA over the weekend was also a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their first-ever show. In honor of the special event the band was in top form, enlisting a string section and an appearance from benefit curator Neil Young.
I’d love to write a review of the entire show, and there’s a chance I will once I return to Los Angeles (if you cats are interested), but for now I’ll leave you with two covers from Pearl Jam’s Bridge School appearance. The first is a take on Neil Young’s Walk With Me, off his incredible new album Le Noise. Listen below:
Next up is a stirring rendition of Patti Smith’s Dancing Barefoot, a beautiful gem that Eddie and the boys made their own:
Pearl Jam has long cited Young as a musical & spiritual mentor, and his appearance with them as they covered his song was met with equal enthusiasm from fans and band. After spending the day in an endless downpour, sipping hot cocoa while soaked to the bone on a steeply-angled lawn while the likes of Billy Idol, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, Elton John & Leon Russell and more rocked us with old-timer greatness, Pearl Jam’s appearance outshone the much-hyped reunion of Buffalo Springfield to make for yet another memorable set from one of the few true classic rock heroes of our time.
Pearl Jam’s song selections between the two sets (one on each day) overlapped slightly, with doubled renditions of both Black and Young’s Walk With Me, but complaints were nonexistent as fans reveled in rarities (Other Side), reworked arrangements (Better Man, Black) and fantastic instrumentations featuring what were some of Vedder’s most powerfully fine-tuned vocals in well over a decade.
Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy