We felt privileged to have the opportunity at such a great venue; quite apart from Pearl Jam themselves playing there in 1992 (I got to stand where Mike McCready once stood! I’m such a fanboy…), Jeff Buckley played one of his first UK shows there in 1994, and Townes van Zandt played his last ever gig there in 1996.* On the way into the venue they have a wall of photos of artists who have played there. It’s pretty daunting, to be honest.
Anyway, the gig was great fun. Big thanks to AK, who was a top sound person. We had to make a late change to the set because the low height of the drumstool made it difficult for Zeek to give it the full Dave Grohl: ‘Aneurysm’ was replaced with ‘Fell on Black Days’ for this one, but will be back in the set shortly, as it’s a riot to play.
Thanks to all the people who came to see us play, both old fans of the band and new. We’re arranging some more dates and hope to be announcing them soon.
Here’s a post on the main set by Pearl Jammer. They played PJ’s 1992 Borderline set (opening with ‘Wash’, such a great song), followed by a selection of songs from throughout PJ’s back catalogue. They really capture the spirit of Pearl Jam. Set highlight for me was ‘Unthought Known’.
Setlist: Dam That River, Heart-Shaped Box, Outshined, Zero Chance, Fell on Black Days, Would?, Man in the Box
*If you don’t know Townes van Zandt, check him out, even if country’s not your bag. He had a desert-dry sense of humour to accompany his skilled songwriting. Sadly he never got the wider recognition he deserved when alive, and was only 52 when he died after long battles with drug addiction and alcoholism. Texas Troubadour is a great anthology of his work, and Steve Earle‘s Townes is also worth a listen, although his distinctive voice divides opinions (personally I think it works well with the material, but it’s a country mile from van Zandt’s own cleaner tones). Robert Plant has also covered a couple of his songs on recent albums.