Pearl Jam finished off the North American leg of their Lightning Bolt tour back in their home town last Friday: the band’s first Seattle show in four years. The Seattle Great Wheel was lit up with artwork from the new album to celebrate the event.
From the Rolling Stone review of the gig, it sounds like it was a belter – over 3 hours and 33 songs. The encores included a rare outing for 1991 Christmas single ‘Let Me Sleep’, and also a rumbustious ‘Kick Out the Jams’, the MC5 classic, with a bit of help from Mark Arm and Steve Turner of support act Mudhoney and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden. It’s a song Arm was born to sing (and goof about in; even Eddie Vedder does a backward roll during Thayil’s solo). I have no idea how you kick out jams though. Sounds a bit messy to me. What do you put on your toast the next morning?
Mike McCready got to unleash his inner Eddie Van Halen \m/ with a pop at ‘Eruption’ – it’s a squidge Nigel Tufnel in all honesty, bless him (no, I’m not jealous of his talent… ok well maybe a little bit) – before segueing slightly incongruously into a way mellower ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ that snuck in a snippet of fellow Seattlite Jimi Hendrix‘s ‘Little Wing’.
PJ have also announced dates for touring Europe next summer, as they wend their way round a succession of glamorous and cosmopolitan European cities: first Amsterdam, Milan, Trieste, then Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, and finally, um, Leeds and Milton Keynes.