Carrying on my (charmingly intermittent) series on Pearl Jam posters, here’s this autumn’s harvest from their 12-date North American tour, along with notes about a few of the gigs. Click on the dates themselves to see setlists; professional bootleg recordings are available from the Bootleg page on the Pearl Jam website. The Bridge School concerts and Ed’s solo gig are being saved for separate posts.
1 October – Cinncinati, where 22 years later Vedder honoured a promise to Joe Wolfe to have his photo taken with him.
Posters again courtesy Spreading the Jam (we are all toast).
Post-tour, Mike McCready belted out a guitar solo US National Anthem before a Seattle Sounders game. It’s not clear if the look of pained stoicism on some of the players’ faces is from the struggle to avoid literally exploding with patriotic enthusiasm, or if they’re simply more into Jay-Z. If you’re wondering (or wondering about wandering) what the football’s like over in the MLS, it’s seemingly the Premier League from five or six years ago: Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey and Djimi Traoré are all on the Sounders roster; fortuitously there is due to be an injection of bright young talent in the new year when Frank Lampard’s loan spell at Manchester City ends and he ‘returns’ to parent club New York City FC.
17 January: I’ve been a little unfair to the Seattle Sounders; since gaining an extension franchise in the MLS in 2009, they have been a hugely popular team in the town, regularly drawing in crowds in excess of 40,000. And in 1997, Washington state soccer fans played a crucial role in the Seahawks winning the state referendum to build a new combined football and soccer stadium (or football and American football stadium, if you prefer), thus preventing a Seahawk relocation to Los Angeles.
* I was not aware of that.