Pearl Jam reviewed in real time...

Well sorta. Anyway it's 7:50 p.m. and I'm at the St. Pete Times Forum, up in the rafters, I mean press box, typing away to the loud, echo-y sounds of opener Kings of Leon. Not too impressed. Maybe they'll improve when I get down to the first level where my seat is at.

Pearl Jam is scheduled to go on at 8:45. This will be the first time I have seen the grunge survivors since I saw them play here (when it was called the Ice Palace) with Sonic Youth back in 2000. Killer show. The "Daughter" to "Another Brick in the Wall Pt.2" medley was one of many highlights that night.

Wow, someone seated beneath me just lit up some seriously strong shit. Think I just caught a contact buzz (I have zero tolerance when it comes to weed). OK. Will return to the press box/blogging later, like around 9:30 or so to give a Pearl Jam update.

10 p.m. Update: Pearl Jam is leading a magnificent sing along of "Better Man." It's been a greatest hits night (of the highest order) with "Daughter," "Even Flow" and "Wish List" leading the charge. Other highlights include Vedder's Springsteenian speech about his White Sox baseball hero (in attendance), Obama for prez, and Vedder's hilarious rant about being in Tampa playing a venue named after St. Pete. OK, I have to get back to the show, and no, I'm not stoned, you bastards.

10:15 Update: Crowd of 15,00 or so going ape shit for an encore!!!

10:16 Update: Whoever is commenting under the glorious name "Wade Tatangelo" is not me but he's accurate, 'bout the setlist, at least, so, y'know, rock on.

10:23 Update: It's goosebumps time! Vedder's leading a congregation of 15,000 through "Black." I feel like I'm 14 again hearing/singing along with my friends to this song. God bless Pearl Jam.

10:42 Update: Crowd going ape shit again for another encore. I'm hoping for a house-rocking Who cover. Or Neil Young's "Fuckin' Up." Or "Rockin' in the Free World."

10:45 Update: Vedder solo with harmonica and guitar mumbling something about "fences" ... I can't understand what he's saying from up here in the press box. I think he's politicking.

10:47 Update: Vedder solo doing his excellent rendition of The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" ... followed by a full-band blowout of "ALIVE" !!!! I'm happier than a doubled-blessed rooster.

10:54 Update: House lights up but Vedder's still yapping ... about something ... the wine he's been hitting all night has def kicked in. Not that that's a bad thing. PJ put on a great show. Oh SHIT! "Yellow Ledbetter." My favorite Pearl Jam song of all times! (Yeah, I'm using exclamation marks like a giddy schoolgirl).

11:02 Update: McCready solo doing a piss-my-pants, Hendrixian rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner"!! Good god, what a fucking awesome show!!!

Scroll to read more News Feature articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]