"That band/fan synergy was at maximum power Friday during a generous two-hour gig where 1,000 lucky fans got to road test much of the Seattle group's new, self-titled record along with some choice material from the PJ back catalog." [NY Post]
"With arms waving and voices raised, a packed crowd joined Eddie Vedder singing, 'Oh, oh, I'm still alive' at Irving Plaza on Friday night. Mr. Vedder's band, Pearl Jam, is the lone survivor among Seattle's multimillion-selling grunge bands of the early 1990's, and it has held onto its audience in the most old-fashioned way, through constant touring. Its Irving Plaza show was a rare break from an international circuit of arenas and stadiums." [NY Times]
"The venue was tight and tiny. Reminiscent of the early days when Pearl Jam packed small clubs like CBGB’s and everyone in the crowd was warring for centimeters.......Drew Barrymore, Fabrizio Moretti, Flea, Mary-Kate Olsen, Giselle Bundchen, Tim Robbins, Susan Saradon, the lead singer from Anthrax, and Ed’s wife (Jill) and daughter (Olivia) were all there." [Gremmie] (the guys who waited in line for 35 hours)
"I had never actually seen someone leap off the balcony at irving. That was awesome." [Jeddeth]
My friend Nick (the one who waited for 24 hours) took the pics you see below...
"In arena settings, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder can be perceived as a cold fish. In this jewel-box theater, he was able to shed some of his personal armor and let the house feel his warmth. The guy even joked how Pearl Jam used to open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 'Nothing's changed,' he said referring to the RHCP performance at Irving tonight." [NY post]
Pearl Jam tickets given out