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Eddie Vedder, The Thermals & Sleater Kinney’s last show | The MP3s

Sleater Kinney

Sleater Kinney’s last show took place at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon on August 12, 2006. The Thermals opened and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder made a surprise appearance. Ryan of Ryspace flew to Portland for the show, taped it, and posted the MP3s – HERE and HERE.

“In retrospect, Sleater-Kinney’s final show– at Portland’s majestic Crystal Ballroom, where stage lights cast the band in giant hazy shadows on the wall behind them– emphasized exactly how many of their lyrics were, in fact, about breaking up, leaving, and saying good-bye, a not unlikely foundation for a band comprised of a former couple (Tucker and guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein dated for a time).” [Pitchfork]

I noticed the “many songs about saying goodbye” thing too when picking songs for my tribute to SK Sirius radio show, which aired before the last-two Portland shows, but after their last NYC show. I still need to post that playlist.

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