Kind of weird going to an arena show of a band who's music I don't really know that well. We walked in around 7:40ish and MMJ had already hit the stage (causing us to miss out on them doing The Band's "It Makes No Difference" - which I'm listening to right now and would have been the highlight of the night for me). Jim James & Co. rocked a mostly empty arena though for a good 40 minutes. Fourth time seeing them and it's been an interesting progression of venues - Mercury Lounge, Great Bamboolzed Festival, Webster Hall and Continental Airlines Arena. If there is any band out there ready to rock arena-sized venues it's them. Buy their records and go see them when they hit your town.
As for Pearl Jam - well I certainly wasn't blown away, it was an enjoyable show though. They definitely come to play and deliver on that with almost 2 1/2 hours of music and playing their last four or five songs with the arena lights on - playing well past the 11 PM cut-off they have their. We were stuck pretty much as far from the stage as you can get for most of the show, but by encore Dan from Apple Pop Life managed to sneak us down about as close to the stage as you could be without being on the floor. It was like seeing two different shows - good work Dan!!
For those interested here's the setlists....
Eddie Vedder Solo Acoustic
My Morning Jacket
It Makes No Difference (w. Eddie Vedder)
What A Wonderful Man
One Big Holiday
Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Hail Hail, Animal(power goes out), Love Boat Captain, In Hiding, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Whipping, Gone, Comatose, State Of Love And Trust, Rats, Garden, Inside Job, Porch
1st encore: West Memphis Three Worldwide Awareness Day, Army Reserve, Hard To Imagine, Last Kiss, Black, Crazy Mary, Last Exit
2nd encore: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Lukin, Leash, Don't Gimme No Lip, Why Go, Leaving Here, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)Here's the torrents...
Pearl Jam - 2006-06-03 - Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ
My Morning Jacket - 2006-06-03 - Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ