Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pearl Jam Going Into Hiatus

Pearl Jam Put On Hold
by Paul Cashmere - July 13 2010

Pearl Jam ended their world tour in Oeiras, Portgual on Saturday night with a gobsmacker of a statement. Eddie Vedder stunned fans when he said the band was going into hiatus.

Eddie said the show was the band’s last show “in a long time”. “Thank you for coming to our last show. Not our last ever, but our last in a long time, he said”.

Pearl Jam formed in Seattle in 1990 and has gone non-stop ever since. It has been one of the rock world’s most prolific runs.

Founding members Eddie Vedder (vocals), Jeff Ament (bass), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Mike McCready (lead guitar) have always been in the band.

The only revolving chair in Pearl Jam has been the drummer’s chair. Original drummer Dave Krusen left the band after recording the debut ‘Ten’. He left before the album took off and was replaced by Matt Chamberlain. Chamberlain lasted only a few months and was replaced with Dave Abbruzzese who was fired after the third album ‘Vitalogy’. Then came Jack Irons who left in 1988 and was replaced with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron (who at least has a job to go too because Soundgarden are getting back together).

“Have fun tonight because we don’t know when else we will have fun,” Vedder told the crowd.

So here is the last Pearl Jam setlist for a long, long time:

Set 1
Release (from Ten, 1991)
Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town (from Verses, 1993)
Animal (from Verses, 1993)
Given To Fly (from Yield, 1998)
In Hiding (from Yield, 1998)
Unthought Known (from Backspacer, 2009)
Nothingman (from Vitalogy, 1994)
Daughter / Blitzkrieg Bop (from Verses, 1993/Ramones cover)
Even Flow (from Ten, 1991)
Just Breathe (from Backspacer, 2009)
Wishlist (from Yield, 1998)
Black (from Ten, 1991)
Glorified G (from Verses, 1993)
Why Go (from Ten, 1991)

Encore 1
The End (from Backspacer, 2009)
Improv (Portugal, Portugal)
Public Image
The Fixer (from Backspacer, 2009)
Wasted Reprise (from Pearl Jam, 2006)
Better Man (from Vitalogy, 1994)

Encore 2
Smile(from No Code, 1996)
Once (from Ten, 1991)
Alive (from Ten, 1991)
Yellow Ledbetter

(Well I'm sure they will be cooking up ideas in the meantime, but who knows the real reason behind that statement. One thing we all DO know about rock stars is that they're a fickle bunch, never knowing which way they will go next. We the fans just have to wait and see and hope that the bands we love will give us more of what we all crave!)

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