And with twenty years in the business they had no trouble selling out the Vancouver Pacific Coliseum.
We were brought back to the heydays of the 90s with the opening act, Mudhoney. Back then it was venues like the Town Pump the Lamplighter that hosted the best bands of the day. Mudhoney was as exciting as they were then.
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder’s sound is still as fresh and strong as it was back in the 90s. Given that, the Coliseum wouldn’t have been my first choice for this band: This is an awesome, talented band but Vedder’s amazing vocals were a little lost in the reverberations of the antiquated building. Regardless, it was a great show.
When the band began to play, it was like the audience had been choreographed to each beat of the music. From fist pumps to belting out the lyrics at the tops of their voices, this crowd was precision. These were the epitome of loyal fans.
The stage visuals were pretty simple but they didn’t need much: they brought us back to a time when it wasn’t all gimmicks and show; just plain good music.
They played hit after hit including “Got Some” and an awesome version of “Garden.”
This was one of the best shows they’ve done on the west coast: just ask all the people vying to get past the security guards, with anything from fake passes to free beers, just to get a little closer to the band.
The crowd erupted in cheers when Vedder took his guitar and reflected a large light illuminating the audience around the upper balconies, and stopping on the large Canadian flag in the middle of the coliseum.
It was a show to remember and inspiration to look for their new documentary.