Jannah Theme License is not validated, Go to the theme options page to validate the license, You need a single license for each domain name.
USA

Pearl Jam hosts concert tour at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento

The guys in Pearl Jam are true road warriors, having logged over a thousand shows during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career that dates back to 1990.

Yet that certainly didn’t translate into many appearances in California’s capital over the decades.

“In over 30 years, we’ve only said these words three times: Good evening, Sacramento,” singer Eddie Vedder remarked at the start of the band’s concert Monday night at Golden 1 Center. “I didn’t know it was so rare.”

Not only was a Pearl Jam show in Sacramento rare, but it was also something that hasn’t happened in a long, long time. Indeed, Bill Clinton was president the last time the band played within city limits, in 1998, at the old Arco Arena. (Although Pearl Jam did play in the general area in 2000 – at what is now called the Toyota Amphitheater in Marysville.)

“Thank you for your patience,” Vedder told the packed house of fans. “We appreciate you and your faith.”

The band then rewarded the audience for their patience and faith – after waiting more than a quarter century since Pearl Jam’s last concert in Sacramento – by delivering a spellbinding 2.5-hour show that married classic tracks with very good sounding equipment. -received a new album, “Dark Matter”.

In other words, those planning to catch Pearl Jam as they headline the BottleRock Napa Valley festival over Labor Day weekend should be really, really excited.

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – May 13 Eddie Vedder performs Monday with Pearl Jam at Golden 1 Center.  (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – May 13 Eddie Vedder performs Monday with Pearl Jam at Golden 1 Center. (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)

The band began Monday’s show in rather low-key fashion, appearing in silhouette on a mostly dark stage and softly rumbling “Pendulum” from 2013’s “Lightning Bolt.” From there, the band — consisting of Vedder, guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Matt Cameron – crept up to No Code’s 1996 track “I’m Open.”

These two tracks were first performed during this Dark Matters world tour, illustrating how much the Seattle band changes the setlist from show to show. Sure, the tour is only a little over a week long — it kicked off in Vancouver on May 4 (possibly with many people dressed in “Star Wars” gear in attendance) — but it’s still very impressive note that eight of the 24 selections played on Monday were tour debuts.

The absolute highlight of the first part of the evening – and, arguably, of the entire show – came with the third number, “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” which proved to be one of those transcendent moments that can define a concert in your memory for years to come. The “V’s” of 1993. The song is certainly on the very short list of Pearl Jam’s best, as well as one of the best rock songs released in the entire ’90s, but the version played Monday seemed to reach an even higher level than usual, powered by a group. and a city coming together for the first time in ages.

“I just want to shout hello!” Vedder sang as if his life depended on it, as the words were pushed ever higher by the thousands of passionate singers who accompanied him in the crowd. “God, it’s been so long, I never imagined you’d come back. But now you’re here and here I am.

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – May 13 Eddie Vedder performs Monday with Pearl Jam at Golden 1 Center.  (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – May 13 Eddie Vedder performs Monday with Pearl Jam at Golden 1 Center. (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)

It was an absolute love fest between the city and the band, led by a gushing Vedder, who pointed out that the band knew several people in the crowd.

“We have friends here,” he said. “And I already feel like that includes all of you.”

Still, it’s important to note that Vedder and Sacramento weren’t always best friends. Indeed, he once made headlines for blowing up the town at a show in Oklahoma City in 2013, where Vedder’s beloved Seattle Supersonics relocated and began playing basketball under the name Thunder in 2008. Instead of taking his anger out on the people of OKC, however, the hoops-loving singer addressed the people of Sacramento, who had successfully stopped their NBA franchise – the Kings – from moving to Seattle . The whole thing was incredibly petty and childish – and very 21st century sports fandom – while Vedder decided to make it personal.

“When you think about it, and if you’ve been to Sacramento, they’re already kind of (expletive),” Vedder was quoted as saying.

But those bad vibes are long gone, apparently, as Vedder and company have continued to rock the Golden 1 Center – which, ironically, is run by these same Sacramento Kings – with new albums such as “React, Respond” , “Running,” and “Fear of Fear.”

The band took the opportunity to showcase eight of the 11 songs on “Dark Matter” and, without exception, this new material held up very well among the classics.

McCready, as usual, was worth the price of admission alone, scorching some of the hottest guitar leads to be found in all of rock. And just when you think he can’t get any more amazing on the frets, he hoists the guitar behind his head and blindly performs the incredible lead of “Even Flow,” one of six tracks played in the game of the group. his game-changing debut, 1991’s “Ten.”

The band ended the 90-plus minute main set with the anthem “Better Man,” then returned to play nearly another hour of music in an encore that really could have passed as a second set.

McCready was once again at the forefront, delivering epic leads on “Black” and “Alive.” And Vedder seemed to be having the time of his life as he led the crowd in chant after chant.

“Sacramento!” » Vedder shouted to the packed arena. “Thank you so much for bringing it tonight.”

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - May 13 Eddie Vedder stands on a speaker as he performs with Pearl Jam at Golden 1 Center on Monday.  (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – May 13 Eddie Vedder stands on a speaker as he performs with Pearl Jam at Golden 1 Center on Monday. (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)

Setlist:

1. “Pendulum”
2. “I am open”
3. “Elderly woman behind the counter in a small town”
4. “Faithful”
5. “Fear of fear”
6. “React, respond”
7. “Wreck”
8. “Dark matter”
9. “Garden”
10. “Lucine”
11. “Corduroy”
12. “Dance of the Clairvoyants”
13. “Uniform flow”
14. “The Top”
15. “Waiting for Stevie”
16. “Run”
17. “Light Years”
18. “A Better Man”
Bis:
19. “Picture in a Frame”
20. “Jeremiah”
21. “Black”
22. “Do the evolution”
23. “Alive”
24. “Porch”
25. “Setting Sun”

California Daily Newspapers

Back to top button