November 27, 2013 (San Diego) – Greg Dunne, best known to our readers as our “Bird Talk” columnist, sent us these photos and review comments on the Pearl Jam concert at San Diego State University.
“The show had everything. All the great songs to name a few: Even Flow, Black, Just Breathe, a Who song Baba O'Riley (We all know as Teenage Waste Land). A great rendition of Star-Spangled Banner by lead guitarist Mike McCready. Was it as good as the classic by Jimi Hendrix? Dare I say yes?” he wrote, adding that while “not as iconic as the great Jimi's rendition,” the concert was “a love fest between Pearl Jam and the fans. The audience knew just when to jump in and sing along with Eddie.”
He added, “Pearl Jam is old, but not too old to rock hard! I've seen reunited, or just old bands play, and although I enjoyed the music, it was obvious an old band was playing. Not Thursday night with Pearl Jam at SDSU arena. They played for just under three and a half hours -- and it was full blast all the way! I've seen a lot of rock concerts in my day and one thing that stands out (no pun intended) you know when it's a good show when at the opening of the concert everyone stands to cheer and then nobody sits back down for the entire show.
I power hike and power walk weekly, and 3 1/2 hours of standing and rocking out is as tiring as a 10 mile hike. And I love nothing more (well, birds and a good ale) than a good tiring 10 mile hike and a good tiring rock concert.
If not a Pearl Jam fan, or of the type of music, that's understandable. But everyone appreciates passion, focus, and genuine love between artist and admiring fan, and that's what was at the Pearl Jam concert! They say Rock 'N' Roll keeps us a democracy! KEEP ON ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD. Oh yeah, they did that Neil Young song too.”