By Johnny Firecloud at 6:32 PM Wednesday, October 7th 2009
To avoid completely giving in and turning Antiquiet into a Pearl Jam fansite, I’ve agreed not to write a full review of last night’s show at Gibson Ampitheatre in Los Angeles – but what happened there was seven shades of special, so I thought the very least I could do is a brief recap with pictures. After all, it’s not every day that Chris Cornell, Jerry Cantrell and Ben Harper share a stage with Pearl Jam in the same 15-minute span.
After a blistering, celebratory and career-spanning set, Vedder introduced his old friend Chris Cornell, who hadn’t been onstage with the band since 2003’s epic all-star Santa Barbara PJ show.
“I think sometimes the presence of one man can really change the energy of a show and make it special,” Vedder said, before Cornell took the lead on Hunger Strike (click to watch) and wailed with a ferocious precision that suggests he’s been fine-tuning his instrument lately.
Could he be gearing up for something specific? Say, perhaps a Soundgarden reunion? I would have guessed no, had I not seen the entire Soundgarden lineup huddled together backstage immediately after the show.
That’s right, all of Soundgarden, together, in one spot. Unified. Talking. You do the math. And cross your fingers.
Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell showed up midway through Alive as well, shredding the solo to the squealing delight of fans. Vedder seemed just as enthused, watching the performance from a perch behind and above the drum riser.
The cheers were deafening as the band and guests lined up for a final bow, closing a remarkable evening with jaw-dropping surprises that absolutely nobody expected to see. Can’t wait for Friday’s show in San Diego…
Setlist: Sometimes, Breakerfall, (Interstellar Overdrive) / Corduroy, Save You, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Got Some, Unthought Known, Faithfull, Even Flow, Unemployable, Daughter, Johnny Guitar, Given To Fly, Off He Goes, Comatose, The Fixer, Do The Evolution
1st encore: Just Breathe w/ string quartet, The End w/ string quartet, Lukin w/ string quartet, Red Mosquito w/ Ben Harper, Jazz Odyssey, Rearviewmirror
2nd encore: Once, Footsteps, Hunger Strike w/ Chris Cornell, Alive w/ Jerry Cantrell
Potheads: Take note of the final picture in the gallery.