By at 6:32 PM Wednesday, October 7th 2009

 

Jerry Cantrell And All Of Soundgarden Get Their Jam On

Pearl Jam, Music

 

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.

Pearl Jam w/ Ben Harper

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.

Pearl Jam w/ Chris Cornell

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.

Pearl Jam w/ Jerry Cantrell

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.

Pearl Jam w/ Jerry Cantrell & Chris Cornell

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

Set List: 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.

 
 

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17 comments
  1. jabreLOLAR says:

    THIS IS FUCKIN SICK!!!!

  2. Mitcheljd says:

    It’s shows like this and the NIN shows you went to, not to mention the other smaller bands that play out there, that really make me wish I lived in LA. You really lead a charmed life Johnny!

  3. Yeah, this has pretty much been the best year of my life. What shows/musical experiences could top what’s happened in 2009? I anticipate a deep, dark slump/dry spell followed by catatonic depression and life-threatening drug binges within a year or two. It’s only natural.

  4. Lara says:

    Nice work Johnny; I’m getting a little verklempt all over again. ;)

  5. Man, if I had a Neverland… This would go down nightly. I grew up adoring everyone in that stage (but Ben Harper, and really like him though). Man…

  6. Rory says:

    This was awesome to hear about. Cornell’s performance was ACTUALLY good, and Cantrell killed as always. Thanks for posting.

  7. tng/dharma69 says:

    Glad that you put some words down for this because it was worthy and I was struck dumb by the experience. I’m quite average at math but I’ll get some tutoring if it will jumpstart this damned thing.

  8. bystander says:

    ed, chris, jerry together on stage, omg! am i back in 92? so good it seems unreal!! and soundgarden reunion! O_O pls make it happen chris!

  9. Frent says:

    Why couldn’t they do these things in Chicago!

  10. looks like i definitely went to the right LA show…

  11. post b0y says:

    whoa! what’s with all the fucking adverts???

  12. poorgirl says:

    very nice. you certainly have had a good year indeed (still jealous about the ThirdManRecords experience). i flew down to LA from seattle for these last two shows. killer sets. they sounded brilliant. cornell was miraculously unlame, which was cool. this first trip to LA for me was a great one. have seen pj around 45 times, and it’s still something magical,..every time.

  13. Leann says:

    A Seattle-reunion of sorts, in LA. Nice rockstarpower surge, too bad we can’t find a way to tap into it. Some shows are so electric and powerful, there’s gotta be some sort of way to harness it!

  14. obwan93001 says:

    I too was at this LA3 show and it WAS AMAZING! I was also at LA2 and that show had some really incredible energy I haven’t seen at a live show in a really long time, too many puffs ago so don’t ask what show it was a long time ago ;-) but I’ve been to many, many, many shows over the course of the past 27 yrs in SoCal and some really, really great ones, the two PJ LA shows I saw this time around rank right up there w/some of the best! LA3, this show, had some good energy too but the special guests really made it awesome! Glad to be there!

    Peace to everyone, every one out there!

    obwan93001

  15. Jonah says:

    One of the coolest PJ setlists I’ve ever seen. That’s sayin somethin. Nice.

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