Pearl Jam at the Pacific Coliseum, Sept 25 2011
– text by Shawn Conner/photos by Tamara Lee
Pearl Jam’s Canadian tour ended last night in fine style with a Pacific Coliseum show.
Since the band has no American dates planned – its next concerts will be in South America, in November – it appeared many U.S. fans had made a trek over the border; the roar of the crowd when Eddie Vedder asked how many of his fellow countrymen were in the audience was impressive. However, the Canadian roar was definitely louder.
At one point, using his Fender as a reflector, Vedder shone a light on the Canadian flag hanging from the rafters next to its American counterpart. He also compared the U.S.’ ten-years’ war in Iraq to a country walking with a limp, and coming up here to seeing what it’s like for a country to walk without a disability. (I’m paraphrasing here.)
Of course, the crowd ate it up.
Vedder also noted that it was the 10th time playing Vancouver, that the first was in January 1991 and was only the band’s first gig ever. The set, as with the last time this writer saw them (at Rogers Arena two years ago, almost to the day) mixed well-known tunes with fan favourites.
No real surprises – Vedder swigged from his bottle of something (fine bordeaux? Washington State plonk?), and in general it was just another all-around great show with a loving, friendly attitude between band and audience, like people who have survived the last 20 years together. Complaints: as usual for casual fans like myself, Vedder’s words get completely lost in the muddy arena sonics. And security was super-uptight, as though a Sunday night Vancouver crowd was looking for a rumble.
Pearl Jam at the Pacific Coliseum setlist:
Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
Given To Fly
World Wide Suicide
Off He Goes
State of Love and Trust
Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns
Search and Destroy
Keep on Rockin’ In the Free World
Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing
More Pearl Jam photos – at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Sept 25 2011:
More Pearl Jam photos – at the Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Sept 19 2011: