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Video: Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Stumps for Obamacare

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Pearl Jam’s guitarist Mike McCready guitarist and filmmaker Jesse Dylan made the above video “Life is A Pre-Existing Condition” asking people to pledge to not vote for any candidate that does not support Obamacare.

Mike McCready has Crohn’s disease so he has a unique perspective on this issue

“Before the Affordable Care Act, people with conditions like mine could be denied coverage. I know. I was denied twice, even being a member of a famous rock band,” said Mr. McCready. “The people who don’t have those kind of resources, they are stuck, they have no choices. But now, we can’t be denied insurance because of something we can’t change—our illnesses. We have choices, we can be insured, and we can focus on having a life.”

If inclined pledge here.

Monday: Viva Brother @ Black Box (Wexner Center)

A hundred years ago, or so it seems, Andy – the local Sony college rep at the time – called me and said, “I’m heading to Cleveland to see this new band from the UK called Oasis. They’re playing at the Grog Shop. Want to go?” In the pre-internet days, I couldn’t go online to see what this band was all about so I asked, “Who would you compare them to?” Andy said, “Kind of like Pearl Jam. Not the way they sound, but the way they just blew up over night. They won’t be playing places like the Grog Shop very much longer.” As a Pearl Jam fan, I was intrigued but then I heard a very non-grungy Oasis single and decided it wasn’t worth a trip to Cleveland to see this new band.

Here we are in 2011. I don’t know if this new UK band Viva Brother is going to blow up like Oasis and Blur in the U.S. Not too many bands really have that capability these days but I’ll be damned if “Darling Buds in May” isn’t my pick for “Best Song of the Summmer (2011 edition)”. I might even say it’s my favorite single of the YEAR if I really think about it.

I’m calling this a “Don’t Miss Show”. I’m saying this might be one of those “I saw them when they played in a really small venue” shows. I’ve been wrong before, but I don’t want to make the same mistake I made by missing Oasis in their infancy.

Viva Brother and 1,2,3 play Monday night at the Black Box on the Mershon Stage at the Wexner Center. Tickets are $12 and the show starts around 8pm.

Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell Joins Pearl Jam for “Hunger Strike” at Madison Square Garden

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Recap: Pearl Jam, The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden

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Probably the best Pearl Jam show I’ve ever seen. The energy in the crowd was simply unbelievable. I don’t think I’ve been to a show where the combined energy of the crowd created a rumble that made me think that the Garden might just crumble to the ground.

As for The Black Keys at the venue, their sound definitely filled up the arena. The new stuff sounded great and they definitely earned a lot of new fans.

Set List: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Last Exit, Animal, The Fixer, Severed Hand, Small Town, I Am Mine, Comatose, Force Of Nature, Even Flow, Low Light, Down, I Got ID, Army Reserve (dedicated to Lt. Colonel John McDonough), Insignificance, Unthought Known, Do The Evolution

1st encore: The End (with string quartet), Lukin (with string quartet), Just Breathe (with string quartet), You Are, Love, Reign O’er Me (Townshend) [Ed has crowd wish Pete Townshend “Happy Birthday”], State Of Love And Trust, Once, Porch

2nd encore: Jeremy, Leash, Mankind, Crazy Mary (Williams), I Believe In Miracles (Ramone, Ray) [dedicated to Joey Ramone], Alive, Indifference

(set list via ten club)

Live Review: Pearl Jam/Band of Horses at Nationwide Arena

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Pictured: Band of Horses at Nationwide Arena

In a perfect world, Pearl Jam would have been my first concert way back in 1992 in Cleveland at Peabody’s Down Under. My bff’s older sister was the one that turned me on to a lot of new music, some good, some not so much. I have no older siblings, so I looked to her for recommendations. She was just coming off a hair metal trip-you know the story, grunge killed the hair metal star. First it was Nirvana, then it was Pearl Jam. She was super excited about the Peabody’s show and after having seen the video for “Alive,” I realllly wanted to go, but it was not to be (thanks parents!). What was to be, though, was my first Pearl Jam experience that took place last Thursday at Nationwide Arena. I didn’t find out until super last minute that I was going, wasn’t quite sure what to expect as PJ have kind of lost me over the last few releases, but I felt like I would be a fool to miss a “classic rock band of our time.” The band formerly know as Mookie Blaylock did not disappoint and the show was way better than I could have hoped. South Carolina by way of Seattle dudes Band of Horses opened the show (actually I guess Mike McCready played a couple/few songs first, but I missed that while waiting to be herded out to the photo pit for BOH). Continue reading

Columbus PBS affiliate WOSU not airing Pearl Jam on ACL

WOSU, Columbus’s PBS affiliate, isn’t airing Pearl Jam’s Austin City Limits performance on Saturday night. PJ fans are upset.

Pearl Jam ACL Time Lapse Photography Video

This is a time-lapse of Pearl Jam performing KLRU’s “Austin City Limits” (ACL) PBS concert series taping on October 3rd, 2009. This time-lapse was created from photographs taken every 6 seconds from 9:09AM – 11:29PM. Over 10,000 images we’re taken. (more)

Pearl Jam are on Austin City Limits this weekend.