Originally Posted by Bobby Bear
Saw Pearl Jam for the first time last night. It was their first ever Belfast gig. People were coming from far and wide to see them and I think it's safe to say not a single person left disappointed. How could you with a set that encompassed so much of their career?
Congrats on finally seeing them. There a band everyone should see headline at least once. Unfortunately, and not that this in any way matters and it has nothing to do with the band or performance, there were people who left disappointed. The same uppity, douchey, Pearl Jam fans that leave every show bitching about what was omitted (they debuted a brand new song the previous night, and then didn't play it in Belfast - that alone guarantees these fucks were whining).
Anyway, I went and saw Silversun Pickups on Thursday, and then Hole the next night. Both shows took place in a new(ish) live music venue in Northern NJ, a place I hadn't yet been to. The floor is GA standing, the balcony is GA seating. I got stuck with balcony both nights, and was in the back for The Pickups, and the sound blew
(unfortunately, the air conditioning didn't - it was hot as balls). Halfway through the set we "snuck" (I use that term loosely) downstairs, and it was much better. They were pretty good, not unbelievable, but I'm glad I saw them. It was a solid concert.
Hole the next night was uneven, to say the least. Courtney Love was probably the last really big 90's modern rock personality/performer that I hadn't ever seen, so I finally got to cross her off my list. She took a while to get going (She opened with a snippet of Pretty on the Inside, then played part of Sympathy for the Devil, then she mashed up a Judy Garland song with NIN's Closer...it was odd). Aside from the incessant name dropping (you have been famous for 15 years, we kinda assume you know famous (and have fucked) people - less talking, more rocking, please) she righted the ship halfway through and actually ended up putting on a decent show. Her screaming is still in good form, and she didn't look to bad (for this show we were able to be in the floor the entire time, as nobody was bothering to check tickets).