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Best Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Wed Jun 18, 2003 4:32 am

Last night I was at the best concert of my life. I saw Pearl Jam at St. Paul XCEL Energy Center. The opening band was a band from Scottland called "Idlewild." (Must of got their name from JFK!) Well, they sucked. Finally, Pearl Jam came on. Man they were awesome. After a few awesome songs, this kid kept saying "PLAY LUKIN!" Eddie Vedder didn't have the voice left to sing that song, so he asked the kid if he knew the lyrics and he did, but he told him to stay there. After a while, the kid was welcomed on stage, and he sang Lukin for Vedder, while the band played, with Eddie on guitar. He was the luckiest SOB ever!!! The rest of the concert was awesome, they played Even Flow, Alive, Daughter, Betterman, and a bunch of other great songs. I really wanted them to play Dissident, but they didn't. It was the best $35 I've ever spent, I want to see em' again!!!!! Anyone else going to or have seen em' on this tour?? I know they're in United Center tommorrow night!

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RE: Best Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Wed Jun 18, 2003 4:35 am

I am glad that you had fun on the concert, I am also a very big Pearl Jam fan, unfortunately I never saw them live.

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RE: Best Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Wed Jun 18, 2003 5:45 am

Im a huge Pearl Jam fan, my first concert was Sept 29th 1996 on Randalls Island NYC.

It was the longest Pearl Jam show ever, they played for over 3 hours and more than 33 songs.

I've also seen them open for the Rolling Stones in Oakland California in 1997, Madison Square Garden NYC September 10th 1998, Seattle Washington (two shows) in November 2000. Red Hot Chilli Peppers opened for them at that show.

I have tickets to see them on July 14th (or 18th?) near my house at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel NJ. That should be a great show because it will be the last show of the US tour, which are always good.
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Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:14 am

The tickets for Dallas are like $60. I wouldn't see them live. I love their "Ten" album. But after that they got all weird.
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RE: Best Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:18 am

I can't say what the best was, but I'll add the worst: Roskilde Festival, June 30th 2000 at around 22.30, just before Alive was played.

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RE: Best Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:43 am

That sucks! What happened to make the 9 people die!? STT757, dude have fun, you're in for one hell of a show. From the last few concerts, it seems they are doing anywhere from 25 songs and up. We got 26 last night. It was soo awesome!

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Wed Jun 18, 2003 7:15 am

I'm off to bed in a moment, so I'll make it short. Basically, the rain was pouring down, so the sound was pretty much drowned. I usually wear ear protection despite having a major hearing loss, but that night I had to take it off because I couldn't hear a thing.

Anyway, as mentioned earlier, just before Alive started (the guitarist had actually started, but Eddie stopped him), the sound was killed, all the lights went on (and we're talking a lot of light) and Eddie was creying, begging people to step back, because people were caught on the ground. They started pulling people out of the area around 10 meters from the stage (around 5 or so meters ahead of me), a lot of them with blood coming out of ears, mouth and so on. A lot of people were treated right in front of stage, with the worst cases being hauled off to the Ambulances which had been called in from all surrounding counties. A lot of people had cardiac arrest, because their rib cages had been crushed due to the pressure (they had been cought on the ground during crowd surges). 8 of them were declared dead on arrival at the local hospital, with the 9th, an Australian, dying a few days later when his respirator was switched off by his parents.

The victims were:
Carl-Johan Gustafsson, 20. Anthony Hurley, 24. Frank Nouwens, 23. Marco Peschel, 26. Jakob Svensson, 17. Allan Tonnesen, 17. Fredrik Turesson, 22. Name unknown, 22

A year later, it was determined that it was due to unruly behavior among the crowd (a lot of people made "trains" (putting hand on the shoulders of the guy ahead of you) and went straight for the area in front of the stage, adding to the congestion), poor communications (noone knew who had the authority to stop the concert, so in the end it was the bands manager who had to walk up to Eddie and tell him to stop), poor secuity measures (the area in front of the stage was completely out of control - but some say that it had been worse during concerts with bands like Rage Against the Machine) and whole lot of others. During the investigation, the Festival took a lot of cheap shots from the press (one newspaper even went as far as saying, in an intern note, that they wouldn't stop until Roskilde Festival was closed for good & Leif Skov (then the spokesman for the Festival) under arrest).


The 9 treees is the symbol of the 9 who died, and it has been named a permanent memorial. The stone in the center wears an inscription to remind us "... how fragile we are...."

However, in 2001 Roskilde Festival relaunched with massive security measures, and even their worst critic, Paul Wertheimer, named them the safest Festival in 2001.

This is the new setup in front of Orange Stage (the main stage - the canopy tent was bough from Rolling Stones back in the 70's). You should be able to see the crowd safety workes in Orange vests in the middle of the picture

Roskilde Festival 2003 starts in a week with Metallica, Iron Maiden, Björk, Dave Gahan, Darren Emerson, Blur, Coldplay & whole lot of other bands.

[Edited 2003-06-18 00:19:03]
 
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RE: Best Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Wed Jun 18, 2003 8:00 am

Thanks for the info. It's sad to hear about it. Especially Eddie's against war and death, that must've been really hard for him. Well, I had a fantastic time at my concert!!

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RE: Best Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Wed Jun 18, 2003 12:03 pm

I saw Pearl Jam on 07 June here in Phoenix. Great show even with the fact that Eddie was losing his voice. The concert was outside and started at 1900hrs,in 104 degree heat. All in all,considering the heat,and the ants that were crawling on me (crappy part of town), it was a good show. Would have liked to have heard Jeremy or Alive but still a great show.
 
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RE: Best Pearl Jam Concert Ever

Wed Jun 18, 2003 1:37 pm

Damn I wanted Jeremy too! We got Alive, holy shit that was awesome!

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