Over fifteen years ago I met the man who would become my my husband and the father of children to come. As I was becoming friends, then close friends, and eventually falling in love with this man, a certain relatively new band was all over the radio and charts singing songs that seemed to be pulled straight out of my soul. That time wasn’t an easy time for Jack and I and there were many nights where music was the only thing that got us through those difficult moments. Pearl Jam played a pretty big role in that. For me specifically: Black.
When a friend gave me Eddie Vedder’s “Into the Wild” it only renewed my love for Eddie’s voice, and Pearl Jam in general. In all these years, I’ve never once gotten tired of Pearl Jam. I can’t say that about many bands. They just seem timeless to me.
Music has always had been a big deal for Jack and I. In our early years we attended concerts such as Lollapalooza ’96 in George, WA where we got to see Devo, Ramones, Soundgarden, and Metallica. That same year we went to Rockfest in Estacada, OR where I got knocked out cold in the mosh pit and carried off by security, thankfully to recover in time to enjoy Candlebox from our blanket far far away from the mosh pit… (Jack’s not let me within 50 feet of a mosh pit since…..). I stood in line when I was pregnant out to ———–> here to get us Metallica tickets for their 1998 concert at Portland Meadows. The last concert was Rockfest 2005 where we took the oldest kids and one of their friends to see Mudvayne and Disturbed. This was Kevin’s first concert and watching through his eyes and seeing the unadulterated joy in them was an awesome moment. All of these concerts were amazing moments for Jack and I. Yet somehow we’d never got around to seeing Pearl Jam.
In mid August I read in our local paper that Pearl Jam added a tour stop in Ridgefield, WA. This was their “Portland, OR” stop (which is silly since Portland is 15 miles south in a different state, but I guess no one’s heard of Ridgefield, or Vancouver, WA…) at the Clark County Amphitheater. This wasn’t on their original tour list so I was completely stoked that we might have the chance to see them. I checked it out the price on the ticketmaster website and it said $25.00. We could totally do that!
I marked the date tickets went on sale on my calendar and at the very moment they opened the site up to buy tickets, I was there, poised and ready. I got decent seats and on the last page the price was listed… I was about to complete the sale… and lets just say that it was nowhere NEAR the $25.00 per ticket I thought it was going to be. I was instantly devastated. The number staring back at me was NOT something we could afford. I showed it to Jack and he was like, “oh well”. I wasn’t “oh well” about it at all. I was crushed.
The page I was on said I had 3 minutes to complete the sale. I abandoned it and started over thinking I might have done something wrong. I know I had gone to the ticketmaster site 5-6 times before that day and checked for updated information and the only price ever up until that day was $25.00. (It turns out that’s how much the parking pass was…) I tried to start the purchase over but then the site wouldn’t load. I was stuck “waiting in line”. Ten minutes passed and I still couldn’t get it. Before I knew it tears were falling down my face. I don’t know why I got so upset. I wasn’t sobbing or even bawling, but I couldn’t fight back tears. I really had my heart set on seeing them.
Jack saw my tears and asked me how bad I wanted to see them. Uh.. I’m crying here.. so.. HELLO? I actually don’t remember what my answer was. I felt kinda stupid for crying over a silly concert. Then he said he had the ticketmaster site up on his computer and only had a minute or so to complete HIS purchase of two Pearl Jam tickets. Since the concert was only a couple weeks after his birthday, he said he’d like the tickets for his birthday and I better hurry up and answer. Naturally I said HELL YEAH!
Jack still got a small celebration and a few small items for his birthday, but in reality, he donated whatever he might have gotten for his birthday because *I* wanted to see Pearl Jam so bad. Sure he did too but he wasn’t the one shedding tears over it. See why I married him? 🙂
Pearl Jam September 26, 2009 Ridgefield, WA
Pearl Jam did not disappoint. Neither did their opening act, Ben Harper & Relentless 7. The concert was Saturday night and the weather was perfect, the crowd was awesome, the singing, the music, all of it was everything I thought it would be. When they played Black I got misty-eyed.
Pearl Jam, September 26, 2009 Ridgefield, WA
Eddie’s voice is amazing even live. A lot of bands have a hard time sounding as good as their studio albums when they play live. Few bands make the songs sound BETTER, but Pearl Jam can do the latter. I knew this already as I’ve
wasted spent countless hours on YouTube in my lifetime watching live Pearl Jam performances. This is one of the reasons I wanted to see them so bad. I also had heard that Eddie Vedder was awesome at engaging and connecting with the crowd. The rumors were NOT unfounded. As an added bonus, Pearl Jam just released Backspacer a week ago and it’s amazing too.
Here’s one of my favorite YouTube videos, Pearl Jam Black: