The Long Awaited Return of Pearl Jam to Memphis

Photo courtesy of Beaver Productions

Memphis finally gets a shot to see Pearl Jam for the first time in over a decade on Tuesday, October 14 at FedEx Forum.

Fans were given a taste in 2012 when Eddie Vedder stopped in and played at The Orpheum. Mostly performing songs from his solo album Ukulele Songs, the audience saw a more subdued side of this artist. I, for one, felt as though I had been whisked away to a crackling campfire by a bubbling stream, probably because there was actually a fake campfire on stage. Did anyone bring s’mores?  Along with songs from his solo album, Eddie mixed in a few Pearl Jam favorites and several covers including his version of The Beatles classic, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.”

For the second set, he invited opener Glen Hansard to join him for a few songs, including a beautifully executed version of Hansard’s Oscar winning “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. Eddie rounded out the evening with Ozzie Nelson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” He took us on a journey into one of his dreams, and my heart breaks for anyone who did not get to share the experience.

The tour gets rolling in Cincinnati, OH on October 1. They will also be headlining BOTH weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 3-5 and October 10-12). If the current European Tour is any indication of what’s to come, expect to hear all your favorite tunes from the 90’s to the latest album Lightning Bolt, with a few surprises. If Eddie is willing to cover “Let it Go” at the request of his five-year-old daughter in Milan, there’s no limit to what can happen.

I know Memphis is starving for a great rock show, and not just any great rock show, THIS ONE! I have heard countless tales of survival from fellow Memphians who have braved snow storms and torrential downpours to catch this band over the last 10 years in other cities. Our chance is finally here and since the buzz has become almost tangible with a few months to go, I have no doubt we will show Pearl Jam all the love they deserve for not forgetting about us. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

 

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