November 5th, 2000
Key Arena: Seattle, Washington
Ed Solo Pre-Show...
Throw Your Arms Around Me
Long Road, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Whipping, Gods' Dice, Animal, Given to Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Daughter, MFC, Lukin, Wishlist, Better Man, Even Flow, Crown of Thorns, Black, Do the Evolution, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
Timeless Melody (with Supergrass), Light Years, Elderly Woman, Last Exit, State of Love and Trust, Spin the Black Circle, Last Kiss, Porch
Parting Ways, Yellow Ledbetter
I had been wanting to go to Seattle reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally badly since I was like in 7th grade (so what was it...6 or 7 years later I finally made it there...?). Yeah, I like flew into Seattle and stuff on the 1st...but I didn't feel like I was really in Seattle until the 5th...the day of the first Pearl Jam show. (On a side note, on the 4th, I met one of my online friends, Amber. I had known Amber for about five years prior to us meeting and us meeting in Seattle was meeting for the first time...way to go us!)
When Ryan drove us to the Seattle Center...pointing out the MAJORLY KICKASS skate park Pearl Jam had donated money to build...it really hit me, "wow, I am IN SEATTLE! Yee haw!!!" When we made our way to Key Arena (later than expected thanks to the dilly dallier, Carolina) I was overwhelmed by the amount of people waiting by the box office. Renee had even started a little listaroo for the fanclub and box office. It was mayhem.
The plan was to meet up with Amber and do the Seattle tourist thing (SPACE NEEDLE!). So we finally got our shit together and a bunch of us headed towards the Space Needle. I got a little sidetracked and found (which wasn't hard) Mural Amphitheater...and I promptly rushed the stage and took it over!!! Giving a quick Pearl Jam concert all by my lonesome;-)
We paid the $11 whopping dollars it was to go up in the Space Needle...but come on...I was in SEATTLE. This was my vacation...I deserved it! After the Space Needle, we all ate lunch at the Seattle Center House. PIZZZZZZZZA!
It then got shitty and began to rain and it was gross and my pants got all farted out from the rain. This was when I came to the conclusion I could never live in Seattle unless I cut all my pants because all my pants are too long for me. I'd have to buy a whole new wardrobe if I moved there...not that I would have a problem with the shopping aspect of that;-)
Sarah and I got in line and got our asses in the building to score ourselves (as well as Mr. Doerr) some Seattle postahs! I actually had Bowman's fanclub ticket for the evening, but I traded up (that's right, traded UP from a fanclub because fan club seats for that night were insane!) for Sarah's original ticket's...so unfortunately, and against Rich's wishes, I sat by myself. But I like doing that sometimes...gives me a different perspective to be amoungst a bunch of non-hardcore people.
Before the show began, Sarah came and visited me and she really dug the original location of her ass. Then she left. Carolina came and talked...and then some guy came up to me...and it turned out it was my 1998 travel partner's friend, Peter. Turns out him and my former travel partner (Quinn) flew out for the shows, too! It was really nice seeing both of them! Peter is one cool dude...he gave up a couch for me! Gotta give him props for that!!!
This show kicked major ass. Seriously. I always say that...but this show DID!
I was shocked BEYOND belief that Edwardo came out and played Throw Your Arms Around Me. NEVER in a million years would I guess that I would get that song...not only ONCE this year...but TWICE! I think Ed loves me...that was a joke...
Yeah yeah, open with Long Road...bah...(see prior reviews about Long Road...again, I don't hate the song)...this opener was made for Doerr;-)
This was a really amazing set...and I could hardly believe my own ears when they went into Crown of Thorns. I was still (and stiillam) upset about not being at Vegas...and missing not only the 10th Anniversary show...but missing Crown of Thorns...so this was such a gift to me. I didn't expect it to be distasteful...but Ed did such a good job (woah, WEIRD, my cd player is on random on my 3 cd set of favorite songs and Crown of Thorns JUST came on) with the song. Had me weeping! Sobbing! It was beautiful...and I can't wait to hear a decent recording and the official bootleg release.
Since we had little spies amongst our group;-) We all knew about Supergrass doing Timeless Melody...so it wasn't a shock...but it was still cool...even if they did play like the same damn set every night;-)
I mentioned in my Montreal review that the Montreal show was the first time I had ever cried at a Pearl Jam show (Corduroy! Geeze!)...well Seattle was the first show I cried twice at. Parting Ways. Man. With the strings (and especially since I used to play the violin) just GOT me. It was so beautiful! Ah! I loved it! It's a shame they couldn't have the strings all second leg man!
After this show had ended...we were all wondering...what was the next night going to be like? I came to the conclusion...it wasn't going to suck. It was either going to be good...or really magnificant...you make the call...
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