|Photo by Tony Nelson|
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Pearl Jam shows have been sporting-event-level ginormous for much of their two-decade existence. The Seattle grunge survivors rock arenas and stadiums nightly to band-shirt-wearing, sign-toting crowds who tailgate, road-trip, message board about it, and repeat. These card-carrying Ten Club members were in Moline the other night when the guys played No Code all the way through -- undoubtedly spiritually, if not physically.
For more than 20 years, the group has nurtured their formidable base with sprawling, nostalgia-stoking shows to be cherished again and again via high-quality bootleg. Some folks have seen enough, but Sunday's Xcel hosted 18,000 strong for the band's first public Twin Cities concert in eight years. Whether or not they loved last year's Lightning Bolt, these were folks who were ready to pump their fists and play call-and-response with Eddie Vedder's falsetto like the "manly men from Minnesota" that they were. "Does it help to grab your balls?" he asked them, only half-joking.
Slideshow: Pearl Jam Rock the Xcel