Almost seven years ago...
Posted 4/15/2010 by cal
The date was June 21, 2003. Pearl Jam, at Alpine Valley, was in the
middle of possibly the best performance I've ever seen from the band.
Mike McCready was on fire, and Eddie Vedder was a little drunk. After
going on a hilarious, foul-mouthed tirade making fun of reality TV
(among other things), he proffered this little tidbit:
"But we were just talking in the back, and we were thinking that maybe
uh, on the strength of a night like this, and uh, really, uh, so you
understand how much we appreciate it, we were thinking that instead of
uh, waiting 2 years or even, uh, after we finish the next record, maybe
just next summer, we could come back and play, just a few places that
we’ve been to and this would be one of them."
Fast forward to March 11, 2010: Pearl Jam announces yet another measly
mini-tour. The closest date to Wisconsin is a five-hour drive. Still
waiting for that promised Alpine return, Eddie.
4/19/2010 5:25 PM
Here, here! They owe us two nights now, 1998-style. Ed made a comment at the United Center about wanting to play under the Midwestern sky, an obvious Alpine reference. I hope it's not some silly contractual issue that has held it up.