• Pearl Jam At Wrigley Field 2013

    Computer Audiophile readers following my Twitter account likely know I was at the Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field July 19, 2013. I posted a few photos before the show but didn't want to channel my inner-teenager and tweet throughout the concert. Plus, CA readers have lives and could likely care less about some guy (me) tweeting from a concert. It was an evening I'll never forget. The sound was as good as I've ever heard at a concert. It didn't hurt that I was nine seats to the left of the sound board engineers. Readers familiar with Wrigley Field know there are hundreds of roof top seats located on buildings across the street from the field. When the concert started even the roof top seats were full despite the fact many of them had extremely restricted views because the stage was against the center field wall. Wrigley is probably the coolest venue in which I've seen a concert and that includes Royal Albert Hall, Alpine Valley, Woodstock '94, and numerous small venues around the world. The vibe was incredible. The show started at about 8:15 PM and didn't finish until 2:00 AM. Unfortunately there was an over two hour rain delay around 9:30 PM in which everyone on the field had to take shelter in the concession area but the band promised to play until they were kicked off the stage and they fulfilled that promise. One of the coolest moments was when Eddie Vedder played a song he wrote called All The Way, about the Cubs, Wrigley Field, and the Cubs fans, then brought out Mr. Cub Ernie Banks. Ernie is famous for saying Let's Play Two, but Eddie changed that phrase for the night to Let's Play 'til Two. Another cool moment was when guitarist Mike McCready played Van Halen's Eruption. Mike looked like a little kid who had always wanted to play that track live and finally had the opportunity. Pearl Jam closed with Neil Young's Rockin' In The Free World while all the stadium lights were turned on. It was really cool to see 40,000 people from my seat on the field. I've been going to Wrigley Field, from Minneapolis, to see the Cubs since I was in fourth grade but never imagined I would see my favorite band at the stadium while standing on field. Wow, what an experience.




    Here are some photos I shot with my iPhone and some videos I found on YouTube (they are far better than my videos).

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    Comments 11 Comments
    1. christopher3393's Avatar
      christopher3393 -
      Thanks for this, Chris. I grew up in the burbs of Chicago, and Ernie Banks was a childhood hero. I've got a place in my heart for Pearl Jam and Neil as well. Great that you could attend.
    1. wgscott's Avatar
      wgscott -
      My 16 year old, born July 19th, is really into Pearl Jam now too. Here's Ernie Banks (second from left in back) and me (holding the banner) several years ago ...

    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
      My 16 year old, born July 19th, is really into Pearl Jam now too. Here's Ernie Banks (second from left in back) and me (holding the banner) several years ago ...

      That's an awesome photo!
    1. wgscott's Avatar
      wgscott -
      Thanks. Got the original on my wall.

      I think I was 5 then (1968).

      Anyone know how long it might take the concert to show up here?
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    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
      Thanks. Got the original on my wall.

      I think I was 5 then (1968).

      Anyone know how long it might take the concert to show up here?
      nugs.net presents LIVEDOWNLOADS | Download MP3 FLAC | Search Results: pearl jam
      I'm not sure it will show up there. I have a feeling the band is keeping a couple in the vault. The PJ20 concerts at Alpine Valley are still in the vault as well.
    1. wgscott's Avatar
      wgscott -
      Are there any from that list you recommend? (I have one, but I just picked it randomly.) I noticed some of them are 24 bit.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
      Are there any from that list you recommend? (I have one, but I just picked it randomly.) I noticed some of them are 24 bit.
      Certainly. The Instant Classic series and the PJ Vault series are great. They are for sale through the PJ website as well.

      Instant Classic Series
      2012 Missoula, MT


      Vault Series
      #2 Vic Theater Chicaco, IL
      #3 Constitution Hall Washington, DC
    1. duartisimo1979's Avatar
      duartisimo1979 -
      I do not log into this site much, as i am more into the Head-Fi crowd (Woo WA6 and Grado RS1 for me), but i am very interested in your reviews on DACs. Anyway, it's good to know more audio enthusiasts are into Pearl Jam!

      Well sir, now you can add Mexico to the readers who are aware of your PJ love, as i also have it. And as i read your article about the Wrigley Field show article, i was probably sitting very near you. If you noticed a jerk who was screaming and high and just being obnoxious, then we definitely were sitting close. I hated that guy!

      I met a few Americans through Ten Club and we got along so well that we started renting houses to go to shows together. PJ20 2011, Atlanta Midtown 2012, Wrigley Field 2013, and this November to SD and LA1.

      By the way, which album do you think sounds best? When it comes to audio quality...
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by duartisimo1979 View Post
      I do not log into this site much, as i am more into the Head-Fi crowd (Woo WA6 and Grado RS1 for me), but i am very interested in your reviews on DACs. Anyway, it's good to know more audio enthusiasts are into Pearl Jam!

      Well sir, now you can add Mexico to the readers who are aware of your PJ love, as i also have it. And as i read your article about the Wrigley Field show article, i was probably sitting very near you. If you noticed a jerk who was screaming and high and just being obnoxious, then we definitely were sitting close. I hated that guy!

      I met a few Americans through Ten Club and we got along so well that we started renting houses to go to shows together. PJ20 2011, Atlanta Midtown 2012, Wrigley Field 2013, and this November to SD and LA1.

      By the way, which album do you think sounds best? When it comes to audio quality...
      So cool! Thanks for posting. There are some really neat people in the 10C. SD and LA should be a blast!

      I think Vitalogy and Vs. original releases sound pretty good. The opening track on Vitalogy, Last Exit, when cranked up sounds awesome. The drums are stellar.
    1. duartisimo1979's Avatar
      duartisimo1979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post
      So cool! Thanks for posting. There are some really neat people in the 10C. SD and LA should be a blast!

      I think Vitalogy and Vs. original releases sound pretty good. The opening track on Vitalogy, Last Exit, when cranked up sounds awesome. The drums are stellar.
      Yeah, Jeff's work on Vs can sound amazing. Vitalogy is sometime a bit loud for me, but maybe that's just the Grados doing their thing.
    1. wgscott's Avatar
      wgscott -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post
      Certainly. The Instant Classic series and the PJ Vault series are great. They are for sale through the PJ website as well.

      Instant Classic Series
      2012 Missoula, MT


      Vault Series
      #2 Vic Theater Chicaco, IL
      #3 Constitution Hall Washington, DC

      I'm finally getting around to purchasing and downloading the first two of these. Thanks for the recommendation.