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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