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Pearl Jam concludes North American leg of tour Pearl Jam on Dec. 6 completed its 21-city North American tour to promote its new album, Lightning Bolt, in Seattle, Wash., where the band first got its start back in 1991. EBS has been following this tour and reporting from various locations includ-

ing Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill., the Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. and the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash. Pearl Jam hit the road after the Seattle show for the Big Day Out Festival in New Zealand and Australia. – J.T.O.

Legendary band slays Spokane BY E.J. DAWS

blistering three-hour set for a crowd of 12,000.

After a 20-year hiatus from playing in the Lilac City, Pearl Jam brought its Lightning Bolt tour to Spokane, Wash. on Nov. 30, and played a

The band burned through 34 songs spanning its 23-year career, and threw in covers from classic acts such as Lou


Reed, Tom Petty and Van Halen. Ranging from campfire acoustic to ear-shredding riffs of the grungeera, the band played something for everyone’s palette. Highlights included new music from their recently released Lightning Bolt, six songs from their early ‘90s debut album Ten, and a few from each subsequent LP. The sold–out crowd represented a cross-section of ages and fans from all walks of life. Former New Orleans Saint’s safety and Spokane native Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS, attended the show. A diehard Pearl Jam fan, Gleason was given

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the opportunity to write the set list for the show. In a tear-jerking finale, lead guitarist Mike McCready walked into the crowd and wailed a “Yellow Ledbetter” guitar solo in front of Gleason as the lights came on and the show ended. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Earlier in the show, a fan in one of the front rows held a sign that read, “[Will] cut dreads, if you play Brain of J?” Frontman Eddie Vedder obliged. Veering from the set, he brought the man with 12-year old dreadlocks to the stage where they head banged to the fastpaced song from the album Yield . In the middle of the number, Vedder sat the young man down and clipped off the matted cords with a hair trimmer. Lightning Bolt, the band’s 10th studio album, reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts on Oct. 23, selling 166,000 copies in its first week.

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