I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate,
Perhaps that’s what no one wants to see
I just want to scream…hello!
On October 22nd, 2013 Pearl Jam performed at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, marking the 23rd anniversary of their first show ever. The Grunge band from Seattle celebrated with the Philly audience in this early leg of the Lightning Bolt fall tour.
23 years ago today we played our first show. Tonight we celebrate in Philly.
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) October 22, 2013
Hartford, Baltimore and Charlottesville will be receiving Pearl Jam in the upcoming shows. Before Philadelphia the band performed two nights in Brooklyn, New York. The shows were described as follows by Huffington Post’s Christopher Rosen:
Despite a set list that included rarities like “Oceans,” “Sleight of Hand” and the Mother Love Bone cover “Chloe Dancer” (the group has only played that song, which is often followed by the slightly less rare “Crown of Thorns,” five times total), the Friday concert was a hit and miss affair, marred by what seemed like a restless crowd. On Saturday night, Vedder mentioned how the Friday group “tied the record for fistfights in the audience at a Pearl Jam show” with one, and implored attendees to not get anywhere near that number: Christopher Rosen.
On the October 21st show, Eddie Vedder took a moment to talk about the veterans returning to the country “the good news is they are coming back” he said, and then asked the audience “make sure you’re there for them” before performing Man Of The Hour. However from my perspective the moment when they achieved a strongest connection with the audience was earlier in the show when they performed Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town… the crowd went insane and sang along with feeling.
October 23rd, 2013.