Pearl Jam set out on tour in support of their newest studio album, “Lightning Bolt”, and played for a sold out crowd at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC on October 30th, 2013. It had been a while since Pearl Jam made a tour stop in Charlotte, but with the limited city stops on this tour, the arena was packed with people local and afar. Fans are making multi-city road trips to see Pearl Jam as many times on this tour as they can. And why not? Pearl Jam has been around for 23 years and have put out many great albums in that tenure. Eddie Vedder, 48, is still rocking the stage, and his voice seems to be just as good as it was 20 years ago.
Pearl Jam played a 30-song setlist over a span of 3 hours. Did that leave enough time for the opening band? What opening band? Pearl Jam took all the glory that evening and that’s exactly what everyone was there for. The crowd was mostly made up of people in their 30’s or 40’s, which seems about right, since Pearl Jam began in the 90’s. The band played plenty of songs off the new album, which has been at the #1 spot for the past two weeks. The band started out the night with “Pendulum”, as with every night, but then the band has played a different setlist each night. Among the favorites played were “Evenflow”, “Daughter”, “Given to Fly”, “Better Man”, “Black”, “Alive”, and “Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town”. The band played 2 encores and ended with the Bob Dylan cover of “All Along the Watchtower”, with the lights on of course.
The only complaint was the lighting on the first 3 songs, which was what the approved photographers were allowed to shoot. It was very dim, and harshly backlit, but it made for some dramatic photos. As soon as the fourth song began, the stage lighting was awesome for the rest of the evening. I just feel sorry for the photographers that drove for hours to get such crappy lighting.
Have a look below of the photos taken for Sight of Sound Magazine.