7/11/95…Pearl Jam with Bad Religion @ Soldier Field, Chicago

Pearl Jam @ Soldier Field 7/11/95

Pearl Jam @ Soldier Field 7/11/95

This was a very important show to me.  I had seen some of my favorite “grunge” bands at this point in time, but somehow Pearl Jam had eluded me.  But not anymore.  When I originally purchased my ticket, I bought it on my own, for some reason, and ended up with a stadium seat.  My best friend & her sister both had General Admission tickets on the floor.  We didn’t want to be separated, but we needed to find someone who wanted to be in a seat, so that I could switch with them.  At this time Pearl Jam was fighting hard against Ticket Master and were finding alternate ways to sell tickets.  They actually printed each buyer’s name on the individual tickets.  As you can see mine says “Vicky Angelos” because that is the girl I swapped with.  I was so nervous because I had no idea how strictly they would be handling the tickets once we got there.  What if they checked ID’s and saw I wasn’t Vicky Angelos??  OMG, I was scared!!  But they really weren’t strict and I got in just fine.  Soldier Field is huge!!  It was my first time &, as it turned out, my only time there!  We didn’t try to get very close to the stage.  We just wanted to be in a spot where we could see somewhat & still be comfortable.  We just chilled during Bad Religion.  None of us were really into them.  But we were super-excited for Pearl Jam!!  This tour was hitting right after Vitalogy had been released.  I really loved Pearl Jam’s first three albums, so I knew this show was going to be a great one.  Check out this set list:

  1. Release
  2. Go
  3. Last Exit
  4. Spin The Black Circle
  5. Tremor Christ
  6. Corduroy
  7. Whipping
  8. I Got Id
  9. Dissident
  10. Even Flow
  11. Deep
  12. Jeremy
  13. Glorified G
  14. Daughter
(with The Real Me, W.M.A., and Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2 snippets)
  15. Animal
  16. Habit
  17. Lukin
  18. Not For You
  19. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
  20. Immortality
  21. Alive
  22. Porch
  23. Encore:
  24. Everyday People
(Sly & The Family Stone cover)
  25. Let My Love Open The Door
(Pete Townshend cover)
  26. Better Man
  27. Rearviewmirror
  28. Black
  29. Blood
  30. Encore 2:
  31. Yellow Ledbetter

An incredible set of songs, TWO encores…yeah, we definitely got our money’s worth.  Here’s a somewhat shaky clip of “Not For You”:

This will give you a taste of how great the band sounded live!  I love Eddie’s spiel before they start the song.  For those of you that don’t know, Eddie is originally from Chicago.  That’s where he grew up.  Chicago’s local music scene is pretty tight.  One of our friends (a local drummer) was buddy-buddy with two of Eddie’s younger half-brothers (Jason & Mike).  In fact, the night before this Pearl Jam show we had been hanging out with Jason to celebrate his birthday.  During this performance, Eddie actually gave his a brother a shout-out for his bday.  It was so cool since we had just seen him the previous evening.  Too bad Eddie hadn’t come out with us. lol  Another aside, when the famous Pearl (their grandmother of Pearl’s Jam) passed away we all went over to her house, where the younger brother, Mike, was having a celebration of sorts in honor of his grandmother.  He walked around all night with her urn (where her ashes were housed) and kept asking us if we wanted to hold them.  I passed.  Anyway, I was so thrilled that I finally got to see one of my all-time favorite bands.  The weather was perfect!  My girls & I got to enjoy a fantastic show together in a great environment.  Pearl Jam has always had a reputation for putting on amazing live shows.  And even at such a huge venue, they proved that they are one of the best live bands ever!!

One comment

  1. manzana88 says:

    Sorry, I don’t have any pics of the band. I don’t think we were allowed to bring cameras into Soldier Field, otherwise I’m sure I would have pictures.

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