No, I didn’t see Eddie Vedder last night, thanks for asking. Mr. Vedder is a bit older than I am, but I’m happy to see that his first concert, like mine, was Bruce Springsteen. Although mine was about 8 years later than his. And of course, my favorite Cubs player was Bill Buckner, not Jose Cardenal.
Vedder reminisced about being in â€œthe worst seat in the houseâ€? at the same venue in 1978 to see his first concert: Bruce Springsteen. He talked about whiling away afternoons in Wrigley Field watching his favorite player, the Cubsâ€™ Jose Cardenal, and he addressed his fellow â€œfoul-weather fansâ€? in an ode to the perpetual North Side losers.
On the other side, Jim Derogatis gives a surprisingly warm review as well:
The highlights were many, the missteps negligible, but there can be no denying that the night’s most emotional moment came when Vedder was joined onstage by Tomas Young, a Kansas City native and army veteran who was paralyzed after he was shot while riding in an unarmored humvee in Iraq in 2004.
Now an outspoken anti-war activist undergoing physical therapy in Chicago, Young co-wrote the song “No More” with Vedder, and it was included on the soundtrack of the Phil Donohue-directed documentary “Body of War.”
Thursday night, the vet sat in his wheelchair beside the musician. Young nodded his head ever so slightly as Vedder howled the simple but poignant words and the crowd, which remained standing after giving Young a lengthy ovation, joined with full throats on every chorus: “No more war. No more war.”
It’s been a long time since Pearl Jam produced a moment so simple but moving, spontaneous but theatrical and ultimately unforgettable. And fans who didn’t bother to listen truly missed out.