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Drool.

Sorry I wasn't able to meet up with TU, TF, and the rest of the crew in Chicago. TU actually spotted/texted me at the cubs game but by the end of the game I was too ####ed up to meet up with anyone. :banned:

Can't wait to hear more reviews on these shows....

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I just downloaded a great free app called Pearl Jam setlist

It is great. Has every setlist, how many times each song is played etc

Then it has personal stats if you put in shows you have seen. Like how many times you have heard each song and % of each album you have heard.

Pretty sweet for a free app

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sitting in airport now. Just freaking great shows. You really have to look at both nights like one show in my opinion. I'm beat right now and i don't have the energy to write a bunch now....but just awesome vibe the whole weekend.

Made it back alive. Last night's show was unreal. Great meeting up with you guys for the tailgate. Good times. :banned: Now it's back to reality.
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sitting in airport now. Just freaking great shows. You really have to look at both nights like one show in my opinion. I'm beat right now and i don't have the energy to write a bunch now....but just awesome vibe the whole weekend.

Made it back alive. Last night's show was unreal. Great meeting up with you guys for the tailgate. Good times. :banned: Now it's back to reality.
:thumbup:Why is there no kent hrbeck pulling Gant off first base video on you tube?
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01. Wash

02. The Fixer

03. Severed Hand

04. All Night w/guests singing bg voices

05. Given To Fly-(for Dennis)

06. Pilate

07. Love Boat Captain

08. Habit w/ Liam Finn

09. Evenflow

10. Daughter/It's OK-(Cole)

11. Leatherman

12. Red Mosquito w/ Julian Casablancas

13. Satan's Bed

14. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter A Small Town w/ Dhani Harrison

15. Unthought Known (before playing the song Ed thanks Brendan O'brien the "seventh member" of the band for all his help)

{Ed introduces John Doe. John discusses not losing hope and Ed mentions the West Memphis Three and thanks those that helped and supported them.}

16. New World w/John Doe-(Doe)

17. Black

18. Jeremy

ENCORE BREAK 1

19. Eddie improv/new song (performed solo by Ed on acoustic guitar)

20. Just Breathe

21. Nothingman

{Ed talks about Stone and Jeff's 25 years together and different leaders of the band and wanting to play a Stone song that Stone was willing to skip.}

22. No Way

23. Public Image-(Public Image Limited)

24. Smile w/ Glen Hansard

25. Spin The Black Circle-(dedicated to independent record store owners and customers)

ENCORE BREAK 2

Chris Cornell wishes Pearl Jam a happy 20th birthday

26. Hunger Strike {Eddie Vedder duet vocal}-(Cornell)

27. Call Me A Dog-(Cornell)

28. All Night Thing-(Cornell)

29. Reach Down w/ guests singing bg vocs-(Cornell)

30. Sonic Reducer w/ Mudhoney-(Bators, Blitz, Chrome, Magnum, Thomas, Zero)

ENCORE BREAK 3

Ed and Jeff thank all the opening acts for playing with them and a special thanks to Boom Gasper for playing with band for 10 years. Ed also thanks Matt Cameron calling him one of the greatest drummers alive and thanking him for keeping the band alive

31. Alive

Ed thanks family, friends, and crew

32. Rockin' In The Free World w/ lots of guests, friends and family-(Young)

33. Yellow Ledbetter/Star Spangled Banner

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01. Wash02. The Fixer03. Severed Hand04. All Night w/guests singing bg voices05. Given To Fly-(for Dennis)06. Pilate07. Love Boat Captain08. Habit w/ Liam Finn09. Evenflow10. Daughter/It's OK-(Cole)11. Leatherman12. Red Mosquito w/ Julian Casablancas13. Satan's Bed14. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter A Small Town w/ Dhani Harrison15. Unthought Known (before playing the song Ed thanks Brendan O'brien the "seventh member" of the band for all his help){Ed introduces John Doe. John discusses not losing hope and Ed mentions the West Memphis Three and thanks those that helped and supported them.}16. New World w/John Doe-(Doe)17. Black18. JeremyENCORE BREAK 119. Eddie improv/new song (performed solo by Ed on acoustic guitar)20. Just Breathe21. Nothingman{Ed talks about Stone and Jeff's 25 years together and different leaders of the band and wanting to play a Stone song that Stone was willing to skip.}22. No Way23. Public Image-(Public Image Limited)24. Smile w/ Glen Hansard25. Spin The Black Circle-(dedicated to independent record store owners and customers)ENCORE BREAK 2Chris Cornell wishes Pearl Jam a happy 20th birthday26. Hunger Strike {Eddie Vedder duet vocal}-(Cornell)27. Call Me A Dog-(Cornell)28. All Night Thing-(Cornell)29. Reach Down w/ guests singing bg vocs-(Cornell)30. Sonic Reducer w/ Mudhoney-(Bators, Blitz, Chrome, Magnum, Thomas, Zero)ENCORE BREAK 3Ed and Jeff thank all the opening acts for playing with them and a special thanks to Boom Gasper for playing with band for 10 years. Ed also thanks Matt Cameron calling him one of the greatest drummers alive and thanking him for keeping the band alive31. AliveEd thanks family, friends, and crew32. Rockin' In The Free World w/ lots of guests, friends and family-(Young)33. Yellow Ledbetter/Star Spangled Banner

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Yeah. 33 songs. That happened. Still think it should be renamed Incline Valley.

Yup. Well worth eating the cost of the lawn to be in pavilion. The fact that I was able to recoup some cost was just icing on cake. 60 songs in 2 days with only TOD doing repeats. Not too shabby. Glad I held judgement and counted it as a full weekend. I'm still thinking about itOnly bum out is my errored sweatshirt lolz. They sold shirts with wrong state and wrong dates.
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sitting in airport now. Just freaking great shows. You really have to look at both nights like one show in my opinion. I'm beat right now and i don't have the energy to write a bunch now....but just awesome vibe the whole weekend.

Made it back alive. Last night's show was unreal. Great meeting up with you guys for the tailgate. Good times. :banned: Now it's back to reality.
:thumbup:Why is there no kent hrbeck pulling Gant off first base video on you tube?
Because that never happened!!
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sitting in airport now.

Just freaking great shows. You really have to look at both nights like one show in my opinion. I'm beat right now and i don't have the energy to write a bunch now....but just awesome vibe the whole weekend.

Made it back alive. Last night's show was unreal. Great meeting up with you guys for the tailgate. Good times. :banned:

Now it's back to reality.

:thumbup:

Why is there no kent hrbeck pulling Gant off first base video on you tube?

Because that never happened!!
:lmao:

Just to set the scene for the others...Sunday afternoon tailgate scene was myself, TU, BeTheMatch, his buddy and BullDozer. AcerFC was hanging for a few but then went in early to catch some of the openers.

BTM, his buddy and BullDozier are all from Minnesota, so I mentioned that I was a Braves fan and I thought that 1991 World Series was the best one I've ever seen. Subject of Hrbek pulling Gant off of first came up....and by pulling Gant off of first, I mean basically suplexing Gant. And they all mentioned how when anyone in Minnesota brought it up everyone acts as if it never happens.

A few beers later, this guy with a Twins hat walks by us...I say "what about Hrbek pulling Gant off 1st base"...not missing a stride, the dude just keeps walking...says "never happened"...and keeps going on his way.

I was freaking dying.

One of the many stories we traded during the tailgate...really a good time :banned:

I'll go more in to the shows tomorrow

I really do find it hilarious that I can't find a clip of it on youtube. Only picspics

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sitting in airport now.

Just freaking great shows. You really have to look at both nights like one show in my opinion. I'm beat right now and i don't have the energy to write a bunch now....but just awesome vibe the whole weekend.

Made it back alive. Last night's show was unreal. Great meeting up with you guys for the tailgate. Good times. :banned:

Now it's back to reality.

:thumbup:

Why is there no kent hrbeck pulling Gant off first base video on you tube?

Because that never happened!!
:lmao:

Just to set the scene for the others...Sunday afternoon tailgate scene was myself, TU, BeTheMatch, his buddy and BullDozer. AcerFC was hanging for a few but then went in early to catch some of the openers.

BTM, his buddy and BullDozier are all from Minnesota, so I mentioned that I was a Braves fan and I thought that 1991 World Series was the best one I've ever seen. Subject of Hrbek pulling Gant off of first came up....and by pulling Gant off of first, I mean basically suplexing Gant. And they all mentioned how when anyone in Minnesota brought it up everyone acts as if it never happens.

A few beers later, this guy with a Twins hat walks by us...I say "what about Hrbek pulling Gant off 1st base"...not missing a stride, the dude just keeps walking...says "never happened"...and keeps going on his way.

I was freaking dying.

One of the many stories we traded during the tailgate...really a good time :banned:

I'll go more in to the shows tomorrow

I really do find it hilarious that I can't find a clip of it on youtube. Only picspics

It was almost like we planted him or something. You can't make it up.
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Sunday tailgate was awesome. Would have made it to VIP with you guys but we ended up parked next to 2 cars that drove from Cleveland and a few other dudes hung out for a while (Pittsburgh guys that we've met before, so obviously this was great). I was in a different dimension upon entering Alpine after that. I got a little too wasted for the Sunday show but I remember rocking the hell out of the lawn. Wish I'd have been able to get into the pavilion...but our reserved seats on Saturday were real nice. Can't wait to listen to this one again.

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Rolling stone article

Toward the end of Pearl Jam's huge 20th-anniversary celebration on September 4th, Eddie Vedder returned to the stage alone with an acoustic guitar and began playing a sweet little tune he'd written just hours before. "Couldn’t have told me back then that it would someday be allowed to be so in love with life, as deeply as we are now," he sang, his voice full of genuine gratitude. "Never thought we would, never thought we could/So glad we made it/I’m so glad we made it/I’m so glad we made it to when it all got good."

Those words summed up the feel-good vibe at PJ20, a two-day lovefest that celebrated everything Pearl Jam has accomplished over the past two decades. Tens of thousands of devotees descended on East Troy, Wisconsin's famed Alpine Valley Music Theatre to spend their Labor Day weekend with the band. They came from all over the world, waving the flags of Japan, Mexico, Peru, Italy and other far-flung nations over their heads in the enormous outdoor amphitheater. They queued up all day to get a chance to see band artifacts housed in an on-site Pearl Jam museum, and they cheered their lungs out when their heroes took the stage.

Photos: Pearl Jam Destination Weekend

Pearl Jam rewarded the faithful with two days and nights of top-notch guitar rock. The lineups for Saturday and Sunday were the same: Hand-picked openers including Glen Hansard, Joseph Arthur, Liam Finn, John Doe and thenewno2 played on two small side stages in the afternoon, followed by hard-charging performances from Mudhoney, Queens of the Stone Age and the Strokes on the main stage – all leading up to a killer three-hour Pearl Jam set each evening.

Each night also featured a previously unannounced Temple of the Dog mini-set in the middle of Pearl Jam's show. Twitter rumors beforehand had indicated that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell might join the band to reunite their beloved pre-Pearl Jam project – and Cornell got possibly the loudest crowd reactions of the weekend each time he swaggered on stage and ripped through dusty 1991 classics like "Hunger Strike," "Say Hello 2 Heaven," "Call Me a Dog" and "Reach Down." But Pearl Jam gave the audience two very distinct experiences each night, completely switching up the set lists in their usual fashion.

After a long day of rain on Saturday, Pearl Jam opened their set with "Release," as super-pumped fans sang along to each and every word. After that they spent most of the night digging into rarely played deep cuts like 1998's "Push Me, Pull Me" and 2000's "In the Moonlight." Anyone who came to Alpine Valley on Saturday hoping to hear the big hits probably picked the wrong night. But the set list was surely a treat for the true believers who know every B-side and outtake by heart – and that description seemed to apply to most of the people in attendance. That said, the crowd absolutely lost it when they heard the opening lick of 1994 smash "Better Man," calling out the entire first verse and chorus while Vedder looked out in wide-eyed wonder over the teeming lawn. "[People said] this ain't gonna happen," he said of the band's 20-year milestone a bit later. "That it's a dream, against the odds. I'm glad we didn't listen. "

Special guests abounded on Saturday – the Strokes' Julian Casablancas wailing on "Not for You," Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme livening up "In the Moonlight," thenewno2's Dhani Harrison rocking out on "State of Love and Trust" and more. The biggest cameo of all, of course, came from Cornell. After Temple of the Dog's Saturday set, whose highlights included a cover of Mother Love Bone's "Stardog Champion" and a monumental Vedder-Cornell duet on "Hunger Strike" (watch video below), Pearl Jam returned for a cover-filled encore including the Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" and a rowdy spin through the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" with help from members of Mudhoney. "Let's do this again tomorrow!" Vedder said to close out the night.

Pearl Jam's members seemed to be everywhere on Sunday afternoon, when sunnier weather meant big audiences for the sidestage openers. PJ bassist Jeff Ament, drummer Matt Cameron and guitarist Mike McCready all came out to back Joseph Arthur on tunes including a strong new Ament-penned rocker called "When the Fire Burns" and Arthur's signature "In the Sun." A grinning Vedder popped up to play drums with Liam Finn, dashed off stage, then reappeared later to duet with Glen Hansard on "Falling Slowly," drawing packed crowds.

Around 6 p.m. on Sunday, as on Saturday, the masses moved in a wave toward the mainstage to see Mudhoney and then Queens of the Stone Age kick up heavy rackets. The two bands felt like contemporaries and heirs, respectively, of Pearl Jam's early raging attack. The Strokes' tight hooks might seem to have less to do with Pearl Jam, but there's definitely a bond between the two bands. Vedder came out both nights to scream himself nearly hoarse on the Strokes' "Juiceboxxx." Casablancas, who seemed particularly listless and blasé on Sunday night, perked right up when Vedder arrived. "This is great," he said, "'cause he sings it so much better than I do." He wasn't lying.

At around 9:15 on Sunday night, Pearl Jam made their entrance for the second time. Immediately, it was clear that the band was firing on all cylinders. Vedder – easily one of rock's two or three most dynamic frontmen – was a ball of manic energy from the opening notes of "Wash" onward, swaying, writhing and jumping for pure joy as the crowd pumped their fists en masse. "We feel like we could play just about anything," he said a few songs in, "and you ####ers would know it." Fans cheered as they recognized the next unexpected selection, 1998's "Pilate."

But that comment turned out to be a fake-out of sorts. Midway through the set, right after a campfire-style singalong on 2002's "Love Boat Captain" and a raving version of 1996 B side "Habit" assisted by Liam Finn, Pearl Jam's set list suddenly transformed into a total hit parade. In short order, they tore through blazing versions of old favorites like 1991's "Even Flow" (featuring an awe-inspiring extended McCready solo, 1993's "Daughter" (with Ament on an upright bass) and "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" (a request from guest Dhani Harrison). "It's like a fine wine," Vedder said after "Even Flow." "It gets better and stronger and purer and more powerful with age."

The singer later gave an impassioned speech about his years advocating for the wrongly imprisoned West Memphis Three, who were finally freed last month. "Thanks for trusting us," Vedder said. "And if you didn't trust us on that, #### you. You should have known better." With that, he invited John Doe on stage for a rowdy cover of X's "The New World." Then it was back to the hits, with a soulful "Black" and an incandescent "Jeremy" closing out Sunday's main set – an incredible one-two punch.

"This doesn't make us feel older at all," Vedder said when he returned for the first encore. "It's given us some sense of rebirth. It feels like a new beginning." After he finished the aforementioned new song, the rest of the band joined him for heartfelt semi-acoustic versions of 2009's "Just Breathe" and 1994's "Nothingman." After a dark, harmonica-laced run through 1996's "Smile" featuring a ripping guest turn by Glen Hansard and a rowdy rendition of 1994's "Spin the Black Circle" during which McCready ran literal laps around his bandmates, it was time for the weekend's second Temple of the Dog reunion, featuring another massive "Hunger Strike" duet, a mostly acoustic "All Night Thing" and a heavy bayou-funk spin through "Reach Down." "Keeping a band together for 20 years," Cornell noted dryly over the crowd's wild cheers, "is not that easy to do."

Cornell departed, only to be replaced on stage by Mudhoney's Mark Arm and Steve Turner. "This is a song we used to play at the end of the night when the crowd numbered in the tens," said Vedder, introducing a raucous cover of Dead Boys' 1977 nugget "Sonic Reducer." The stage emptied afterward, but the night wasn't over just yet – not before Pearl Jam came back for a third and final encore. The crowd-thrilling set list: 1991's "Alive," Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," and the 1992 B-side "Yellow Ledbetter." It was well after midnight when they finished. It's hard to imagine that anyone left Alpine Valley feeling unsatisfied.

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sitting in airport now.

Just freaking great shows. You really have to look at both nights like one show in my opinion. I'm beat right now and i don't have the energy to write a bunch now....but just awesome vibe the whole weekend.

Made it back alive. Last night's show was unreal. Great meeting up with you guys for the tailgate. Good times. :banned:

Now it's back to reality.

:thumbup:

Why is there no kent hrbeck pulling Gant off first base video on you tube?

Because that never happened!!
:lmao:

Just to set the scene for the others...Sunday afternoon tailgate scene was myself, TU, BeTheMatch, his buddy and BullDozer. AcerFC was hanging for a few but then went in early to catch some of the openers.

BTM, his buddy and BullDozier are all from Minnesota, so I mentioned that I was a Braves fan and I thought that 1991 World Series was the best one I've ever seen. Subject of Hrbek pulling Gant off of first came up....and by pulling Gant off of first, I mean basically suplexing Gant. And they all mentioned how when anyone in Minnesota brought it up everyone acts as if it never happens.

A few beers later, this guy with a Twins hat walks by us...I say "what about Hrbek pulling Gant off 1st base"...not missing a stride, the dude just keeps walking...says "never happened"...and keeps going on his way.

I was freaking dying.

One of the many stories we traded during the tailgate...really a good time :banned:

I'll go more in to the shows tomorrow

I really do find it hilarious that I can't find a clip of it on youtube. Only picspics

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I think you guys must have went to another concert because, according to the people over on the 10C forums, the shows sucked.

Have no idea why on earth they would think that. The whole weekend was great. I am still thinking about it
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I think you guys must have went to another concert because, according to the people over on the 10C forums, the shows sucked.

Have no idea why on earth they would think that. The whole weekend was great. I am still thinking about it
For sure.I'd be ready to go do it all again if I could.
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Yeah I love the band but I think some of their business moves have bred a fan base that feels a little too much entitlement. I hate that board with a passion, and I hate the 10C too - they #### up pretty much everything that actually matters.

WHich is why I was floored by how smoothly everything ran this weekend. Especially with the Sat rain, there was certainly potential for cluster####ery.
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Oh, and the PJ Museum DID have a Jeff Ament funny hat display!:lmao:http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2011/09/06/the-pearl-jam-museum-and-pics-from-pj20/#923-9Decent photos hereDefintely not worth the huge ####### lines to see that

:lmao: Yeah PEARL JAM MUSEUM is just the kind of #### I'm talking about. What an insufferable fanbase.
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Entitlement is the perfect word for those ####ers. I think the thing is when you see a band so many times, you've seen every song possible...multiple times. If you can't just appreciate a great show for a great show, then it's time to give this band up. The thing is, like any message boards...the vocal minority ruin it for everyone.

If you couldn't enjoy this past weekend for what it was...a celebration of the bands history...than I don't know what you're looking for.

I met a lady in the airport who had a member number of 5000 and this was her 57th show. I asked her what she thought, and she said it was great. I asked her why she kept going to the shows, and she replied "even the weakest PJ show is still better than most other shows out there." She's right. Out of the 20ish shows I've seen, I can only think of 1 where I was a bit let down. It was still a great show, but I was coming off of the Vic and 2 Spectrum shows...and there was no way it could top it. But it was still a solid show.

I'll be going on a little PJ break for awhile until the new album comes out...but those ####ers on the message boards are dead wrong. Apparantly, they wanted to see 5 hour shows each night with the debut of b-sides that don't even exist. :shrug:

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those ####ers wouldn't have been happy even if Andrew Wood had shown up to sing.

:goodposting:Buddy of mine through SLBD has been to over 100 shows around the world, and when I spoke to him Monday, he was still in awe of how great the shows were.
A testament that there a good hardcore fans like the guys here. Sadly, the moaners at the 10C do not have lives outside of their make-believe PJ bubble and have experienced very little happiness in their horrible lives. That and they've most likely never been laid.
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I can only imagine the gambling games we're going to think of that Friday night. Two weeks ago at a bachelor party we already had a mini 2 round draft of guest apperances (nobody currently on the bill and we excluded Cornell). That day was also a great reminder to me that I cannot start drinking too early in the afternoon.....

So who are the odds-on favorites for "surprise" guests?Ben Harper, Neil Young. Who else? I think it would rule if Mookie Blaylock introduced them or something.
Someone on the PJ boards said Harper's in the middle of a tour and the timing likely wouldn't work. I was reading an article last week where I think it was Stone saying that there will be a bunch of guests...so really it could be absolutely anyone. Gonna be interesting for sure :shrug:
Harper has shows on 9/3 and 9/4.I'm not aware of any Neil or Cornell conflicts so I'd think they are the favorites. Probably put Jack Irons in that group as well.There are alot of possibilities from those dudes to Victoria Williams to RODMAN (well maybe not)!
Had to bump my Rodman post. Good thing he didn't make it onstage though. On Saturday he started out for about 2 songs on Mike's side like 15 rows deep. He quickly worked his way up to 2nd row right in front of Mike and rocked out there the entire show. He was close enough. Thought they'd whip out Black Red Yellow, as that was what he was wearing, but it wasn't meant to be.
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I can only imagine the gambling games we're going to think of that Friday night. Two weeks ago at a bachelor party we already had a mini 2 round draft of guest apperances (nobody currently on the bill and we excluded Cornell). That day was also a great reminder to me that I cannot start drinking too early in the afternoon.....

So who are the odds-on favorites for "surprise" guests?Ben Harper, Neil Young. Who else? I think it would rule if Mookie Blaylock introduced them or something.
Someone on the PJ boards said Harper's in the middle of a tour and the timing likely wouldn't work. I was reading an article last week where I think it was Stone saying that there will be a bunch of guests...so really it could be absolutely anyone. Gonna be interesting for sure :shrug:
Harper has shows on 9/3 and 9/4.I'm not aware of any Neil or Cornell conflicts so I'd think they are the favorites. Probably put Jack Irons in that group as well.There are alot of possibilities from those dudes to Victoria Williams to RODMAN (well maybe not)!
Had to bump my Rodman post. Good thing he didn't make it onstage though. On Saturday he started out for about 2 songs on Mike's side like 15 rows deep. He quickly worked his way up to 2nd row right in front of Mike and rocked out there the entire show. He was close enough. Thought they'd whip out Black Red Yellow, as that was what he was wearing, but it wasn't meant to be.
I don't know if you caught my post but I sat right next to him Sunday night. Decided not to say anything to him or ask for a picture. Just wanted to focus on PJ. It must have been one of his friends who didn't show that opened up the ticket for me. So glad I upgraded from the lawn.
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Toronto 1 on 9/11/11 should be pretty special, of course nothing will compare to Alpine, but I am excited to see what they do for the 10th anniversary of 9-11.

Also going to watch PJ 20 @ the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. Then 9/11 show, then 9/12 show, then 9/15 show down the QEW in Hamilton. Should be a fun 5 days!

I am interested to hear more about PJ20 and cannot wait for a boot!

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Main Set so far tonight:

Main Set:

1. Elderly Woman

2. Last Exit

3. Hail Hail

4. Fixer

5. Amongst the waves

6. Severed Hand

7. Setting Forth

8. Corduroy

9. Given to Fly

10. Insignificance

11. Daughter

12. Glorified g

13. 1/2 full

14. Do the evolution

15. Unthought Known >> Tiger Fan's Favorite Song!!! (no shtick)

16.Why Go

Interesting Elderly Woman open

Setting Forth with the whole band also, which sounded awesome at Alpine

I love Insignificance

1/2 Full!!

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Toronto 1 on 9/11/11 should be pretty special, of course nothing will compare to Alpine, but I am excited to see what they do for the 10th anniversary of 9-11.Also going to watch PJ 20 @ the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. Then 9/11 show, then 9/12 show, then 9/15 show down the QEW in Hamilton. Should be a fun 5 days!I am interested to hear more about PJ20 and cannot wait for a boot!

Would have been there but chose Alpine instead. Wish I had the money and time for both. But it would be hard to do better then my impressions of Alpine right nowAgree, I can not wait to hear the boots
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OK...so time for a little recap.

Saturday

TU and I get the rental car and drive up from Chicago....stop at a Costco along the way were we get a bunch of tailgating supplies....including the largest bottle of Jack Daniels and the least expensive prices I've seen for beer (24 pack of Miller Lite for $12.49) I've seen in a long time. As we're driving, TU checks the Alpine Valley FB page and notices that there is a Bud Light Tent that will be showing the college FB games. I'm stoked as LSU kicks off at 7, and PJ doesn't go on stage until 9:30.

We make it to the hotel, check in and text Bobcat to let him know we've arrived at that we're gonna grab some food. We mosey on over to the Charcoal Grill where apparantly all of the hot women in Wisconsin work. They also all don random football jerseys as they serve you. Ladanian Tomlinson and Joe Flacco were hawt.

At this point AcerFC is already at the venue and has purchased me a few posters. Huge shoutout to him, as without that; I wouldn't have been able to get my hands on any!

It's now raining (and projected to rain all day), so Bobcat's crew decides to postpone the cab until like 4...so TU and I finagle our way into another cab. The cab situation in Burlington is strange to say the least. There's one cab company who brought in a bunch of people for the weekend, and they were all out to backstab each other...this of course works out ok for the customer if you show up on time. So long story short, we make it to the venue...where it's still raining, so we find ourselves a nice tree and make that our base for the day. We start pounding beers, and eventually Acer makes his way over. We all chat it up with whoever walks on by (we were right by a large group of port-a-lets). Everything was good except for the weather. It wasn't downpours, but still...steady rain gets annoying.

TU spots SLBD, and he comes on over where we chill for awhile while pounding more beers, doing shots, etc. At this point, I'm in full LSU tailgate mode, b/c I'm pumped that I'm going to be able to watch the game. Probably have 15 or so beers give or take plus a few shots of Jack. All the while, I forget to eat..and by the time I get in the venue I'm focused on finding the LSU game....which was alot harder than it should have been, but something was jacked up with the Satellites, so I had to settle for UGA/Boise with LSU highlights in the middle. I get tired of that so I go find our seats.

I've never seen a more confusing venue in my life. You enter at the top...and then there is the steepest freaking hill I've ever seen in my life. I slip once on my way down and finally make it to the seating area...but I'm completely on the wrong side. At this point, I'm freaking out a little b/c Ididn't want to miss the opener. Finally find out where we're supposed to be and plop in my seat waiting for TU to show up and the show to start.

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Entitlement is the perfect word for those ####ers. I think the thing is when you see a band so many times, you've seen every song possible...multiple times. If you can't just appreciate a great show for a great show, then it's time to give this band up. The thing is, like any message boards...the vocal minority ruin it for everyone.

If you couldn't enjoy this past weekend for what it was...a celebration of the bands history...than I don't know what you're looking for.

I met a lady in the airport who had a member number of 5000 and this was her 57th show. I asked her what she thought, and she said it was great. I asked her why she kept going to the shows, and she replied "even the weakest PJ show is still better than most other shows out there." She's right. Out of the 20ish shows I've seen, I can only think of 1 where I was a bit let down. It was still a great show, but I was coming off of the Vic and 2 Spectrum shows...and there was no way it could top it. But it was still a solid show.

I'll be going on a little PJ break for awhile until the new album comes out...but those ####ers on the message boards are dead wrong. Apparantly, they wanted to see 5 hour shows each night with the debut of b-sides that don't even exist. :shrug:

:lmao: so true
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