Manchster 2012 – Chris Cornell & Pearl Jam

Chris Cornell – 06/16/12

Review

Arriving in Manchester at the day of the show, we weren’t surprised that the weather wasn’t as good as back home in Switzerland. The Capitol of Rain showed us, how the English Summer looks like. Chris Cornell on the other hand felt like being back home im Seattle and joked about the little hole in the clouds where one could see a little bit of blue sky every once in a while. Right from the beginning it was clear, that Mr. Cornell was in a good mood. Never thought he’d be such a funny guy. He was talking quite a lot between the songs and it was a pleasure to listen zu him. Best part of the show was, when Chris (after careful consideration) invited a fan to the stage who requested to play guitar with him. Turns out he’s a guitar player from a band from Nottingham, UK called The Blind Thieves.

As you can see below, the setlist was amazing.. Music from the last 20+ years of Chris including stuff from Audioslave, Temple of Dog (Wooden Jesus was phenomenal!), Soundgarden, Led Zepplin, … The Lowry presented itself as an ideal location for such a concert. Very good acoustics and a really good view. The only thing I couldn’t figure out were some of the attendance in our block: How the hell can you get up to either pee or to get more beer every 15 – 20 minutes? I know it’s a vicious circle.. 🙂 but I wouldn’t miss a second of the 2+ hour show.

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Pearl Jam – 06/20/12

Review

Finally, the big day arrived… after five long years of live abstinence… I was told that I was a little nervous…pacing around in the hotel and checking the tickets every 5 minutes.. sorry for that :). The seats at the end of arena weren’t as bad as I expected them to be. It was a relatively new experience for me to have a seat on a concert and not being able to move around as much as usual. The advantage was, that you can see everything at every moment. I seldom felt so homey with 21’000 other people around me.

As soon as the light went out and the show begun, I was covered in goosebumps. Releaseas an opener was fantastic. It really set a perfect mood where everybody could freeze in awe for a second. Other highlights for me were: Immortality, Even Flow, Black, State of Love and Trust, …

The band seemed to be in a playful mood and Eddie’s voice sounded great. Mike (as always) was full of energy and looked at times like a caged animal, walking in circles :). A special moment was when they played Black. I had to go to four shows to first see this song live, a song the play more often than not during their carrier. It’s amazing how much the songs gain played live. Overall an amazing experience I wan’t forget so fast.

 

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“X” playing in Machester, June 20, 2012
Pearl Jam in Manchester, June 20, 2012

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Pearl Jam – 06/21/12

Review

The second show and after a great one the day before and I had high expectations. Other than the first gig, this one started with a punch. Go, Animal and Hail Hail almost blew off the roof of the MEN Arena. As soon as they started you knew that this night’s gonna be different.

Only 4 songs were played on both nights (Even Flow, Just Breath, Alive & Better Man – that makes 2 shows, 48 different songs). This alone shows the extremely high standard and is something special. They also found a song they didn’t play live before (ever) and I was stoked to hear Hitchhiker live. Don’t know how well they practiced this song, but they seem to have fun with it as well :). Present Tense and Off He Goes, two rather ‘soft’ songs closed their corresponding blocks and fitted perfectly in the set.

These two utterly different shows together formed an unbelievable experience, a complete picture of Pearl Jam 2012.

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Pearl Jam in Manchester, June 21, 2012
Pearl Jam in Manchester, June 21, 2012

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Big thanks to sboraston who taped 22 songs of the second Manchester show. Enjoy 🙂

 

 

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