Pearl Jam in Berlin!

I went to the Pearl Jam gig in Berlin. It happened in a parc called Wuhlheide in the Kindl-B├╝hne. Apparently the venue has a capacity of 17000 people.

And it was good indeed! The first thing that got my attention is that Pearl Jam played songs from Riot Act (Save You, Green Disease) which they didn’t do in Antwerpen. Or maybe I missed something in the excitement. Also, Eddie gave two speeches read from paper in German: one was about the good weather, which was just unnaturally perfect; and one was for his friend from the Ramones, to which he dedicated a song.

The crowd was great. As expected: much better than in Belgium! More bouncing and shaking, more singing like it should.. Eddie actually said the public in Wuhlheide was better than the Italians. It’s on tape, go check it out!

About the venue: I was stunned seeing it! The only thing that could get organized better is the entrance, but for the rest, once inside you have everything. You got also lots of space and free toilets (you can donate 20 cents, which I did). Vegetarian food too, and fruit. Lots of beer of course with the typical German way of asking like 1 EUR so you give your plastic cup back (keeps it clean!).

Great night for me. Seeing the crowd from a top of the arena go along on Daughter.. it’s quite an experience indeed. Pearl Jam is the best rock band there is right now (don’t try to discuss it!). No commercials, no big news about it and all concerts sold out in a few minutes. It’s quite spectacular that a low profile band just gets it done every time and keeps it simple in their sets.

Lets hope for a next tour in Europe!

Pearl Jam in Belgium! At last!

Hear! Hear! Pearl Jam in Belgium! And it was about time! IMHO, we need a new national holiday for this!

They knew they left us in the cold after canceling a few times, but they warmed us up again after the great show. The 90s might be gone, and we are all like 10 or more years old after Ten and Vs., but it felt great..

Opening with there most smashing hits and having a go on us with their new singles, they got me rocking. My bones hurts after wards and my muscles on my left leg got a bit injured (I fell a bit), but it was worth it. “It’s Evolution baby!”

The one thing I was disappointed was the audience. Ok, they were all clapping after the songs and showing respect but it was mostly silence when Betterman was played or standstill when Evolution kicked in. Maybe I expect to much living in Germany now.

I’m going to Berlin to watch Pearl Jam there. Lets see how it goes with a German audience. It might be like the Queens of the Stone Age concert, though I guess age is kicking in for most of us..

Btw, Wolfmother is a band to watch out, but.. well, I guess it was OK.

Rock Werchter 2006, day 4

The day the Shadows became heroes.

(I hear you thinking: ‘Oh dear’)

Anyway! Sunday, the 4th and the last chapter of Rock Werchter. It was a nice day, people were having a siesta under the trees and the brave ones getting some red skin while headbanging. The sunset made it a beautiful summer evening and all were happy (I hope) enjoying the fireworks around midnight.

Pictures of Day 4 of Rocker Werchter 2006

Rock Werchter 2006, day 3

We, my sister and me, were back around 3:30 in the morning but we woke up at 9 to head again to Rock Werchter for the final day bringing Depeche Mode. Looking back at yesterday: the crowd was good, the weather was fine and the bands great!

Pictures of Day 3

Rock Werchter 2006, day 2

For those following this blog and wondering where ‘day 1′ disappeared too: we didn’t go! Indeed! We missed Tool, Deftones, Manu Chao and Red Hot Chili Peppers! Why? Because there was this ceremony of my sister’s school where the last years were getting their end results. It was her final year, so I had to be there. Be we missed Tool and the Peppers!

But this post was about ‘day 2′ of Rock Werchter, which was a nice, sunny day where the shadows were popular and a breeze a relieve.

Pictures of Rock Werchter, day 1