Posts Tagged ‘2011’

Six years already. Six years, almost exactly, since Pearl Jam played in Montreal. It was on September 15th 2010. Last Wednesday, they were finaly back, in front of an energetic crowd at Bell Center.

Opening for them was the almost-legendary band Mudhoney. They’ve been around since 1988 and were amongst the bands that defined that “Seattle Sound” that became grunge. You could clearly see by the stage presence that those guys were not new comers. The experience was there, even though it felt a little bit like a venue that big was not what fit the most to them. Even if I could not enjoy their set as it should because I am not very familiar with their repertoire (shame on me), they did a great job at setting the mood for their friends, Pearl Jam.

They started the show with an “old classic”, Elederly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town. From there, the crowd started singing with the band and it never stopped for the whole show. And of course, Vedder gave us a lot of room to do so. As always, he was very generous with us. He even started the second Encore by reading his horoscope that he found in a local newspaper, before playing Better Man. It was quite funny. He also made a comment that was loudly applauded. He said that out of the cities north of the border, Montreal was the one that felt the most like a different country.

We were seated in the sixth row, on the right side of the stage. Pretty good spot. On our side, we had Stone Gossard and Boom Gaspar, Pearl Jam’s “sixth member”. While Gossard was quietly but surely delivering the goods on our side, McCready was literally giving a show at the opposite side of the stage. He was jumping around and interacting a lot with the crowd, to which he gave tons of guitar picks.

Without being the best setlist I have seen by them, it was still pretty interesting. It covered pretty much all of their albums. From Why Go to Amongst The Waves, without forgetting Daughter, Better Man, Hail, Hail, Given To Fly, Insignificance, 1/2 Full, Severed Hand and many others. You can find the complete setlist on the Fan Club website here. As you can see, the played material from pretty much all of their albums. They even played Crazy Mary, a Victoria Williams cover that was on the Sweet Relief compilation. During this song, as always, Gaspar and McCready gave us an amazing solo where the organ and the guitar interacted together as if they were talking. It was a strong moment of the show. But to me, if I had to choose my favorite part of the show, I think it would be the song Black. This song is so beautiful, and with everybody singing it was just amazing.

Once again, Pearl Jam gave it’s Montreal fans an amazing and rocking evening. Let’s just hope that next time would not be in six years.

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One of the most exciting news I had this spring was that The Tea Party were back together for a summer tour, 6 years after they broke up. To me, the Tea Party is amongst the most interesting Canadian bands. This tour was to stop in Montreal on July 7th 2011.

So, last thursday, we went to the Metropolis in Montreal, to see that show that we were really looking forward to. The opening act was a Canadian band called The Reason. Even though I didn’t know them, they’ve been around since 2003. For me, it was a really nice discovery. They delivered around 40 minutes of finely crafted rock songs with catchy melodies. Moreover, at the end of their set, they played a cover of one another Canadian band that I love a lot: Sloan. That was enough, they got me in their pocket. You can watch a video of this here.

Then came what we were all waiting for: The Tea Party. After just a few minutes, it was clear that their 6 years break wasn’t enough for them to lose anything. For those who have never seen them live, it’s amazing how a trio can sound so full and thick. And that is still true today.

There was something in the air that night. Some kind of excitement. You could feel that the crowd have been waiting for this moment for a long time. They opened the show with Writing’s on the wall, followed by The Bazaar. After this song, Jeff Martin said to us something like:
“Writing’s on the wall that The Tea Party is back, and it’s not going away anytime soon”. That was it. The audience was set on fire.

They delivered over 16 of their greatest songs, with all the energy that you could expect from them. You could actually see and feel that they were as excited to be back together as we were to see them back. And as usual, Jeff Martin had us sing on some songs, as Save Me, Release or Heaven Coming Down. The crowd was pleased. I was too.

For those interested in that kind of details, the setlist was ( maybe I forgot a song or two, but it should be pretty accurate):
– Writing’s On The Wall
– The Bazaar
– Lullaby
– Psychopomp
– The Messenger
– Fire In The Head
– Correspondance
– Heaven Coming Down
– Sun Going Down
– Halcyon Days
– Save Me
– Release
– Temptation
Encore break 1
– The River
Encore break 2
– The Badger
– Sister Awake / Paint It Black

To see some videos of the performance, you can go here.

Now that they shown us hey can still rock, they left me wanting for more. I am so looking forward to hearing new material. Please, give us a new record soon.