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bicyclejoebicyclejoe Posts: 877
edited September 2011 in The Porch
On Sept. 5, 1993, at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA: I was sweating, bruised and sunburned in the dusty mosh pit at what remains my favorite, most life-altering Pearl Jam show ever. They were on the same bill as Neil Young and Blind Melon. They were the biggest band in the world, just a few weeks from the release of "VS," trying out their new stuff. I was a much younger man, four days from leaving for graduate school in Ireland with my pregnant wife. Their first show at The Gorge. "Nice place," Eddie said, before launching into "Animal." Unforgettable.

Was anybody else there?

Video of Once: http://youtu.be/k6J6RmtkyeA
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Animal
Once
Even Flow
Dissident
Rearviewmirror
Garden
Blood
Jeremy
Why Go
Glorified G
Daughter (Tonight's The Night)
Alive
Black
State Of Love And Trust
Porch (Suck You Dry)
Encore 1
Sonic Reducer
Leash
Post edited by Unknown User on
My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR

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  • So, no one else was there, eh?
    Guess I'm an old fucker.
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • Well u must have had front row then . LOL ;)
    Banned in the USA !
  • bicyclejoebicyclejoe Posts: 877
    edited September 2011
    Jokertt®" said:
    Well u must have had front row then . LOL ;)
    It sold out minutes after tickets went on sale. But I was pretty close, and my body paid for it.
    Post edited by bicyclejoe on
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • bicyclejoebicyclejoe Posts: 877
    edited September 2011
    You can get a pretty good idea of what the pit was like from this video (Eddie actually goes after a security guard or audience member and spits at them at 2:08).

    http://youtu.be/wzoSGN5x_tY
    Post edited by bicyclejoe on
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • Oh i was just teasing . I am sure it was sold out . :mrgreen:

    way cool in that video . :lol:
    Banned in the USA !
  • I wasn't at that show, but I remember those days....guess I'm old like you;-) I'd never seen that clip before, thanks for posting. Jesus, it's a wonder any of us survived the 90's...
  • Yep, the Pit was brutal back then.
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • And Eddie was much angrier and magnificently raw ...
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • and this was my first show as well.....I had already fallen in love and was drawn to them...But never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the same connection and same goosepumps this many years later....I still remember it like it was yesterday.. :-)
    Never, ever, flipping forget
    "Free Shipping" SPEEDY MCCREADY

    My friend was going to see Eddie last night. Since he was in Vegas, I gave him 5 Grand to gamble with. I told him I wanted it all to go on Black. Bastard! PhillyCrownOfThorns-11-2-12
  • And with Mark Arm on Sonic Reducer after the sun set (look at all the dust swirling in the lights):
    http://youtu.be/x8QfwO7eIQU
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • pjtradeking, I had already seen them a few times and was a fan, but I hadn't thought of them as a great live band. Good, but not great.
    But when Eddie sang "Black" with the setting sun behind him, that was the moment everything changed. That was the moment they became my favorite band.
    Let's watch the video replay (notice how the sun disappears and the sky turns black during the song -- it's daylight at the beginning, night at the end):
    http://youtu.be/m4HJLZvlXiI
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • And then I went nuts, crowd-surfing during Porch (You can see me land in front of Eddie right before he shouts "No Time Like the Present":
    http://youtu.be/Cxs-c-n30SU
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • Of course, my favorite version of "Daughter" is the first time I heard it that night, when Eddie sang part of "Tonight's The Night" at the end:
    http://youtu.be/zyry_-rvZrM
    My Pearl Jam Road: 10/22/90 Seattle, 12/22/90 Seattle, Moor Theater, 9/29/92 Seattle, Magnusson Park, Drop in the Park, 9/5/93 The Gorge, with Neil Young and Blind Melon, 7/20/06 Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Sleater-Kinney, 7/22/06 The Gorge, 10/21/06 Mountain View, Shoreline Ampitheatre, Bridge School Benefit, 9/21/09 Seattle, 9/22/09 Seattle, 9/26/09 Portland, OR, 7/14/2011 Eddie Vedder, Portland, OR
  • bicyclejoe" said:
    pjtradeking, I had already seen them a few times and was a fan, but I hadn't thought of them as a great live band. Good, but not great.
    But when Eddie sang "Black" with the setting sun behind him, that was the moment everything changed. That was the moment they became my favorite band.
    Let's watch the video replay (notice how the sun disappears and the sky turns black during the song -- it's daylight at the beginning, night at the end):
    http://youtu.be/m4HJLZvlXiI
    They were already my favorite "thing" before that show...But this solidified it for me as well...I watch this show atleast ever couple of months just to take me back.....I have seen a ton of shows, but this one will always be special to me...God Damn we are getting old..... :-)
    Never, ever, flipping forget
    "Free Shipping" SPEEDY MCCREADY

    My friend was going to see Eddie last night. Since he was in Vegas, I gave him 5 Grand to gamble with. I told him I wanted it all to go on Black. Bastard! PhillyCrownOfThorns-11-2-12
  • These videos are great! I was only 13/14 back then and no where near Seattle, but I do remember being mad at parents for not letting me see them at that age when they toured...guess I can understand why they didn't think it would be "safe" for me to go now that I am older :)
  • NarcisoNarciso Posts: 192
    I was there. I was down there in the "golden circle" I think it was called. One of my favorite shows ever. Gorge is much different now.
    Slipped on a curb in the road.
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