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  • I prefer the way Eddie used to sing.  Nowadays he seems to sing words to have more syllables than they actually do.  He also seems to emphasize every single word and extends them just for effect.  No need to fancy it up.  Just sing the words like normal. 


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  • KN219077KN219077 MontanaPosts: 394
    I prefer the way Eddie used to sing.  Nowadays he seems to sing words to have more syllables than they actually do.  He also seems to emphasize every single word and extends them just for effect.  No need to fancy it up.  Just sing the words like normal. 


    I’m guessing you preferred the 2000 tour when end sang with clenched teeth
  • lukemil33lukemil33 Vandalia, OHPosts: 221
    Lightning Bolt and Riot Act are my top two Pearl Jam albums.
    Sirens is excellent live and in the studio version.
    Black is a good song, but I don't think it holds up live to songs like Come Back or Parting Ways.
    I wish the band would go back to playing indoor arenas rather than stadiums. 
    After over 200 bootlegs, Even Flow is still great to hear.
    I like the way Ed's voice has changed. In recent years, it's had such depth and inflection. 
    I don't mind covers except RITFW.
    I don't mind 5-8 songs off Ten a night. They're favorites, and there's a reason for that.
    I enjoy the "slow burn" openers. 3 or 4 quiet songs are great before they rock your face off. 
    I wish the merch situation wasn't so overhyped. 
  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,266

    -Despite repeated attempts to like them and considering EdVed loves them---I do not like the Who....

    I have thought about responding to many posts in this thread but thought I'd read it all and see where it went.  I cannot, CANNOT go any further than this without replying.  I would never force music on someone, would never expect them to listen to something if they don't want to.   However .  . . I feel like you didn't go into the Who with the right mind set, or the right attitude, or from the right direction. My apologies, but look at the words of Pete Townshend, his songwriting is phenomenal.  I know, you have a right to your opinion but if you're here, on the PJ board, because the music speaks to you, then you might want to give The Who another chance.  If you feel you've made enough effort and you're done trying, that's ok.  Your loss.  
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  • RoleModelsinBlood31RoleModelsinBlood31 Austin TXPosts: 4,661
    -I think corduroy is boring, so
    is even flow.
    -I think the tambourine game has played its course.
    -i feel bad for stone, he writes the best riffs the band has ever had, and ties together the music theory but everyone is forced to deal with Ed’s continuous forced direction on the band
    -ed’s done well, but he’s no Robert plant with the vocals in the last several years... I notice the slight changes in the annunciation of the lyrics to help him through songs and I can deal with it but it bothers me for some reason
    -I won’t ever accept that Matt was/is better than Jack for the band. The creativity was off the charts with Jack but with Matt I feel like they just all go with what will sell and to me that goes against what they always originally felt
    -I have to have every boot on cd and I listen to them all, every tour 
    -I fucking hate bono but achtung baby may be in my top 5 albums all time (but so is rusted root tonight so who knows wtf I’m thinking)

    I'm like an opening band for your mom.
  • dreamcodedreamcode Posts: 133
    I prefer the original Ten from the remixed version. I’ve never understood the dislike for the sound of Ten and have always wondered how PJ’s career would have developed if Ten had sounded differently. After all the original Ten is what skyrocketed Pearl Jam. Not in spite of but because of...
    And he still gives his love,
    he just gives it away...
  • pjl44pjl44 Posts: 3,479
    If they were playing in town the same night, I would see Tres Mts instead of Ed solo in a heartbeat. Saw them a couple months apart a few years ago. Both were great, but breaking them out made me realize what draws me to this band most.


  • pjl44pjl44 Posts: 3,479
    One more:

    Following a setlist thread during a show is like eating a candy bar. You get a rush in the moment, but it's ultimately unhealthy. It is impossible to evaluate a show based on a list of songs and only trains you to hunt for rarities.
  • Kearn5yKearn5y IrelandPosts: 1,450
    I love their slow songs as much as fast heavy songs. Would love to get a show of only slow songs including Pendulum, Future Days, Yellow Moon (even sleeping by myself, sounds much better live), Just breathe, The End, Speed of Sound, Parachutes, Thumbing My Way, All or None, Off the Girl, Parting Ways, Light Years,Thin Air, Acoustic Given to Fly, Low Light, All those Yesterdays, Sometimes, Who You Are, In My Tree, Off he Goes, Around The Bend, Immortality, Nothing Man, Indifference, Small Town, Release, Black, Hard to Imagine, Footsteps  and finish with long road.
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  • Wma31394Wma31394 Posts: 3,045
    I prefer the way Eddie used to sing.  Nowadays he seems to sing words to have more syllables than they actually do.  He also seems to emphasize every single word and extends them just for effect.  No need to fancy it up.  Just sing the words like normal. 


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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 18,968
    edited October 2018
    I also never liked Neil young, The Who, or mother love bone. I actually left a who concert early because I was bored. 
    Post edited by mcgruff10 on
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • evenflow82evenflow82 Posts: 3,498
    Billy Joel, the eagles and Fleetwood Mac are terrible. 
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  • Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 13,294
    edited October 2018
    I have WHO'S NEXT and I think that is good... but I'm not a The Who-fan... and I wasn't super thrilled att their 2007 show I attended. 
    The man they call my enemy. I've seen his eyes, he looks just like me - A mirror...
  • mcgruff10 said:
    I also never liked Neil young, 

    The man they call my enemy. I've seen his eyes, he looks just like me - A mirror...
  • MedozKMedozK TennesseePosts: 7,162
    Billy Joel, the eagles and Fleetwood Mac are terrible. 

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  • wall232wall232 New YorkPosts: 1,153
    mcgruff10 said:
    I also never liked Neil young, The Who, or mother love bone. I actually left a who concert early because I was bored. 
    With you on the first two, but I do love Mother Love Bone. 

    Saw The Who awhile back and besides a few songs I was pretty bored. 
    NYPJ
  • OnWis97OnWis97 St. Paul, MNPosts: 1,727
    wall232 said:
    mcgruff10 said:
    I also never liked Neil young, The Who, or mother love bone. I actually left a who concert early because I was bored. 
    With you on the first two, but I do love Mother Love Bone. 

    Saw The Who awhile back and besides a few songs I was pretty bored. 
    I saw The Who in 2016 and liked it more than I thought I would.  I picked up their 2-disc 50th anniversary compilation and it is pretty hit or miss.  I think they have some good stuff but I am kinda a “hits” fan.
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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 18,968
    i am shocked this has reached page 7 and everyone is being pretty civil.  It really doesn’t get Eddie vedder than this!!!
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 14,339
    mcgruff10 said:
    i am shocked this has reached page 7 and everyone is being pretty civil.  It really doesn’t get Eddie vedder than this!!!
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  • bootlegger10bootlegger10 Posts: 11,550
    I am surprised too.  I think because it was titled "Unpopular Opinions" people don't need to respond and argue since the original poster is admitting these aren't wildly held opinions.
  • PJNBPJNB New BrunswickPosts: 4,614
    mcgruff10 said:
    i am shocked this has reached page 7 and everyone is being pretty civil.  It really doesn’t get Eddie vedder than this!!!





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  • cwjacwja Posts: 103
    I’m not a fan of any song featuring Stone on vocals or Jeff on guitar.

    Just Breathe is better than Off He Goes

    Sleeping By Myself is not only really good, it’s one of the highlights on Lightning Bolt.

    Natalie Maines’ cover of Without You is better than the original.
  • Hagar > Roth
    "In certain trying circumstances...profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer." - Mark Twain
  • rw160510rw160510 Posts: 603
    I've never really been a fan of Alive.
  • pjl44pjl44 Posts: 3,479
    Hagar > Roth
    OK everyone, I think we can shut this down
  • bootlegger10bootlegger10 Posts: 11,550
    Masters of War is a boring cover.  The only good version is the original cover Ed and Mike did for the Bob Dylan special or whatever.
  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 18,968
    Masters of War is a boring cover.  The only good version is the original cover Ed and Mike did for the Bob Dylan special or whatever.
    Yes!!!!! I am gonna get roasted for this but I couldn’t care less when sting came out at the garden for driven to tears. Or when cheap trix came out and did whatever song they did. 
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • rummyrummy Ontario, CanadaPosts: 2,828
    Vitalogy, No Code, and Yield should only be ten songs long (each, of course).
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