Best Opener?



  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 14,579
    Of the openers I have seen...and ranking them ONLY as effective openers (popping the crowd, getting the show going) I would rank them like this:

    Of The Girl
    Small Town (every casual fan in the crowd is so happy)
    Hard To Imagine
    Unthought Known

    Someday Oceans will crash this list...someday...

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  • Other
    As a veteran of a massive ONE show I feel pretty lucky to have been treated to Given to Fly. Such an uplifting opener really set the night off.
    Having said that, I would love to hear Release open, always been a heavy track for me.
  • shetellsherselfshetellsherself New JerseyPosts: 8,622
    Of The Girl
    Wash holds a special place for me as it was the opener of the first show I attended and was so happy to hear it again 2x again this tour. It's a great bad ass, slow burner song. Perfect opener. However, Of the Girl is the one that I am dying to see. One of my top favorite of all pj songs.
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  • Other
    Why Go is a killer opener. Nothing sets off the energy like hearing those drums to start off a show.
  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 14,579
    I think best "non-traditional opener" could be its own interesting poll. Go, Why Go, Small Town, Interstellar Overdrive --> Corduroy, etc.

    The only bad Pearl Jam opener is an opener you miss because of traffic or beer lines.

    "...I changed by not changing at all..."
  • nicknyr15nicknyr15 Posts: 3,605
    Which show did they open with Alive??
  • lockedlocked BostonPosts: 3,920

    Wash...its always Wash...

    This !!!!
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  • RoleModelsinBlood31RoleModelsinBlood31 Austin TXPosts: 5,510
    I swear I read someone say Ole on the other page... Oh god please say they were kidding. And if they were serious, this world is more fucked up than I ever could imagine.
    I'm like an opening band for your mom.
  • 100 Pacer100 Pacer Toronto, ONPosts: 6,612
    Of The Girl
    A tricky vote, with Of The Girl narrowly beating Hard To Imagine,...well, for me anyway.
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  • YLed2YLed2 Des Moines, IAPosts: 5,534
    Come on people, Release is THE quintessential PJ opener. Their most powerful song in my opinion. I would rank Hard To Imagine as second, and Wash coming in third.
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  • thefixer9thefixer9 Posts: 9,376

    I swear I read someone say Ole on the other page... Oh god please say they were kidding. And if they were serious, this world is more fucked up than I ever could imagine.

    I said I like Ole...but not as an opener..hahaha
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  • tino_11tino_11 Posts: 1,386
    Release is the ultimate opener for me. Followed by Long Road (but I'm still to witness it live)
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