On Friday we headed to
We then headed out for lunch to the local Greek hotspot and had a delicious lunch of souvlakis and other Greek savouries and found a great Greek patisserie that Perry and Loretta have just 5 minutes away from their home which they hadn’t discovered yet which is open till 1am every night. It was a really hot day around 38-40 degrees, and my feet were feeling it. I got blisters all over my feet from my feet swelling up and rubbing against my sandals. We thought it was a good idea that we all took it easy before a big night out at the Pearl Jam concert. We headed back to Perry and Loretta’s for the afternoon, and even managed to have an afternoon nap.
The gates opened at Etihad stadium at 5pm but we all decided that we wanted to see Ben Harper and not the prior support act which was Liam Finn (the son of Neil Finn from Crowded House). So off we headed to be there in time for Ben Harper for his 7pm start. Traffic was bad on the way, as it seemed as though everyone was heading into the city, perhaps for the concert. We of course listened to a Pearl Jam concert CD that Perry had. We were all getting pumped and saying “I hope they play this song.” We all knew what everyone’s favourites were. Alex has been a fan of Pearl Jam since he was 12 so most of their songs he knows, and it was his dream to one day, go to their concert. They last came in 2006 the year Maddi was born, and we thought back then it would be an opportunity of a lifetime to attend, but because of the timing and the short notice, and Alex being a student at the time in his final year, and Maddi being a young baby, we missed it. It was very disappointing as we really wanted to go, and thought it may be their last tour ever as they are getting older now. A couple of months back we found out from a friend in Sydney that they were touring again and were so excited to know that we may actually be able to go this time round. It was great that Perry and Loretta were keen to go as well, as Alex and Perry have both been fans for a long time and have a lot of memories of Pearl Jam together, so we had the perfect people to share the concert with.
I have always liked Pearl Jam and can say that they are one of my favourite bands. For our first Christmas together I bought Alex the Rearview Mirror CD which was the best of album, and I can honestly say that I have never got sick of the CD and still listen to it at least weekly and I would probably only swap about 4 songs and it really would be the best of album of all time.
We parked as close to the city as we could and caught a Tram and train the remainder of the way. We managed to get there right on 7 for Ben Harper. He was a great performer. I only really knew about three of his songs, but he was really good and some nice easy listening songs. Then Ben introduced us to his Friend Eddy Vedder (lead singer of Pearl Jam) for a duet. The crowd roared with excitement as Pearl Jam weren’t due to come out for another hour or so. They did a great rendition of the song Under Pressure. It was easy to see that they were good mates and it was good that the support acts all were friendly with one another and had a good relationship with one another, it wasn’t as if any band had been selected to just to fill in time.
Ben on his slide guitar
Ben and Eddie singing Under Pressure
The opening song Elderly Woman in a small town
The Band seemed really touched that 45,000 fans had turned up to hear them play, and Eddie regularly dedicated songs to his Australian friends, influences and sporting heroes, including Nick Cave and Matthew Richardson… who he called Mark and had to humbly correct himself, and said he had never been so embarassed in front of so many people before. Eddie was really jovial and a great entertainment and would often explain how he came about different songs.
Clip of Daughter
The band played a really good mix of old and new songs, big hits and B-sides. While there were many songs that we wish were played, we were really happy with the songs they chose and Alex was also very happy that they didn’t play Last Kiss.
For Alex the highlights were Elderly Woman…., Corduroy, Even Flow, Indifference (which was performed as a duet with Ben Harper), Glorified G, Just Breath, Jeremy, ….., pretty much the whole concert, but most of all, his favourite, the closing song, Yellow Ledbetter.
For me the highlights were Elderly Woman…., Corduroy ( one of my favourites), Black, Even Flow, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter, which I loved even more when I heard it played in one of the final episodes of the TV show Friends. It was a sort of surreal experience to hear all these songs live that we love, when we listen to them to them so reguarly. The kids even know some of the songs too and I wonder if they will grow up liking them like we do.
For our unborn baby, which may well be born deaf due to the loudness of the concert, it was the Evolution (the song he kicked the most in).The Band played for 2.5 hours with just 2 small breaks. I was amazed at how they just kept going and going in the heat and Eddie’s voice never seemed to tire.
Overall it was an absolutely superb evening. A night that we will never forget and was well worth going to.
The next day we spent at Chadstone shopping mall which is conveniently just a short walk from Perry and Loretta’s. We met up with Holly and Daniel there, who are now living back in Melbourne.We went to the Lindt shop for breakfast, and caught up. It was great to catch up with them and see what they’re up to now. I got a Lindt iced chocolate which was so decadent and a baguette which was so good to balance out the chocolate. Afterwards we did some shopping with Holly and Daniel before they had to head off. We all ended up buying things and were happy that we actually found some bargains.
We then met up with Perry and Loretta mid afternoon who introduced us to Yum Cha which we really enjoyed. The time went so quick but we were able to get a lot of things done and spend time with old friends, which was great.
While we were away Maddi and Alex were in the care of Moppy and Poppy and
Our flight got delayed on the way home so it was fairly late when we got back into