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Gig Review : Pearl Jam with Stereophonics and Others at BST: Hyde Park, London.

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Review by Pete Finn for MPM

It’s an early start for MPM Tog Manny and myself as we make our way from the rural midlands down to the ‘Big Smoke’. We set off full of breakfast and excitement, we’ve decided to stick to Plan A and park up at Cockfosters and catch the tube in.

British Summer Time Hyde Park (BST Hyde Park) is a music festival held over three weekends once a year in London’s Hyde Park. Performing between 24 June and 10 July 2022 are Sir Elton John, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Adele, Pearl Jam and Duran Duran. The capacity for the shows is 65,000. Back in 2014 as part of the BST event, I was here to see Black Sabbath.

Hyde Park is a Grade I-listed major park in Central London. It is the largest of four Royal Parks that cross London. The park was established by Henry VIII in 1536 when he took the land from Westminster Abbey and used it as a hunting ground. It opened to the public in 1637 and quickly became popular, particularly for May Day parades. Several duels took place in Hyde Park, often involving members of the nobility. In the late 20th century, the park was known for holding large-scale free rock concerts, featuring groups such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Queen. Queen drew an audience of 150,000 – 200,000, which remains the largest crowd for a Hyde Park concert. The group were not allowed to play an encore, and police threatened to arrest frontman Freddie Mercury if he attempted to do so.

The BST Arena consists of three stages, The Hard Rock Rising Rainbow Stage at the north end of the arena, The Birdcage Stage by the south entrance, and The Great Oak main stage, Manny and I will need our running shoes on, as there is no time between the side and main stage performances, which will be interesting as we’re both built more for comfort than for speed and unfortunately, the two side stages have bands appearing at the same time, so it maybe down to a flip of a coin as to which one we see. Dotted around the arena are bars, merch stalls, a great variety of food vendors, and fairground rides, it has a real festival feel to it.

Also appearing on the bill today with Pearl Jam and Stereophonics are, Johnny Marr, Imelda May, Temples, The Last Internationale, The Wild Things, JJ Wilde, Tigercub, Whispering Sons, Petrol Girls, James & The Cold Gun, Peaks and Connor Selby.

It’s glorious sunshine and the notice boards around the site are reminding people to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.

Our first band of the day sees us head to the Rainbow Stage. Tigercub were formed in 2012, when singer and guitarist Jamie Hall originally from Sunderland, met his bandmates Jimi Wheelwright (bass) and James Allix (drums) while studying at BIMM Brighton.

After six years of honing their fearsome rock sound to very little fanfare, the Brighton-based trio made a big breakthrough in 2017. Hall said Tigercub were a “slow-burning” band. They have released two full length studio albums, ‘Abstract Figures In The Dark’ (2016) and ‘As Blue As Indigo’ (2021). The band have just signed a deal with Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard, they are appearing at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August, as well as a UK & Europe Winter Tour with Clutch.

The band take to the stage at 14:00 just as the main gates open, but it’s not long before a reasonable crowd has gathered, their music drawing people over. Their sounds of heavy bass driven rock, with a great mix of dirty guitar riffs and clever passionate lyrics will have them gaining many new fans. The band were enjoying it, their energy on a very hot day was to be applauded.

The tempo changes and mix of sounds give a genre splitting performance, somewhere between, stoner, indie and grunge. I enjoyed the interestingly titled ‘Stop Beating on My Heart (Like a Bass Drum)’ from their new album. With Hall’s spoken intro, before Wheelwright and Allix come crashing in.

It’s moody and emotional with a powerful beat. A great start to the day.A brisk walk to the Great Oak Stage, and The Last Internationale are already on stage.

The Last Internationale (TLI) is an American rock band formed by New York City guitarist Edgey Pires and vocalist Delila Paz in 2008. They have released three studio albums and one EP. I saw them play last month on the second stage at Download and enjoyed it a lot.

Paz is looking rather striking in an electric blue outfit and cape, with gold boots and wristband/bracelet similar to Wonder Woman. Paz has a great vocal range and excellent control of her notes, this combined with the clever way Pires teases and caresses the sounds from his guitar produce a fine performance.

Paz twisted and twirled her way through a set that included a mix of old and new tracks, with Pires leaning back into his solos and heavy riffs.

A few highlights being ‘Soul on Fire’ and ‘Hard Times’ from 2019’s ‘Soul on Fire’. The heavy beats and punchy riffs from ‘Wanted Man’ off ‘We Will Reign’ released in 2014, this tracks momentum builds to crashing finish that went down very well.

Unfortunately, it seems you need to miss either the start or end of a set if you want to see most of the bands, and this is without queuing for a drink or some food, let alone the call of nature as the toilets (of which there are plenty) are situated in the furthest corners of the arena.

It’s back up the hill to the Rainbow Stage. Again, the band have already made their way out and have started playing. The Wild Things are a four-piece alternative rock band from West London, formed in 2016 consisting of sister-brother team Sydney Rae White (vocals, guitar) and Cameron White (bass), with Rob Kendrick (guitar, vocals), and Pete Wheeler (drums).

Lead singer Sydney is the star of the hit Netflix/BBC show ‘Uncle’. Sydney and Rob first met when they were both in the stage production of ‘Quadrophenia The Musical’, with Rob taking the role of Jimmy Cooper. Cam was born deaf but has played music extensively throughout his life and is a multi-instrumentalist. He continues to produce all The Wild Things’ music.

Their debut album ‘You’re Really Something’ was released in 2018, and the band have just completed work on their second album, ‘Afterglow’, with Pete Townshend. They will be appearing on ‘The KISS Kruise 2022’ at the end of October 2022.

I recognise ‘Loaded Gun’ from 2018’s debut album ‘You’re Really Something’, this is a bouncy catchy track, that hits the summer feel square on. The beats are quick, matching the riffs. I’m amazed, drummer Pete Wheeler is wearing a woolly beanie hat. I look around at the crowd and there’s plenty of head nodding and toe tapping, they’re enjoying this.

Their sound is a bit heavy Bangles, this is emphasised in ‘Only Attraction’. I like the way Sydney sings, it feels personal, almost as if she is singing just for you. The band are encouraging the crowd to join in with arm waving and clapping. We also get to hear the powerful new track that was co-written with The Who’s Pete Townshend, ‘Lay On, Take Off’ which appears on the new album.

Next, on the Great Oak Stage is Imelda May. Imelda May is an Irish singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhrán, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine. Born and raised in Dublin, May began her career in music at 16 by performing with several local bands and musicians. She formed her own band in 2002 and released her debut studio album. She has released six studio albums and is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday.

The band walk out and pick up their instruments, one being a double bass, a quick look around and a thumbs up is given to the crew, a few seconds later out comes Imelda May, all dressed in black. A smile and wave for the crowd and they start, it has slow spoken lyrics, a bit operatic, haunting.

The next track is a complete tempo change, it’s ‘Just One Kiss’ from the 2021 album ’11 Past the Hour’, the original featured Ronnie Wood and Noel Gallagher. There’s a drum intro, this is rockier with a chugging guitar riff.

We also get to hear ‘Should’ve Been You’ from the ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’ album, with its spoken intro before the tempo increases, May walks to the edge of the stage as the crowd start waving their arms, she says we’re all “Looking Cool”. I don’t think she’s looking at me, I’m roasting. She includes a good version of Meatloaf’s ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ that the crowd enjoyed.

After a quick bite to eat and something suitable to wash it down, it’s back to the Rainbow Stage. JJ Wilde is a Canadian rock singer. She released her debut EP, ‘Wilde Eyes, Steady Hands’, in 2019. Her debut single ‘The Rush’ simultaneously reached #1 on Canada’s modern rock, active rock, and mainstream rock charts in May 2020, only one of eleven songs to accomplish the feat. 

She followed up with her debut album ‘Ruthless’ in 2020. The album won Rock Album of the Year at the 2021 Juno Awards, making Wilde the first woman to win the award in 25 years, since Alanis Morissette won in 1996. JJ Wilde released a second EP ‘Wilde’ last year.

A band full of energy, the crowd quickly builds during the first song. Arguably as a whole this was the most energetic band I’d seen so far. A bluesy rock sound with a gritty undercurrent. A few I picked out from the set are, ‘Off The Rails’ from the recent ‘Wilde’ EP, which has JJ rapping and chanting the lyrics to a hard-hitting bass beat. ‘The Rush’ from ‘Ruthless’ with its Quo-esque intro and heavy rocking beats, and ‘Best Boy’ from ‘Wilde’ which has JJ running around the stage, to big circular riffs and pounding bassline.

On the Great Oak Stage next, it’s Johnny Marr, who first achieved fame as the guitarist and co-songwriter of The Smiths. He has since performed with numerous other bands and embarked on a solo career.

Born in Manchester, Marr formed his first band at the age of 13. He was part of several bands with Andy Rourke before forming the Smiths with Morrissey in 1982. The Smiths attained commercial success and were critically acclaimed, with Marr’s jangle pop guitar style becoming distinctive of the band’s sound but split in 1987 citing personal differences between Marr and Morrissey. Since then, Marr has been a member of the Pretenders, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, and the Cribs, and he has become a prolific session musician, working with names such as Talking Heads, Bryan Ferry and Hans Zimmer. His recent collaborative work involved the soundtrack to James Bond’s ‘No Time To Die’.

Johnny walks out onto the stage a bright yellow guitar slung over his shoulder and asks, “Any requests?”, then opens with ‘Armatopia’ the 2019 single, it’s electronic/guitar sound gets the crowd dancing. We now have the first of the tracks by The Smith’s it’s ‘Panic’ from 1986 and judging by the crowd reaction it’s these songs they want to hear.

The jangly guitar sound and marching drumbeats bring in according to Marr “A positive song”, it’s ‘Spirit Power and Soul’ taken from 2022’s ‘Fever Dreams’.

The Smith’s fans are cheering and singing as ‘This Charming Man’ from ‘Hatful of Hollow’ begins. Next, Marr tells us “It’s a Disco song from Manchester”, the big bass intro starts ‘Getting Away With It’ the 1989 Electronic hit.

It’s back to The Smith’s catalogue for the next two tracks, we get ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and ‘How Soon Is Now?’ both from ‘Hatful of Hollow’. The penultimate track is the 2014 single ‘Easy Money’, with Marr’s final track of the set being another Smith’s classic from the 1986 ‘The Queen Is Dead’ album, ‘There is a Light, That Never Goes Out’. The crowd show their appreciation as the set finishes. Marr and his band have gone down well with the crowd here in Hyde Park, especially The Smith’s covers.

With just over 30-minutes before Stereophonics are due on stage, I decide to go and get an ice cream, whilst in the queue I can see the Birdcage Stage and on it performing are The Petrol Girls. A feisty four piece carrying on the punk tradition of angry songs, performed at breakneck speed and full of passion. The couple I heard were ‘Preachers’ and ‘Baby, I had an abortion’ from the 2022 album ‘Baby’. I wish I had more time to hear more. They had attitude.

So, a quick march back to The Great Oak Stage for Stereophonics. Stereophonics were formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in the Cynon Valley, Wales. The band consists of Kelly Jones (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Richard Jones (bass guitar, harmonica, backing vocals), Adam Zindani (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Jamie Morrison (drums, percussion). Stereophonics have released twelve studio albums, including eight UK number one albums. They are my wife’s favourite band and we’ve seen them on many occasions including last month at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff for their two sold out shows with Sir Tom Jones.

The band appear on stage, all wearing sunglasses, it’s not a bad move as they will be staring straight into the sun. A quick wave and it’s straight into ‘C’est la vie’ from ‘Keep The Village Alive’ released in 2015. The crowd are jumping from the off. A big cheer at the end and it’s straight into another track from the same album, ‘I Wanna Get Lost In You’. Live this song always has a really heavy bass line which gives the song a lot more depth. The band have hooked the audience, they’re enjoying this.

Kelly tells us that he’s always been a big Pearl Jam fan, seeing them many times and was excited to be on the bill with them. He says they only have an hour and have over 25 years’ worth of music to fit in.

The intro to ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ starts, and Hyde Park takes off, the cups of beer are launched. Kelly wants to see people jumping, the track gets really heavy leading into the ‘Ace of Spades’ added line. I’ve seen them play this track lots of times and that was probably one of the heaviest versions.

Brilliant. Kelly Jones walks to the edge of the stage and belts out a big power riff, before repeating the process stage left then right, he’s teasing the crowd and they’re loving it. Next, it’s ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’ the opening track from the new album ‘Oochya!’. Then staying with the album, we have ‘Do Ya Feel My Love?’

Kelly Jones switches to an acoustic guitar; he starts to strum the intro to ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ from ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back’ which was released in 2003. The crowd take over lead vocals and carry on singing the whole way through, as the song draws to a close the band stop playing and leave it to the crowd to sing the outro. According to Jones, “It’s beautiful”. The next song is introduced as the first song from the first album it’s ‘A Thousand Trees’ from 1997’s ‘Word Gets Around’. The crowd have their hands in the air swaying.

All the band have a synchronized guitar change, the next song is about a San Francisco taxi driver, from 2001’s ‘Just Enough Education to Perform’ it’s ‘Have a Nice Day’. ‘Catacomb’ is the hard rocking 2013 track from ‘Graffiti on the Train’.

The band really open up, everything is set to 11 as the crashing drums, pounding bass and screaming guitar solos shake Hyde Park. That was heavy, that was good.

A chair appears on the stage and Kelly Jones is handed a ukulele, he tells us it was a Birthday Present from bassist Richard Jones, he continues, the track was written in a hotel room during their first trip to America. It’s ‘Pick A Part That’s New’ from 1999’s ‘Performance and Cocktails’. Kelly starts off on his own, but as the track progresses the rest of the band join in.

Next, we have ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ from ‘Keep The Village Alive’, the crowd are clapping along from the start, midway through Kelly turns round and says, “Take it away Jamie”, which is the cue for drummer Jamie Morrison to cut loose much to the delight of the crowd as he smashes his kit, the coloured LED lights inside the drums changing colour. Kelly grabs his acoustic and it’s a change of pace for ‘Fly Like An Eagle’ from 2019’s ‘Kind’, it gives everyone chance to get their breath back.

The crew push a piano out onto the stage, next it’s the appropriately titled ‘Sunny’ from ‘Keep The Village Alive’. Kelly starts on the piano, but mid track picks up his guitar and by the end he’s stood on the piano for his guitar solo. The crowd are loving it. The last but one track is ‘Just Looking’ from ‘Performance and Cocktails’ again the crowd are clapping along all the way through. Kelly thanks the crowd and says it’s been amazing, then the instantly recognisable riff to 2005’s ‘Language. Sex. Violence. Other?’ track ‘Dakota’ starts. Hyde Park is bouncing again.

It’s been a great show that the Hyde Park crowd have loved. Manny comes over to me bearing gifts of cans of beer grinning, “Wow, those lads put on a show, Kelly Jones certainly knows how to play a guitar”, I think Manny loved it too. Mrs F. certainly would have.

Setlist: C’est la vie, I Wanna Get Lost With You, The Bartender and the Thief, Hanging On Your Hinges, Do Ya Feel My Love? Maybe Tomorrow, A Thousand Trees, Have a Nice Day, Catacomb, Pick a Part That’s New, Mr and Mrs Smith, Fly Like An Eagle, Sunny, Just Looking, Dakota.

Pearl Jam were one of the early pioneers of the Seattle Grunge scene, formed from the ashes of Mother Love Bone in 1990 by Jeff Ament (bass) and Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) with other founding members Mike McCready (lead guitar), and Eddie Vedder (lead vocals, guitar). Matt Cameron (drums) joined in 1998 and the band have remained unchanged. Since the release of their first album ‘Ten’ in 1991 they have amassed 11 studio albums in total with the most recent being 2020’s ‘Gigaton’.

They are a band who have always supported and respected their fans and are not afraid to stand-up for their beliefs. One thing that they do differently to a lot of bands is that their setlist varies from night to night. I am really looking forward to their show.

The excitement is building nicely, people are coming back from the bar carrying as many drinks as possible. The stage is full of kit. We see the stage lights go through their test routine. All those sitting on the grass now start to stand up, with varying degrees of ease.

The Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ is being played through the PA, the huge screens on the stage are showing images of the crowd singing along. Then without any fuss the band appear on stage to a huge cheer, they’re smiling and conducting the crowd.

Then we’re off. The opening track is ‘Corduroy’ from ‘Vitalogy’ released in 1994. McCready is charging around the stage like a mini tornado, the hat wearing Jeff Ament is slapping his bass. The hard-hitting drums bring ‘Yeah, Yeah’ chants and clapping from the crowd. The band are at maximum power from the off. Eddie Vedder concludes the track with a leap in the air.

Once everyone has caught their breath, a grinning Vedder tells us that they are going to play all the songs that they didn’t play the previous night.

Stone Gossard picks up the acoustic, the intro starts. The crowd start singing. ‘Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town’ the longest titled track in Pearl Jam’s catalogue, brought about after being questioned on why their song titles have only one or two words. It’s from ‘Vs’ released in 1993.

Matt Cameron’s drum roll finishes the track and it’s straight into ‘Why Go’ from the 1991 release ‘Ten’. The massive sound coming from Ament’s bass is shaking Hyde Park, Eddie Vedder is dancing around the stage as he sings, Mike McCready’s solo has Vedder punching the air in time, even the lighting rig is dancing and bouncing as it lowers and raises above the band. This is brilliant.

We stay with ‘Ten’ for ‘Deep’, it’s slow and heavy, the riffs crushing, this is passionate and controlled, Vedder is twirling and spinning around the stage his checked shirt following him like a Matador’s cape.

Just as Vedder is telling us how hot it is on stage, he spots an incident in the crowd, people have their arms raised in a cross, he directs the medics into the crowd, the band and the crowd wait patiently until they get the signal to carry on. We continue with ‘Wishlist’ from the 1998 album ‘Yield’, we raise our hands on cue, the crowd are enjoying this. It includes a snippet of ‘Waiting on a Friend’ by The Rolling Stones.

‘Garden’ another track that is recognised immediately, it’s from ‘Ten’. A slower pace, it has little bursts of power, be it from Vedder’s vocal, Cameron’s drum salvo or the lead breaks of McCready. Each piece adding atmosphere and excitement, as it builds to a big finish. Vedder tells us the song is about a cemetery, and that unless America doesn’t do something to control guns, there won’t be enough rock available to make the headstones.

He continues with a couple of events that were too close to his family. It leads into a song they wrote in 1995 with Neil Young, ‘Throw Your Hatred Down’, he introduces Johnny Marr back onto the stage with a chorus of “We love you Johnny, we do” to join in. Marr plays the outro solo and finishes with his guitar aloft pointing at the clear blue sky. He receives a great round of applause as he leaves the stage.

It’s back to ‘Yield’ for ‘Do the Evolution’, the crowd are up for this one, an obvious favourite. Stone Gossard is crashing out the riffs and solo, as Ament is pogoing around the stage. The energy from the band is immense, even more so in the scorching sunshine.

Animal’ from 1993’s ‘Vs’ is instantly recognisable from the intro; Ament is plucking the strings as Vedder is screaming the words. The crowd are going crazy, Vedder is balancing up on a monitor right on the stage’s edge. This has a dirty funk undercurrent; it sounds great in the wide-open spaces of Hyde Park.

The stage is now bathed in pink lighting, it’s the first track of the evening from the recent ‘Gigaton’ album, it’s ‘Dance of the Clairvoyants’. The funk vibe continues, Ament is giving his bass strings a real licking tonight. This track has a more electronic feel to it, Matt Cameron’s drumbeat is a bit different, displaying his great talent. Vedder’s vocal is almost piercing, it’s sharp. Mike McCready’s riffs are incredible. A great live track.

‘Not for You’ is taken from ‘Vitalogy’, Vedder guitar in hand starts strumming, the steady drum beat of Cameron compliments Vedder’s vocal as the track eases in, Gossard picks up lead duties, the track builds and builds, Vedder getting more forceful with the lyrics, this is an amazing sound. The track slows again, before the tempo increases again, and the track concludes as Eddie Vedder leaps into the air.

The next track begins with a false start, a quick laugh amongst the band and we’re off again, it’s the tour debut of ‘Rats’ from the ‘Vs’ album. Vedder is speaking and chanting the lyrics. This has a prominent drum sound, there’s a squealing lead break that really grabs your attention. The beats are quickening and hypnotic.

Vedder looks out across the crowd; he calls out the countries of the flags he can see. A Union Flag makes its way onto the stage, he wraps it around his shoulders and starts ‘Faithful’ this is from ‘Yield’. This is slower, ballad like, Vedder’s vocal strong and emotional.

State of Love and Trust’ this was part of the recording session for ‘Ten’, however, it did not make album, but it features on the ‘Greatest Hits’ album ‘Rearviewmirror’ as well as on the soundtrack to the movie ‘Singles’. McCready and Vedder are on manoeuvres again, charging from one side of the stage to the other, encouraging each side to sing louder than the other, the crowd are loving it, and watching the band they are too.

The stage is all Mike McCready’s, he rips into the 1978 Van Halen classic ‘Eruption’. The crowd are mesmerized, it’s awesome. The camera’s pick out a young fan down at the barrier, he’s holding up a sign ‘My #1 show’, Eddie Vedder sees him and throws him a tambourine, the lads grin says it all, there’s 65,000 jealous people in Hyde Park.

We go back to the first album, for ‘Black’. The crowd take on backing vocal duties, the sound is like the atmosphere, amazing. Vedder is back perched on the monitor, when he’s not singing, he’s conducting the crowd. McCready is unleashed again; the band play a long instrumental outro. Powerful stuff. Eddie Vedder introduces and thanks Boom Gaspar who’s been playing keyboards. He continues to thank the other bands who have played during the day.

Vedder and Pearl Jam then dedicate the next track to the family and friends of Taylor Hawkins, it’s ‘Porch’ from ‘Ten’. The crashing riff and drums propel the track forward. Vedder’s vocal fast, the atmosphere is electric, McCready’s solo is breathless, the wall of sound is colossal. This is brilliant. The track finishes with Vedder leaping off the drum riser. The band then walk off the stage.

The chants and cheers continue, it’s not long before the band come back out. There’s a piano out on the stage and Eddie Vedder sits down at it. The other members sit on stools too. He says the next track is dedicated to the people of Ukraine. From the 2020 ‘Gigaton’ it’s ‘River Cross’, the screens behind the stage are showing the crowd, it’s a galaxy of phone lights, pretty impressive. The song is slow, considerate, and emotional, the crowd are hanging on every note, you sense the feeling. Strong stuff.

Next, we have ‘Leash’ from ‘Vs’, Vedder and the band are up and charging around again. The beats from Cameron being a big feature. The crowd singing and bouncing. Vedder is collecting tambourine from the crew, banging them a few times before launching them towards the eager hands of the crowd.

The iconic Stone Gossard riff indicates the start of ‘Alive’ from ‘Ten’, the crowd have just gone nuclear, all hell’s broken loose, they were waiting for this one. They’re on lead vocals, I look around and see air guitars and air drumming, it’s a wonderful spectacle. Mike McCready is ripping the solo, it’s spine tingling. Eddie Vedder is leaping around like a teenager. That was epic.

‘Yellow Ledbetter’ was part of the ‘Jeremy’ single release in 1992, it has been played live many times. McCready’s delicate intro brings in Vedder’s vocal. Stone Gossard is strumming the acoustic in support. McCready’s lead break is played with his eyes closed and leaning back, the crowd are joining in with the vocals. Vedder introduces the band, as McCready plays the outro.

We arrive at the final track of an amazing set, it’s a cover of the 1971 classic from The Who, it’s ‘Baba O’Riley’, Johnny Marr and Andrew Watt are invited onto the stage. The screens are showing the crowd again. The crowd and singing and clapping as those on stage are rocking out, as the track builds to a huge crescendo. Vedder thanks the Hyde Park crowd, the band take a bow, then turn around to have their photograph taken, along with 65,000 photobombers.

It’s been an amazing performance from Pearl Jam, along with all the other bands who have contributed to a great day. Now, all I’ve got to do is, find Manny and make our way to the tube station, that shouldn’t be too difficult…

Setlist: Corduroy, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Why Go, Deep, Wishlist, Garden, Throw Your Hatred Down, Do the Evolution, Animal, Dance of the Clairvoyants, Not for You, Rats, Faithful, State of Love and Trust, Eruption, Black, Porch, River Cross, Leash, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter, Baba O’Riley.

Photography by Manny Manson for MPM

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