IT appeared at first that things would be horrendous on Northerly Island Friday night. The weather reports ominously foretold thunderstorms, and the venue reports (especially about the lawn) in the weeks before the show were bleak. But as Phish opened with “Suzy Greenberg,” the crowd roared with glee.
The weather was as gorgeous as gorgeous could be, with an intermittent breeze cooling down the 90+ degree ambient temperature under a largely blue sky. The set featured a funkalicious “Wolfman’s Brother,” and Fish dazzlingly engaging the audience on the Marimba Lumina during “Scent of a Mule.” There was also a memorably must-hear version of “Limb by Limb,” masterfully crazy-fingered by Trey. Fans danced-off calories left and right, including calories earned pre-show drinking copious amounts of “Sample” ale in mason jars at Rock Bottom brewpub’s wonderful, all-weekend fundraiser for The Mockingbird Foundation, whose volunteers manage this site.
It was easily among the tour’s finest first sets. What would the second set bring? Would we get yet another powerful second set of tour, fans wondered as the sky steadily darkened, and lightning began to twist and pounce on the horizon, both Page, and Mike, side.
DWD -> Fuckerpants’ed.
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But with that many people there I guess you can't take any chances. The first set was basically a warmup and the DWD was going places until it got ripcorded.
Had some afterward. I bunch of us snuck into the disco tent in the back for a while before we were kicked out. For the rain we were under a pavilion at the yatch club nearby. Now when Page made the announcement, he said it would blow over in half an hour and they'd come back (not that the decision is up to him or anything). No one told us the whole thing was cancelled really. I went back into the venue around 10:30 or so and went to the front row where the crew finally told us it was all over for the night (11pm cerfew). I then got drenched walking back to my car in the lot at Soldier Field.
Even Mother Nature takes a leak during Fuckerpants.
I don't expect it to be "made up" by the band because, after all, the band doesn't owe us anything (and it's certainly not going to be made up by a night of GD covers). I do expect two nights of incredible music, as per usual. I feel sorry for the fans that are there but at least you don't have to wait 2 weeks for them to play like fans in Toronto.
Until then, keep your eyes on the skies ("Watcher of the Skies" bustout tonight??)
About the 11 minute mark of this video if you missed it
I think I've only seen one Caspian ever. Woudn't mind seeing one again.
Northerly Island is just a temporary venue, with no pavilion or permanent structure or any safe place they can send people for protection to wait it out, so they just have to get everyone out of there. If there was a place they could temporarily send fans while the storm passes and then continue the show obviously that's what they would have done, as they have done several times before. This venue doesn't give them that option
I hope you are not referring to me. I was just trying to inject some silliness; gotta smile, there is great stuff ahead. This tour really has been amazing; there is something for everyone. It is a nice 30 year blend of all eras, and great new stuff.
Above is link to CBS news with video. That's a bummer for all who went. I couldn't imagine what this would feel like.
Then Vedder and his bandmates made good on his promise – Pearl Jam did indeed play until 2 a.m., far past the Wrigley curfew of 11 p.m.
How was it on the floor last night. Any tips about how to get the most out of the experience?
Thank you for your help.
Gotta love the lemmings syndrome.
"I read all these reviews from 95 where all the super heady fans hated Caspian the 3 minute, no jam song that seemed to get played every night, so now I bitch when I hear it and its currently evolving jam section 5 whole times a year"
Somehow even worse than people who still bitch about Bouncing.
It's oh so close to being that guy who doesn't like DWD because they filmed a video for it. Did you know there are still people who think that way? In 2013? And will argue with you and say that they've jammed it a few times but it's usually a 5 minute sell out song?
Sorry. I'm just sitting here thinking of people's reactions to the DWD video and I can't stop laughing. Or any fanbase who got bent out of shape when their favorite band decided to dip their toes into playing with cameras. Or god fucking forbid, every time they write a song you can sing along to.