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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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PJ is Rock and Rock Royality
Venue/Date: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco, CA)
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July 15th, 2006
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Concert review: Resurgent Pearl Jam turns up heat in S.F.

By Tony Hicks

It's one thing to hear about Pearl Jam's renewed vigor, including new, big guitar songs that bring the band as close to arena rock as it's been in a decade. It's quite another to actually see them come out so amped up that they occasionally play too fast.

It was pretty obvious Pearl Jam had fun Saturday night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. They're on the road with Sonic Youth -- a band that can blow any headliner right off a stage should it lack the proper motivation.

Pearl Jam has always been a good, at times intense, live band, even during those years when they lacked a certain appetite for stardom. But even if they weren't at their best on Saturday, it was still pretty clear they've found an extra gear in 2006.

At times Saturday's set was inspired, at times it was messy -- which is fine when enthusiasm is the culprit and everybody in the crowd already knows the song. The second song "Go" was an effective pace-setter, with rapid-fire strobe lights highlighting an even faster vocal cadence from frontman Eddie Vedder, all of which transitioned perfectly into Mike McCready's blistering guitar solo.

The vibe continued on "World Wide Suicide," which nevertheless lost a bit of its dynamics because Pearl Jam sped things up so much. But again, enthusiasm ruled the moment, with the band clearly embracing the idea of fans pumping their fists to big guitar chords.
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