Eddie Vedder performed one of the best rock concerts of all time in Budapest. So much that he almost did not want to leave the stage of the sports arena. Read below for more on the spectacular performance!
“The last time we were in Budapest, we were just an OK band, because we didn’t have Matt Cameron here then,” said Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Velder between songs. Of course, let’s not forget that the former Soundgarden drummer joining the band was indeed an important part of the quest for perfection.
But that was only a small part of the process that led to the grunge legends becoming perhaps the best hard rock band in the world. Anyone who was there on Tuesday night at the Pap László Sport Arena will surely share the view that the band’s live performance was one of the best that could happen in popular music in 2022. And it was not just the band but also the audience, as Vedder said, that even after the pandemic, no one knew if the old world would return. Of course, it is back, thanks in part to Pearl Jam, reports Népszava.
Reportedly, the band put on such a good show, that it will be remembered by Hungarian concert-goers for a very long time. They went beyond the expected playing time, leaving the audience in ecstasy for almost two hours and twenty minutes. Hungary got to hear the opening track, “Wash,” before the rest of Europe. Old hits like “Black,” “Ewen Flow,” and the lengthy “Porch,” the first closing track, almost lifted the Arena audience off the ground.
The concert tour had some troubles at the beginning, says HVG. It has been postponed twice, first in 2020, swept away by epidemic measures and closures, and then again in 2021 for similar reasons. This is not the first that Hungarian fans were disappointed. In 2000, for example, they announced a week before an advertised gig at Petőfi Hall that they were cancelling the concert. It was a very bad night for the fans.
Formed in 1991 on the ruins of Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam has gone from being the cool young titans and grunge heroes of the early nineties to a front band that has since transcended category. After 1998’s “Yield,” 2000’s “Binaural,” and 2002’s “Riot Act,” the band launched two new albums. Lost Dogs in 2003, a back catalogue of ‘B-side’ tracks and songbook gems, and a ‘proper’ compilation album.
Source: nepszava.hu, hvg.hu