I think this will probably be my last blog - and as a refreshing change - it will only be short. I just had to quickly reflect on some of the artists I've seen live recently - the experiences were as precious as the gemstones in the title - which I came up with at the Pearl Jam concert in Sydney, seeing Ben Harper and Eddie Vedder jammin' on stage together.
It must have been the hottest day in history - but thankfully my 6"1 stature gave me access to fresh air above the masses (not to mention an awesome view!)
Seeing Ben play Diamonds on the Inside evoked memories of seeing him live at the Outside Lands fest in San Francisco - when the very same song (the film clip for which is shot in Byron Bay) mustered a strong sense of nostalgia for home and the place where all the family are (the far north coast)! It was another one of those moving moments - when you realise the power of music to evoke feelings and memories.
Pearl Jam were, needless to say - AWESOME. Even though Eddie Vedder was sick - he still managed to fill the stadium with perfect live performances of the songs we love (even though it must have been ripping his throat to shreds!) He cracked a joke about sucumbing to lip sinking next time - presumably a reference to Britney's recent tour. He really connected with the audience and stroked our egos by quoting an Australian friend of his who told him that the English originally thought they'd just dump all their criminals on this land - thinking their own was superior, but the joke was on them as they soon realised this place was a fucking paradise! His Australian friend was Mark Richards - the World Champion Surfer from Newcastle. A lot of the professional surfers I interviewed for my women's surfing documentary talked about Mark as an inspiration (including 7 times world champ Layne Beachley) - so I'd heard his name a lot - the fact that he was great mates with Pearl Jams front man was news to me - but exciting news! I thought that was really cool - I love it how everything connects, tis beautiful.
But yeh - Pearl Jam was awesome. I was hoping that Eddie Vedder might treat us to one of his poetic masterpieces from Into the Wild (for which he provided the soundtrack) but alas he did not. Hearing all the Pearl Jam greats was AMAZING though.
As said in previous blogs, I have a soft spot for the grunge era - having two much older (gen X) siblings - it was kind of the soundtrack to my early childhood lol - and I've always loved it!
I was devastated as 7 year old back in 1994 when news broke of Kurt Cobain's death... slowly I accepted that whilst I'd never get to see Nirvana play live - the music would forever survive, and so would other awesome bands of the era - such as Pearl Jam and Green Day - both of whom I have now seen play.
Green Day most recently - whose 21st Century Breakdown gig in Sydney was the best live event I've EVER experienced. Hence I think that would be a good place to finish: on the band whose music REALLY speaks to me, on the band who reminds us that the voice of rock is still as loud and clear as ever: political, poetic, philosophical and foolish - I have SO much respect for the Green Day lads!!
But I love all music and am super keen to sample more - I am up for ALL that My World Tour has in store: from sleepless nights to festival delights, from interviewing to concert reviewing!! BRING IT ON BABY!!!!