Pearl Jam Melbourne and Brisbane 2009
Man. Mid thirties. Dreads, Docs and septum peircing. He sits down with me and asks if he can bum some water. We start talking about the heat and then we break into the real stuff. He has seen them 17 times in 15 years and claims he has met them on two occasions. He first saw Pearl Jam at the age of 11 when he begged his mother to let him tag along and has been hooked ever since. I tell him I was born a month after the release of Ten and he smiles. I tell him I grew up listening to Pearl Jam and its stuck my whole life. We get talking about their influence on pop culture and how they epitomise what it is to be born, or grow up, in the nineties. The gates open and we shake hands. He tells me to be safe in there and I never see him again.
Pearl Jam are one of the most iconic bands in the world. They represent so much of what it means to be free and their music resonates with millions of people - all different but united by the same love.
I felt at peace in front of Eddie and the gang. I was free and floating, basking in the sybaritic splendour of their tunes. I cannot explain it. So I refuse to try anymore.