Host Katie Daryl:
Named after Pearl Jam’s huge debut album (TEN), they showed up ready with some seriously great gear to rock some Pearl Jams songs.
The beautiful instruments on stage used to recreate the music of Pearl Jam:
Your host – Katie Daryl :
Getting ready for live TV:
Katie introducing The Ten Band as the live telecast begins:
The band started out with “ONCE” – the opening track on Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut.
A demo of this song sent from Eddie Vedder to guitarist Stone Gossard helped get him the gig with the band.
That helped Vedder go from being a gas station attendant living in San Diego to becoming a key figure in 90s music history.
The band’s sound powered through the venue and this song got the telecast off and rocking.
Great lyrics: “You think I got my eyes closed
But I’m lookin’ at you the whole fuckin’ time”
The next song was “State of Love and Trust”, which was first released and appeared as Track 8 on the soundtrack for Singles, a “grunge-based” movie that took place in Seattle that Jeff Ament, Vedder and Gossard appeared in. That was a true sign of the times. The song rocked with the thunderous bass playing of Todd Kaczorowski.
The Ten Band then played “Evenflow” – the second single off PJ’s debut. Lead vocalist Nick Rhodes (not to be confused with the dude from Duran Duran) absolutely nailed this song, taking the crowd back to the flannel days of the past.
Next, the band followed suit with the third single released from the debut – “Jeremy”. The crowd sang along and really enjoyed this one. Guitarists Billy Schneider and Brian Pardee rocked out on this one.
“Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town”, the tenth track from from VS. was next. Due to the abnormally long title in terms of PJ songs, it’s commonly referred to as “Small Town” by the band and their fans.
TTB followed up with “Given to Fly” — the most popular song from the band’s fifth album “Yield”, which was released in 1998.
TTB continued on with “Daughter”, the second single from their second album, Vs. THis song was actually PJ’s first Top 40 single. TTB really rocked this song. It sounded great and the fans sang along like it was 1993 all over again.
Next up was “Porch” – the eighth track off Ten. Many in attendance hadn’t heard that song in almost 20 years… or at least the last time they watch PJ’s “MTV Unplugged”. Drummer Adam Sivitz nailed this song.
The main set before commercial break was “Black” – the fifth single off Ten.
Katie came out and announced the commercial break.
“Betterman” from 1994’s Vitalogy opened the encore. That song spent 8 weeks at #1 on the charts. It’s hard to believe that was already 20 years ago. This song sounded great live.
The encore finished up with “Alive” – the first single from the debut. As expected. the crowd went wild for this one. It was a great way to close out the show. Another week of Season 4 in the books..
All metal shows should be this great. Arch Enemy truly is a fantastic metal band.
The show at the House of Blues on National Metal Day (11/11) rocked throughout with serious musicianship and killer tunes.
Alissa White-Gluz is an incredibly powerful lead vocalist with a dominating, take-no-prisoners vocal style.
Paired perfectly with music that matches her aggressive, intense and awesome vocal style, there aren’t too many bands out there that come close to their live show for a true metal experience. Arch Enemy are super heroes of heavy metal.
This show easily warrants a trip to Anaheim later today to see them play again.