This weekend nostalgia will rush through my senses as Pearl Jam plays their 20th anniversary celebration at Alpine Valley. While they have visited the storied venue of my home state since 2000 and I have seen them since, the last day that I saw them there was that memorable cold October night that Eddie Vedder dubbed the Ice Bowl.
I’ll save the stories about being there for my friend Shawn’s(who I talk to way too little these days) bachelor party, the flask of whiskey that we handed around to cut the terrible nip in the air, and the most fun I’ve ever had dancing around on the top of that treacherous hill for another time. But I’ll leave you with this video for the only thing I absolutely MUST here with the hopes that Eddie and the boys will play this, like they did on October 8, 2000, so I can take a trip back to one of the most memorable nights of my life.
Sidenote: I’ve got some great bootlegs and some great bootlegs that everyone knows about. But the CD from this night is my favorite. There was some great banter and I can still see the Eddie’s breath in the cold air when I listen to it.
At Alpine the words were changed to:
“Gotta car. Got some gas. Oh let’s get the fuck outta here…go somewhere warm and fast”