|Baltimore Raven/GoT Themed Poster|
The circle is complete. Chicago...Album Release....Baltimore. Last Sunday marked the end of my personal Pearl Jam trilogy for 2013. Of course the concert was great and they sounded amazing. Folks were right when they said the "sound" in the Baltimore Arena is excellent. I hadn't been to a show there in years and couldn't remember. Everything was loud and clear, unlike being near the top of the Verizon Center where everything sounds like junk.
Sad day for music fans as Lou Reed died earlier on Sunday. Pearl Jam paid tribute to Lou with a few words and a few songs. The setlist (below) was solid. I'll admit that I'd probably switch out at least a dozen of those songs for other tunes they are playing on this tour. But don't mistake that for not wanting to hear what they played. It was more of a desire to hear songs that I haven't before on tour.
|Setlist with Mr.Reed|
Now comes the drama and the happy ending for my story. Headed up to Baltimore early to stop by the arena and hit the merch tent. My goal was to buy a t-shirt, some stickers and two Baltimore posters (one for me, and one for Timmy). Looking at the Ten Club group on Facebook, it seemed that these tents opened around 12:30, so getting there between 1-2 shouldn't be a problem. Well.....they opened before noon and were sold out of posters when I got there.....stickers too. I bought a Baltimore t-shirt and figured I would be there when doors opened to get a poster inside.
I was holding tickets for 2 others and our communications were messed up. I thought they were meeting me at the arena and then getting dinner before the show. When they arrived, I headed back over....but when I got back there they had already hopped a cab to go grab dinner around 10 blocks away. So, the doors opened and I was unable to go inside for a poster run. Eventually I was able to leave their tickets with somebody else but by then it was too late. Posters were sold out again. Checking Ebay....people had already begun putting them up there for $100+ with pictures of them from their cars.
On Tuesday I posted this story on the Ten Club facebook group as a vent. Still loved the show and my t-shirt. Just wished they had posters available to members and wanted to share my frustrations. Then something happened......another member that was near me in MoCo had an extra Baltimore poster. She bought it for her cousin who was going to the show also. But this cousin managed to get one for themselves, so she had an extra. She offered to sell it to me for face value. But I had another idea. I offered an extra Chicago poster I was planning on framing to show the back (these posters have messages from the artists on the backs) in exchange for her extra Baltimore poster. She agreed and Diane is my new favorite Pearl Jam fan. She's been to over 100 shows and flown to other countries to see them. Also, she tells me that she has been collecting posters for a long time now. I hope one day to meet back up and see some of these. Either way, she was my Pearl Jam Angel and I can't thank her enough. My new poster is on the dinning room table now being flattened out. Once ready, I will be framing it along with my ticket.
So....a story that started with Craig being sick and unable to go to Chicago (bummer)....ended with a happy story of fans coming together. I love my poster. Diane says she digs the Chicago poster. Everybody is happy.