[...lyrics from "Release", Pearl Jam. Eddie V shows his love for an initmate show at the Metro Chicago. Left pic by Mr. Joshua; right pics by Akasha, before and after being crowd surfed upon.]
In May, I was fortunate to join a sailing client turned friend at the "Who Cares" benefit with Pete Townsend and Eddie Vedder. It was a bit of a drive from the city, but my friend and I had an entertaining time catching up with a travel story hour. It had promise as an intimate and elegant show at the Rosemont Theater, and I always love to see musicians when they play with their guitar heroes. That May show benefitted Teen Cancer America; the concert was a great bookend to the Pearl Jam Wrigley show we had attended together. Somehow we have yet to heard PJ or Eddie and Pete do Baba O'Riley; she's a great Who fan and I have raved about Pearl Jam's rendition. After that Pearl Jam Wrigley show, I also defniitely thought Wrigley Field would be an curious and disturbing setting for a thriller. Well, since that early morning the timeless Sara Paretsky has invoked some of the classic field's charm in her latest thriller, Brush Back. I was not in full swing writing my second book when we went to that previous show as I am now. Maybe there's time later in the Davanti series to weave in Wrigley...
Since that May concert I have seen the #U2IeTour in LA and Chicago (this is adventure is a few blogs and gets a whole chapter in the book I'm putting into play). Tis a grand spectacle of an arena show where film, journey and innocence meet in harmony. As I was meeting up with my U2 tribe and music friends, I missed the Metro ticket announcement. One Pearl Jam tribe member/fan came to the rescue so we could make it. The show was part of "Hot Stove Cool Music" put on by Theo Epstein's Foundation to Be Named Later. FTBNL has grown in scope and reach since its founding, and to date has granted $6 million to over 200 nonprofit agencies benefiting urban youth and families.
[Theo Epstien warms up the crowd at the Metro Chicago. Pic by Akasha.]
Last Thursday we were thrilled to be part of the intimate and energetic benefit show. We ended up with a fantastic spot in the front at Metro Chicago, swapped travel and show stories with our Pearl Jam tribe - and went home with one of Eddie's tambourines. Still smiling.
I'm also working a day job writing and making more time for my dream job (the thrillers, full time, with a side of sailing)...as I negotiate a lucrative contract for first the 1-2 books of the Davanti series. (ICYMI~ Check my Instagram for many more concert pics.)
I'm honored to be inspired by some of my guitar hereos and, yes, they are currently in a scene or two to help set the stage for my characters' world. Ideally, those scenes get to stay.
For more juicy, musical morsels, check out Billboard's account of the show.
"Hey, I was born this way - a Cubs fan!" Wrigleyville roared on cue, and Ed brought many of the Cubs on stage. Nevermind that it looks like a couple of them are staring me down. #Gameface. In the end, Eddie was lifted high to the rafters on his heroes' shoulders and we sang a rousing verison of "All the Way", with the Cubs. Ed called it, "in Chicago you're blessed and you're healed..." Amen.
[Left and top pics by Akasha, lower right pics by Mr. Joshua of the Pearl Jam tribe. Sailing pic @ Chicago Yacht Club cheering on sailors for the start of the Mac Race.]
In honor of #GivingTuesday:
Wait, we can win a private house party show with Eddie Vedder and The Who?
That's what I thought you said. Here's more info on how to win.
Thanks to the Teen Cancer America team!
[I wonder if they'd play Baba O'Riley if you asked verrrry nicely...]