On Sunday night, before Pearl Jam played its fifth song, Eddie Vedder addressed the sold-out crowd.
“Twenty-three years. Twenty-three years. We have been a band for 23 years and this is the first time we have had the opportunity to say these three words: ‘Good evening, Baltimore,’” the 48-year-old singer said.
He seemed both mystified and relieved. Why had it taken his band so long to play this city, especially given its proximity to Philadelphia, a spot the group never misses? (While Pearl Jam had never played Baltimore before Sunday, Vedder played a solo set at the Lyric Opera House in 2009.)
Naturally, not a soul cared. If Vedder’s acknowledgment was a long-coming...