Review by Jeff Elbel
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam sang "The Real Me" with Roger. He seemed be having a blast, and made a pretty great job of it. Roger, apparently, thinks the world of him. This was the second show back after taking a few off to rest Roger’s voice. Roger’s pipes weren’t 100%, but he chose his battles and delivered some real stunners. He gargled and sprayed water into the air before nailing the high note concluding "Love Reign O'er Me.” It gave me the shivers. The scream in "Won't Get Fooled Again” was powerful. Pete's turn at "Eminence Front" and "I'm One" were highlights for me. "Join Together" was a little bit rocky, and might have been one of the couple of moments where things went briefly off the rails, with the band shooting looks at each other. But I thought it was very cool to see the band play it, and appreciate that they’re dusting off lesser-played gems. “A Quick One” was fun, and Pete declared that the Who’s mini-opera was better than Queen’s. At one point, Pete was talking while Roger was wrestling with his gear. There was a loud bang through the PA, like someone dropped or unplugged a live mic. Pete took a cheeky jab at Roger, saying, "For one glorious moment, I though he'd shot himself!” During the thank-yous toward the end of the show, Roger was thanking the fans for 50 long and faithful years of support. Pete, who turns 70 in a few days, mimed a “grabber.” Roger replied, “Not here. Not now!"
Review by Pat Stanton
I loved the show last night. Pete was in a great mood, joking and laughing all night. Roger sounded much better than in Nashville, actually varying the key in several songs to sing a bit lower but it sounded great. Love Reign was fabulous again. Eddie V joined the band for a duet with Roger on The Real Me as a tease for tonight's benefit. Lost Magic Bus for the Eddie bit but a good trade. Some idiots insisted on smoking pot during the show which bothered Roger. I wish fans who are sitting by these jerks would get security to have them removed in the future. He still sounded wonderful in-spite of the smoke.