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November 18, 2013

Pearl Jam puts on timeless show in OKC, addresses controversy

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

"It's like when you see a girlfriend you still love with her new husband," he said. "You still love her, but you hate him." 

Most seemed pleased by this response as it was met with a rousing applause. The band continued through a set list, which included classic Pearl Jam tracks such as "MFC," and "Porch." The first encore concluded with the 48-year-old Vedder swinging through the audience on a giant, electrically lit ball while he sang the final verse of "Porch." Those who know the song know this was no easy feat. 

The band returned for their final encore and ran through a slew of their most popular tracks including "Jeremy," "Black" and "Alive." 

They turned the house lights on to bring the concert to a close. Vedder addressed the crowd one last time after a cover of The Who's hit, "Baba O'riley." He told the crowd Oklahoma is Ok with him, before guitarist Mike McCready strummed the opening chords of "Yellow Ledbetter," the quintessential Pearl Jam closer. 

McCready played through the song effortlessly, proving age has in no way diminished his ability to bend strings and shred in a manner that would rival those half his age. 

Saturday night's concert was a testament to Pearl Jam's longevity. The arena was packed and many times the fan's voices would drown Vedder's out with a 30,000-strong rendition of Pearl Jam's set list.

They say in wine there is truth, and the truth here is that Pearl Jam is a band that has stood the test of time and sits on hallowed musical ground with the likes of U2 and KISS.

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