A rock band’s greatest strength in their arsenal is being able to kill it on stage. Aside from the million and one things you can do while behind studio glass, making an entire audience jump with energy is one of the greatest feelings a rock band can have with their fans. However, when you really go for it, sometimes even the best bands can go overboard during the performance.
Even though some of these songs sounded great in their studio versions, there’s something about these live cuts that brought everything to life once they hit the stage. Whether it’s some sort of boosted energy or adding something more to the arrangement of the song, these practically feel like completely different beasts than we’re used to. hear at home.
Often bands even manage to salvage some of the most forgettable tracks from their catalog and blast them to dramatic proportions live, making for some of the most adrenaline-pumping music the genre has ever released. Despite everything it takes to make something sound good live, you’ll need a good audience to feed you. The band may be playing the song itself, but the crowd is really the extra member of the band in these scenarios.
One of the highlights of every great live show is being able to sing along to the classics. Even though you have nothing in common with everyone there, you begin to restore your faith in humanity when you unite millions for a song you wrote. As soon as Eddie Vedder starts the opening riff of Better Man, the audience practically takes over for him.
Before he even approached the mic, the crowd actually bothered to sing most of the opening verse and chorus for Eddie as he plays along with the rest of the track. Compared to the rough baritone, you get legions of people connecting with this sad story of a woman having fun staying in this meaningless relationship (I don’t know what that says about us all singing, However).
On every occasion though, Eddie has been nothing but cheerful whenever it happens, acting as an impromptu vocal instructor as he nearly leads the crowd into the next part of the song with his gestures. While songs like Even Flow and Alive might have been a lot more chaotic in the 90s from a live performance standpoint, those subtle moments are just as much worth as Eddie swinging from the rafters. Because for a minute, everyone in this stadium becomes an honorary member of Pearl Jam.