Having rehearsed on it all week, Pearl Jam was well acquainted with the Consol stage and everything to be played on it, and tonight, it was time to christen Pearl Jam’s first full U.S. tour since 2010 and first concert in Pittsburgh since 2006. Set list Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town Lightning Bolt Rockin’ in the Free World Yellow Ledbetter “I was starting to get nervous about our first gig,” Eddie Vedder said at one point, “and I happened to be talking to Bruce Springsteen, and he said, ‘Aw [expletive], it’s in Pittsburgh, it’s going to be a smoking crowd.” True to form, it was a high-energy, high-spirited, nearly 30-song Springsteen-style marathon from Eddie and the boys, who made it feel like they were FROM Pittsburgh. Pearl Jam had teased a few new songs in a pair of shows this summer — one at Wrigley Field, one in London, Ontario — but this was the live debut for many of the tunes from “Lightning Bolt.” Although it doesn’t come out until Tuesday, it was streamed on iTunes this week, so the Pearl Jam faithful were prepared. When he sang “Pendulum” in his rich baritone, drawing out that great line “Easy come, easy go/easy left me long ago,” there was already a spark of recognition. The band is obviously proud of this one, and with good reason. When they powered through the title track and the breakneck single “Mind Your Manners,” they already sounded like songs from a future “greatest hits” collection. They were paired with the furious “Animal” as an easy compare and contrast to older days. Of course, Pearl Jam is just as effective, or more so, in the mid-tempo zone, making songs like “Nothingman,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in Small Town” and “Faithfull” sing-along celebrations. Add to that “Sirens,” a beauty from the new album about the fragility of life, with death right outside the door. “Unemployable” was delivered as “a fate I wish on everybody in Congress,” Mr. Vedder said. Something about “Daughter” made him think of Franco Harris because he inserted a breathy chant of “Let’s Go Franco” into the song, followed by a toast to the running back he said was the best when he was growing up. Pearl Jam, surrounded on all sides in the sold-out house, chose to forego the giant screen approach. There were hanging lantern globes, and a cluster of lights above that looked like a found object sculpture of a metal band’s unreadable logo.
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But witnessing 30 Seconds To Mars’ live performance wasn’t the only mesmerising part of their evening. Making it that much more special, Lily Collins, 24, and Julianne Hough, 25, adorably posed as twins upon arriving at the Hollywood Bowl and Chateau Marmont. Ravisihing in red: Lily Collins, left, and Julianne Hough, right, coordinated with deep crimson pouts for the 30 Seconds To Mars after party at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California on Saturday Most noticeable was their matching make-up, harmonising with deep red pouts, rosy cheeks, subtle yet suggestive eyes, and full brows. Similarly, the fashionable duo showed off their above-the-shoulder haircuts. Lily styled her brunette locks into a sleek bob, as the Safe Haven star tousled her tresses and topped them off with a black brimmed hat. Sticking together: The girls arrived and exited the party with each other Trouser twins: Julianne and Lily both sported black skinny jeans Even their ensembles coordinated, appearing eclectic and rocker chic to fit the occasion. The Mirror, Mirror actress – who is the daughter of Phil Collins – sported a cropped, screen-printed T-shirt and skinny black trousers, layered with a tan boyfriend blazer and leopard print, chain-strapped handbag. Dressed as her edgier counterpart, Julianne wore a mostly black ensemble, consisting of skinny jeans, a red-and-black checkered blouse, biker jacket, and booties. She too opted to carry her belongings in a stylish chain-strapped shoulder bag. Displaying their differences: Though they appeared quite similar, Julianne looked more edgy, as Lily’s ensemble was more on the sophisticated side Showing just how cute they are, the two cosied up for photos at the band’s after party, which was located at LA hot spot Chateau Marmont. Julianne even got a picture with the rockstar himself, Jared Leto, who is the lead singer of 30 Seconds To Mars. As Jared kept calm, barely cracking a smile, the Footloose star couldn’t help but flash a smirk for the celebrity she considers ‘hot.’ Girls just want to have fun! The duo looked anxious to get to their destination ‘#nofilter holy amazing #30secondstomars #hollywoodbowl #jaredleto #holyhottness,’ she had previously tweeted from her seats at the Hollywood Bowl, along with a snap of the stage.
Concert review: One Direction in Auckland
But it was to be expected – the British boy band have engendered a ridiculously passionate, vocal fan base over the last three years, winning the hearts of young girls with a bit of cheek, a dash of charm, and a few songs which encapsulate everything a tweenage girl would want to hear from her first crush. It seems they’re everything Simon Cowell could’ve wished for when he signed them up. Video Except if they had performed for Cowell the way they performed at Vector Arena on Saturday night, it’s unlikely he would’ve been impressed. While all the basic expectations of a pop concert were met, the boys entirely lacked for any soul, intensity, or showmanship. It wasn’t exactly unprofessional, but it was the epitome of a phoned-in, by the script performance. All the lasers, smoke machines, and set-dressing couldn’t make up for a very bland delivery. Yes, they jumped about, smiled, and sang lots of songs (and while sometimes pitchy, they were mostly drowned out by the crowd singing along). But there’s a few things the boys could definitely do better. Their lax approach to choreography needs a rethink. Simply wandering around the stage, making silly jokes with the band members, and occasionally strolling in a circle at the end of the catwalk, takes the, “We’re too cool to dance” attitude a little far. Gallery Sitting down for a couple of ballads might be permitted, but it seemed like a weird choice for hit ballad Last First Kiss, which should’ve been huge.
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10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15th. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press People gather to see Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press