So it happens. You max out a credit card to go to a once-in-a-lifetime show. Your ten-year-old self once vowed that “if this ever happened, I’d sell my soul to go see it,” and now it’s happening. But it’s bittersweet, because you just found out there is a possibility it won’t be everything you hoped it would be.
When I was ten and fell in love with Pearl Jam, I, of course, discovered Temple of the Dog and Mother Love Bone. For a 25th anniversary (yes, now I do feel old, thank you) the group, comprised of members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, are hosting a ten-date U.S. tour. Only I heard, after spending an OBTUSE amount of money for a pair of tickets from a ticket scalper (see my thoughts on that in the previous blog), that Eddie might not be there.
(Record scratches.) How? Why? What the hell? Eddie was invited into this tribute band to honor the life of former Mother Love Bone frontman, Andrew Wood, who passed from a heroin overdose, after remaining “clean” for sometime. The members of Mother Love Bone disbanded, and Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament met Mike McCready and discovered Eddie Vedder and wham! Pearl Jam. At the time, Matt Cameron was Soundgarden’s drummer, but now makes a perfect puzzle piece place in the group.
I bought said tickets (that I’m now paying interest on) with the full intention of bringing my ukulele to get signed, should that happen. (Please God and Universe, align just right.) Now, I hear that he may or may not be at certain shows. Listen, Eddie, I have never spoken an ill word against you, nor will I ever, but I have to know…please, will you be at the Tower Theatre show on Saturday, November 5th? Please will you sign my ukulele, my arm, my soul? May I get a picture of you, as chubby as I’ve become, to commemorate my life’s BIGGEST dream coming true?
Did you know that when I was ten I had a stained glass music note inscribed with Andy’s name on it, and another one, a heart with roses, that read: Eddie and Rachael Forever? Come on, I was ten, cut me a break. But please be there. I don’t see how you could NOT be. You sing on three of the songs, at least! You are an integral part of that project! And now there’s talk of a second release?! Why would you not take part, 25 years later? Plus, it’s only ten shows. Ten shows upon which millons of fans were disappointed, because, once again, Ticketmaster sucks, and we waited, with breath bated, only to find out that no, we never had a chance. Before the page could even open, all tickets were sold out. We wasted a sick day from work to be horribly dissappointed. Down-trodden, we turned to eBay and, instead of paying our student loans, we racked up “cashback bonuses” on our credit cards because of the ticket scalpers.
So, please. Please be there. Everyone who waited, breath bated, counted on this. We can’t find a better man.
Respectfully in debt,