Feb 14, 1988 – Frank Zappa – Tower Theatre

remember Frank accepting gifts from the audience and then later he conducted us prior to the second set. The highlights for me included City of Tiny Lights and the Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. What a way to spend Valentine's Day!

Jan 20, 1987 – Pretenders / Iggy Pop – Spectrum

Date January 20, 1987Band Pretenders Opening Band Iggy Pop Venue Spectrum City Philadelphia, PA Who saw this show with me? Jay Friel

Notes I don't recall much from this show other than Chrissy at one point stopped a song in middle to scream at her band. A few days later we learned that Chrissy fired keyboardist Bernie Worrell and bassist T.M. Stevens. Nobody fucks with Chrissy!

The Pretenders / Iggy Pop - Jan 20, 1987, Philadelphia Spectrum

Setlist 1. Room Full of Mirrors (Chicago 1987) 2. Message Of Love 3. Time The Avenger 4. Kid 5. Light Of The Moon 6. My Baby 7. Private Life 8. Hymn To Her 9. Back On The Chain Gang 10. My City Was Gone 11. Bad Boys Get Spanked 12. Middle Of The Road 13. Precious 14. Don't Get Me Wrong 15. Brass In Pocket 16. Mystery Achievement 17. The Wait

The Pretenders "Get Close" Tour Program 1987

Jan 13, 1991 - ZZ Top / Black Crowes - Capital Centre

This is one of those shows when the opening act blew away the headliner. I thought ZZ Top was cartoonish and silly looking onstage and a parody of what they once were. They boring and it was one of the few times I ever left a show early.

Pearl Jam: June 19 & 20, 2008

Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

Last month I had the pleasure to see Pearl Jam two nights in a row - June 19 and 20 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

The first night I went with my brother-in-law, Kenny. I was able to secure tickets through Ten Club - "the greatest fan club on earth dedicated to the greatest fans on earth." Combine the set-list, incredible weather, decent seats, and a cool buzz and you have what may have been the best Pearl Jam shows I ever saw.

Ten years ago (8/28/98) I saw Pearl Jam for the first time with Steve, Ed, Mike, Sean, and Greg. For my second Pearl Jam show in two nights I saw the band again with the same guys. Although I enjoyed myself, I don't think this show was as good as night before. You see Pearl Jam does a different show every night and they try to combine a nice blend of "the hits" with tertiary album cuts and obscure b-sides for the die hards. Some nights they may lean one way more than another. The first show had more hits and the second show did not. Be that as it may - we still enjoyed ourselves and there is no doubt in my mind that we'll be seeing Pearl Jam ten years from now.

Here's some photos from the June 20th show.

Pearl Jam - June 20, 2008 - paul altobelli
Pearl Jam - June 20, 2008 - paul altobelli
Pearl Jam - June 20, 2008 - paul altobelli
Pearl Jam - June 20, 2008 - paul altobelli
Pearl Jam - June 19, 2008 - paul altobelli
Pearl Jam - June 20, 2008 - paul altobelli
Paul Altobelli

Listen / Download:
Pearl Jam - Severed Hand (6/19/2008)
Pearl Jam - Love Reign O'er Me (6/19/2008)
Pearl Jam - Animal (6/20/2008)
Pearl Jam - Daughter (6/20/2008)

Also visit to read about my past Pearl Jam shows.