Inclement weather, screaming fans mark the band's performance
Pearl Jam's lightning storm of red, green and purple flashes was more powerful than the one caused by Mother Nature Saturday night.
Blue lights and smoke filled Phoenix's Desert Sky Pavilion as 14,000 screaming fans jumped to their feet and sang along to the words of "Long Road." Lead singer Eddie Vedder and his band members took control of both the stage and the attention of the audience at 8:45 p.m.
Dressed in white pants and a denim jacket, Vedder danced and jammed on his guitar for two hours, waving around his signature long, curly hair and performed more than 20 songs - each with its own color lighting scheme.
Interaction between Vedder and the audience did not begin until 15 minutes into the concert, when Vedder yelled, "How is everyone doing tonight?" Then after waiting for the cheering fans to get even louder, he said, "What a beautiful night for a concert!"