Pearl Jam, with Sonic Youth supporting, returns to the Santa Barbara Bowl tonight, July 13. If their last appearance a couple years back is any indication — you remember, that last-minute Tuesday night benefit show for one of the Ramones whenChris Cornell, John Frusciante, Jack Johnson, and other über stars joined Eddie Vedder and his crew onstage — the concert will go down as one of the year’s highlights. Many tried in vain to get tickets for the show, so we decided to ask a Pearl Jam fan — namely Indy staffer Shannon Kelley Gould — about her travails.
Why do you want to go so badly? I was never a huge Pearl Jam fan, although I always liked their music. But I went to the last show here, and it was amazing, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. It was a fluke that I wound up going, but I loved it. I was blown away.
How have you tried to get tickets? I went to the Bowl the day they went on sale. I called Ticketmaster that day. I went to Craigslist. I cornered my inside connection at the paper and tried to bleed some information out of him, which was unsuccessful. The tickets on Craigslist were a couple hundy, which is a little out of range. We’re hoping scalpers will get desperate as the show draws closer.
What’s your plan if you don’t go? I will be drinking in my yard [near the Bowl] and praying for good acoustic, atmospheric conditions, which is fog.
— Matt Kettmann