From the Comfort of My Own Home.

T in the Park this year was one of the first festivals I've been to in a long time. Things have changed a bit since the late 90's, and while I'm not trying to sound like an old fart my priorities have changed a bit. One thing I noticed was how pointless it is trying to see a band on the main stage. Unless you're there first thing to watch the latest Scottish hopefuls, you've little chance of seeing anything later on. People who say "Oh, I saw so-and-so at X-festival on the Main Stage" actually means: "I stood in a field looking at a really big stage where what seemed to be the Strokes played live. They were about 500 feet away. I couldn't hear much because it was windy, and the sound was all over the place."

So, thank fuck for the BBC's intelligent coverage of this years Reading and Leeds Festival. I've not seen a vast amount of action, aside from what was on a 3 o'clock this morning, but tonight put aside all the regret I had for not going. Pearl Jam have headlined tonight, and BBC3 is currently showing THE ENTIRE FUCKING SET.

They're playing everything, from Jeremy to Corduroy, to Evolution, Blood and beyond. I first got into them when I was 14, and a girl from school gave me her Dissident single as she wasn't keen. The B-side was 3 live tracks, comprising Release, Rearviewmirror and Even Flow, which helped me decide at the time that they were the best band ever.

They've played Rearviewmirror tonight, and it proves itself once more as being a tune that sounds better live than on record. It's edgy, urgent and incendiary, and on tonights evidence hasn't lost a thing over the years. Fucking excellent. They're coming back on in a minute for some encores, so I'm gonna dash. I can't believe I'm reviewing the TV, but I'll probably try this trick again next year. It'll save me 100 quid.

MP3 Pearl Jam - Release/Rearviewmirror/Even Flow (B side from Dissident UK Single. Live recording from the Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 3rd April 1994)

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