Diary of a Uniballer Excerpt: Pearl Jam

Below is a short excerpt from my book Diary of a Uniballer

November 26th, 2013

In between all of the waiting and anxiety associated with it, I got out of the house for a little fun this week. I went with my brother David to see one of my favorite bands of all time, Pearl Jam, in Oakland, CA. It had been almost twenty years since I last saw them live (when I was a wee lad in high school), and they did not disappoint. Playing for over three hours with two encores, it was an amazing evening. 

There was one moment when Eddie Vedder, the lead singer, said something that had me teary eyed in the stands. After playing Even Flow (one of my favorite songs), this is what Eddie said:

This next one… it’s a little bit about the fragility of life, 

How we really should be honoring our health.

Never take it for granted.

When you are faced with challenges, you know how much work it is.

There’s nothing better than getting news like: you’re beating cancer.

Because the first part of that equation is pretty crazy.

To say that was a truly magical moment is an understatement of gigantic proportions. To hear those particular words while at a concert of one of my all time favorite bands while beating cancer myself… Wow. It was a moment in time that I will never forget, and a reminder that there are so many wonderful, crazy, amazing events in our lives. Even with my bald head and chemo poisoned insides, for the duration of that concert I could forget about all of my personal problems and enjoy myself. Thanks, Eddie, for making a great night even more unforgettable.

Pearl Jam during an unforgettable night in Oakland. 

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