Live Review: Pearl Jem @ O2 Academy Bristol

Editor September 8, 2011 3
Live Review: Pearl Jem @ O2 Academy Bristol

On September 7th, the Bristol O2 Academy played host to Irish based Pearl Jam tribute band, Pearl Jem. Pearl Jem are widely regarded as the closest and most enthralling representation of the Seattle giants in Europe an it’s clear to see why.

Pearl Jem visited Bristol as a tribute to the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s iconic debut album ‘Ten’.

Pearl Jem burst onto the stage and opened with “Once“, immediatly captivating the audience with a perfect rendition. Lead singer, Nigel Connell encouraged the audience to sing along and the crowd belted out every song alongside him. Nigel has nailed Eddie Vedder’s vocals and raw tone. He even does the famous Eddie dance!

The band played the entire ‘Ten’ album plus a number of songs from the Pearl Jam back catalogue including “State of Love and Trust“, “Rearviewmirror” and more recent Backspacer hit “The Fixer” amongst many others in an energetic 2 hour set.

Drummer Andrew Quinn performed one of the most incredible drum solos we have ever witnessed. The entire crowd was mesmerised.

The band are very passionate about their work and it shows. This group of incredibly talented musicians have worked tirelessly to recreate the atmosphere and musical prowess that Pearl Jam are famed for.

Pearl Jem are:

Andrew Reaburn    -     Lead Guitar
Brendan Reaburn   -    Bass Guitar
Nigel Connell     -     Vocals
Andrew Quinn     -     Drums
Chris Carney    -     Keyboards & Guitars
Robbie Fitzgerald    -     Lead Guitar

Pearl Jem Photos


  1. Darrell Wilkinson September 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    I saw these guys at the Oxford O2 show and thought they were seriously good, the lead singer totally nails Eddie Vedder’s vocals and seemingly effortlessly as well! the rest of the band can certainly play and they all created a good vibe for the crowd, i’ll certainly be seeing them again if they hit England

  2. Kevin Seeley February 25, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Seen Pearl Jem in Academy Dublin worst venue in the world but an amazing band. I was amazed how a tribute band could actually be better than the real thing. Have seen another tribute called the austrailian pearl jam in tbmc not a patch on these guys more gigs please!!

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