Pearl Jam at Time Warner Cable Arena tonight (10/30/2013)
By Jeff Hahne
on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM
PEARL JAM Hot on the heels of the Oct. 14 release of its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam is back on the road for a North American tour that finally stops in Charlotte. It's been 10 years since the band performed in the Queen City, so fans are more than welcoming the return. They could have been riding the nostalgia train like other '90s bands, but Bolt might be one of the band's best albums in years. Upbeat rock 'n' roll with a hint of grunge soaking behind Eddie Vedder's signature love-em-or-hate-em vocals. For the most part, Bolt forgoes any riffs in favor of hard-charging chords or acoustic-driven ballads. It's refreshing to hear a band age with dignity, enfusing elements of its youth with ease while still maturing gracefully. $81.90. Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. 704-688-9000.