Paul McCartney tweets, then holds impromptu concert in Times Square
The event has become somewhat controversial in parts of the Arab-American community. Some are refusing to take part because its being held at a Jewish center, organizers said. Others oppose it because the musician and some of the organizers oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad. Jandali and others helping to organize the concert said its unfortunate there is division over an event intended to help children. Jandali said the Jewish center was selected for the concert on purpose because he wants people to cross through social and political barriers so we can be human. Stop dividing our noble cause with silly things, he said. Dr. Yahya Basha of West Bloomfield , who is of Syrian descent and a longtime leader in the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities, supports the concert. He said it will highlight the magnitude of the tragedy of Syria. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced because of the war, including about 2 million refugees who fled the country. There are about 10,000 Syrian Americans in Michigan. John Akouri, a Lebanese-American leader from Farmington Hills who will emcee the event, said: Shame on anyone who brings politics or religion into this concert. Everyone is welcome. This is America. Jandalis parents were reportedly attacked in Syria by forces supporting Assad after he played a song in 2011 calling for freedom.
Matt Freed/Post-Gazette Eddie Vedder leads Pearl Jam at Consol Energy Center Friday night. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette Eddie Vedder, left, leads Pearl Jam at Consol Energy Center Friday night. Click image to enlarge Tweet By Scott Mervis/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The lights went down in Consol Energy Center at 8:21 — almost an hour after the ticket time — and with the live premiere of the pensive new song “Pendulum,” the Lightning Bolt Tour was on. Having rehearsed on it all week, Pearl Jam was well acquainted with the Consol stage and everything to be played on it, and tonight, it was time to christen Pearl Jam’s first full U.S. tour since 2010 and first concert in Pittsburgh since 2006. Set list Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town Lightning Bolt Rockin’ in the Free World Yellow Ledbetter “I was starting to get nervous about our first gig,” Eddie Vedder said at one point, “and I happened to be talking to Bruce Springsteen, and he said, ‘Aw [expletive], it’s in Pittsburgh, it’s going to be a smoking crowd.” True to form, it was a high-energy, high-spirited, nearly 30-song Springsteen-style marathon from Eddie and the boys, who made it feel like they were FROM Pittsburgh. Pearl Jam had teased a few new songs in a pair of shows this summer — one at Wrigley Field, one in London, Ontario — but this was the live debut for many of the tunes from “Lightning Bolt.” Although it doesn’t come out until Tuesday, it was streamed on iTunes this week, so the Pearl Jam faithful were prepared. When he sang “Pendulum” in his rich baritone, drawing out that great line “Easy come, easy go/easy left me long ago,” there was already a spark of recognition. The band is obviously proud of this one, and with good reason. When they powered through the title track and the breakneck single “Mind Your Manners,” they already sounded like songs from a future “greatest hits” collection. They were paired with the furious “Animal” as an easy compare and contrast to older days. Of course, Pearl Jam is just as effective, or more so, in the mid-tempo zone, making songs like “Nothingman,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in Small Town” and “Faithfull” sing-along celebrations. Add to that “Sirens,” a beauty from the new album about the fragility of life, with death right outside the door. “Unemployable” was delivered as “a fate I wish on everybody in Congress,” Mr.
Concert review: Pearl Jam hits Pittsburgh like a lightning bolt
10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15th. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press People gather to see Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in New York. McCartney will release his new album called “New” on October 15. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Associated Press