Pearl Jam, YES!

What stories will you tell your grandchildren?

What memories will you look back upon?

I know I will have a few, and that I just added a new.

It’s a story about a woman to woman conversation, a very ordinary meeting that got an interesting turn. Was it the use of words? The frankness, the instant trust?

It wasn’t the fact that she told me she was here to see Pearl Jam, that she was meeting up with her other friends from all over the World, that they shared a very special bond and had toured across countries together for years.

No, it was the way she invited me in. Naturally, fearlessly.

– Come with us! I’ll get you a ticket!

I wasn’t doubtful but I had to give it a few minutes, before I decided. After all, there are some rules and regulations as to what I’m allowed to do in my professional role.

I said yes.

To one of the best 24hrs of my life.

From meeting these wonderful Portugese-Brazilian-Guatemalian-Spanish-American-people early in the morning, sharing numerous beers, making interesting conversations and friendship for life, to standing FRONT ROW watching Pearl Jam with people that knew every single lyric, the standing ovation and the love that filled the room when Eddie Vedder and the rest of the band played Neil Young’s Rocking In The Free World.

At the show in Stockholm the night before, where lots of my friends had been, Eddie spoke a bit in Swedish:

– I can’t believe it’s been 12 years! Why haven’t you called? 

At the show in Oslo, the mood was a little different. Eddie apologized for a sore throat and shared the sad news that, at 4 a.m in the morning he had received a call, and learnt that a good friend had passed away.

– If you’ve got someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while, and that you miss, don’t wait, he said. You never know when it will be too late.

We toasted that night to new friendships, and too old.

My new found friends offered me the ticket, completely for free, and I don’t know how to ever thank them enough!

I just know that YES opens up amazing, unexpected doors.