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PJ20, Day 2

Or, Greatest Hits Night. Pearl Jam continued strong through Day 2 of its 20th Anniversary Festival at Alpine Valley Music Theatre and played many of its early hits.  They played for three hours and brought out muscle such as Chris Cornell (who performed some Temple of the Dog songs), Julian Casablancas, John Doe, Liam Finn, […]

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PJ20, Day 1

Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary Festival at Alpine Valley Music Theatre was without a doubt the best show I’ve ever seen. That’s saying a lot since I’m ho-hum on Pearl Jam, have seen them before (completely underwhelming at Madison Square Garden) and have seen some pretty high-energy, big-budget shows by bands I worship like the Rolling […]

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The Highlands, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI

Is it weird that I keep expecting to see Baby and Johnny when I turn the corner? There are two championship golf courses here: The Brute, a 7,000-yard par-72 killer course and the Highlands, a 6,200-yard Scottish-style par-71 course. Guess which one we played? Actually, we played the front nine twice since massive thunderstorms interrupted […]

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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI

Or, Hugh Hefner and me. That’s right. This resort opened in 1968 as The Lake Geneva Playboy Club Hotel, built to attract big spenders in the Midwest. The 357-room resort was constructed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style and amenities included stables, an airport, two championship golf courses, a 15-acre lake and wildlife refuge, skeet […]

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