In front of a sold-out crowd at Moline’s iWireless Center Friday night, legendary rock band Pearl Jam rolled out not just one but two surprises for their first performance ever in the Quad Cities.
First, the band played its entire fourth studio album titled No Code in its entirety– frontman Eddie Vedder mentioned it’s only the second time they’ve ever played an entire album in concert.
Later in the show, Vedder told the crowd that he’d written a special song for Moline and the Quad Cities.
Called “Moline,” Vedder sings about a woman who escapes Detroit for the Quad Cities where “the Mississippi Rises and widens the scene” and that she’s “got [her] eye on the Quad Cites on a hill in Moline, the place near the chapel on 4th Avenue and 12th Street.”
Accurately enough, that is just around the corner from First Lutheran Church in downtown Moline.
He goes on to sing, “Moline, it seems, this is for me. You can call me Nancy and I live in Moline.”