By The Numbers: Eddie Vedder’s 2011 Australian Tour

by John Reynolds on June 5, 2011

Eddie Vedder

IF you’re an Eddie Vedder fan, you may have seen him live earlier this year in Australia and heard some amazing originals, Pearl Jam favorites and traditional covers.

IF you didn’t catch him in Australia and you’re counting down the days until the upcoming U.S. tour, you may be wondering what to expect beyond the setlists. Do you want to hear his originals? Are you bringing a friend that may only recognize the Pearl Jam songs?

And finally IF you’re a sports fan, you like to watch your team’s games and favorite players but also dig deep into team and player statistics. At Two Feet Thick, we love the numbers behind the music. If you do too, take a look as we break down Eddie Vedder’s recent 14-show tour of Australia, 2011.

Performance Totals

The most songs performed at a show was 29, which occured 4 times:

  • 29 (4) – Newcastle, Adelaide 1, Perth 1, Perth 2
  • 28 (2) – Melbourne 1, Melbourne 2
  • 27 (2) – Sydney 3, Adelaide 2
  • 26 (2) – Brisbane 3, Canberra
  • 25 (2) – Brisbane 1, Sydney 2
  • 24 (2) – Brisbane 2, Sydney 1

The following list shows the most songs played per set:

  • Main set: 20 (3) – Newcastle, Adelaide 1, Perth 1
  • First Encore: 8 (3) – Sydney 3, Melbourne 1, Perth 2
  • Second Encore: 3 (2) – Melbourne 2, Adelaide 2

Wow, so if there was a show where Ed maxed out each set, the song total would be 31. Commence drooling.

Song Totals

Over the span of 14 shows, Eddie Vedder played a total of 77 different songs. 41 (53%) were originals, 36 (47%) were covers.

These 77 different songs fall into three categories:

  • Eddie Vedder Tracks – Songs that appeared on Into the Wild, Ukulele Songs, plus non-album tracks “Better Days” and “No More”
  • Pearl Jam Tracks – Songs that appeared on Pearl Jam releases and singles, but not including covers (e.g. X’s “Golden State” on the Christmas Single)
  • Cover Songs – Songs where Eddie Vedder is not the original songwriter.

Next to the song count is the percentage of that count against the total songs performed at that show. One thing to note in the table below is that the percentages will not add up to 100% because some songs count in multiple columns. Examples include “Can’t Keep” which appeared on both Pearl Jam’s Riot Act and Eddie Vedder’s Ukulele Songs.

Show (CC link) Total Songs Eddie Vedder Tracks Pearl Jam Tracks Cover songs
March 10, 2011 – Brisbane 1 25 8 (32%) 13 (52%) 8 (32%)
March 12, 2011 – Brisbane 2 24 7 (29%) 13 (54%) 6 (25%)
March 13, 2011 – Brisbane 3 26 10 (38%) 11 (42%) 8 (31%)
March 15, 2011 – Canberra 26 8 (31%) 12 (46%) 9 (35%)
March 16, 2011 – Newcastle 29 10 (34%) 11 (40%) 10 (34%)
March 18, 2011 – Sydney 1 24 7 (29%) 11 (46%) 8 (33%)
March 19, 2011 – Sydney 2 25 9 (36%) 11 (44%) 8 (32%)
March 20, 2011 – Sydney 3 27 9 (33%) 12 (44%) 10 (37%)
March 24, 2011 – Melbourne 1 28 9 (32%) 12 (43%) 10 (36%)
March 25, 2011 – Melbourne 2 28 8 (29%) 14 (50%) 9 (32%)
March 27, 2011 – Adelaide 1 29 10 (34%) 13 (45%) 9 (31%)
March 28, 2011 – Adelaide 2 27 9 (33%) 9 (33%) 11 (41%)
March 31, 2011 – Perth 1 29 11 (38%) 12 (41%) 10 (34%)
April 1, 2011 – Perth 2 29 8 (28%) 12 (41%) 13 (45%)


What songs did Eddie Vedder play the most? 3 songs were played at all 14 shows:

  • Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder original, from Into The Wild
  • Porch – Pearl Jam original, from TEN
  • Hard Sun – cover by Gordon Peterson, from Into The Wild

Does it make you feel special when Eddie Vedder plays a song just for you? There were 22 songs that were played once time, one time only (OTOTO).

  • Behind Blue Eyes (The Who) – Sydney 3
  • Blackbird (Beatles) – Adelaide 2
  • Broken Heart – Newcastle
  • Forever Young (Bob Dylan) – Sydney 3
  • Gone – Adelaide 1
  • Goodbye – Adelaide 1
  • Growin’ Up (Bruce Springsteen) – Sydney 1
  • Hurt (Nine Inch Nails) – Melbourne 1
  • I Believe in Miracles (The Ramones) – Sydney 3
  • I Got You (Split Enz) – Adelaide 2
  • I Used to Work in Chicago (Traditional) – Perth 1
  • Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran) – Adelaide 1
  • Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend) – Sydney 1
  • Light Years – Melbourne 2
  • Long May You Run (The Stills-Young Band) – Newcastle
  • My City of Ruins (Bruce Springsteen) – Sydney 3
  • No More – Adelaide 2
  • One Country (Midnight Oil) – Canberra
  • Santa Cruz – Newcastle
  • The Kids Are Alright (The Who) – Melbourne 2
  • The Ship Song (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) – Adelaide 1
  • Untitled – Adelaide 1

Finally, below is a complete song tally showing all songs performed, the number of times they were performed, and sorted by the most songs performed most. At 79 songs, we could have calculated the percentage of shows these songs were performed at, but break out those elementary school math skills, and just divide the song count by 14

  • 14 – Guaranteed
  • 14 – Hard Sun (Gordon Peterson)
  • 14 – Porch
  • 13 – Elderly Woman…
  • 13 – Golden State (X)
  • 13 – Just Breathe
  • 13 – Rise
  • 13 – Society (Jerry Hannan)
  • 13 – Sometimes
  • 12 – Far Behind
  • 11 – Unthought Known
  • 10 – Better Man
  • 9 – No Ceiling
  • 9 – The End
  • 8 – Can’t Keep
  • 8 – Wishlist
  • 7 – Arc
  • 7 – I Am Mine
  • 7 – Millworker (James Taylor)
  • 7 – Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young)
  • 7 – Setting Forth
  • 7 – Tonight You Belong To Me (Rose / David)
  • 6 – Lukin
  • 6 – Sleeping By Myself
  • 6 – You Can Close Your Eyes (James Taylor)
  • 6 – You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (John Lennon)
  • 5 – Brain Damage (Pink Floyd)
  • 5 – Picture in a Frame (Tom Waits)
  • 5 – Without You
  • 4 – Around the Bend
  • 4 – Better Days
  • 4 – Crazy Mary (Victoria Williams)
  • 4 – Dead Man
  • 4 – Don’t Be Shy (Cat Stevens)
  • 4 – Drifting
  • 4 – I’m Open
  • 4 – Immortality
  • 4 – Man of the Hour
  • 4 – Off He Goes
  • 4 – Soon Forget
  • 4 – Throw Your Arms Around Me (Hunters and Collectors)
  • 3 – Girl from North Country (Bob Dylan)
  • 3 – I Am A Patriot (Steven Van Zandt)
  • 3 – Light Today
  • 3 – Long Road
  • 3 – Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young)
  • 3 – Thumbing My Way
  • 3 – Trouble (Cat Stevens)
  • 3 – Walking the Cow (Daniel Johnston)
  • 3 – You’re True
  • 2 – Longing To Belong
  • 2 – Masters of War (Bob Dylan)
  • 2 – Open All Night (Bruce Springsteen)
  • 2 – Parting Ways
  • 2 – Speed of Sound
  • 1 – Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)
  • 1 – Blackbird (Beatles)
  • 1 – Broken Heart
  • 1 – Forever Young (Bob Dylan)
  • 1 – Gone
  • 1 – Goodbye
  • 1 – Growin’ Up (Bruce Springsteen)
  • 1 – Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
  • 1 – I Believe in Miracles (The Ramones)
  • 1 – I Got You (Split Enz)
  • 1 – I Used to Work in Chicago (Traditional)
  • 1 – Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran)
  • 1 – Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend)
  • 1 – Light Years
  • 1 – Long May You Run (The Stills-Young Band)
  • 1 – My City of Ruins (Bruce Springsteen)
  • 1 – No More
  • 1 – One Country (Midnight Oil)
  • 1 – Santa Cruz
  • 1 – The Kids Are Alright (The Who)
  • 1 – The Ship Song (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
  • 1 – Untitled

Statting Forth

Did you did this sorta thing? We’d love to know if there are any other stats you’d like to see as we try to repeat this process for the upcoming U.S. tour.

John Reynolds ( Twitter: @jjjrrr )
A New Jersey based programmer, John handles TFT’s programming and technical aspects. He also conceives and writes his share of TFT’s articles and sections. John’s first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 12, 1992.

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