UNEARTHED: July 1991 Cabaret Metro, Chicago Setlist

by John Reynolds on November 6, 2011

20 years, 4 months, 16 days – that’s how long it took to discover the setlist for a long-lost show at small club before Pearl Jam’s first record was even released. This summer show in July was the second-to-last show on a quick summer jaunt across the U.S. in 1991.

The setlist below comes from “Billy” who hinted that he had information about this show, then contacted Jeff Blagg who wrote the amazing PJ Stat Tracker App, who forwarded these goodies to us.

July 21 1991 Setlist

July 21 1991 Setlist, Cabaret Metro, Chicago

He wrote:

I asked Eddie for it when they were done.  He took a polaroid of me, shook my hand and said “Thanks for coming”.  There were about 20 people watching them.   The only thing I had heard about them before the show was the three-song promotional CD single for “Alive” and the Mother Love Bone connection. This was the show when they opened for Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Soul Asylum (!!!)

Making our new Concert Chronology entry:

07/21/91 – Cabaret Metro: Chicago, IL [30m]
1,100 (much less for Pearl Jam)
Naked Raygun, Urge Overkill, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum
Wash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Why Go, Porch
This show is a part of the Metro’s eighth anniversary weekend, the venue is packed and PJ is first on the bill. On the setlist but not played: Deep, Jeremy

At Pearl Jam’s current tour of South America, we find out the setlist often just minutes after the last notes have been played and the band takes their final bow. But for those pre-internet shows of the past, we depend on fans with good memories or stashed away memorabilia to help add to the information in our fan-contributed Concert Chronology.

Do you have anything from concerts past that you can share? Give a look at the early days and let us know if you have some info! Use the Contact Us page to reach out and we’ll be in touch!

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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