New Setlists Revealed for Cincinnati ’91, Houston ’92 (Video), Irvine ’92

by John Reynolds on May 2, 2013

Thanks to some recently surfaced audio and video recordings, we’re pleased add three setlists from over 20 years ago to the Pearl Jam Concert Chronology! Setlists, notes and Video are below.

November 29, 1991: Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH

set: Release, Even Flow, Why Go Home, Alive, Jeremy, Once, Porch
Notes: From the start, Ed addresses the high amount of security yet there are floor seats in place: “Good evening, hey you guys … hey hey, look, … everybody’s wearing blue (security). OK guys get ready, the pit’s gonna get started any minute. (sarcasm) We’re just gonna play something slow so everybody’s who’s outside still drinking beer won’t miss too much.” leading to “Release”.
[ Continue reading 1991 show notes ]
Thanks to Richard Jeansson, Carl Sylvester, Bill Graham

September 5, 1992: Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Houston, TX

set: Oceans, Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Even Flow, Alive, Porch, Rockin’ in the Free World
Notes: Setlist may be incomplete. The band starts a few bars (full band) of Soundgarden’s “Jesus Christ Pose” (instrumental) after “Oceans”. “We made it! We will make it! Now that we’re here, Why go home?”. Ed talked to the crowd, saying “I’ve been thinking about you guys a lot. Ever since that fuckin’ Republican Convention, I’m really worried about y’all” During “Even Flow”, fans in the pit fall down and Ed stops the band to help out, “I’m sorry you’ll just have to wait there’s people (down) … and people are more important than music any fuckin’ day”, right back into the second chorus of “Even Flow” without barely missing a beat. Doug Pinnick of King’s X, Chris Cornell and Ministry’s Al Jourgensen help out on “Rockin’ in the Free World”
[ Continue reading 1992 show notes ]
Thanks to Christopher Sims, Jeffrey Lane Jr, PJVideoGuy

Enjoy some videos from Houston ’92!

“Why Go”



“Even Flow”

September 11, 1992: Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CA

set: Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Sonic Reducer, Even Flow, Improv (Hard to Imagine riffs), Alive, Porch/(So What)/(Tearing)
Notes: The finale of the Lollapalooza tour is a three-night stand at Irvine Meadows in Irvine, CA. Ed is in a good mode and addresses the crowd playfully: “All right, this is it … this is fuckin’ it. We’ve been doing this shit for two months. These are some of the greatest friends that I’ll have and this is it, this is the end of this shit. Let’s just fuckin’ rock out!” and the band launches into “Why Go”. Before “Deep” Ed mentions “Sure is good to be in front of real people, my voice is kinda hurting and the reason why I mention it and the reason why I’m really mad about it is we’ve been doing TV shows (MTV Video Music Awards and “Singles” premier party) and all that kinda shit and I could give a fuck for all of them. (crowd cheers) I couldn’t wait to get back – I don’t think any of us could – and play for real people, I hope (you’re) real people.” During the breakdown in “Deep”, Ed sings an improv “I wanna live in the pit / I wanna live in the pit / I wanna die in the pit / You don’t need to bury me, let me trample in my own ecstasy, my own ecstasy”. During “Deep”, Ed sings the 2nd verse instead of the bridge by mistake, but it fits right in and they end with the final chorus. Before “Sonic Reducer”, Ed says “You probably didn’t know this, but Nirvana wanted to play a different song instead of what they had to play on the MTV awards (they played ‘Lithium’), they wanted to play two new songs even, which I think would be the greatest thing that any Nirvana fan or music fan would have liked to hear, and we wanted to play something different too. We wanted to play a song called ‘Sonic Reducer’ instead of ‘Jeremy’. It’s an an old punk song by the Dead Boys. The reason we wanted to play is I think ‘Jeremy’ would have liked that song. This is it …” Commenting on the seats in the pit, Ed says “By doing whatever we want up here, we’re trying to make up for the fact that it doesn’t look like you can do anything out there. Don’t worry, I’ll try to arrange it for tomorrow (that) we won’t have security, I’ll take care of it. (slowly an jokingly to security) I’m just kidding.” Ed improvs during “Even Flow”: “I’ve tried so hard to be someone / You don’t all get chances to be anyone / You all get chances, but only one”. The band jams over “Hard to Imagine” riffs and Ed sings “What can you do, after a certain point / nothing seems to matter / What can you do / someone told me, someone told me yesterday / ‘Today is once in a lifetime’ / Somebody told me, whispered in my ear / They held my hand / So I had to be here / They said ‘Today, today, today is once in a lifetime’.” Before “Porch”, Ed talks to the Irvine crowd “This is one of my favorite t-shirts. Last time I wore it was on Mother’s Day in San Diego at Iguana’s or in Tijuana. And then of course the back says ‘No Bush 92′. This is the coolest thing, I have a think about favorite shirts, this is my Sweathogs t-shirt from 7th grade. If I jump in the crowd, don’t tear it off, ok?” “Porch” includes tags by Ministry (“So What”) and Rollins Band (“Tearing”)
[ Continue reading 1992 show notes ]
Thanks to Richard Jeansson, Carl Sylvester, Bill Graham

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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