1991

01/??/91 – KXRX: Seattle, WA (Ed, Stone & Mike) [5m]
notes: Brief interview on KXRX’s Extra Hour. ‘Even Flow’ and ‘Once’ demos are played.

ADDED December 24, 2009

01/10/91 – Harpo’s, Victoria, BC (Mookie Blaylock)
supporting: Alice in Chains
notes: Mookie Blaylock’s first show outside the United States, opening for Alice in Chains.
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ADDED February 20

01/11/91 – Town Pump, Vancouver, BC (Mookie Blaylock)
supporting: Alice in Chains
set: Oceans, Even Flow, Once, Porch, Just A Girl, Alive, Alone, Why Go, Breath
notes: First known perfomances of “Oceans”, “Why Go” and “Porch”, which is listed on the setlist as “This Could Be”.
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01/12/91 – OK Hotel: Seattle, WA (Temple of the Dog show) (canceled)
scheduled support act: Bam Bam, Luv Co
notes: This show was canceled a few days before the gig.
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02/01/91 – Off Ramp Cafe: Seattle, WA (Mookie Blaylock)
attendance: 299
supporting: Alice in Chains
notes: Sweetwater also played.
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02/07/91 – Florentine Gardens: Los Angeles, CA (Mookie Blaylock) [35m]
supporting: Alice in Chains
set: Release, Once, Even Flow, Alone, Breath, Brother, Garden, Porch, Why Go
notes: Dave Krusen drums at this rather rushed performance sporting a cool setlist. After ‘Once,’ Mike jams some riffs and Ed talks about hanging out in L.A. ‘Alone’ features scorching vocals by Ed and awesome soloing by Mike. Ed asks for a new mic after ‘Breath’ and introduces ‘Brother’ as being about big brother. This is the only documented time that this obscure song was played live. ‘Garden’ premieres, with Mike’s solo shorter than later, polished versions; same for the premiere of ‘Porch’ although the bridge seems to get the crowd excited. ‘Why Go’, also played for the first time, is high energy and closes the show.

02/08/91 – God Save The Queen: Long Beach, CA (Mookie Blaylock) [35m]
supporting: Green Jello
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alone, Alive, Deep, Porch
notes: The band is introduced as “the band had played other places in California, and is now playing here, and has former Mother Love Bone members, and is now called Mookie Blaylock.” Ed talks about playing the Florentine Gardens: “Last night we played the Florentines, which is a cool place! The security people are really nice over there.” “No shit, Eddie!” some guy in the crowd shouts. A very cool, short concert with lots of crowd interaction with the power and vibe of the band bursting out.

02/10/91 – The Bacchanal: San Diego, CA (Mookie Blaylock)
supporting: Alice in Chains
notes: The Bacchanal is an old haunt where Bad Radio played occasionally. There is brief video footage of Eddie on stage singing with AIC, sharing the microphone with Jerry Cantrell.

02/11/91 – Club With No Name: Hollywood, CA (Mookie Blaylock) [25m]
supporting: Alice in Chains
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Breath, Porch
notes: Ed discusses the band’s name (Mookie Blaylock) and that they are expecting a call from Mookie’s lawyer demanding the band change their name (“… like tomorrow … probably the next time it’s gonna be a different name … like … Nuclear Love Frogs.”)

02/12/91 – The Cathouse: Hollywood, CA (Mookie Blaylock)
supporting: Alice in Chains

02/13/91 – Winter’s (on El Cajon Boulevard): San Diego, CA (Mookie Blaylock)
supporting: Alice in Chains

02/14/91 – Real Rock Club, Oakland, CA
supporting: Alice in Chains

02/15/91 – I-Beam, San Francisco, CA
supporting: Alice in Chains

02/16/91 – Cattle Club: Sacramento, CA (Mookie Blaylock)
attendance: 200-300
supporting: Alice in Chains
notes: This smallish crowd is clearly there for AIC and most attendees are drinking and only 30 people or so are watching the Mookie set. A lively set, opening with a slow song and then launching into a rocker – Ed’s passion showing and the whole band all over the place with hungry energy in this tiny venue (a former desolate Chinese restaurant and off-again/on-again gay bar).

02/17/91 – Union Trade Woodmen of the World, Eugene, OR
supporting: Alice in Chains

02/20/91 – Melody Ballroom: Portland, OR (Mookie Blaylock)
also on bill: Love on Ice, Alice in Chains
notes: Small crowd and a setlist opening with ‘Release’ and ‘Alive’ is also played. Ed is wearing an “Air Love Bone” shirt and Mike is sporting a Robert Johnson shirt.
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02/25/91 – Off Ramp Cafe: Seattle, WA (Mookie Blaylock)
attendance: 299
supporting: Alice in Chains
notes: The cast members of the movie, Singles, first meet at this show. Previously listed as Feb 22.

02/26/91 – The Vogue: Seattle, WA (Mookie Blaylock)
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set:Why Go, Porch, Garden, Breath, Alone, Even Flow, Once, Release

03/01/91 – Off Ramp Cafe: Seattle, WA (Mookie Blaylock)
attendance: 299
supporting: Inspector Luv, Ride Me Babies and Yellow Dog
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03/08/91 – Seattle, WA (Mookie Blaylock)

03/10/91 – KISW: Seattle, WA (Ed & Jeff) [5m]
notes: Ed and Jeff announce that the band is now called Pearl Jam on KISW’s New Music Hour. They say they are going into the studio the following day and the ‘Release’ and ‘Once’ demos are played.

03/11/91 – Recording begins for debut album, Ten, at London Bridge Studios in Seattle

??/??/91 – W.O.W. (Woodmen of the World), Union Trade Hall: Eugene, OR (Mookie Blaylock)
supporting: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

04/13/91 – KISW: Seattle, WA (Stone, Jeff & Chris Cornell) [15m]
notes: This interview, focused on Temple of the Dog, occurred the Sunday before the album was released. Chris Cornell says he gave Stone and Jeff an “offer they couldn’t refuse” to get them to do the album. Several songs are played.

04/16/91 – Temple of the Dog tribute album to Andrew Wood, featuring Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder, is released

05/17/91 – Off Ramp Cafe: Seattle, WA
support act: Luv Mule
set: Once, Even Flow, Alone, Porch, Alive, Deep, Jeremy, Why Go, Garden, Oceans
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05/25/91 – RKCNDY: Seattle, WA
notes: Dave Krusen’s last show with PJ. Filming for Singles is complete and PJ plays at this “wrap party” with many cast members in attendance.

07/04/91 – RKCNDY: Seattle, WA
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Garden, Breath, Alive, Porch, Jeremy
notes: This show marks the band’s return from remixing in London and the first of Matt Chamberlain’s few shows drumming with PJ. ‘Breath’ is introduced as “Breath and Scream.”
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07/10/91 – Citi: Boston, MA
supporting: The Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom, 7 League Boots, Venus Beads and Stress
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07/12/91 – JC Dobbs: Philadelphia, PA [45m]
support act: Carnival of Souls and Mellow Vibe
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Oceans, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch, Alone, Breath
notes: Ed thanks the opening bands and makes a reference to Mother Love Bone playing there in the past. ‘State of Love and Trust’ and ‘Oceans’ are played live for the first (documented) time.

07/13/91 – The Marquee Room: New York, NY [45m]
supporting: Rev. Horton Heat, Afghan Whigs, Gorilla, Beasts of Bourbon, Codeine
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Garden, Deep, Why Go, Porch
notes: This is a musically powerful show with Mike showcasing his guitar prowess. Ed seems in a cocky mood, making pointed wisecracks between nearly every song. (“Let me show you guys the industry handshake. ‘Oh, hi. Nice to meet you. Oh, ah, yes it was a pleasure. Sorry … I see Slash.’”) He jokes about ‘Even Flow,’ saying, “How many times we played this, once or twice? Wait, there’s industry people here. We don’t wanna fuck up.” After ‘Alive,’ he quips, “OK, let’s start getting into it. All the industry guys left. This, being PJ’s first NYC show, Ed proclaims, “Hey, mama. I played New York City.”

07/15/91 – Club Babyhead, Providence, RI
capacity: 450
set: Wash, Once, State of Love and Trust, Even Flow, Garden, Breath, Porch, Jeremy, Why Go

07/17/91 – Wetlands Preserve: New York, NY [60m]
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, State of Love and Trust, Black, Why Go, Garden, Porch, Alone, Breath
notes: Matt Chamberlain on drums. Relaxed, fun performance. ‘State of Love and Trust’ is a bit different version.

07/19/91 – Stache’s, Columbus, OH
capacity: 350
support act: Men of Leisure

07/20/91 – Empire Club: Cleveland, OH
capacity: 250

07/21/91 – Cabaret Metro: Chicago, IL [30m]
attendance: 1,100 (much less for Pearl Jam)
supporting: Naked Raygun, Urge Overkill, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Why Go, Porch
notes: 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
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ADDED August 25, 2005

07/22/91 – First Avenue Club: Minneapolis, MN
supporting: Trip Shakespeare, John Eller & the DT’s, and Walt Mink

08/03/91 – RKCNDY: Seattle, WA
support act: Sweet Water
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, State of Love and Trust, Black, Deep, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch, Alive, Breath
notes: Temple of the Dog mini reunion. Most of the ‘Alive’ video footage was taken from this show (directed by Josh Taft), and this version is also included on the Ten Japanese import. ‘Alive’ was performed multiple times at this show.
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08/19/91 – RKCNDY: Seattle, WA
notes: Record release party.
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08/21/91 – KISW: Seattle, WA (acoustic)
set: Porch

08/23/91 – Mural Amphitheater: Seattle, WA [50m]
attendance: 4,000
set: Once, State of Love and Trust, Even Flow, (Outshined)/Garden, Alive, Black, Deep, Why Go, Porch, Breath
notes: This free, outdoor show was also Dave Abbruzzese’s first concert drumming with PJ and the last show of the summer ’91 Sounds of Seattle concert series (later called “Pain in the Grass”). As an intro to ‘Porch,’ Ed says, “This song is about if you love someone, tell him.” Ed climbs the speaker stacks during ‘Porch’ and glances over his shoulder at the Space Needle. Ed takes Jeff’s basketball from behind the speakers and throws it playfully into the crowd. The ball makes its way back to the stage during ‘Breath.’ The seldom played ‘Breath’ is wonderful.

08/27/91 – Ten is released

08/29/91 – RKCNDY: Seattle, WA [35m]
support acts: Molasses (with drummer Regan Hagar), Bathtub Gin, The Odds, Hungry Crocodiles, Ramadillo (Pete Droge’s band at the time), and Best Kissers in the World
set: Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: This ASCAP showcase occurs the same day that PJ releases their debut album, Ten. Mike plays the end of ‘Alive’ atop Ed’s shoulders. Ed swings from the rafters for ‘Porch’ high above the crowd. He swings back and forth and finally lets go, falling into the crowd. He’s back on stage in a flash to bash the cymbals with his microphone. All this for a $5 cover!
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09/03/91 – RKCNDY: Seattle, WA

09/25/91 – Harpo’s: Victoria, British Columbia
notes: Ed gets pissed off at the lackluster crowd and tosses the mic stand across the room to wake the audience up.
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09/26/91 – Town Pump: Vancouver, British Columbia
Attendance:: 307
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09/28/91 – Satyricon: Portland, OR
set: Release, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Porch, Alive, Jam, Oceans, Jam (w/ Smells Like Teen Spirit), Deep, Garden, Jeremy, Why Go
enc 1: Black, Breath
enc 2: I’ve Got A Feeling
notes: An intense show, as a fight spilled out of the nearby Roseland and someone was shot just prior to the start of PJ’s show, seeming to affect Ed quite a bit. “… the whole house was going berserk, with a couple people stage-diving near the end. Humidity was 100 percent, and the temperature seemed to hit triple digits, but much of the mania was helped along by the wild antics and herky-jerky movements of everyone in the band, especially Vedder, who at various times swung from the lights above the drummer, or climbed atop a nearby speaker column, or toppled flat on his face.” [from the Portland Oregonian] Check out the setlist scan with “prompts” written to the left of the song list (eg: b-ball), apparently there to remind Ed of the between song “impromptu” banter. He spoke of the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Sonics (and more).
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setlist scan (written on a handbill!)

09/28/91 – MTV “Headbanger’s Ball” interview (aired) (Ed & Mike) [13m]
Ed and Mike talk to Riki Rachtman about the ‘Alive’ video and other general BS. Ed pulls a crumpled piece of paper out of his pocket and holds it up for the camera, while he explains that he saw Soundgarden the previous night. He proceeds to talk about them and Rachtman comments that Mike and Eddie are there to promote Pearl Jam, yet they are talking about Soundgarden. “What nice guys.”

09/30/91 – I-Beam: San Francisco, CA [65m]
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Suggestion/State of Love and Trust, Alive, Garden, Deep, Black, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch, I’ve Got a Feeling
notes: Bad day for the band it seems. Equipment problems are apparent and fights break out in the crowd a lot. During ‘Even Flow,’ Ed gets disgusted and flings the mic to the floor, choosing to bellow out the lyrics unaided. He can tell people in the back can’t hear him though, so he quickly picks it back up. A capella version of Fugazi’s ‘Suggestion.’ Ed stands on a monitor and then tumbles into the audience during ‘Alive.’ ‘Garden’ starts, and after the first verse Ed sees a fight in the first row and breaks it up, then sings the second verse from down on the floor, which seems to calm people down. Then he says, “All right I’ll trust you guys to be friends,” and climbs back up on stage. Ed suddenly jumps into the crowd again during ‘Jeremy,’ probably to break up another fight, since three crew members pile in after him. After ‘Why Go,’ Ed quips, “I’m out of breath and Mike’s out of clothes.” Someone in the front hands Ed a home-made stickman T-shirt. Ed says, “This thing, gentlemen, is illegal,” and then laughs. “Who did this? We love it.” Ed is holding it up for the audience to see and Jeff comes over to get a better look at it. Ed says, “Pretty good job!” and Jeff is smiling and seems to agree. “I think he’s gettin’ better than you, Jeff.” Ed reads the tag, “100% cotton,” shrugs and smiles. The mood lightens up a bit, and Ed climbs like a maniac during ‘Porch.’ The end of the song is sung from the rafters. ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’ is a Beatles cover. (PJ’s studio version appears on the Japanese release of Ten and early promo releases of ‘Alive’). Long, jammy version, with Mike adding Hendrix bits and Ed improvising lyrics.)

ADDED March 1, 2006

10/01/91 – The Cathouse: Los Angeles, CA
support act: I Love You
set (incomplete): I’ve Got A Feeling
setWash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Garden, Deep, Black, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch, Release
encore:I’ve Got a Feeling (The Beatles)
TFT notes: I’ve Got A Feeling” is played as the encore (L.A. Times

UPDATED March 1, 2006

10/02/91 – Troubadour: Los Angeles, CA
support act: I Love You
attendance: 450
set Release, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Garden, Deep, Black, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: Ed climbs up to the lighting rig and then to the balcony.

10/03/91 – Foundations Forum: Los Angeles, CA
notes: Temple of the Dog reunion. PJ (minus Dave) joins Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron for ‘Hungerstrike.’ Alice in Chains was also in attendance.

UPDATED March 1, 2006

10/05/91 – Winter’s: San Diego, CA
support act: I Love You
attendance: 125
notes: Ed used to work at this tiny club on El Cajon Boulevard. This show is played after the ‘Jeremy’ video shoot (Chris Cuffaro’s version). With Ten catching on, the club sells out and the crowd outside grows, with people insisting they are on the guest list. During a break between songs, Mike strums a few ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ chords and Ed, plus the entire crowd, begin singing along. A fan gets onstage and taps Ed on the side of his face during the “hit me with a surprise left” lyric during ‘Jeremy.’

10/06/91 – Palladium: Hollywood, CA [35m]
attendance: 4,000
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: Ed comments that it was “a year ago tomorrow” since he met the band. This showcase gig (a 5th anniversary party for RIP Magazine) also featured Spinal Tap, Alice in Chains, Screaming Jets, Soundgarden and Thunder. A “special surprise guest” (rumored to be Metallica) was supposed to play, but it was announced that there was a mix up but the night wasn’t over and, “… so the Seattle theme continues … ladies and gentlemen, Temple of the Dog!” Now the crowd has dwindled to only 500 people, but three songs are performed: ‘Hunger Strike,’ ‘Reach Down’ and ‘Pushin’ Forward Back.’

10/07/91 – Mason Jar: Phoenix, AZ
attendance: approx. 100
support act: I Love You
notes: The whole band, minus Ed (who was ill) went to Click Billiards to shoot pool. (For years, we believed there were only 7 people at this show. We know a little more now, including the fact that this show was videotaped by the Sony rep at that time.)

UPDATED October 23, 2009

10/09/91 – The Backroom: Austin, TX
attendance: ~40 (admission $5)
support act: I Love You

ADDED March 1, 2006

10/10/91 – Trees: Dallas, TX
support act: I Love You
Hand-written Dallas record store promo

UPDATED March 1, 2006

10/11/91 – The Vatican: Houston, TX
support act: I Love You
notes: Someone in the crowd shouts, “Where’s Andy?” The band seems upset and Ed replies, “He’s in a good place now.” Jeff sits with Doug Pinnick from King’s X, watching support act I Love You’s gig from the back. No one seems to recognize Jeff. The place is half-full but PJ puts on a great show, blowing the audience away. The setlist is a mix of Ten songs with ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’ near the end. The band mingled with fans after the show.
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ADDED November 11, 2005

10/13/91 – The Point: Atlanta, GA
support act: I Love You
TFT notes: According to a regional Sony Music representative, attendance is well under capacity due to it being on a Sunday night and coinciding with an Atlanta Braves playoff game.
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ADDED November 11, 2005

10/14/91 – Cat’s Cradle: Carrboro, NC
soundcheck: Black (many times)
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Garden, Deep, Black, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
encore: I Got A Feeling
support act: I Love You
TFT notes: “Black” is played repeated times during soundcheck while Ed works out vocals. Attendance is below capacity (accounts of approximately 30 people) but the band plays hard for the crowd. Opening act I Love You joins Pearl Jam for the encore “I Got A Feeling”. The van the band has been travelling in during this tour is driven back to Seattle after this show. The replacement for the next few months of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tour is a bus, with a driver named Frank.

ADDED March 1, 2006

10/15/91 – Nightclub 9:30: Washington, DC
support act: I Love You
notes This show was originally scheduled as part of Pearl Jam’s headlining club tour with support act I Love You. It was later cancelled as the band left to join the RHCP tour in Madison, WI, following the previous night’s show at the Cat’s Cradle. A 1993 Goldmine article mentions that the 11/09/91 Tower Records show “compensat[ed] fans for the cancellation of a scheduled Pearl Jam show at the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C.” Fans who showed up on this night expecting to see the show found a handwrittern message on the front door announcing the cancellation.
Club Listing for October 1991

10/16/91 – Oscar Mayer Theater: Madison, WI [30m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Why Go, Deep, Alive, Suggestion/Porch
notes: This was PJ’s first show supporting RHCP. Smashing Pumpkins’ drummer Jimmy Chamberlain says in an interview that he, Dave Grohl and Chad Smith warmed up before shows by using toilets in the bathrooms as drums.

10/17/91 – Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, N. IL Univ.: DeKalb, IL
attendance: 800-1000
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Release, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Once, Porch
notes: At this general admission show, all chairs were removed to accommodate the crowd. After performing all of Ten (order unknown), Ed did his upside down swing from the bars onstage and dove into the crowd.

10/19/91 – CY Stevens Auditorium, IA State Univ.: Ames, IA
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Alive, Jeremy, Black (partial setlist in no order)
notes: Ed makes some comments about something about playing basketball with Ames people at the dorm courts before the show and also explaining how Jeff’s nickname is also “Ames.”

10/20/91 – Peony Park Ballroom: Omaha, NE
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers

10/22/91 – Central Park, Eagle’s Ballroom: Milwaukee, WI [40m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Suggestion/Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: ‘Alive’ is dedicated to “… everyone who came out from Chicago, with love.” Ed is given a flower and comments, “This is the first flower I ever got. I think I’m gonna eat it.”

10/23/91 – FM Radio: Lansing, MI (acoustic + intv) [20m]
set: Porch, Wash

10/23/91 – MSU Auditorium, Michigan State University: East Lansing, MI
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch

10/25/91 – A.J. Palumbo Center: Pittsburgh, PA
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers

10/26/91 – Normandy High School: Parma, OH
notes: As a radio promotion, local radio personalities played PJ in a round of basketball. This game was carried on public television!
We’re unsure if they simply played the basketball game and no music, or what. They may have made this promo stop but actually played music that night at Cleveland Music Hall (next listing).

10/26/91 – Cleveland Music Hall: Cleveland, OH [33m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: Pearl Jam understand their mission in Cleveland, another stop as the first warm-up band before The Smashing Pumpkins into their second week on the Red Hot Chili Peppers tour. Entering to the opening music of “Master/Slave”, Ed greets a sparse crowd before starting “Wash”: “Hello. Where is everybody? Smokin’ beer? Drinkin’ pot? For you guys who’ve come early, we’ll make it worth your while.” Still not awake, Ed chides the crowd a second time: “It’s the weirdest thing, I’m looking out at you. I feel like – it’s just like a big movie, and I’m looking out at all you guys and it just looks like a big theater. It looks really boring. So if you feel like standing up and moving around or something, do it up.” “Once” is powerful and energetic, getting a few on their feet (“Feels good!” Ed yells during the first verse). To those who may be uninformed, Ed says “So tonight we’re the representative band from Seattle. You got Chicago (Smashing Pumpkins), you got Hollywood (Red Hot Chili Peppers). It’s a beautiful night, this is Seattle” leading into “Even Flow”. Gathering better applause as the band’s first single, “Alive” is “for all the new friends we met today in Cleveland, this is called ‘Alive’”, and includes the then-common lyric change “Is something wrong, she said / Of course there is, you fuckin’ bitch / You’re still alive, she said”. “Jeremy” is accepted, still a few months before exploding in popularity, and before “Why Go”, Ed tells Cleveland one last time: “(music starts) Hey, before you start, stop. (music stops) We’re gonna look at somethin’ right here. (Holds up object) This is part of Flea’s guitar from last night. He smashed the fucking thing, because the crowd was so fuckin’ into it. He gave up his favorite bass for the last two years because the crowd was so fucking insane. If this keeps up, Flea is not gonna be smashing any basses tonight. (Silence, some jeers). (To the band:) Go! (and tailing off: “I might smash up somethin’ though…”). Two fans in the balcony step up, and get “Porch” dedicated to them, including a lengthy slide solo from Mike. “Porch” has an extended buildup before the “Hear my name” part, as Ed brings about a dozen people on stage. During the last chorus, security starts to pull people off, and while singing the verse Ed yells “Hey! Leave him alone! Heyyyy!!! One song  … they’re gonna stay one song. One song!” and barely missing a lyrical beat. As the last notes hit, Ed admits “Alright, that’s how you do it.” to significantly bigger applause.

10/27/91 – Rochester Auditorium Center: Rochester, NY
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
notes: Ed jumps off a speaker stack and hurts his ankle.

10/29/91 – Concert Hall: Toronto, Ontario [30m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins
set: … Alive
notes: setlist is incomplete

10/30/91 – Concert Hall: Toronto, Ontario [40m]
attendance: 450
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Oceans, Even Flow, Why Go, Jeremy, Alive, Once, Porch

11/01/91 – Walter Brown Arena, Boston University: Boston, MA
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
notes: Ed dives into the audience and surfs out to the soundboard and back.

11/02/91 – Memorial Auditorium, Univ. of VT: Burlington, VT [35m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Suggestion, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: After ‘Why Go,’ Ed says, “I have a gift for you. I know you guys get hungry up in front. No band’s ever paid any attention to this. Don’t ever tell ‘em that PJ forgot about you. Some grapes for all my good friends and a banana for [unintelligible].”

11/03/91 – Civic Center: Springfield, MA [40m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Release, Even Flow, (Suggestion)/Why Go, Alive, Porch, I’ve Got a Feeling
notes: Ed greets the crowd: “Hello Springfield. I always knew if we played a room this big it would be half empty, but you know, to me, it just looks like a small club that’s full. You guys are there. You’re standing on an ice rink. We’re gonna warm it up real slow. By the end of the night, it’ll be melted away.” Prior to ‘Alive,’ Ed says, “We made some new friends right before the show … actually, I hope you’re all friends. I hope you’re all friends with each other.” During ‘Porch,’ Ed changes the words to, “What the fuck is this world coming to, can’t even jump into the crowd without you takin the fuckin shirt on my back” He announces, “Enjoy the Pumpkins. After this, we’ve got the Red Hot fuckin’ Chili Peppers,” before ‘I’ve Got a Feeling.” Great show; the band is really on.

11/04/91 – Student Union Ballroom, University of Massachusetts: Amherst, MA [45m]
support act: Eleven
set: Deep, Even Flow, Oceans, Why Go, Jeremy, Alive, Garden, Black, Porch, Release

11/05/91 – Houston Field House: Troy, NY
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
notes: Ed asks if the crowd would hurt him if he came out there and proceeds to crowd surf to everyone’s amazement.

11/06/91 – The Haunt: Ithaca, NY
attendance: approx. 100 (capacity is 200-250)
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) + Suggestion (Fugazi) + Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: Originally scheduled for 11/4/91, this show was moved to 11/6/91 (thus the incorrect date on the poster). ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’ is included in the encore and a new song is played, announced as, “State of Loving Trust.” The back room wall is inscribed with Stone and Ed’s signatures. Ed began swinging on some of the beams running the length of the ceiling during this show.
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11/07/91 – The Landmark Theatre: Syracuse, NY
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Release, Why Go, Alive, Garden, Black, Alone, Even Flow, Porch
notes: In a quick 30-40 minute set, PJ is full of energy and Anthony Keidis jumps into the crowd following Ed’s stage dive. The theater is only half full and there are problems with the seats up front as people try to mosh but can’t because of the permanent seats. This date was previously believed to be at The Haunt in Ithaca, but a representative from The Landmark confirms this show date and a ticket stub has surfaced.

11/08/91 – CBGBs: New York City, NY [42m]
set: Black, Even Flow, Why Go, Jeremy, Alive, Once, Porch, I’ve Got a Feeling
notes: This show was unannounced and the audience consisted primarily of fan club members and press. Unusual opening with ‘Black,’ by request.
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11/09/91 – Tower Records: Rockville, MD (acoustic) [30m]
attendance: 50
set: Wash, Black, Alive, Suggestion, Porch
notes: Small, in-store promo for their first album, Ten, with PJ in a festive, friendly state. Before the set begins, Ed is thumbing through a magazine trying to pick out his first tattoo and later modifies some of the ‘Alive’ lyrics, a reference to selecting his tattoo on his arm, making the band laugh. (“‘Son,’ she said, ‘why’d you pick that tattoo?’” and later, “‘Is something wrong?’ she said. Of course there is, yeah. ‘You’re unplugged,’ she said. It’s driving me crazy.”) The guys strum a bit of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and The Who’s ‘Behind Blue Eyes.’ Ed looks around during ‘Porch’ for something to climb and, finding nothing, stands on Dave’s kick drum. Excellent acoustic set .
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11/09/91 – Bender Arena, American University: Washington, DC
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Wash, Once, State of Love and Trust, Even Flow, Garden, Alive, Black, Deep, Why Go, Porch, Leash
notes: ‘Leash’ is played for the first time, and seems to be used frequently in later shows when PJ “runs out of” songs.

UPDATED May 2, 2006

11/11/91 – Roseland Ballroom: New York City, NY [35m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: Eddie apologizes for his hoarse voice. Half-way through the show Ed takes off his shirt and underneath he was wearing a Nets jersey (or the Mock Nets / Pearl Jam jersey) and the crowd starts booing him. Eddie laughs a bit and says something to the effect of “You New Yorkers are tough”.
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11/12/91 – Roseland Ballroom: New York City, NY [35m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Release, Even Flow, Window Paine/Once, Alive/Suggestion, Jeremy, Porch
notes: A small riff from ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is played during the short version of ‘Window Paine,’ leading into ‘Once.’ During ‘Once,’ Ed sings, I’ve got nothin’ to say … but I hope the Knicks win tonight.” Ed jokes about “George” (Bush) being in town and how the streets were blocked off. He goes on to say that George wanted backstage passes for the Peppers, which leads into ‘Alive.’ Before ‘Porch,’ Ed asks to see the biggest Knicks fan in the crowd and offers to take the fan to see the Knicks and the Nets play at MSG after the shoe. Ed mentions that the Pumpkins and Chili Peppers will play later.
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11/13/91 – Rocky Point Palladium: Warwick, RI
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers

UPDATED May 2, 2006

11/14/91 – Tower Records: Yonkers, NY (acoustic) [45m]
set: Wash, Black, Alive, Oceans, Porch
notes: Similar to 11/9/91 Tower Records appearance. Small stage is set up in record stores and band performs a short, informal, excellent acoustic set. Ed sings with no mic for half the show. He is hoarse form seven shows in seven days and he ad libs a line in ‘Alive’ that garners a laugh from the crowd: “Is something wrong she said … of course there is yeah … I have no voice he said …” Someone in the crowd comments on Ed’s bandaged hand and he tells them he hurt it Tuesday (two nights before in New York at the Roseland) bashing Dave’s cymbals. The small audience calls out requests so PJ does ‘Oceans.’ They strum a bit of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ before ‘Porch.’ Ed is wearing his white Doc Martens (the same ones in the photo on the cover of the Australian ‘Even Flow’ CD single that got a lot of attention at the time.) Booksigning and pictures follow the set.

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11/14/91 – CD World: Menlo Park, NJ (acoustic) [15m]
set: Alive, Porch
notes: This in-store appearance occurs at about 8pm, a few hours after an appearance in Tower Records, Yonkers, NY. The band plays acoustic without a P.A. system. Ed thus sings without a mic and Dave’s drums are left in New York City, so he keeps the beat on his legs. Booksigning and pictures follow the set.
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11/15/91 – Roseland Ballroom: New York City, NY [40m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Black, Once, Even Flow, (Funky Crime)/(Window Paine), Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: After Even Flow, Ed sings a couple of lines from the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s ‘Funky Crime’, from Uplift Mofo Party Plan. (The line “I do what I wanna do!” is repeated throughout that song.) Before ‘Porch,’ Ed jokes about his hand injury: “… if you’re wondering about the cast, I saw the Michael Jackson video and I just wanted to be like him,” (a reference to MJ’s gloved hand).
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11/16/91 – Roseland Ballroom: New York City, NY [30m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go
notes: Setlist is likely incomplete. Ed leads into ‘Alive’ with: “So your parents can’t give you no fucking shit for coming here and going crazy tonight ‘cuz this is where they all lost their virginity. This building, this room might be the very reason you’re alive.”
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UPDATED October 1, 2009

11/17/91 – Rec. Hall, Pennsylvania State University: State College, PA [30m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
setlist: Wash, Even Flow, Why Go, Jeremy, Alive, Once, Porch
notes: Ed, hand still bandaged from crashing it on a cymbal at one of the Roseland shows, dedicates a song to Fugazi.
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11/18/91 – Veterans Coliseum: Columbus, OH
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Even Flow, Once, Alive, Deep, Why Go, Porch

11/20/91 – Kalamazoo State Theatre: Kalamazoo, MI
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Black, Even Flow, Once, Alive, Deep
notes: Originally scheduled for Wings Stadium. Setlist is incomplete

11/21/91 – Blind Pig: Ann Arbor, MI [60m]
attendance: 400
support act: Zoo Gods
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Black, Deep, Jeremy, Why Go, (Funky Crime)/(Window Paine)/Porch
enc: I’ve Got a Feeling
notes: Ed remarks, “There’s nothing better in the whole world than a sea of people … it’s just the tide has to go out a bit … take a step back … give a little breath and don’t fuckin’ get up here and jump unless you know what you’re doing. Let’s just enjoy the experience.” Jeff asks Stone if Scully gets “paid double” with Stone responding, “I dunno … can we?” Ed responds, “We’re not doing this for us … it’s for them.” He then thanks the Chili Peppers for giving them the night off so they can “… be a real band” and introduces ‘State of Love and Trust’ as from the movie they are going to be in. The ‘Deep’ lyrics are modified to “… on the edge of an Ann Arbor town.” Ed asks the crowd to pass him to the back during ‘Porch.’ ‘Outshined’ and ‘Oceans’ are intermingled in the jam during ‘I’ve Got a Feeling.’

11/22/91 – State Theatre (Clubland): Detroit, MI [35m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Release, Even Flow, Once, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: A very chatty show. Ed greets the crowd with “Good evening. A really nice place you have here. I don’t know if you’ve been waiting for this but we have so …” ‘Release’ leads in with “heys” instead of “whoas” and lyrics are changed to “We’re in Detroit, like you somehow.” Then, “OK, let’s get this distortion here. The rest of the night’s fuckin balls to the wall.” After ‘Even Flow,’ Ed notes, “I like the way this is set up: you got the hardcore fans right up front, the cool people are right after them – they’re happy to go nuts with just their arms folded. And then in the back we got all these PEOPLE playing with themselves.” During ‘Once,’ he sings, “I got nothing to say, except throw those guys out a window.” Later: “I don’t suppose any of you guys are Pistons fans, huh? Just … while no one’s around … I just wanna tell ya: I feel really bad that the Bulls beat em. I’m … fuckem. I hate those fuckin Bulls, man. Those fuckin bastards. What an ego that Jordan guy’s got, huh? I should tell you though: Michael Jordan is my illegitimate father. And Jeff, right after, (to Jeff: you ready to go?) Jeff and I are gonna go watch the Pistons play the Knicks as soon as we walk off stage. So, who should we root for? (crowd yells “Pistons”) This is for the Pistons … 1-2-3-4.”
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11/23/91 – State Theatre (Clubland): Detroit, MI
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
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set: Black, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Deep, Why Go, Porch

11/24/91 – Convention Center: Indianapolis, IN
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch

11/26/91 – Braden Auditorium: IL State Univ., Normal, IL [40m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Why Go, Deep, Alive (partial)

11/27/91 – Cincinnati Gardens: Cincinnati, OH
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
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 everbody’s who’s outside still drinking beer won’t miss too much.” leading to “Release”. Before raising the energy level, Ed continues “Alright, I just want to tell you something, we’d like to have you all up front up here but they talked to everybody before all the bands and we’re not allowed to let you do anything but stand in your seats, so it’s up to us to transmit. So we wanna fuckin’ rock out, we want to fuckin’ create chaos, but it’s gonna have to be controlled, so have fun tonight anyways, we all fuckin’ love you” leading into “Even Flow”. Later, Ed asks “So I guess we are the warmup band, are you guys warmin’ up? Just wanna make sure you’re still alive“, leading to “Alive”. The spoken line of “Once” is: “I got nothing to say, but the Cincinnati fire marshall can suck my d**k”. To close, Ed thanks the crowd “Alright, we’re gonna play one more, then it’s the Smashing Pumpkins, then the Red Hot Fuckin’ Chili Peppers. And there might be a really good chance that I’m gonna join you (in the crowd), ’cause it’s no fun being so far away from you”. He starts the verse of “Porch” with “1,2,3,4 … What the fuck is this world / Coming to, you can’t even / go to a concert and fuckin’ / Be up here motherfucker”. After starting the set with little to no reaction, the crowd gives the band a strong ovation to close their set.

11/29/91 – Aragon Ballroom: Chicago, IL [45m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins
set: Release, Even Flow, Smells Like Teen Spirit (teaser), Once, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch

11/30/91 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium: St. Paul, MN
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers

12/02/91 – The American Theater: St. Louis, MO
attendance: 1,500
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers

12/03/91 – The American Theater: St. Louis, MO
attendance: 1,500
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers

12/04/91 – Memorial Hall: Kansas City, KS
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers

12/06/91 – State Palace Theater, New Orleans, LA
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: … Porch …
notes: From the 12/7/91 KLOL radio interview:

Ed: “Eddie’s the swimmer. After last night I think I earned the true title of ‘Crowd Swimmer Extraordinaire’.”
Stone: “He did. He swam …”
Ed: “I think there were 5000 people on the floor and another 2000 in the rafters. And I just at on the edge of the monitor during the last song ‘Porch’ and took my shoes off, took my socks off, stood up, took my shirt off, kinda stretched, took a running leap and swam on top of the crowd to the monitors and then they passed me back.”
Stone: “It was probably a total of almost 60-70 yards total. There and back.”

12/07/91 – KLOL: Houston, TX (Ed & Stone) [35m]

12/07/91 – Unicorn Ballroom: Houston, TX
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: Setlist may be incomplete.
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UPDATED October 23, 2009

12/08/91 – City Coliseum: Austin, TX [60 min]
attendance: 2,000
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
notes: During ‘Even Flow,’ Ed climbs the wall adjacent to the stage, scales the rafter back to the middle of the stage (hanging above the crowd) and climbs down a rope back to the stage. Security tries to grab him as we went up the wall to no avail.
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UPDATED October 23, 2009

12/??/91 – Vatican: Houston, TX
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
attendance: 950
notes: This venue (now the Abyss) is a former movie theater/church/club which was so packed this night that there were long gaps between songs to get people off of each other. Originally listed as December 8, so date is not known.

12/11/91 – Bronco Bowl: Dallas, TX
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
notes: Apparently PJ opened at the Bronco Bowl and later headed over to Trees where they headlined!
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12/11/91 – Trees: Dallas, TX [51 min]
attendance: less than 100
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Garden, Deep, Black, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
enc: Breath, I’ve Got a Feeling
notes: It takes a while for Ed to warm up to the crowd but then he gets chatty, talking about how they haven’t been to Texas before, how they stole Dave from Dr. Tongue (“tough shit”) and asks if Tom Landry is there. He tells about the Singles movie and how the next song is from the movie (‘State of Love and Trust’). During ‘Alive’ he climbs up a speaker stack and jumps off, later pulling off a shoe and looking at it saying, “I’m not getting enough air out of my Air Jordan’s.” A cool version of ‘Garden’ features full harmonies by Jeff and Stone and Mike’s sweet guitar solo. Then Ed asks if Tom Landry is “… here tonight? He was on our guest list, huh? This is for Cowboy fans,” leading to ‘Deep.’ ‘Jeremy’ has a nice jam and Ed explains the Jeremy story, asking the crowd if they know where Richardson, Texas is and how Jeremy shot himself in front of his English class. “Maybe he should have just ran away … why go home? He says, “Almost all our titles are one word,” leading to ‘Black.’ He counts off the “1, 2, 3, 4″ lead-in to ‘Porch’ while Mike is still untangling his guitar cord and trying to plug it in.

12/12/91 – Hollywood Theater: Norman, OK
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins

12/14/91 – Denver Coliseum: Denver, CO
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
set: Even Flow, Why Go, Once, Alive, Jeremy, Leash, Porch
notes: Both Mike and Stone smash guitars at the end of the set. Everyone in the band except Dave surfed briefly.

12/15/91 – Club DV8: Salt Lake City, UT [50m]
supporting: Smashing Pumpkins
set: Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Black, Deep, Garden, Jeremy, Leash, Why Go, Porch
enc: Suggestion
notes: After ‘Garden,’ Ed notes, “We didn’t put Jeremy on the list!” and asks the crowd if they want to hear ‘Jeremy’ or another song, leading to a quick, little “hey ho, let’s go” (Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’). Then they go into a few ‘Smell Like Teen Spirit’ riffs, with Ed following up by singing, “I feel stupid” to the ‘Teen Spirit’ tune. Ed sings two lines from ‘Outshined’ as a lead-in to ‘Leash.’ At the end of ‘Porch,’ Jeff breaks his ankle so they cut the show short. Ed comes out and sings ‘Suggestion’ solo as a brief encore.

12/23/91 – KNDD (Stone & Jeff intv) [15m]
The guys are in the holiday spirit and discuss how it is Ed’s birthday that night. They introduce “Even Fro” as a song about maintaining your Afro ;)

12/27/91 – Sports Arena: Los Angeles, CA
supporting: Nirvana and RHCP
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Why Go, Leash, Porch
Ed jumps into the audience and runs the way to the back of the Arena, then back to the stage. On his way back, he eats it big time on a row of seats that he didn’t see. Full on, down on his face, in the middle of the crowd. Gets right up and keeps moving.
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12/28/91 – Del Mar Pavilion: San Diego, CA
supporting: Nirvana and RHCP
set: Once, Even Flow, Why Go, Jeremy, Alive, Leash, Porch

12/29/91 – Arizona State University Center: Tempe, AZ [45m]
supporting: Nirvana and RHCP
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: During ‘Porch,’ Ed climbs the scaffolding and hangs upside down by his knees, singing the outtro chorus. The place is electrified as he jumps down, the crowd fearful someone might die. Lots of chat from Ed and during Nirvana’s set, he repeatedly comes from the wings of the stage, running top speed and diving far out into the crowd. He is carefully returned to the stage each time.

12/31/91 – Cow Palace: Daly City, CA [30m]
attendance: 16,000
supporting: Nirvana and RHCP
set: Once, Even Flow, (Suggestion)/Why Go, Jeremy, Alive, Leash, (Smells Like Teen Spirit teaser), Porch
notes: New Year’s Eve and three great bands! Ed comments, “If I wasn’t in this band, I would still make sure I was here tonight.” Ed sings part of Fugazi’s ‘Waiting Room’ as an intro to ‘Even Flow.’ A driven performance, with a particularly intense version of ‘Alive.’ Flea of RHCP assists with vocals during ‘Leash.’ The ‘Teen Spirit’ teaser (actually the longest teaser I’ve heard) is followed by Stone’s quip, “Just remember, we played it first.” Ed performs one of his finest stage dives, repeating it later during the ‘Yurtle the Turtle’ encore with the Chili Peppers.
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