2000

04/12/00 – Ed Sullivan Theater: New York, NY (The Late Show with David Letterman appearance) [3m]
set: Grievance
notes: Appearing on David Letterman’s birthday, Dave holds up the lovely Binaural vinyl and PJ let loose with a new song. It is NOT, as everyone would have suspected, “Nothing As It Seems,” which is slated as the first single, but a real rocker. Ed’s playing guitar on this one, a raw performance with Matt driving it and Mike is extremely animated. Mike makes an effort at smashing the guitar and Ed presents it to Dave at the end of the performance. Anyone who had concerns that the new album would be “soft” will likely rethink after this performance! [For those who care, Stone is now wearing cargo pants, Matt is sporting orange and Jeff's got the evil goat hat.]

05/10/00 – Mount Baker Theatre: Bellingham WA [125m]
attendance: 1,500
support act: C Average
soundcheck: Insignificance, Light Years, (2 new ones), Untitled/MFC, In Hiding, Red Mosquito, Evacuation, Even Flow
set: Of the Girl, Grievance, Breakerfall, Nothing as it Seems, God’s Dice, Light Years, Thin Air, Do the Evolution, Black, Red Mosquito, Daughter/(Hold On), Faithfull, Dead Man (Ed and Jeff only), MFC, Evacuation, Immortality [NOTE: since we are in album blackout, these are guesses based off of lyrics & a copy of the printed setlist we saw after the show.]
enc 1: Corduroy, Wishlist, Insignificance, improv/jam, Go
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: After ‘Light Years,’ Ed says “Thank you Mount Baker,” and “What a fine dump. It’s the nicest practice space I’ve ever had.” At the end of ‘Thin Air,’ he notes, “Well, those were all the good songs.” Following ‘Black,’ there is a mid-stage conference. Stone says, “We’re already fucking up the setlist,” and Ed responds that that’s OK but fucking up the songs is not. ‘Hold On’ is a Tom Waits song. ‘Faithfull’ has two notable lyric changes: “the woman upstairs” and “what’s a human to do.” Jeff comes out with the standup bass and a bow and he and Ed do a beautiful version of ‘Dead Man.’ ‘Evacuation’ is introduced as, “This song was written by Matt Cameron”; it seems to take a toll on Ed’s voice, as afterwards he’s out of breath and comments, “Great song, bitch to sing,” and asks the crowd to thank Matt for playing tonight.. Before the encore, there were no “Eddie” chants … rather “Pearl Jam” chants! ! After ‘Insignificance,’ there’s another mid-stage pow wow and Ed comments on how he hasn’t had a drink for a while (since 1:30 that morning) and he’s getting a buzz from the wine. Jeff is having bass trouble after Ed announces ‘Go’ and they go into a fairly involved improv, similar in feel to ‘Roadhouse Blues’ by the Doors; it falls apart after Mike takes an appropriate solo but then cracks up at the end. Ed returns to the stage alone for the final encore, holding a wireless ukulele behind his back. He tell us he is going to play one of the greatest songs in rock and roll history, and then revises (realizing some folks might not have gotten the sarcasm) and says, no, actually, it sucks. He asks the crowd to be quiet — “I know you’re gonna wanna yell out during this one” — as he doesn’t want to “make a mistake,” and then pauses to ask the crowd if the ukulele doesn’t make him look taller. He plays a lovely, intricate song – “Soon Forget” (which VERY much reminds us of ‘Blue, Red and Grey’ by the Who). ‘Ledbetter’ is a wonderful version. The flying V is back for Mike, as well as a brand new baby blue SG.

05/11/00 – Commodore Ballroom: Vancouver BC [106m]
attendance: 1,100
support act: C Average
set: Long Road, Last Exit, Hail Hail, Breakerfall, Grievance, Nothing As It Seems, Light Years, Corduroy, Even Flow, Elderly Woman, Thin Air, Of The Girl, Insignificance, Not For You, Off He Goes, Wishlist, Evacuation
enc 1: Animal, Do The Evolution, Daughter/(The Wrong Child)/(Androgynous Mind), Last Kiss
enc 2: Soon Forget
notes: After ‘Hail Hail,’ Ed mentions “We have a new record … it came out yesterday,” prompting shouts of “Tuesday” from the crowd. “Oh, it doesn’t come out till Tuesday. Let’s just play it then.” Before ‘Even Flow,’ Ed says “Let’s test out this spring loaded floor.” He changes the ‘Not For You’ lyric to “small my table, fits just one.” Ed throws a bottle of water into the crowd and then gives a teasing “take a bottle drink it down, pass it around.” Mike rotates between a heavily worn tobacco sunburst Fender Strat, a 57 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, a Flying V with glow-in-the-dark stickers all over it, a silver-sparkle Gretsch Les Paul-style guitar, a white Fender Tele, and and red hollowbody (another Gretsch?). Ed plays one of the new Fender Telecoustics (same as for ‘Grievance’ on Letterman) for the most part, switching to a white telecaster on a couple tunes … and, of course, the ukulele (“it’s pronounced ookelele” -Eddie) which he faked a guitar smash on before leaving the stage. All members of R.E.M. were in attendance since they were recording in Vancouver, hence ‘The Wrong Child’ tag on ‘Daughter.’ About 50 fans waiting around outside were let in, for free, approximately 1/4 of the way into the show.
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05/16/00 - Binaural is released

05/23/00 – Restelo Stadium: Lisbon, Portugal [135m]
attendance: 40,000
support act: The Vandals
set: Of The Girl, Do The Evolution, Animal, Red Mosquito, Corduroy, Grievance, Light Years, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Faithfull, Untitled, Last Kiss, MFC, Breakerfall, Wishlist, Thin Air, Daughter, Evacuation, Immortality, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Black, Go
enc 1: Last Exit, Jeremy, Elderly Woman, Alive
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: The opening show of the European tour in Lisbon is a total winner with PJ playing really well, looking very happy with the fantastic Portuguese fans in attendance. ‘Corduroy’ is one of the best ever versions. ‘Untitled’ (from the Live On Two Legs album) is a different, extended version, after which Matt begins having drum trouble and Ed starts doing ‘Last Kiss’ by himself. There is no recognizable ‘Daughter’ tag — just Ed singing and the entire crowd is singing even when he has ended. Later, Ed forgets the words to to ‘Immortality’ and the audience helps out. ‘Better Man’ includes a very small ‘Save It For Later’ tag. Mike is on fire toward the close of the first set, soloing behind his head, rolling around and falling backward while playing! They return for the encore and the crowd is yelling “EDDIE” and he responds “SUCKS!” which brings that to an end, and the crowd is then singing the chorus to ‘Alive.’ Ed says that they won’t have to sing that one since the crowd has already performed it. Dennis Rodman makes an appearance at the top of the second encore, bringing Ed out onto the stage over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes. He exits soon, with Ed commenting on how that was the shortest amount of time that Dennis Rodman has been on a Pearl Jam stage ;) Another fantastic show in Lisbon with Mike in a great mood, playing hide and seek behind a speaker and Ed opening his shirt and patting his heart, obviously very moved by the crowd.
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05/25/00 – Palau St. Jordi: Barcelona, Spain [126m]
attendance: 10,199 (capacity 20,000)
support act: The Vandals
soundcheck: Timeless Melody [The Las], There She Goes Again (the Las), Corduroy, Insignificance (three times), Light Years, Thin Air
set: Long Road, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Animal, Even Flow, Nothing As It Seems, Light Years, Given To Fly, Insignificance, Daughter/(The Wrong Child), Rearviewmirror, I Got Shit, Thin Air, Black, Better Man, Do The Evolution, Alive
enc 1: Grievance, State of Love And Trust, Wishlist, Elderly Woman, Go
enc 2: Last Kiss, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: The band are cheery and in good spirits. Jeff has joined the Pearl Jam Hair Club For Men in that his hair is now a bright orange. Mike is wearing a vintage Queen tshirt complete with rhinestones. In ‘Hail Hail’ Ed sings, “Are we going to the same place – Barcelona?” ‘Even Flow’ is introduced as, “This next song is called ‘I save cigarette butts for a poor girl.” ‘GTF’ is impassioned; a sweaty tshirt is flung from the crowd and lands right on Ed’s mic stand. He picks it up, smells it, and comments “smells great.” Mike sings along to himself during ‘Insignificance.’ ‘RVM’ is an unexpected surprise and a big crowd favorite. The jam is different, not meandering, but more staccato with a definite melody. Mike runs around behind Matt and comes up behind Stone in all of two seconds, scaring him. At the end, Mike runs back and the guitar goes crashing to the ground; he looks awfully pleased with himself. Ed tells a charming story about going sightseeing and taking photos during the day at one of the Antonio Gaudi buildings: “If he had been a musician he would have been the first Jimi Hendrix” – and that while he was doing that these kids got in his photo, some comments about young love, and then he somehow ties it all into ‘Thin Air,’ carefully pointing out it was written by Stone. There are different lighting effects, punctuated by two large inflated balloons in the shape of planets on which the nebulae and other backdrops are projected to interesting effect. A fine show, but nothing to write home about.
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05/26/00 – Anoeta Velodrome: San Sebastian, Spain [129m]
attendance: 13,000
support act: The Vandals
set: Release, Given To Fly, Do The Evolution, Corduroy, Insignificance, Of The Girl, Jeremy, Light Years, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, Faithfull, Daughter/(Hold On)/(Love Me Two Times), Breakerfall, Rearviewmirror, Better Man, Go
enc 1: Last Exit, Hail Hail, Immortality, State of Love and Trust, Alive
enc 2: Whipping, Last Kiss, Improv, Smile, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Another fantastic crowd helps the band deliver another fantastic performance. ‘Jeremy’ surprises everyone with its intensity, Mike hopping up and down, exhorting the crowd to jump, Ed with vintage 1992 headshakes and gestures, Stone also jumping up and down to match Ed’s intensity. Ed breaks a string during ‘Light Years’; Mike’s ‘NAIS’ solo is intense, polished. ‘Even Flow’ features more classic hand gestures on the “butterflies” lines. Stone fucks up the beginning to ‘Daughter’ – of all things – TWICE – prompting Ed to introduce him formally: “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Stone Gossard!” The band returns for the first encore: “What a day, what a place. I have to admit, we went surfing earlier… as soon as we got in the water, this tornado came … from Seattle, it was lookin’ for us.” Ed thanks the crowd for singing, and then introduces the band (of all things), specifically Stone: “This is Stone Gossard, his guitar fucked up earlier, *not* him; he’s a professional, he came to San Sebastian to rock you in a very professional way…” and then the professional rips into a scorching version of “Last Exit.” “Hail Hail’ has a lyric change: “Hail hail the lucky ones, I hope you are in love.” Ed forgets the words to the beginning of ‘Immortality’ again and looks to the crowd for cues. The crowd starts singing ‘State’ before the band kicks in; ‘Alive’ features yet another band fuckup, prompting Ed to say: “So much for being a professional band…” They return for the second encore with the crowd chanting, and Ed singing along with Matt providing an accompaniment. Ed then says, well, since we fucked up so badly tonight, we’ll just keep playing to make up for it, but you have to promise not to tell anyone, okay? and then asks the crowd to vote: ‘Last Kiss’ or ‘Whipping’. ‘Whipping’ wins hands down, but we get ‘Last Kiss’ anyway. After Stone and Jeff switch instruments for what’s obviously going to be ‘Smile’, Stone has bass problems, prompting Eddie to comment sarcastically, “Maybe it is Stone’s fault…” and they go into another short bluesy jam like they did in Bellingham.
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05/29/00 – Wembley Arena: London, England [118m]
attendance: 12,000
support act: The Monkeywrench
soundcheck: Of the Girl (x2), Timeless (x3), God’s Dice, I Got Shit, Not For You, Leaving Here, Soldier of Love, Habit
set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Grievance, God’s Dice, Light Years, Corduroy, Animal, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Nothing As It Seems, Daughter/(The Wrong Child)/(Androgynous Mind), Faithfull, MFC, Wishlist, Do The Evolution, Black, Alive
enc 1: Timeless Melody [the Las], Insignificance, Rearviewmirror, Better Man, I Got Shit, Go
enc 2: Soon Forget, Soldier of Love, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed’s voice cracks at the end of ‘God’s Dice.’ He states afterwards, “It’s a new song and I fucked it up.” Before ‘Corduroy’ Ed almost forgets to pick up his guitar. ‘Even Flow’is introduced as ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go On Your Grievance.’ Ed sings a couple of lines of Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ (“I’ve got a brand new pair of rollerskates, you’ve got a brand new key …”). During ‘MFC’ Mike goes crazy running and jumping around and throws his guitar over his back at the end. During the last chorus of ‘Alive,’ Ed jumps down and is held up in front of the crowd. Before the beginning of the first encore Ed describes how he used to think of London as a different planet when he was younger. It was like a place where the gods hung out like Zeus, Athena, etc. and Keith, Pete, etc. of The Who. During ‘Rearviewmirror’ Mike goes crazy with his guitar again. Ed describes him as “Mike McCready and his flying V. He usually doesn’t behave this way,” he adds. Ed plays ‘I Got Shit’ as requested by a fan the previous night at the Borderline (where the Monkeywrench was playing). After ‘Go’, Ed walks off trying to balance a wine bottle on his head. Ed begins the the second encore saying they’re willing to play some more if the crowd’s up for it. Ed tells the crowd that Matt referred to the instrument he plays on ‘Soon Forget’ as a “Grungle-lele.” Ed flubs up the last “one more time around.” The concert finishes off with a splendid performance of ‘Yellow Ledbetter.’
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05/30/00 – Wembley Arena: London, England [122m]
attendance: 12,000
support act: The Monkeywrench
set: Last Kiss [Ed solo before Monkeywrench], Sometimes, Grievance, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Animal, Dissident, Nothing As it Seems, In Hiding, Even Flow, Thin Air, Habit, Untitled, MFC, Off He Goes, Daughter/(On a Rope), Not For You, State of Love And Trust, Immortality, Rearviewmirror
enc: Light Years, Do The Evolution, Last Exit, Elderly Woman, Black, Alive
notes: Ed performs ‘Last Kiss’ solo, wearing the same striped jacket he wore at the Palladium and La Paloma shows, commenting something to the effect that Keith Moon loaned him the jacket. Jeff comes out wearing a white Dick Tracey hat. After ‘NAIS’ Ed mentions that they played at Wembley last night but tonight was going to be something completely different. Stone exaggerates the end of ‘In Hiding’ much to the amusement of Ed. Ed dedicates ‘Even Flow’ to Tom Price, the guitarist of Monkeywrench. Before ‘Thin Air,’ Ed states that anyone is lucky to have fallen in love and states that the next song is written by Stone about young love. The band adds a very powerful guitar driven ending to ‘Habit’ and Matt does a GREAT drum solo. Ed flubs up the first line to ‘Untitled’ which segues into ‘MFC.’ Ed almost introduces ‘Off He Goes’ as being from the same album as ‘MFC’ and then corrects himself. Mike takes off his shirt before ‘Daughter’ much to the joy of a few female fans. ‘On a Rope’ is a Rocket From The Crypt song. Ed and Mike practically knock each other over during ‘Not For You.’ Matt adds an amazing drum solo at the end of ‘Immortality.’ ‘Rearviewmirror’ is an absolutely magnificent finish to the set. Ed comes out during the encore and says he has a scar to remember. “Mike hit me with his guitar, the fuckin’ prick.” Ed mentions that backstage Mike reminded him of a scar that Ed gave him in San Francisco either years ago. Ed jokes that he’s on the offensive. During ‘DTE’ Ed pretends to attack Mike with the microphone stand. During ‘Alive’ towards the end, Mike runs all over the stage and Ed swings the microphone around.
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06/01/00 – The Point Depot: Dublin, Ireland [121m]
attendance: 8,500
support act: The Vandals
soundcheck: Garden, Once, Brain of J (general consensus)
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Grievance, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, Faithfull, Even Flow, Off He Goes, Elderly Woman, Insignificance, Daughter/(WMA), Rearviewmirror, Alive, Go
enc: Do The Evolution, Lukin, Wishlist, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Garden, Black
notes: Ed is in a chatty mood, proposing a toast to Dublin, mentioning that the crowd had waited two albums for them to come to The Point again. He adds, “That’s what we did … how ’bout you? What did you do? You all grew up. You all became a bunch of thieves. You broke out of prison just so you could come here (a note about a local news story about early release of political prisoners under the terms of the Good Friday agreement). Now you have a taste of freedom … here’s to your new found freedom.” Ed dedicates a wonderful version of ‘Off He Goes’ to the fair people of Donegal, noting “all six of ‘em are right over there.” After ‘Alive,’ Ed blesses the crowd with liquid from his wine bottle and Stone comments, “I think tonight was one of those nights where we probably shouldn’t have played that song.” Before ‘Go,’ Ed tells the crowd a lengthy story (full of Irish wit and wisdom) about a farmer, his son and his horses, which is a big crowd pleaser. ‘Go’ finishes with Mike making Hendrix/Townshend type contortions with his guitar while Ed sings lyrics from the Crowded House song, ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over.’ At the beginning of the encore Ed tells the crowd, “If you’re not goin’ we’re not goin’.” After ‘DTE,’ Ed mentions that Monkeywrench opened up for them in London and some of the members of that band used to be in Mudhoney and that the next song was written about one of their members, leading to ‘Lukin.’ After ‘Better Man,’ Ed says that if the crowd’s up for it they’ll play a song they haven’t played in a long time (and that the band would remember the fact that they tried it out in Dublin), leading to ‘Garden’ – definitely a treat. (He asks the front row for help with the second verse.) ‘Black’ is introduced as a tragic little song. At the end of ‘Black,’ Ed covers himself with black tape, climbs up on the speaker at the right hand side of the stage and jumps into the crowd, where he is treated with superhero respect. A fantastic finish to a great concert. Other highlights: a huge, magnificent Better Man (Ed made it disco!), dancing on the intro of ‘DTE’, ‘RVM’ – as good as it’s meant to be, while ‘Insignificance’ and ‘Lukin’ are powerful. Mike ON FIRE and the solos on ‘NAIS’ and ‘Alive’ were stand outs. Songs from Binaural are received like old favorites (although not particularly ‘Insignificance’) throughout and the Yield tracks never performed in Europe before especially (particularly ‘Given To Fly’).

06/03/00 – Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC): Glasgow, Scotland [125m]
attendance: 5,800
support act: The Vandals
soundcheck: jam (Mike & Stone), Insignificance, Timeless Melody, Leatherman x2, Present Tense, Rival x2, Evacuation, Soon Forget
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Animal, Dissident, Grievance, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Daughter, Untitled, MFC, Habit, Better Man Present Tense, State Of Love And Trust, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Brain of J, Do The Evolution, Light Years, Elderly Woman, Last Kiss, Once
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: “We’ve been here once before but that was a long time ago and its great to be back.” The band start *again* with ‘Sometimes’ before launching into a blistering ‘Breakerfall.’ Ed raises one of the Bugs t-shirts after ‘Animal,’ and wipes his sweaty brow with it. The crowd are perhaps the most ‘lively’ yet but too many people are crowd surfing and too many in the crowd surge right and left and are hurting people, which prompts Ed to say after the first chorus of ‘GTF’, “How ya doin’?” which prompts everyone to cheer. He responds, “I didn’t mean for you to yell, but I think that somebody’s underneath you all.” ‘Habit’ is introduced as a quiet little number, ‘Present Tense’ and ‘Once’ make a very welcome appearance and turn a very good show into a great one. Ed is in fine story telling form, with references to a little old lady he met, how songs have messages and sometimes become prayers, and talking about Mike Scott (from the Waterboys – Irish band – see: ‘Whole of the Moon’ tags from 1998), which gets a great reception from the crowd. The band play two encores, with the reception on the second occasion prompting Eddie to say ‘Be careful, that’s enough to give a guy a big head.’ Mike makes a rare appearance at the mic at the close of the show and in his very best Scottish brogue says, “Bye Scotland.” For the encores, Ed comes back out and tells us all a great story about the last time they were in Glasgow when he met a cleaner called Mrs. Mop who he dedicates ‘Soon Forget’ to. Worth note is that he says, “The last time we were here, which was a long time ago…” and is interrupted by a lot of playful booing (it was 23rd February 1992 so Glasgow was mildly pissed off about that) and he answers by hanging his head in shame then telling how he had a lot of laundry to do and how much of a mess his house was.
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06/04/00 – Manchester Evening News Arena: Manchester, England [132m]
attendance: 21,000
support act: The Vandals
soundcheck: Light Years, Timeless Melody x 2, Fuckin’ Up, Spin The Black Circle, Blood, God’s Dice, Breakerfall
set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Grievance, Corduroy, Light Years, Go, Given To Fly, Evacuation, Even Flow, Daughter, Animal, Wishlist, Nothingman, Better Man, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Last Exit, Once, Black, Timeless Melody, State of Love And Trust, Fuckin’ Up
enc 2: Leatherman, Footsteps, Do The Evolution, Garden, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: EVERYONE is on tonight. Ed flubs the lyrics to the second verse of ‘Even Flow’ AGAIN. Prior to ‘Given to Fly,’ Ed says they are going to play it “under protest.” ‘Thin Air’ is on the setlist but as Stone gets ready to play it, he breaks a string, and we get ‘Wishlist’ instead, after which Ed refers to Stone as his “archnemesis.” Later, when they come out for the first encore, Ed asks for lights and then he and Stone hug, after which someone throws a half full beer at Stone, prompting Ed to say “if anyone fucks with him I’ll kick your fuckin ass!” When they came out for the second encore, Ed said something to the fact that they would only be playing rarities and said about ‘Leatherman’ that they had trouble learning it because they “couldn’t even find it.” ‘Footsteps’ featured the bluesy solo on harmonica, Ed sings the entire second half with his eyes intently closed. During ‘Garden’ Ed drops the second “I don’t show/ I don’t share” lines, and holds the last “stone” for what seems to be forever. Apparently only ‘Fuckin’ Up’ and ‘Ledbetter’ are on the encore setlist; the rest of the songs were audience requests, chosen on the spot by the band!
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06/06/00 – Cardiff International Arena: Cardiff, Wales, UK [125m]
attendance: 6,700
support act: The Vandals
soundcheck: Sleight of Hand (x3), Pilate (x3), Rival (x2), Leatherman, Timeless Melody, Thin Air
set: Nothing As It Seems, Breakerfall, God’s Dice, Animal, Red Mosquito, Insignificance, Corduroy, I Got Shit, Alive, Given To Fly, Better Man, Leatherman, Light Years, Pilate, Daughter/(WMA), Do The Evolution, Once
enc 1: Go, MFC, Elderly Woman, Black, Immortality, Spin The Black Circle
enc 2: Even Flow, Smile, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: “125 minutes and breathtaking.” The UK run comes to an end, with perhaps the best show of this part of the tour. ‘NAIS’ opens, followed by ‘Breakerfall’ and ‘God’s Dice’ – both of which are quickly becoming live staples. A quiet crowd suddenly becomes alive from ‘Animal’ onwards. Eddie senses this, telling the crowd “you’re singing as good as me.” Stone wryly notes that he can’t believe they got through ‘Pilate’ – check out Matt on back-up vocals! – without a hitch. ‘Once’ provides a fitting close to the show, before the encores, Eddie crashing the microphone stand to the stage floor. ‘Spin the Black circle’ ensures the momentum is kept up during the second half, with the inclusion of ‘Smile’ (“a going away song”) and (“one more?”) Yellow Ledbetter at the show’s end providing a fitting finish. A very good show in a comparatively small venue.
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06/08/00 – Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy: Paris, France [130m]
attendance: 16,500
support act: The Vandals
soundcheck: Of The Girl, new song/improv x2, I Got You (Split Enz), Rival x2, Sleight of Hand, Breakerfall, Pilate x2 (if anyone taped this, we’re particularly interested in hearing the new song/improv so please contact us)
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Corduroy, God’s Dice, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Evacuation, Alive, Pilate, Better Man, Insignificance, Daughter/(Hold On), In Hiding, Wishlist, Grievance, Even Flow, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Hail Hail, Go, Once, Light Years, Elderly Woman, Black, Fuckin’ Up
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: A dull crowd, lots of chanting and singing along and enthusiasm, but a rough, packed pit. The puny Bercy security drag crowdsurfers over people’s heads as big Pete tries to tell them how to lift people over instead. It seems like Ed’s voice is hurting. He keeps motioning to his throat and asking the crowd to help him sing the chorus of ‘In Hiding’ (after singing “seeing visions and cracks along the walls, they were upside down” Ed mimes smoking a joint and says, “I was tripping!”). Before ‘Pilate,’ a fan on the barricade gives Ed a harmonica and he plays a second of ‘Footsteps’ on it and says, “I just got a musical instrument as a gift either from the people of France or that guy right there. Is this something that you all pitched in for? Either way I’m very moved. Thank you very much.” (Ed had given his harmonica to a fan in Cardiff right after playing ‘Smile’.) After a particularly hardcore ‘Rearviewmirror,’ Mike grabs his guitar (an orange-red Strat) by the fretboard with both hands and smashes it to bits gleefully. He even jumps up and down on it. He throws the strap and whammy bar out to the crowd and hands a chunk of the body to someone on the barricade. Returning for the encore, Ed steps on a skateboard and makes a round on stage. “Merci beaucoup! A toast,” he says and throws some wine over his head. “Let’s play some more.” Before ‘Once,” Ed thanks The Vandals and then starts to say, “the other people I really want to thank … what’s that?” Some people are screaming something to Ed that he couldn’t seem to understand. He replies with “Fuck you!” The crowd cheers! He continues, “Everyone in this whole first three rows getting their heads knocked to shit all night and they have been so fucking tough. Everyone give them a big applause. SURVIVORS!” After ‘Black,’ Ed introduces each member of Pearl Jam in French (“Monseur Mike McCready,” etc) to loud cheers and then says, “And I’m Madame Bovary.” He intro’s ‘Fuckin’ Up’ with, “This is a good one to raise your arms and middle fingers and feel like you’re number one.” For the finale, Ed and Mike stay on stage, the others left and returned to do ‘YL.’

06/09/00 – Rock Am Ring Festival: Koln, Germany
set: Sometimes, Corduroy, Breakerfall, MFC, Grievance, Animal, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, Not For You, Wishlist, Better Man, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror, Timeless Melody, Alive, Daughter/(WMA)/(Behind Blue Eyes), Do The Evolution, Once
enc 1: Elderly Woman, Go, State Of Love And Trust, Light Years, Black, Last Kiss, Fuckin’ Up
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: The crowd is rough at the start but more peaceful and relaxed after ‘MFC.’ Mike seems to loosen up during the ‘Even Flow’ solo. Ed takes Mike’s cigarette from his mouth and takes a drag, later saying, “That’s Mike McCready.” Ed grabs for the e-bow but then throw it to the back during ‘Wishlist.” Ed introduces ‘Timeless Melody’ with “This one is dedicated to Noel [Gallagher], who couldn’t be here…”, likely referring to the fact that Liam played without Noel before PJ’s set. Mike plays most of the ‘Alive’ solo behind his head, then running off the stage while Ed does some sort of gymnastics centerstage. Ed introduces ‘Last Kiss’ as “This is a campfire sing-a-long.” He tries some German: “Wie fühlt….Ihr Euch ?” [How do you feel?] “Ihr seid spitze” [You're great.] and “Danke” at the end. Big cheers every time. He told of his “German lesson,” and asked how to say “Fuck you” in German, being told “Hmm, well, we say, errr, ‘fuck you.’” Big cheers leading to ‘Fucking Up.’ When the return for the encore, Ed says, “Ha, we’re easy … sometimes.” There was heat lightning (that was insane) behind the crowd, and a half moon — both of which Ed exhorted the crowd to turn around and take a look at. The band, while on fire still, was much more reserved than at any of the previous shows.

06/11/00 – Rock Im Park Festival: Nurnberg, Germany [120m]
set: MFC, Habit, Corduroy, Breakerfall, God’s Dice, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, Dissident, Even Flow, Given To Fly, Wishlist, Alive, Off He Goes, Leatherman, Better Man, Once, Lukin, Insignificance, Improv/New Song, Rearviewmirror
enc: Black, Spin The Black Circle, Do The Evolution, Light Years, Elderly Woman, Leaving Here, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Prior to PJ taking the stage, Liam Gallagher dedicates ‘Wonderwall’ to “my Pearl Jam friends,” most likely referring to hostile PJ fans in the front row. ‘MFC’ is a surprise opener, the first rocking opener of the tour, and is followed by ‘Habit,’ which again features no “Speakin as…” line. During ‘NAIS’ Ed comments “It’s beautiful,” referring to his view of the crowd. Ed flubs the ‘Even Flow’ lyrics, but it doesn’t matter, the whole band is totally into it, Jeff bouncing all over the stage circa 1992, and Mike’s solo is absolutely AMAZING and extended once again. At the end of ‘Wishlist,’ Ed steps to the mic to add a tag, but instead just plays the chords with his eyes closed, totally into it, and then says “danke.” After ‘Alive’ Ed tells how he remembers “playing it perfectly at a small club in Hamburg on Jeff Ament’s birthday, March 12, 1992… Also the last time I took a shower.” ! He then goes on to ask for the rain or the moon before starting ‘Off He Goes.’ Matt Cameron absolutely rules ‘Leatherman,’ with Stone singing along again. Afterwards, Ed says, “Played that one tonight cause it was written by a German. Uh, about a German… by a Dutchman. This one’s about a young Republican,” leading into ‘Better Man,’ which has Ed doing several Townshend windmills. Mike does the behind the head solo during ‘Once,’ and Ed is completely barking the words to ‘Lukin.’ Ed points out that the moon has broken through the clouds prior to ‘Insignificance,’ and then on the “full moon is their skin” line, he stares directly at it, and the song just rocks, a PERFECT version. The improv or new song prior to ‘RVM’ is a beautiful slow song, with lyrics about kissing a girl on the moon. (If anyone definitively knows what this song is, please let us know. We have the sound file.) After an on fire ‘RVM’, Mike fakes throwing his flying V out into the crowd. The ‘Black’ solo is shortened but still beautiful, and ‘Spin the Black Circle’ is a nice surprise. For the second night in a row, Ed alters the ‘DTE’ lyrics to “I am the first man to shit my pants.” ! ‘Light Years’ is just beautiful, definitely one of the best versions ever. ‘Leaving Here’ makes it first appearance of the tour after several soundchecks, introducing it by saying “this song is dedicated to all those German women soccer players.” No one in the band knows who is supposed to solo first, but they just laugh it off, and the rest of the song is right on the money. ‘YL’ closes again, Ed changing the lyrics to “I’d like to stay” and “I’m so glad you stayed.” A very intense and focused performance, much more than some fans expected from a festival, with a very happy and peaceful crowd.

06/12/00 – Pinkpop Festival: Landgraaf, Netherlands [91m]
attendance: 60,000
set: Corduroy, Breakerfall, Animal, Hail Hail, Rival, Jeremy, Nothing As It Seems, MFC, Habit, Light Years, Lukin, Even Flow, Brain of J, Insignificance, Better Man, Rearviewmirror, Once, Fuckin’ Up
enc: Black, Leaving Here
notes: Ed is wearing another Tivoli shirt, like the home-made one in 1992. The band is in a very good mood and Ed is dancing a lot. Ed says, “Is it okay if I speak English, because the only thing I know in Dutch is how to order pot in a cafe. It is nice to be back and thanks for having us. It is much more beautiful then I remember it. [smiles] It is also nice to be out of America for the last couples of weeks … in America what we do for fun, because we have some kind of advanced culture … [the crowd boos, Ed smiles] so we have some very futuristic ways of handling our overpopulation problem and that is we give each other guns and kill one another – because it is fucking fun! [Ed makes a shoot sound]. Anyway, here are a couple of songs about killing one another. This is called ‘Rival.’” Ed dedicates ‘Light Years’ to Diane Muus from Sony Music. (She died in 1997 at an age of 33 and knew the band very well.) “So that was about a friend who is fucking up and there is nothing you can do about it! And you just watch’em go down down down. And then, other times you have got friends that don’t fuck up at all and are great people. And then you just lose them for some reason. They are of the planet and you never had a chance to say goodbye. I only mention this because there was a person we used to know here and that was Diane and ah, we never got a chance to say goodbye. This is goodbye!’ Before “Fucking Up,’ he is telling the crowd that Gomez will play in the tent next to center stage and that Moby is coming later. He says, “I’ve been told that there is another Ed (Ed Kowalczyk from Live) walking around here, but I’ve been told that I give better Ed than he does” [smiling]. He smashes two tambourines with his head during ‘Fuckin’ Up’ and tosses one to the crowd, and takes photos of the crowd at the end of the song. Later he’s smiling and says, “Ha, we’re easy … sometimes” likely referring to the fact that they do an encore for a festival. He asks, “Hey, Brett. Are you there? Can you hear me? Do you have the tape from last night?” Brett responds through the PA and says the tape is probably on the bus. Ed rants about the tape as he needs it because they want to leave right after the show. “Well, if he had the tape I would tell you to pass me over there, so I could get the tape and back again to the stage … I think I can trust you guys to do that. But oh well … as you don’t have the tape maybe next time. Oh, there is no next time! Oh, well. This song is called ‘Black.’ Say hello to all my friends in Utrecht.” The last 35 minutes of this show was . Dutch FM radio broadcast ‘MFC’ through ‘Black’ and featured an interview with Mike.
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06/14/00 – Peagas Arena: Prague, Czech Republic [135m]
attendance: 19,000
support act: Dismemberment Plan
soundcheck: New Song?, Pilate, Present Tense, Immortality, Sleight of Hand
set: Of The Girl, Grievance, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Animal, Red Mosquito, Pilate, Alive, Present Tense, Habit, Untitled, MFC, I Got Shit, Wishlist, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror, Even Flow, Go
enc: Sleight Of Hand, Light Years, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Timeless Melody, Do The Evolution, State of Love And Trust, Once, Black, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: An incredibly hot arena but the band is amazing and energetic. Mike is “on” and active with the crowd in front of him. Ed tell of how he watched a film from the last time they were in Prague and how piercingly cold it was, and how tough the Czech people are for enduring the cold last time. This time, Ed says it is “hotter than the devil’s asshole in here,” and comments how tough everyone is for sticking with them and then raises a bottle of wine and toasts everyone. Mike pretends to put his fingers into his ears while Stone is playing. During ‘Once’ Ed is all over the stage, standing on speakers and really being very enthusiastic with the crowd. ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ is played with all the lights on and everyone singing in harmony, everyone a pool of sweat at this point. As the band leaves the stage, Ed takes polaroids of the audience and is laughing and really seemed happy. Ed says this was the best show of the new tour to date. Live concert debut of ‘Sleight of Hand’ at this show.
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06/15/00 – Spodek: Katowice, Poland [130m]
attendance: 8,000
support act: Dismemberment Plan
soundcheck: Porch (several times), Parting Ways, Rockin’ In The Free World (may be incomplete & out of order)
set: Long Road, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Animal, Brain of J, Nothing As It Seems, Given to Fly, God’s Dice, Present Tense, MFC, Not for You, Better Man, Grievance, Thin Air, Even Flow, Nothingman, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc: Do The Evolution, Go, Rival, Footsteps, Wishlist, Elderly Woman, Last Kiss, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: The Spodek is simply full with the crowd. After the two first songs, Ed asks if everything is OK with the crowd in front since lots of people were jumping and lots are falling down. A bit later he notes it has been four years since they’d played in Poland and that they’d made a couple more records since then, “… so we’re gonna play some of that stuff for you as well,” leading to ‘NAIS.’ The crowd has fun during ‘Not For You,’ with almost everyone shouting the “this is not for you!” chorus. Before ‘Even Flow’ was a short
intro/improv including the lyrics, “We’re the world, the wicked world. We all are marching to hell….” During ‘Do The Evolution,’ Ed takes out a monkey mask, puts it on and then puts on his mic stand. Then he stares at the mask singing. He passes the mask to Mike and Mike puts it on and continues to play. Before ‘Elderly Woman,’ Ed says, “We met a girl called Magda, and later another Magda, and then a few other Magdas … so I guess this song is for Magda and all the Magdas.” Ed has a small mirror and is playing at catching lightbeams in it. ‘RITFW’ is a big finish, with Ed catching a Polish flag and singing with it on his mic stand while playing the tambourine. He walks from right to left in front of the crowd, pours wine over the crowd, kneels on the stacks and gives the tambourine to a fan. At the very end, Mike simply smashes his black guitar with fury. He uses the neck of his guitar like a hockey stick and smashes Ed’s wine bottle. Ed says, “Thank you … see you tomorrow.” He takes three photos with his Polaroid and departs, taking the Polish flag.
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06/16/00 – Spodek: Katowice, Poland [145m]
attendance: 3,000 (capacity 8,000)
support act: Dismemberment Plan
set: Release, Of The Girl, Sleight of Hand, Thin Air, Insignificance, Grievance, Corduroy, Animal, Hail Hail, State of Love and Trust, Evacuation, Daughter/(ABitW)/(On a Rope), Jeremy, I Got Shit, Light Years, Leatherman, In Hiding, Off He Goes, Dissident, MFC, Habit, Alive
enc: Smile, Immortality, Black, Leaving Here, Soldier of Love, Last Exit, Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: [This date was originally scheduled for the Petiofi Csarnock in Budapest, Hungary.]
Those who showed a ticket stub from the previous night’s show could buy a ticket to the second show at half price! The whole band is in a great mood, smiling throughout the show. A special atmosphere is created from the very beginning of the show, making it feel like they are playing right in your living room. Ed fucks up the lyrics and starts directly with “Oh dear dad, can you see me now…”, making ‘Release’ a very short song but still very intense. ‘Of The Girl’ and then two more slow songs follow, introduced with, “We’ll try and take it easy tonight. Let’s get through the pretty ones first…” After each song the band gathers in the middle of the stage and discusses what they will play next. Eddie keeps the other band members from changing their instruments a few times. Mike seems to be very tired and introverted during the first few songs, but still interacts very much with the crowd in front of him. Ed catches a bouquet with a note. He reads it and says, “Oh, they’re from a guy” — ‘I’ll meet you the show.’” He rips the petals off the flowers during ‘Sleight of Hand’ while the stage is bathed in blue light. The crowd is hypnotized witnessing something special happening on stage as it seemed like they would go on with slow songs forever but then they changed hitting with five unbelievable rocking tracks in a row !!! Ed dons a gas mask during ‘Daughter’ (hey, it was only a matter of time). ‘Daughter’ is breathtaking with Mike playing some short riffs from ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ throughout the whole song. When Ed starts singing the verse, everyone joins in with Ed encouraging them by pointing at his ear several times. He sings, “The shades go down…” through a gas mask that was thrown on stage by a fan. ‘On a Rope’ is a Rocket From The Crypt song. Ed omits out the first chorus of ‘Jeremy’ like the “new” version played on previous tours. He introduces ‘Light Years’ with, “This song is about … well, you know what it is about. It means a lot to me and I hope that it means a lot to you as well.” After the song he adds, “The next song is also about a dead guy,” and then they start ‘Leatherman.’ Before ‘Off He Goes’ Ed says, “That’s a little song about friendship. About a friend that is an asshole”. Then he points his finger at himself saying quietly that he is an asshole. The audience responds: “Noooooo!”. Ed catches a t-shirt during ‘Alive’ and blindfolds his eyes with it throughout half the song. Mike catches a rose and attaches it to his guitar. The audience yells “Smile, smile” between the songs, and they play it as the encore opener. ‘Black’ and ‘Immortality’ are just magical, first with Ed burning the cork of his wine bottle and painting his face and arms with it and then the whole band lining up in front of Matt during the end of ‘Immortality,’ letting everyone see what a great time they are having and how much they still enjoy playing music together. After ‘Soldier of Love,’ the audience does the “cha-cha-cha” thing from the single and it makes Ed laugh. Ed manages to convince every fan to be silent during ‘Soon Forget,’ although they start quietly singing along with Ed. Mike tags some of Van Halen’s ‘Dance the Night Away’ onto ‘YL.’ Ed takes the usual polaroids of the first row and takes one picture of himself which he throws off the stage right in the hand of some lucky fan. The setlist was modified as they played this amazing show.
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06/18/00 – Residenzplatz: Salzburg, Austria [137m; 141m including Ed solo]
attendance: 9,000
support act: Dismemberment Plan
soundcheck: Leaving Here (only guitars), Walking the Cow (Ed solo), Not for You (only guitars), Trouble (Ed solo)
set: Throw Your Arms Around Me [EV solo]
Sometimes, Breakerfall, Grievance, Corduroy, Animal, God’s Dice, State of Love and Trust, Nothing As It Seems, Alive, Daughter/(ABitW)/(WMA), Once, Lukin, Not For You, Light Years, Leatherman, Improv, Present Tense, Rearviewmirror, Go
enc: Do The Evolution, Insignificance, Even Flow, Wishlist, Better Man, Elderly Woman, Thin Air, Black, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Ed performs ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ solo before Dismemberment Plan’s set. This beautiful venue is in the middle of the city square and the band clearly loves it. People were watching the show from upper windows and roofs of houses in the area. During the first part of the show, Ed waves to them and makes jokes about them – he also noted that he could see “some older folks” too in the windows and gives them a special wave and greeting. During ‘Daughter,’ Ed animates the crowd to sing along to the ‘Another Brick’ improvisation: “So … don’t be shy. Sing with me!” The ‘WMA’ tag lyric is changed to “white male Austrian.” Someone throws something on stage for Mike and he places it on his amp. Ed asks the crowd if they can see the moon (it is a full moon tonight!) because the band cannot see it as it is behind the stage. The improvisation before ‘Present Tense is very cool (lyrics: “I left home 3 years ago..when I came back I was all alone…”) and is just Ed and Mike solo. (It was suggested this is ‘I’m a Boy’ but the lyrics don’t match up with the Pete Townshend song … we’ll have to wait to hear it.) ‘Present Tense’ is also started solo by EV and Mike, then the band joins in. Ed drinks from a red wine bottle and sprays some of it into the first rows after ‘Go.’ Ed is wearing the monkey mask again during the first song of the encores. Before ‘Even Flow,’ Ed comments about the political situation in Austria, saying that many people had suggested that it would be better for them not to play there and that they weren’t even going to mention it [we knew this was coming] as the message is in their songs, but to not play in Austria would be unfair to those who didn’t support the government and he proceeds to give a “double fuck you” pointing both middle fingers out! ‘Thin Air’ is introduced as, “I guess this one is particularly nice under the warm evening sky.” Ed smashes the tambourine on his head during ‘RITFW’ and smashes the mic stand onto the stage at the end of the song. He returns at the end, taking photos and thanks everyone for coming. A great outdoor performance!
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06/19/00 – Hala Tivoli: Ljubljana, Slovenia [132m]
support act: Dismemberment Plan
soundcheck: Wash (by request of those listening outside), Evacuation, Porch, Soldier of Love, Leaving Here
set: Corduroy, Breakerfall, Hail Hail, Animal, Brain of J, Faithfull, Light Years, Untitled, MFC, Habit, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Spin The Black Circle, Red Mosquito, Black, Insignificance, Grievance, I Got Shit, Wishlist, Do The Evolution, Alive
enc 1: Last Kiss, Better Man, Sleight of Hand, Daughter, Rearviewmirror, Porch
enc 2: Soon Forget, Indifference
notes: The event actually starts a few hours before the concert, with PJ and crew members playing table tennis right outside Tivoli Arena. The crowd is cheering, clearly amused by Ed’s entertaining play. At show time, the crowd is great, clearly hungry for PJ who are in Slovenia for the first time. Some crowd surfing, one fight, three girls falling unconscious due to lack of air, but overall none of this drew PJ’s attention who are focused on the music. Before ‘NAIS,’ Ed announced, “… here is a sad song for you … I guess it’s just right after that loss,” referring to Slovenia’s 1-0 loss to Spain the night before. At the second encore, Ed appears along with something covered by a white cloth, teasing “anyone know what this is? No one?” He uncovers a tambourine and continues, “A friend of ours just graduated from college and it’s a big thing for her … it’s a big thing for anybody … so here is our graduation present for her.” He asks the crowd for silence, starts ‘Soon Forget,’ stops, motions with his finger to his mouth, and continues again, messing up the lyrics in the second verse but the audience loves it. ‘Porch’ and ‘Indifference’ make their 2000 tour debut!
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06/20/00 – Arena: Verona, Italy [139m]
support act: Dismemberment Plan
set: Long Road, Grievance, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, Pilate, Given To Fly, Even Flow, O’ Sole Mio, MFC, Habit, Wishlist, Daughter/(Beautiful Way), State of Love and Trust, Once, Lukin, Immortality, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: In the Coliseum improv, Black, Breakerfall, Do The Evolution, Elderly Woman, Better Man, I Got You (Split Enz), Alive, Last Kiss, Porch
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: There is a wide gulf between the audience and the stage, which seems to make Ed uncomfortable. During ‘Hail Hail’ he steps in front of the monitors to sing, and then falls backward as he walks back. =) Ed does not talk to the crowd until after ‘NAIS.’ “The last time that we played in Italy, I can’t remember if it was Rome, Milan — we’ve had two records in between, we’ve got some stuff to catch up on,” and that his plan was, since there was so much space between them and the audience, they would play some extra songs to make up for that space. During ‘Even Flow,’ Ed and Jeff do a jump in unison! ‘O Sole Mio’ is not a full version, just Ed fooling around and even singing at the end, “three pounds in a kilo.” This leads to ‘MFC,’ which is introduced as “This is a song written in Italy, with Italians.” Stage lights are blinding Ed during ‘Habit’ causing him to eject “FUCK IT!” and then the band goes into a speeded-up version of the ending. ‘Wishlist’ is the lighter song and it is just beautiful. ‘Daughter’ features Beck’s ‘Beautiful Way’ (“The searchlight’s on the skyline; around the bend …”). At the end of ‘Once,’ Mike runs to the side of the stage and plays it to a fan sitting in a wheelchair. In the middle of ‘Insignificance,’ all of the lights go off, and at the same time, the band stops playing for three or four seconds, and then restart at precisely the same time. When they return for the encore, Ed makes a comment about being thrown to the lions, and the band vamps into the improv, a spontaneous little ditty about “being in the coliseum,” based on Tom Waits’ ‘In the Colosseum.” Ed has the monkey mask again at the start of ‘DTE.’ Mike solos behind his head during ‘Alive.’ ‘Porch’ features the Black Sabbath ‘Paranoid’ riff. Prior to ‘Soon Forget,’ Ed says that he’s sure a lot has happened in the coliseum in the past, and he’s sure blood was involved, but he didn’t think that anyone had ever played a ukulele in the coliseum before; he’s not even sure that he could play the ukulele, but that he’d try. During Mike’s very extended solo at the end of ‘YL’ (including the Black Sabbath riffs), Stone throws a guitar pick at him to let him know it was time to leave! :-) At the very end of the show, Ed walks to one end of the stage and then the other end of the stage to say goodbye; while he is doing this (it took a while), Mike is behind his amplifiers, playing hide and seek – he’d jump up and down, peeking out from behind the amps.
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06/22/00 – Fila Forum: Milan, Italy [150m]
support act: Dismemberment Plan
set: Of The Girl, Corduroy, Grievance, God’s Dice, Animal, Given To Fly, Rival, Elderly Woman, Even Flow, Not For You, Thin Air, Light Years, MFC, Present Tense, Daughter/5 minute chant with crowd, Jeremy, Go
enc 1: Nothingman, Sleight of Hand, Better Man, Wishlist, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror, Do The Evolution, Garden, State of Love and Trust, Black
enc 2: Smile, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Excellent show — the band is on — Stone is more animated tonight. Not quite on fire, but definitely on. INCREDIBLE audience. Ed is sporting the striped jacket at the start of the show again. At one point, a soccer ball reaches the stage and Ed plays a bit, with Jeff being the goalkeeper and blocking the ball with his bass. Much singing, much hand-clapping in the middle of songs, many lighters held up, and much yelling “hey, hey, hey” and such. In fact, the audience takes the ‘Daughter’ tag away from Ed. Just as he is getting ready to sing something, the crowd starts singing/yelling “hey, hey, hey.” Ed is taken aback but delighted. He goes with it and starts singing various sounds to see if the audience will repeat, and they do! Then he decides to have a little fun with it and sings at a higher and higher key until the audience cannot follow along. The extended tag ends with Ed dropping to his knees as if to pay homage to the audience. After ‘Not For You,’ Ed says, “… of course it was not for Italy, this is for you…if you are in love.” ‘Not for You’s’ slow ending (played only by Ed and Jeff) leads gracefully into ‘Thin Air.’ ‘MFC’ is introduced by Ed saying that the last time he was in Italy he fell in love: “She was beautiful and small … she had four wheels and was called ‘mini’. This is a song about my love for her.” ‘Present Tense’ is played with only Mike and Ed, Stone appearing before the second chorus, and Jeff and Matt after. Ed takes maybe four audience polaroids immediately after returning for the first encore. He then holds up the pictures and says, “These are pictures of the best singers in the world. If you are still good, we will play a lot more. Get comfortable.” Ed introduces ‘Sleight of Hand’ by saying it is a new song that the audience might not know very well. Introducing ‘Wishlist,’ Ed says that this is one of the best times he has had here. Awesome jamming moment during the ending distortion of ‘RVM.’ Ed says, “Since this is the fashion capitol of the world, let’s try this on,” leading to ‘Garden.’ Before “Smile,” Ed comments, “This is how we are gonna feel.” Ed throws a harmonica to a specific person in the crowd at the end of ‘Smile.’ The wrong person apparently gets it and Ed attempts to interfere but then backs off looking satisfied. (The fan who gave up the harmonica got a pick.) He says that it’s a long story but that he just saw something beautiful happen. A great version of ‘RITFW’ ends the show.

06/23/00 – Hallenstadion: Zurich, Switzerland [133m]
support act: Dismemberment Plan
set: Of The Girl, Corduroy, Breakerfall, Grievance, Hail Hail, Animal, Dissident, Nothing As It Seems, Alive, Thin Air, Light Years, Untitled, MFC, Habit, Wishlist, Off He Goes, Sleight of Hand, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror, Porch
enc 1: Brain of J, Given To Fly, Do The Evolution, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Nothingman, Leatherman, Leaving Here
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Last night in Milan was all about the crowd, so it would be inevitable that this crowd would be different. The scent of marijuana was in the air and thus a very subdued audience. Mike seemed to be back on tonight. Matt’s drum tech, Greg, can be seen playing bongos during the set opener ‘Of the Girl,’ and even though this is a mellow opener, the crowd are noticeably quiet. Ed makes several comments about this “You guys are really quiet”, he says, “it’s really nice.” The “man” trilogy appears again. ‘Off He Goes’ is “dedicated to a friend of mine who is here tonight.” Stone’s guitar is out of tune at the start of ‘NAIS’ which prompts the song to stop before Ed sings “All this funny tuning”, says Stone, smiling, “when we play it next time it will be so much better.” True to his word, Ed introduces ‘NAIS’ after ‘Dissident’ saying “A song you might have heard before, like four minutes ago.” ‘Nothingman’ is introduced by Ed, but that appears later when they decide to play ‘Sleight of Hand’ instead. During ‘Soon Forget’ Ed tells the crowd that this is the ukulele’s first visit to Switzerland so it’s very excited, sitting over there, interrupting him saying “play me, play me” during the show. !) Jeremy featured on the setlist but was not played.

06/25/00 – Freiluftbuehne Wuhlheide: Berlin, Germany [140m]
support act: Dismemberment Plan
soundcheck: Crazy Mary (4-5x), Interstellar Overdrive ?, Baba O’Riley
set: Sometimes, Corduroy, Breakerfall, Hail Hail, Animal, Given to Fly, Nothing As It Seems, In Hiding, Evacuation, Even Flow, Light Years, Untitled/MFC, Improv, Habit, Daughter/(Stop Your Sobbing)/(Androgynous Mind), Lukin, I Got Shit, Insignificance, Not For You, Immortality, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Sleight of Hand, Thin Air, Wishlist, Better Man, Do The Evolution, Alive, Fuckin’ Up
enc 2: Soon Forget, Indifference
notes: First speaking to the crowd after ‘GTF,’ Ed points out that it looks like a summer day in Seattle (rather cold and it rained while people were waiting). According to Ed, you start such a day with five or six cups of coffee, “and you don’t drink this (pointing to a bottle of wine) until you drink four or five beers.” Mike seems conservative all evening, not much running or jumping. After ‘Light Years,’ Mike talks to Ed and then leaves the stage. Ed says that the next song is a request, and because it’s a request by a band member, they have to do it. They start with ‘Untitled’ and Mike is back on stage when they go into ‘MFC.’ The ‘Habit’ intro is dark and focused on the last line, “free at last.’ Rather than the “speaking as a child …” part, Ed sings “I am a doughnut” referring to JFK’s “ich bin ein Berliner” quote. The ‘Daughter’ tag (‘Stop Your Sobbing’ is a Pretenders song), leads into a shouting contest between Ed and the audience about who will be louder … and the crowd is very loud. (Ed starts this out by asking if they, “Feel like singing? Loud to the sky. Feels good, I can tell you that.”) It opens with a repeated “stop, stop, stop” leading to a chant and the “hey, hey” part, finishing with the “hey, hey, it’s OK.” When PJ returns for the encore, Ed says he doesn’t know how to say “thank you” to the crowd in German. He gets a piece of paper and asks the crowd, “Fühlt Ihr Euch gut?” (do you feel fine?). He says they will do a slow one before they continue, leading to ‘Sleight of Hand,’ with Mike standing there in a very cool fashion, waiting to join in. For the second encore, Ed returns solo for ‘Soon Forget,’ commenting on how he got his ukulele in Hawaii but he believes the ukulele originally comes from East Berlin. A rocking show in a beautiful venue.
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06/26/00 – Alsterdorfer Sporthalle: Hamburg, Germany [132m]
attendance: 7,000
support act: Dismemberment Plan
soundcheck: Crazy Mary, Whipping, Timeless Melody, Wash (2x) New Song (?)
set: Breakerfall, Corduroy, MFC, Go, Faithfull, Even Flow, Rival, Given To Fly, Elderly Woman, Light Years, Evacuation, Grievance, Present Tense, Daughter/(I Believe In Miracles), Porch, Black, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Crazy Mary, Soldier of Love, Do The Evolution, Once, Smile, Better Man, Baba O’Riley
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Highlights from the first set include the audience singing the high notes at the end of ‘Black’ and an outstanding ‘RVM’ with an excellent solo by Mike. In fact, Mike is very much alive, running around like crazy with his flying V, throwing poses and grinning. The encores are stunning, with them returning and Ed saying, “I don’t know what it is about this town, but it’s always been very good to this band.” He wishes that it could be Jeff’s birthday again, referring to the show they gave on Jeff’s birthday in Hamburg in 1992. (He seems to reference this every time they play in Germany.) The crowd starts singing ‘Happy Birthday’ (misunderstanding and thinking it IS Jeff’s birthday) with Ed joining in. The band members hug Jeff and congratulate him. Ed continues by saying that since it is such a special occasion, they will do a song they haven’t done in a long time, leading to a lovely ‘Crazy Mary.’ Ed says the next song is a song for dancers (‘Soldier of Love’), leading to ‘DTE’, what Ed also says is a song for dancers. After an amazing ‘Baba O’Riley,’ the band leaves the stage while Ed is taking photos of the crowd, takes a photo of himself and tosses the polaroid into the audience. The crowd doesn’t stop shouting for more so Ed tells the crew to get the rest of the guys back onto the stage. The lights are turned on and a full band version of ‘YL’ is the last song of this wonderful and magic evening.
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06/28/00 – Naval Museum: Stockholm, Sweden [126m; Ed's set 20m]
attendance: 15,000
support act: Dismemberment Plan
soundcheck (just Ed): Soon Forget (short) Walking the Cow (short), Dead Man (short), Crazy on You (snippets by Mike), Parting Ways (short, several times), Noise of Carpet (shippet), Dead Man (short), Trouble (short), Patriot (full), Around the Bend (snippet), Redemption Song (snippet), Last Kiss (full)
Ed’s solo set: Last Kiss, Trouble, Deadman, Parting Ways, Throw Your Arms Around Me
set: Corduroy, Grievance, God’s Dice, Animal, Given To Fly, Rival, Elderly Woman, Even Flow, Not For You, Thin Air, MFC, Habit, Present Tense, Daughter/(The Wrong Child), Jeremy, Once, Go
enc: Do The Evolution, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror, Wishlist, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Garden, State Of Love And Trust, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Ed does a solo set prior to Dismemberment Plan’s set! For ‘Last Kiss,’ one of the crew (Shawn) comes on stage and pretends to sing, but it is actually Ed singing from the side of the stage ;) [Ed wanted to do this because he remembered doing it in '92 and thought it would be a cool thing to repeat. Shawn only had 5 minutes advance warning and didn't really know the song well.] Eight parachutists pass by the venue, doing arial tricks while the entire band watches. Ed interrupts ‘Jeremy’ with a “happy landings” and comments ‘Jeremy’ must be the “freeloaders” favorite song so they waited to come in then. ‘Go’ includes a snippet from Iron Maiden’s ‘Run to the Hills.’ Before the encore, Ed says that Iron Maiden is still in the house and asks the crowd to yell “Goodbye Maiden,” and the crowd complies. Ed comments, “There’s two Eddies in town,” referring to the Iron Maiden mascot, also called “Eddie.” A large Nokia air balloon passes by during ‘RVM’ prompting Ed to change the lyrics to “I seem to look away, when advertisements are flown my way.” He acts like he is shooting them down with his guitar, with Matt accompanying with two or three rapid drumrolls (like a machine gun), and tells the crowd that it was their parents checking up on them and directs a “they’re fine … go to hell … or heaven” to those in the balloon, followed by mumbling something about “which ever one is closer.” ‘Garden’ is dedicated to the space around the venue. Ed says it is the fourth time they’ve played at that venue; the crowd says it was three times. For ‘RitFW,’ it is noted that the last time they played there, it was with Neil Young, and the speaker caught on fire! [On the encore setlist and not played: 'Black' (after 'SoL&T'; probably skipped because Mike had guitar problems) and 'Yellow Ledbetter']
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06/29/00 – Spektrum: Oslo, Norway [124m]
support act: Dismemberment Plan
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Animal, Red Mosquito, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, In Hiding, Insignificance, Grievance, Wishlist, Evacuation, Alive, Spin The Black Circle, Daughter/(In the Mood)/(Hold On)/(Androgynous Mind), Better Man, Immortality, Last Exit, Porch
enc : Sleight Of Hand, Do The Evolution, Once, Elderly Woman, Timeless Melody, Black, Fuckin’ Up
notes: Totally different from Stockholm, indoors and a slower setlist. ‘Immortality’ and ‘Black’ are standouts. Mike is in a great mood, “threatening” to hit his tech with the guitar and flexing his muscles. Ed is watching Mike during each solo appearing to be totally amazed by him. ‘Daughter’ is followed with snippets from Robert Plant’s ‘In the Mood’ (“I’m in the mood for a melody I’m in the mood for a melody, I’m in the mood”).
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06/30/00 – Roskilde Festival (orange stage): Copenhagen, Denmark
set: Corduroy, Breakerfall, Hail Hail, Animal, Given To Fly, Even Flow, MFC, Habit, Better Man, Light Years, Insignificance, Daugther/(Hold On)/(Androgynous Mind)
notes: The show ends early when a crowd surge on wet ground causes the death of nine people.

07/02/00 – Werchter Festival: Brussels, Belgium (canceled)

07/03/00 – Sportpaleis Ahoy’: Rotterdam, Netherlands (canceled)

08/03/00 – GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater: Virginia Beach, VA
attendance: 20,000
support act: Sonic Youth
soundcheck/rehearsal 8/2: Corduroy (partial), Of The Girl, Wishlist (partial), Light Years, Insignificance, Faithful (partial, about 3/4 of the song), Thin Air, Immortality (instrumental), Sleight of Hand, Evacuation, Grievance, Grievance (instrumental), Breakerfall, Parting Ways, God’s Dice, Pilate, Timeless Melody, MFC, Present Tense (instrumental)
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Grievance, God’s Dice, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Even Flow, MFC, Wishlist, Off He Goes, Daughter/(It’s OK) [by Dead Moon], Better Man, Thin Air, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror, Porch
enc 1: Do The Evolution, Light Years, Black, Elderly Woman, Sleight of Hand, Go
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Many lyrical changes tonight, including: ‘Long Road’ – “I have wished for so long, how I wish for them today”; ‘Cordoroy’ – “Absolutely everything’s changed”; ‘Grievance’ – I just wanna be, I swear to God I can be, I will be alive as long as I am free.” After ‘Animal.’ Ed asks for the back of the audience to be lit up, wants to see how everyone is, and tells them to be careful, it’s wet back there (it had been raining all day). Ed, near tears, said the band is happy to be back with the crew, who is like their family. Throughout much of the show a butterfly flutters about in the light around Ed, Matt and Mike. The disco ball reappears for ‘Wishlist.’ ‘Off He Goes’ is dedicated to, “There’s a guy named Anthony, and this was his favorite song”. (We think this is a reference to Anthony James Hurley, Australian fan who died the week after Roskilde.) Later Ed says, “The last time we had to ask the crowd to do something it was … a little nervewracking … I was gonna ask you to do something and maybe you’ll do it?” The crowd answers “YES!” Ed continues: “Sing loud ’cause it’s outside. And sing loud because you’re sti… you’re still alive… Just sing loud, all right?” and then they careen back into ‘It’s OK’ by Dead Moon (Ed consults his notebook for help with lyrics). ‘Porch’ is ended with a lovely Roger Daltrey-style mic swing. In ‘DTE,’ Ed changes the lyrics to “I’m a thief, I’m a liar, I’m George Bush, my son is an asshole.” The end of ‘Light Years’ has a couple of lines added at the end along the lines of, “Every day it’s that sun or that moon, that moon …” Ed stumbles on the first verse of ‘Elderly Woman’ but the band keeps playing while he smiles and picks it back up nicely later. A NY Rangers jersey with Ed’s name on it is passed to him right before the second encore. He looks at it and says “Hey, that’s me!” Also, someone gives Ed a large gold-colored scrapbook with “Memories of a Girl” written on the cover. He holds it up for the crowd to see and thanks her. A response to people cheering for the appearance of the ukulele: “If that many of you voted for Ralph Nader, the world would be a better place.” ‘Soon Forget’ is dedicated to corporate assholes, “we know who we are.” Ed shoots a half dozen Polaroids before ‘YL.’
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08/04/00 – Blockbuster Pavilion: Charlotte, NC
attendance: 20,000
support act: Sonic Youth
soundcheck: Daughter, Grievance, Breakerfall, Oceans x2, Hail Hail, Leatherman, Present Tense (starting songs may be missing)
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, Light Years, Given To Fly, Untitled, MFC, Habit, Even Flow, Wishlist, Better Man, Grievance, Present Tense, Black, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Go, Do The Evolution, Once, improv, I Got Shit, Last Kiss, Porch
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed says, “Hello, it’s nice to be here, really.” He says, “If you had asked one of us up here including the crew if we felt luck … how we felt a month ago, the one thing we wouldn’t have said was lucky. But today, having Sonic Youth play with us here, I think today we do feel lucky.” ‘Given To Fly’ is particularly intense, the whole band is into it, playing to each other, and it sets the tone for the rest of the show. Ed sings “… 23 minutes or so” in ‘Untitled’ (a nod to Michael Jordan?). ‘Untitled’ includes two extra verses. Ed messes up the first two lines to “Wishlist” and closes it by singing, “I wish I had a little house on a little street in North Carolina, North Carolina …” Ed intros ‘Present Tense’ as “… we don’t play it that often … it would be good just to hear it.” Looking at the crowd and pointing to himself, “I need to hear it.” Ed gets emotional during ‘Black’ and can’t sing, looks at the crowd, and they all start singing the “doo doo doo doo doo” part. When Ed returns for the amazing first encore of ‘Go’/'DTE’/Once’, the crowd is pogoing and Ed starts pogoing. During ‘Go,’ Mike is playing behind his head, and Ed starts dancing wildly. The improv is very lovely, starting off with, “There are one of us; there are two of us …” and later:
“And sky is wide, and the sides are wide.
And my life is wide, and my eyes are wide.
And my hands are wide, and my life is so tired
and
“’cause it’s a new year and I don’t know where else it could feel like this.
It’s a big blue world but I’m glad I’m here, and I’m glad I’m not someone else …”
For the intro to ‘I Got Shit,’ Ed speaks about Mirrorball: “There was a record where Neil Young asked everybody in the band to be his band. Figured he’d use us and steal our youth and we’d use him and steal his wisdom … although he’s probably younger than we are wise …” ‘Porch’ is punctuated with many Daltrey mic swings. After ‘Yellow Ledbetter,’ Ed says goodbye by saying, “Y’all watch the moon on the way home.” Amazing show.
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08/06/00 – Coliseum: Greensboro, NC [130m]
attendance: approx. 12,000 (capacity is 23,000)
support act: Sonic Youth
soundcheck: Breakerfall, In My Tree, Crazy Mary, Evacuation, Rival
set: Of The Girl, Corduroy, Insignificance, Brain of J, Evacuation, Nothing As It Seems, Jeremy, Daughter/(improv based on It’s OK)/(Androgynous Mind), MFC, Whipping, Wishlist, Better Man, Leatherman, Grievance, Even Flow, In My Tree, Black, Spin The Black Circle, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Light Years, Crazy Mary, Do The Evolution, State of Love and Trust, Last Kiss, Breakerfall
enc 2: Soon Forget, Smile
notes: After ‘Evacuation,’ Ed says, “It’s nice to be in North Carolina; it’s been two days … feels like years.” He jokes about how the last song was written by Matt, and that drummers usually don’t like the singer, hence the reason for it being so hard to sing. “… I wrote the lyric part, so … maybe I just don’t like myself.” The ‘Daughter’ improv tag consists of modified ‘It’s OK’ lyrics read from Ed’s notebook. (“… I wish I could light the path that leads to a life of no mistakes … and keep you from the damage done … living out of safety, safety. I remember still the child in you, as if only yesterday. And it was easy to break through, but you … had to go … and change your ways … and change your ways … and hurt my face … my life … my legs … my time.”) In ‘Wishlist,’ Ed changes the lyrics to “15 million hands upraised in North Carolina.” After forgetting two consecutive “I wish I was …” lines, he says, “I’ll get the next one!” Ed says, “This is gonna be another number that we haven’t tried for quite a while. I’m gonna take a sip of wine for courage and give this a try,” and he takes a swig from his wine bottle and they launch into ‘In My Tree.’ ‘Rearviewmirror’ is extended, powerful and awesome, with Mike including riffs from ‘You Really Got Me’ (a Kinks song more recently popularized by Van Halen). Ed tosses his guitar 10-15 feet in the air and carefully catches it. After ‘Light Years,’ Ed requests that the houselights be turned on, and he points out a guy in the front who’s been holding up a tape recorder for the whole show. Ed then tells him that the next song is a romantic song, and he’ll need both hands so he can put his arm around his girlfriend, so why doesn’t he put the tape recorder up on the stage. Ed takes the recorder, speaking into it (much like he did during several 98 shows) and places it next to his microphone, before launching into a FULL, complete version of ‘Crazy Mary.’ Mike tries to end it with Zep’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ solo, but it’s cut off. He later mocks the guy for thinking that the band would give the recorder back, providing much comic relief and the recorder is returned before the first encore. ;) Mike inserts a riff from David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ in ‘SOL&T.’ Ed breaks two strings during ‘Breakerfall’ and ends the song by ripping the other four off, seemingly close to smashing it! Before ‘Soon Forget,’ Ed is rambling about how he’s not good at math, but he “… wants to ‘thank you’ and put absolute value around that.” He also says that he hopes he can get through the song without fucking up. “Just don’t clap or anything, OK?” But he still ends up messing up the song in exactly the same place he did in Bellingham (on the ‘Light Years’ b-side). A “full-on” show including Matt breaking a giant crash cymbal and Mike tossing out a big handful of Stone’s picks with “Mike” written on the back with a black marker! A teenage boy in a wheelchair with an oxygen mask was brought to the back of the stage with his mother. Ed went over to him a few times and touched him and hugged the mom, gave him some things and Matt gave him some drumsticks – very moving.
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08/07/00 – Philips Arena: Atlanta, GA
attendance: 21,000
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Release, Corduroy, Insignificance, Animal, Hail Hail, Nothing As It Seems, Rival, Given To Fly, Light Years, Do The Evolution, Even Flow, In Hiding, Daughter/(The Wrong Child)/(Androgynous Mind), (Romanza)/Better Man, Nothingman, Leatherman, Grievance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Once, Breakerfall, Immortality, Crazy Mary, Elderly Woman, Porch, Fuckin’ Up
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Prior to ‘NAIS,’ Ed greets the crowd (with bottle of wine in hand), “Toast to Atlanta.” He takes a sip and proclaims, “It’s good tonight.” After ‘Rival,’ he turns around to say hello to the fans seated behind the stage comparing them to the “b-side” of a record. ‘DTE’ lyrics are changed to, “I’m Ted Turner and this is my choir.” After a great version of ‘In Hiding,’ the lights are on the crowd enough for Ed to comment on the set up of Phillips Arena saying, “It looks like these people are free (pointing to his right) and these people are in prison (referring to the luxury boxes that are stacked on top of each other like prison cells). He says that Ted Turner must sit right in the middle of all the “prison cells” and calls it the “king’s crotch,” unzipping his pants! He also talks about a new planet discovered yesterday and that Ted has already made an offer. Continuing, “This seems like a nice building and we’re happy to play here. And he (Turner) owns it but he doesn’t own us.” ‘Better Man’ features Ed’s short classical guitar intro titled ‘Romanza’ (or ‘Spanish Romance’). [The author is anonymous; Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd probably has the best known recording for those interested.] The gender roles are reversed in the ‘Nothingman’ lyrics. During ‘Grievance,’ a light is shined on the American flag at the top of the arena on the first “I pledge my grievance to the flag.” After ‘Breakerfall,’ Ed says they finished up their last record here in Atlanta with Brendan O’Brien and how he likes Atlanta, and that “we spent enough time here where we know streets and we know names and we know gay bars (laughing) …” Ed has trouble with the start of ‘Immortality’ and Stone comes over and helps out laughing, “vacate is the …”. During the full and beautiful “Crazy Mary,” Ed jumps down to the barricades and “passes around” his bottle of wine with many people in the front row. An absolutely beautiful, fitting moment. The entire encore is amazing, capped off by ‘Fuckin’ Up’ when Ed smashes the mic stand with his tambourine. Ed takes more polaroids before ‘YL’ and Matt leads the crowd in clapping during Mike’s solo.
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08/09/00 – Mars Music Amphitheatre: West Palm Beach, FL
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Oceans, Corduroy, Grievance, Animal, Brain of J, Red Mosquito, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, Faithfull, Dissident, Thin Air, Lukin, Not For You, Present Tense, MFC, Improv, Habit, Breakerfall, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: State of Love And Trust, Do The Evolution, Better Man, Elderly Woman, Go
enc 2: Leaving Here, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: After ‘Red Mosquito’ Ed addresses the crowd, saying it’s a beautiful night, beautiful day – he’d forgotten he had to work that evening, “but this doesn’t feel like work.” He thanks someone for driving him around all day, looking for waves that apparently didn’t exist. “The only thing that was breaking was my heart.” Before ‘Even Flow,’ Ed says “This is a song called ‘Paralyzed Big Baby.’” The crowd is singing along with ‘Not For You’ and Ed changes it to “small my table, seats just one …”. A bright, long-lasting shooting star is sighted by many in the crowd during ‘MFC,’ resulting in loud cheering. The improv before ‘Habit’ which relates to ‘Habit’ the way ‘Untitled’ relates to ‘MFC’: “I’m paralyzed, I’m in your eye. I’m not afraid of dying, ’cause I’ve got time …” The “speaking as…” break in ‘Habit’ is “sending a message to the surf gods.” During ‘RVM,’ Jeff and Ed do an extended forward lean into each other [did anyone get a photo of this?!]. Ed throws his guitar in the air and misses catching it on the way down, but it doesn’t land hard. When they return for the encore, Ed toasts the crowd, and says the band is fortunate to have this many people who want to listen to their music. During ‘Go,’ Mike plays the guitar behind his head and Ed swings the mic, which is becoming as normal as him fucking up the words to ‘Even Flow’ (which he does tonight). During ‘RITFW,’ someone throws a tshirt onstage and Ed puts it on. It reads: “No Bush 2000.”
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08/10/00 – Mars Music Amphitheatre: West Palm Beach, FL
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Corduroy, MFC, Once, Animal, God’s Dice, Given To Fly, Evacuation, Pilate, Daughter/(WMA)/(On A Rope)/(Androgynous Mind), Even Flow, Wishlist, Timeless Melody, Off He Goes, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Nothingman, Leatherman, Porch
enc 1: Last Exit, Do The Evolution, Black, Crazy Mary, I Got Shit, Last Kiss, Baba O’Riley
enc 2:Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Before ‘Pilate,’ Ed has the lights put on someone in the 15th row, saying “… he was the only guy fully rocking out to Sonic Youth … I love you,” and he makes a reference to him coming back to his hotel room later. He continues, “This next song was named after a 12-foot eagle ray that was spotted off the coast of West Palm … oh, it’s the next song – sorry” (and that song turns out to be ‘Even Flow’ and he further explains that the ray is a member of the shark family). The ‘On a Rope’ snippet within the ‘Daughter’ tag is a Rocket from the Crypt song. Ed goes off on a little story about how no one knows much about ‘Timeless Melody’ and how it was written by the La’s “… out of England in the mid 80s … the words are great.” Ed holds the last note in ‘Better Man’ for what seems like forever. During ‘Porch’ Ed appears to be lighting, or attempting to light, the cork on his wine bottle; he then takes the cork and blacks out under and above his eyes, and across his nose. To finish off the song, Ed slams the mic stand on the stage. Introducing ‘I Got Shit,’ Ed says, “Here’s one we like to do with Neil Young, but we like to call him ‘Young Neil’.” Introducing ‘LK,’ he says, “This is a little sing along … pretend we got a big campfire and pretend that no one’s dead.” Introducing ‘Baba,’ Ed indicates that the audience should be doing some singing on this one. Stone has a good night tonight, and Mikey is a maniac, really going for it with a very extended ending to ‘YL,’ breaking into Van Halen’s ‘Dance the Night Away’. The audience is MUCH better than the previous night.
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08/12/00 – Ice Palace: Tampa, FL [140m]
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, Grievance, Last Exit, Animal, God’s Dice, Tremor Christ, Nothing As It Seems, Jeremy, Evacuation, (Romanza)/Better Man, Lukin, Light Years, Daughter/(Another Brick In The Wall)/(Androgynous Mind), Even Flow, Sleight of Hand, Elderly Woman, State of Love and Trust, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Do The Evolution, Hail Hail, Garden, Immortality, Soldier of Love, Porch
enc 2: Soon Forget, Indifference
enc 3: Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Towards the end of ‘Tremor Christ,’ Ed sings, “Even the east coast can get big, big waves!” He pays a lot of attention to the seats behind the stage, taking Polaroids, and addressing them: “We really wanna say good evening to south Tampa in the back. Glad you could make it. Watch our backs.” During ‘Daughter,’ prior to the tag, Ed says that he is seeing signs requesting songs, and if we didn’t do what he wanted us to do, he sure wasn’t going to do what we wanted to do. “Do you want to sing?” “Yeah!” responds the crowd. “I’ll pick something that you know…” and goes into ‘ABiTW,’ and then into “hey hey it’s okay” (which is ‘Androgynous Mind’ by Sonic Youth, NOT ‘It’s OK’ by Dead Moon as done at VA Beach). During “State,” Ed does a forward lean into Mike’s back left shoulder. Stone is especially animated tonight — just amazing toward the end of ‘RVM’. Ed ends ‘RVM’ with about three or four Townshend-style jumps. Introducing ‘Garden’ he says, “OK, you fulfilled our request so we’re gonna fulfill someone over here’s.” Before ‘Soon Forget’ Ed takes a Polaroid of himself and tosses it out into the crowd. The third encore is a total surprise as Ed has said goodnight, the band is gone, people start leaving and the crew picks up gear. The band returns to play a scorching ‘RITFW’ with the arena lights full on and the crowd going nuts, arms clapping overhead at Ed’s instructions. To end, Ed does a somersault at center stage – wine bottle in hand – complete with a running start. An amazing show!
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08/14/00 – New Orleans Arena: New Orleans, LA [140m]
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Long Road, Grievance, Last Exit, Given To Fly, Hail Hail, Rival, Wishlist, Insignificance, Corduroy, Elderly Woman, Nothing As It Seems, Evacuation, In Hiding, Daughter, Even Flow, Off He Goes, Better Man, Animal, Once, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Go, Do The Evolution, Jeremy, Crazy Mary, Black, Porch
enc 2: Last Kiss, Sonic Reducer, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: This show is more tight and solid than a full out, let loose show. The crowd seems somewhat non-responsive to the newer songs. ‘Rival’ is unbelievable and Ed speaks afterward, saying it is nice to be in New Orleans and strums a bit of the ‘Release’ intro on his guitar. He thanks Sonic Youth and talks of how wishes sometimes come true, leading to ‘Wishlist.’ During the “50 million upraised hands” the crowd slowly raises their hands and Ed laughs and comments, “Right.” ‘Elderly Woman’ is introduced as a little song with a long title. Jeff has a new, big standup bass for ‘Daughter.’ No tag, but Ed is holding notes for an incredibly long time. At the top of the encore, Ed comes out talking about how they are sorry for taking so long, but they had a fight (about what songs to play). “The good news is that was the first fight I’ve gotten into while I was here this time.” After “DTE,” he mentions the Democratic convention: “I think Clinton was gonna speak tonight, and he was gonna say: ‘My fellow Americans. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit …’” and urges people to study the issues and to vote. ‘Jeremy’ is powerful and includes a great crowd sing along. ‘Porch’ is slowish and has a bluesy feel. Ed speaks of Bukowski and quotes, “What matters most is how you walk through the fire …” and thanks the crowd for their support, leading to ‘Last Kiss.’ ‘Sonic Reducer’ is a nice surprise.

08/15/00 – The Pyramid: Memphis, TN [130m]
attendance: approx 14,000 (capacity is 22,000)
support act: Sonic Youth
soundcheck: Long Road (instrumental), jam, Last Exit (instrumental), Garden (instrumental), Stoney jamming (pieces of Black), guitar jam, keyboard/synth jam, I Can’t Help Falling in Love (instrumental 2-3 times, then full 3 times!!), In My Tree (full)
set: Of The Girl, Last Exit, Animal, Grievance, Corduroy, Tremor Christ, Nothing As It Seems, Wishlist, Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis!), Given To Fly, In My Tree, Even Flow, I Got Shit, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Black, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Breakerfall, Do The Evolution, Thin Air, Nothingman, Elderly Woman, State of Love And Trust, Go
enc 2: Footsteps, Baba O’Riley
notes: Very enthusiastic, but not sold out crowd. Right before ‘NAIS’: “It’s great to be here – it’s great to be anywhere.” After ‘Wishlist,’ Ed says, “I need a jacket for this next song … something nice,” and puts on a striped jacket, and then sings ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,’ starting slowly, and then the rest of the band joins in, working up to a somewhat fast, punky version. During ‘DTE,’ Ed does this karate move aimed at Stone during his solo (probably imitating Elvis’ karate fixation), and then he puts on Graceland souvenir gold Elvis sunglasses during the “hallelujah”‘s. He changes the lyrics to, “I’m a thief, I’m a liar, I’m the king, and this is my choir.” Right before ‘Thin Air,’ Ed says something about how “the big E-man” (Elvis) would have liked this one. Ed messes up the words to ‘State.’ During ‘Go’ the sunglasses reappear, and he does the Elvis kneel down and shake move, ending the song with more of the pseudo karate moves. Right after ‘Footsteps’ Ed says he wanted to thank the crowd for the great reception they gave Sonic Youth. The next song is dedicated to “a friend of mine who I’m only going to meet for the first time tomorrow. He’s from West Memphis,” leading to ‘Baba’ — Stone doing some semi-Townshend moves, Ed exhorting the great crowd to sing along – tearing the house down. The band is on FIRE!
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08/17/00 – AmSouth Amphitheatre: Antioch, TN [130m]
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Corduroy, God’s Dice, Do The Evolution, Red Mosquito, Wishlist, Elderly Woman, Untitled, MFC, Given To Fly, Daughter/(Wrong Child)/(Androgynous Mind), Even Flow, Present Tense, Animal, Once, Of The Girl, Better Man, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Last Exit, Go, Jeremy, Smile [duet with an audience member], Leatherman, Soldier of Love, Porch
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: After ‘DTE,’ Ed says: “Hello to the rest of Tennessee. Three degrees hotter, we’d think it was hell. Least it ain’t Arkansas.” He fucks up the words to ‘God’s Dice’ and starts singing the words to ‘Red Mosquito’ early, prompting Stone to shake his head in amusement. Before ‘Wishlist’ people start chanting “Eddie, Eddie,” to which he responds, “Hey, don’t piss me off this early.” During ‘Jeremy’ Ed keeps holding his throat as though it is hurting, and exhorts the audience to sing at the end. There is a fan in the front row on crutches. Ed has been watching him through the whole show and invites him onstage. Ed and the fan talk for a while, while the rest of the band looks on, amused; he then introduces him as “Andy, from Cookeville,” and they work through the song a little. Ed says, I left my mind in Tucker, Arkansas. It’s in prison there on death row.” [a reference to his visit to the West Memphis 3]. Ed shares some wint with Andy and the crowd starts chanting “Andy, Andy.” At first Ed looks pissed, but then he realizes it’s an “Andy” chant and not a “Eddie” chant and breaks into this big smile. Eventually the band start playing and Ed and Andy trade verses on the song, Ed playing harmonica while Andy sings. In the middle of ‘Porch’ Ed says, “It’s 120 up here … it’s 180 degrees in here … to all those offended, I’m sorry … I’m burning, burning, burning,” referencing the unbearable heat. When they return for the second encore, Ed starts reading signs in the crowd. He sees one that says ‘Mankind’ and says, “Stone, Mankind? Throw your arms around me? Sorry, sweetie. Maybe next time.” He spots one for ‘Hunger Strike’ and says, “Sorry, Chris isn’t here.” He sees one for ‘Baba’ and responds, “Sorry. Baba O’Riley we played last night.” As at prior shows, Mike works snippets of Van Halen into ‘YL.’ Ed sings, “It’s too damn hot to stay.”
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08/18/00 – Deer Creek Music Center: Noblesville, IN [125m]
attendance: 25,500
support act: Sonic Youth
set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Grievance, Spin The Black Circle, Dissident, Brain of J, Animal, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, Pilate, Lukin, Light Years, (Romanza)/Better Man/(Save It For Later), Leatherman, Not For You, Black, Insignificance, Go
enc 1: Throw Your Arms Around Me [Ed solo], Do The Evolution, State of Love and Trust, Crazy Mary, Elderly Woman, Last Kiss, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Indifference, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: During ‘Corduroy,’ Stone breaks a string, starts ripping his strings and is doing the weird skipping backward step. At the end, Mike is holding his ears as though the crowd is too loud. After ‘STBC,’ Ed addresses the crowd: “Thanks a lot … last night in Nashville it felt like hell, and so Indiana feels like heaven.” Ed is smoking on stage (bad Ed!) After ‘Dissident,’ Ed drinks some wine, and then motions to the guys like he’s saying “mix it up” and they go into ‘Brain of J.’ Someone is holding a sign up front and Ed shakes his head, laughs, and motions to put it down. Ed once again forgets the ‘Even Flow’ lyrics, and Jeff and Ed alternate jumps. Everybody in the crowd really seems to like ‘Lukin’ responding by breaking out into a mass pogo. Stone is very into the ‘NFY’ solos. To start the first encore, Ed walks out by himself and says, “It’s much too beautiful a night to leave yet.” He makes some reference to “the back 40″ and mentions how he was up there during Sonic Youth, and toasts them with his wine. “My brother’s here tonight, and I hadn’t seen him yet, since we got back from Europe. I’m gonna dedicate this song to him, because life is short. It’s beautiful, but it’s short sometimes,” and goes into a beautiful version of ‘TYAAM.’ Before ‘Crazy Mary’ Ed says, “This is a song we’ve been trying as of late. But before we start it — I don’t know if you can see the moon …” (and there is a beautiful big moon which he motions everyone to look at it). “We play this one right here in Indiana because we know there’s lots of them,” leads to ‘Elderly Woman.’ “All right, here’s another car song, only this one doesn’t wreck,” prefaces ‘RVM.’ During the second encore, Ed comes out and takes two signs from people in the front row: one says “Believe You Me,” the other says “Free World.” They play ‘Indifference’ and then close with ‘RITFW,’ altering the lyrics to “there’s a thousand points of light for the re-pub-li-cans.”
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08/20/00 – Riverbend Music Center: Cincinnati, OH
attendance: 16,000
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Go, God’s Dice, Even Flow, Faithfull, Nothing As It Seems, Grievance, Untitled, MFC, Habit, Wishlist, Better Man, Rival, Sleight of Hand, Insignificance, Porch
enc 1: The Kids Are Alright [Ed solo], Given To Fly, Do The Evolution, Jeremy, Once, Black, Soldier of Love, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Early in the show, someone in the audience hands Ed an infamous Who bootleg titled Tales From The Who. Ed looks really pleased and deliberately goes and shows it to the rest of the band. During ‘Even Flow,’ Ed pours wine into two fan’s cups (and even onto a shirt tossed on stage). He acknowledges screwing up the lyrics: “Summer’s on it’s way [screws up] Dealing, fucked up the words already.” During Mike’s solo in ‘NAIS,’ Ed comes over to him, picks up his cigarette from the floor, takes a few drags, then puts it back in Mike’s mouth. ‘Untitled’ is extended with a second verse. Ed is flexing his biceps sarcastically during many of the songs–partically in ‘Rival,’ when he also performs a number of crotch-grabs (notably while singing “well hung”). During ‘Porch,’ Ed ventures out into the crowd like he did in 98. For the first encore, Ed comes out and talks (his first time addressing the crowd this night) about how when they came onstage earlier … he suddenly remembered the venue … the last time they were there was with Soundgarden. He also mentions how that the name “Cincinnati” came up before “for some difficult reasons, but I’m gonna play this nex one because of our new bond,” leading to ‘The Kids Are Alright.’ At the end of ‘TKAA,’ Ed does a Townshend jump and a bunch of windmills. During ‘Jeremy,’ he sticks one arm through the other arm of his shirt making a gun shape with his hand. During one of Mike’s solos, he had a piece of paper that says “thank you!” that an audience member had handed him in his mouth. He holds it there for a minute, then sucks it in and starts eating it, then gets a disgusted look on his face and spits it out. At the beginning of the second encore, Ed introduces the ukulele to the audience: “Ukulele, I’d like to introduce you to Cincinnati. Cincinnati, this is ukulele.” Mike includes snippets from Van Halen’s ‘Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love’ and Ted Nugent’s ‘Stranglehold’ in the final ‘YL’ solo, while Stone, Jeff and Ed are cracking up. Instead of the Polaroid (which Ed says he left back in the hotel), he captures the audience with a small video camera.
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08/21/00 – Polaris Amphitheater: Columbus, OH
attendance: 20,000
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Breakerfall, Whipping, Spin The Black Circle, Hail Hail, Corduroy, In My Tree, Dissident, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Grievance, Light Years, Daughter/(Hold On)/(Androgynous Mind), Lukin, Wishlist, Off He Goes, (Romanza)/Better Man, State of Love and Trust, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Present Tense, Last Exit, Once, Elderly Woman, Leatherman, Nothingman, Porch
enc 2: Last Kiss, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed talks about how there are a lot of schools in that part of Ohio and how they are happy to “be playing for a crowd full of intellectuals …” ‘Lukin’ is jokingly billed as ‘another sing along’. As with other shows the “quarter to ten” line in ‘Off He Goes’ again is exactly at a quarter to ten. Before ‘Insignificance,’ Ed takes off his button-down shirt to reveal a sleeveless Dead Moon tshirt, showing off his arms. After the main set, thousands of lighters are lit in the crowd, and remained lit during the entire time before the band returns for the encore. When they walk out for the first encore, Ed says, “Jesus Christ, there’s a lot of you! … “This many people, you could start a revolution,” and holds up a shirt someone threw up that says “McCready for President.” He says it would be good to have a president who could play Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Van Halen; “It would put touring on hold and recording would take a back seat to the country’s needs, but what the fuck.” He then points to a Ralph Nader shirt and says it’s a little more likely. “… it would be great if everyone voted because if you don’t vote, then you can’t like bitch about it after … politics and beer, it goes great together … speaking of the president elect … we’re gonna start a song together here and it’s dedicated to all those out there who might find themselves on the wrong end of a losing streak,” leading to ‘Present Tense.’ Before ‘Elderly Woman’ Ed speaks of how the next stop is New York City “… and we’re not gonna play this song there.” He mentions that New York is great because that’s where Sonic Youth is from and how Sonic Youth played to the most beautiful sunset (that he videotaped) that evening. Ed forgets the last verse of ‘Leatherman’ and sings, “la la la la” instead. Ed puts Mike on his back for the end of ‘Porch,’ carrying him to the other side of the stage and setting him down near Stone. Mike mixes some of Black Sabbath’s ‘Children of the Grave’ and Van Halen’s ‘Unchained’ into the ‘YL’ ending.
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08/23/00 – Jones Beach: Wantagh, NY
support act: Sonic Youth
soundcheck: Breath riffs, Timeless Melody, All Those Yesterdays (x2), Garden, Mankind, Breath, Whipping, Insignificance
Ed solo (prior to Sonic Youth’s set): Dead Man
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Grievance, God’s Dice, Animal, Faithfull, Nothing as it Seems, Wishlist, MFC, Habit, Even Flow, Daughter/(Hold On), Better Man, Leatherman, Nothingman, Not For You, Rearviewmirror
enc: Soon Forget, Present Tense, Sleight of Hand, Last Exit, Do The Evolution, State of Love and Trust, Black, Fuckin’ Up
notes: Not a very talkative show and the show starts off a little slow as the crowd is a little quiet. At the end of a troubled ‘Wishlist’ Ed sings, “I wish I was a singer … that remembered all the words …” The ‘Hold On’ tag in ‘Daughter’ is an audience participation thing orchistrated by Ed; he tells the crowd to sing “hold on” after him. It continues for about five reptitions, and then he continues, making it more difficult for the crowd to keep up with his high notes until they eventually quit singing. At the start of the encore, Ed talks about reasons he’s excited to be in New York and that it’s an exciting year to vote. He says that they wouldn’t tell us who to vote for (Ralph Nader), or that he’d in any way influence our decision (Green Party), but that we should vote. He says he doesn’t know if Ralph Nader has ever heard Pearl Jam’s music, but he thinks he’d like the next song, which is ‘Soon Forget.’ During ‘State,’ Ed brings the mic to the crowd and lets a fan sing a refrain. Mike’s solo in ‘Black’ amazes everyone, including Ed. During ‘Fuckin’ Up,’ Mike is playing the guitar behind his head. Celebrities fans are in attendance in Ten Club seats (Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Pete Sampras).
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08/24/00 – Jones Beach: Wantagh, NY
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Grievance, Last Exit, Do The Evolution, Dissident, Rival, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Light Years, Even Flow, Daughter/(It’s OK), Lukin, Insignificance, (Romanza)/Better Man, Porch
enc 1: Spin The Black Circle, Hail Hail, I Got Shit, Elderly Woman, Crazy Mary, Black, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Last Kiss, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: This show was carried by regional radio. During ‘Grievance,” Ed sings “champagne breakfast for all New York.” ‘Do The Evolution’ comes early and includes the lyrics, “I do what I want, irresponsibly. Why? I’m a republican baby!” The ‘Even Flow’ lyrics are changed to “understands the weather of the summer’s on it’s way.” ‘Daughter’ is tagged with the Dead Moon’s ‘It’s OK’ and Ed gets the crowd to sing the chorus and he sings the last verse. After getting his layered clothing buttoned down, Ed goes into the crowd during ‘Porch,’ which has a very bluesy feel. As the band returns for the first encore, Ed sends “a call out to 92.7 and request for them to … go back to playing vinyl and only vinyl on the radio.” [It's actually 92.3.] He gives a similar speech as the previous night about not wanting to influence how people vote. ‘RVM’ was switched into the setlist instead of ‘Footsteps’ and ‘Go.’ The ‘Last Kiss’ lyrics are screwed up. Mike has an awesome show, throwing bits of ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ and ‘Substitute’ into ‘YL.’ He’s wearing a Clash t-shirt. Not a lot of chatting tonight, this show has a bit of an inconsistent energy. The crowd was much better than the previous night.
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08/25/00 – Jones Beach: Wantagh, NY [145m]
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Sometimes, Grievance, Corduroy, Whipping, Do The Evolution, Animal, Evacuation, Red Mosquito, In Hiding, Even Flow, Mankind, Untitled, MFC, Rearviewmirror, Present Tense, Given To Fly, Thin Air, Off He Goes, Black, Jeremy, Immortality
enc 1: Go, Insignificance, In My Tree, Elderly Woman, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Smile, Baba O’Riley
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: During ‘Sometimes,’ Ed makes some errors on guitar, prompting Mike to look over and put both his fingers in his ears. At the close of ‘Evacuation,’ Ed greets the crowd: “How’s that, fuckers?” He references the chemical spraying the previous night (an effort to combat the West Nile Virus carried by mosquitos), which leads to ‘Red Mosquito.’ ‘Untitled’ is a much longer version with different verses. Ed talks to Stone and then says that Stone wasn’t afraid to arrive in a helicopter but he’s afraid to play ‘Breath.’ Stone retorts: “Should I tell you the song that Ed doesn’t have the guts to play or not?” Ed says they’ve come to a “mutual disagreement” which leads to ‘Elderly Woman.’ The ‘Save It For Later’ tag includes the first verse of the song. Ed makes reference to various NY venues (from the Wetlands to Roseland to Irving Plaza to CBGB). There are no political speeches. Before ‘Smile,’ Ed talks about a special harmonica he got in Paris and how he’s been saving it for a special moment and he gives it away. Mike tosses a little of Zep’s ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ into ‘YL.’ Everyone is in a great mood .. at one point, Mike kisses Jeff !
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08/27/00 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center: Saratoga Springs: NY
attendance: 30,000
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Breakerfall, Whipping, Spin the Black Circle, Hail Hail, Corduroy, In My Tree, Dissident, Given to Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Grievance, Light Years, Daughter/(Beginning to See the Light)/(WMA)/(Androgynous Mind), Lukin, MFC, Wishlist, Better Man, Even Flow, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Sleight of Hand, Do The Evolution, Once, Timeless Melody, Elderly Woman, Leatherman, Porch
enc 2: Soon Forget, Black, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Excellent show, great sound quality (perhaps only near the front?) in a beautiful venue. Ed is wearing his “champagne breakfast club” shirt (which he points to at the appropriate point in ‘Grievance’) and Mike is in the sleeveless “Queen” shirt. Ed mentions how the last time they were in Saratoga was eight years before, opening for Soundgarden, and that he was wearing the same shirt as that night. After ‘Light Years’ (Ed says, “So it’s ‘Lamp Years’ tonight”), Ed talks about the inventor of the lava lamp (Ed Walker) who died at age 82 and how he’d been an avid nudist his whole life. “… there’s a nice cycle of life in a lava lamp. Something grows, it reaches, it breaks up. Falls back to the bottom, then grows again …” He turns to Matt (perhaps an analogy to his early drumming with members of PJ, the Soundgarden breakup and now returning). Then he trails off, laughing. Before ‘Wishlist,’ Ed tells a story about having worked with some primates three summers before and learning about language research with the animals. He explains how this next song, “even a monkey could play.” He proceeds to mess up a line in the song and breaks off, laughing at himself, adding “You know, even the apes have trouble with the words sometimes.” Stone’s chuckling too, and Mike’s shaking his head and grinning. Ed has guitar troubles and switches from his black Rick to his black Tele. ‘RVM’ is outstanding with an extended Sonic Youth-inspired noisejam in the middle and a thundering finale. Mike throws some ‘Voodoo Chile’ riffs into ‘Porch.’ Ed stands in the front row for part of ‘Porch,’ grabbing as he grabs a fan’s hand. Pete is holding Ed and Ed rubs Pete’s bald head. A 30-second “Daltrey” mic swing at the end of ‘Porch’ is awesome, although he misses the catch, and the mic skips over the front of the crowd! Messy clapping on ‘Soon Forget’ prompts Ed to get the crowd clapping on the beat: “You’re all clapping off time. It’s nice to have the support, but you’d like the support to be, you know, on time.” As ‘YL’ is winding down, Ed, Stone and Matt walk off stage, waving and thanking the crowd. Mike however, sticks around, holding the solo and ripping into a scorching piece of electric acrobatics, sampling Zep’s ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ with Jeff laughing hysterically. He goes on for a good 90 seconds or so before finishing, throwing his pick out and joining the others offstage. A strong show, with excellent energy levels and a lot of joy in the air.
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08/29/00 – Tweeter Center: Mansfield, MA
attendance: 19,900
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Go, God’s Dice, Even Flow, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Grievance, Untitled, MFC, Habit, Wishlist, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Rival, Sleight of Hand, Insignificance, Porch
enc 1: Patriot [EV solo], Do The Evolution, Jeremy, Once, Mankind, Crazy Mary, Soldier of Love, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter, Fuckin’ Up
notes: An absolutely amazing show. Following ‘Even Flow,’ some people about 15 rows back hold up a large banner reading, “We’re so sorry, Hope you’re OK.” Ed spies it, comes to the front of the stage to get a better view and then puts his hand over his heart before returning to the mic, saying, “Thank you … an extraordinary welcome …” Ed makes reference to being together ten years in October but to put thing in perspective, that next year Sonic Youth will have been together for 20 years (Kim Gordon suffered terrible equipment problems during their warmup set). Lyrics to ‘Untitled’ are changed to “I can be there in 33 minutes or so …” likely a reference to Boston Celtic’s Larry Bird (#33). Another reference during ‘Habit’: “Speaking as a child who knew who John Havlicek was …” Stone completely messes up the intro to ‘Sleight of Hand.’ Mike actually smashes his guitar up again tonight during ‘Porch’ and hands it to some young kids at the front [family of Sweeney (PJ security)], and Ed gives them some picks as well ! Ed says that this is the liveliest crowd since Europe, prefacing it with, “You’ll be able to check all the bootlegs to be make sure I haven’t said this to anyone else before.” He says that people should use the power of the vote, if not to get Nader elected but to broaden the discussion wider to three guys. Through Ed’s whole election year speech, ‘Release’ riffs are played. He says he is only talking about the election and Nader because “I know you’re a highly intelligent and educated crowd. We won’t even bring it up in Philadelphia (then slyly trails off with) … but we might.” ‘Patriot’ gets messy with the crowd clapping so much. Ed stops and nods his head in rhythm with the clapping for a bit and then picks the song back up. Stone comments, “OK, so you know how I screwed up that one song earlier (referencing ‘Sleight’)? Well, this is your punishment for that. You didn’t do it. This is Ed’s punishment,” leading to ‘Mankind.’ A guy in a cow suit comes to the front of the stage (prompting a comment before ‘Crazy Mary’: “We don’t usually play this song except for when there’s a dancing cow.” He asks, “Do you come to all the shows dressed like that or just ours?” [Note: this guy goes to pretty much every show at this venue and gets pointed out at every show.] Ed passes a cigarette to someone front row during ‘Sleight,’ gives away his tambourine after ‘Mankind’, and someone passes Ed a Rolling Stones Altamont show tape. Second encore begins, likely intended to finish with ‘YL’ but there seems to be a last minute decision to play out with ‘Fuckin’ Up’ with Mike going crazy. Mike tags some of Aerosmith’s ‘Sick As A Dog’ into the ‘YL’ solo and Ed takes more Polaroids. Seemingly a show that was never going to end with the band in such a good mood. ‘Soon Forget’ is on the setlist instead of ‘YL’ but is not played.
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08/30/00 – Tweeter Center: Mansfield, MA
attendance: 19,900
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Release, Animal, Hail Hail, Corduroy, In My Tree, Given To Fly, Breakerfall, Grievance, Evacuation, Footsteps, Even Flow, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind), Not For You, Lukin, NEW SONG/cover/improv, Brain Of J, Insignificance, Black
enc 1: Better Man, Go, Do The Evolution, Light Years, Elderly Woman, Leatherman, Nothingman, State of Love and Trust
enc 2: Soon Forget, Last Kiss, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Members of Aerosmith are on side stage during the first 7-8 songs, clapping and smiling. ‘Release’ is a shortened version with incredible emotion. There is absolutely no chat with the crowd throughout the whole main set and they don’t take a breather until the new song. ‘Footsteps’ is met with a HUGE crowd reaction. Stone’s solo during ‘NFY” is very passionate, causing Matt to look up and yell, “Go, Stone!” The song after ‘Lukin’ seems to be a new song, or an extended improv. The set is seemingly cut short when Ed gets visibly emotional during ‘Black.’ Ed lets the crowd sing the second verse to ‘Better Man’ and the band jams it out for a good extra minute or so. During ‘Leatherman’ (which 90% of the crowd don’t seem to recognize), Ed yells the “give me some skin” line very profoundly and flubs some other lyrics, commenting “I’m so fucked up.” ‘Nothingman’ is absolutely beautiful, featuring glaring red lights from above during the “into the sun–burn!” line. Dancing during ‘SOLAT,’ and toward the end, Ed motions to Mike to go out to the side of the stage and says “Hey, Mike?” into the mic and they look at each other and wave. Someone gives Ed flowers that he puts in the mic stand, ending the first encore. ‘Soon Forget’ is introduced as “a small song on a small instrument by a small person” and the clapping leads to stopping the song: “Well, you were clapping out of time and I was out of tune, so we’re even.” Mike starts the opening to ‘Baba’ only to be cut short by the rest of the guys and they go into ‘RITFW’ instead, with Mike playing with the guitar between his legs (causing Jeff to crack up), finished with Ed distributing flowers to each side of the stage and waving goodbye to the crowd as the band plays on. An absolute piledriver of a show with a great crowd.
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09/01/00 – E-Center: Camden, NJ
attendance: 25,000
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Sometimes, Last Exit, Animal, Red Mosquito, Grievance, Light Years, Dissident, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Wishlist, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Present Tense, Corduroy, Spin The Black Circle, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind)/(Hold On), Black, Insignificance, Go
enc 1: Breath, Tremor Christ, Once, Elderly Woman, Jeremy, Whipping, Do The Evolution, Crazy Mary, Porch
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: PJ plays through the first few songs and Ed stops to tell the crowd, “There’s only four shows left and the throat’s starting to go. So help me out when you can.” Ed is sporting a tshirt from Hickam AFB in Hawaii. The setlist obviously changed a few times as Ed walks over to the rest of the band making changes. Numerous ‘Breath’ signs were evident and Ed, seeming displeased that people are holding up the signs during the first three songs, tells the crowd he’ll be taking requests later. In ‘GTF,’ intead of “Well fuckers, he still stands,” Ed sings “Well fuckers, you know the rest.” ‘Even Flow’ includes a Mike, Ed and Jeff jump, totally in synch. The ‘SIFL’ tag is extended and composed of completely different lyrics (“Don’t run away. Why’d you have to run away? I shouldn’t be here. I swore I’d never leave you alone and then I get back and you’re not home …”). ‘Corduroy’ is introduced as “a song written about a brown jacket.” During the ‘Daughter’ tags, Ed grabs a mirror and reflects the spotlights out into the crowd. ‘Breath’ makes its 2000 tour debut, prompted by Ed returning for the encore, smiling and cursing the crowd for wanting more and saying, “OK, fuckers,” reaching to the crowd, grabbing a sign out of the front and holding it up to the band and the crowd, saying “It’s not gonna be perfect, but let’s give it a go.” At the “all these reaching hands” part, Ed reaches down to touch the outstretched hands of the first row. As ‘Breath’ hits its peak, Ed turns the mic stand upside down while raising it slowly, and then after balancing it for a moment, lets it swing and crash back down onto the stage. A few lyrics are neglected, but at the end, Jeff says, “Not too bad” towards Stone. Before ‘Elderly Woman,’ Ed speaks of a small town east of the west coast in California, but north of the border, and says that he and Matt “didn’t know each other as delinquents, but we’re making up for it now …” Ed lets the crowd carry the ‘Jeremy’ chorus, keeping the beat by humming the tune into the microphone with the crowd filling in the words. Mike plays the opening riffs from ‘Voodoo Chile’ during ‘Porch.’ Before ‘YL,’ a fan up front gives Ed a Flyers jersey with “Vedder” and the #10 on the back of it. Towards the end, Ed says “There is a party in Stone’s room tonight,” and the crowd goes nuts. Someone tosses up an Iron Maiden shirt and Stone picks it up and puts it on Mike’s amp during ‘YL’ (which includes an extended snippet of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’ and Iron Maiden’s ‘Number of the Beast’). The lawn is chanting “Mike, Mike, Mike!” seeming to drive him on. A great vibe and the band is very responsive; Stone is very animated, duck walking and skipping. Matt is driving things home and each time he adds a different fill, Stone glances toward Matt and then Jeff and they break into big smiles. ‘Rearviewmirror’, ‘Evacuation’ and ‘Hail Hail’ were on the setlist but not played.
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09/02/00 – E-Center: Camden, NJ
attendance: 25,000
support act: Sonic Youth
set: Ed solo before SY: Dead Man, Parting Ways
Of The Girl, Breakerfall, State of Love and Trust, Hail Hail, Do The Evolution, Faithfull, Nothing As It Seems, Corduroy, Untitled, MFC, Habit, I Got Shit, Off He Goes, God’s Dice, Even Flow, Rival, Animal, Nothingman, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Soon Forget, Better Man, Last Exit, Given To Fly, Footsteps, Last Kiss, Porch
enc 2: Baba O’Riley
notes: After ‘DTE,’ Ed says, “Is this Philadelphia or is this New Jersey? All I know is it’s Saturday night … Make yourselves comfortable, we’re going to be here a while.” ‘Habit’ is described as “about a friend who was having some problems. And if you have a friend who’s having some problems, don’t look away. Give ‘em some help.” After ‘I Got Shit,’ Ed says its a song that they wrote with “young Neil.” He then talks about a few of the band members saw Neil’s play during the break between Boston and Philly and that Neil told him to say “Hello” to Philly. He says that the Pope also asked them to say “Hello” to Philly and that the Pope is “a warm human being … we’re friends but never writes ya back.” He changes the ‘Even Flow’ lyrics to include, “Praying out to the Pope who never writes him back.” When they return for the first encore, Ed says that the front section is placing orders for songs and, “Yeah, we’ll play that. Would you like fries with that? How about an apple pie?” He gives some “rock ‘n’ roll trivia” before ‘Soon Forget,’ noting Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath wrote all of their songs on a ukulele. “We’re carrying on the rock ‘n’ roll tradition here.” He messes up ‘Soon Forget’ twice, both times shouting “Fuck me.” After the second time, he says that it’s “Two these two girls who keep flashing their tits … it’s really hard to concentrate.” Before startingo ‘Better Man,’ Ed cruelly teases ‘Release’ by playing the opening notes. Ed brings out the harmonica for the beginning of ‘Footsteps’ and Mike’s solo is cut short. Someone tosses a Who t-shirt on stage when the band walks out for the second encore, Ed puts it on and they go right into ‘Baba O’Riley,’ a perfect ending with the entire crowd singing – Ed stops and lets the crowd carry it. Ed is in a great mood, tossing lots of picks to the crowd tonight.
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09/04/00 – Merriweather Post Pavilion: Columbia MD
attendance: 19,000
support act:Sonic Youth did not play tonight due to a personal emergency
set: Ed preshow: Trouble, Dead Man, Parting Ways (with Steve, Lee and Jim from Sonic Youth!)
Sometimes, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Grievance, Dissident, Do The Evolution, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Untitled/MFC, Habit, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind)/(It’s OK), Lukin, Not For You, Even Flow, (Romanza)/Better Man, Black, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Leaving Here, Insignificance, State of Love And Trust, Wishlist, Crazy Mary, Porch
enc 2: Soon Forget, Indifference, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Unusual start with Ed’s solo set and the SY guys joining him for ‘Parting Ways.’
When it is announced that Sonic Youth would not play and that PJ would start early, some people cheered. Ed comments on Sonic Youth’s emergency and absence: “Sometimes it’s kind of difficult to play music, believe it or not … and tonight’s kind of like one of those nights, but because of your presence here, it doesn’t allow us any option but to play … we’d probably listen to music to get through itanyway, so might as well listen to it together and play.” ‘Insignificance’ is described as a song about “being small” and Ed motions above his head. ‘Wishlist’ is dedicated to a friend who isn’t there and the mirrorball is lowered. For the second encore, Ed introduces the ukulele, holding it up and saying, “One of the original instruments of rock ‘n’ roll – and more importantly, heavy metal.” He thanks people for registering to vote. He says that if people don’t see the need for revolution then they aren’t looking and mentions some corporations (dissing Bill Gates and Microsoft, saying ‘Soon Forget’ was written for him). He makes an analogy about the start of the Republican party and how they got Lincoln elected (and the slaves were freed) and the Green party, and apologizes: “enough from me.” ‘Soon Forget’ is performed perfectly, after Ed asks the crowd to be quiet so they can hear the words. ‘RITFW’ gets a huge crowd reaction and Ed tosses out two tambourines, ending with crashing a third over the mic stand.

09/05/00 – Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake: Pittsburgh, PA
attendance: 23,126
set: Ed pre-show: Trouble, Dead Man, Parting Ways, Naked Eye (both Naked Eye and Parting Ways w/Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and Jim O’Rourke)
Even Flow, Hail Hail, Animal, Corduroy, Grievance, In My Tree, Nothing As It Seems, Light Years, Daughter/(Bull In The Heather}/(Androgynous Mind), Leatherman, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Sleight of Hand, Given To Fly, Last Exit, Rearviewmirror, I Got Shit, Black, Porch
enc 1: Breakerfall, Go, Once, Mankind, Elderly Woman, Crazy Mary, Wash, I Got You, Insignificance
enc 2: Baba O’Riley
notes: The ‘Daughter’ tag (Sonic Youth’s ‘Bull in the Heather’) is a surprise. (This hasn’t been tagged on ‘Daughter’ since the ’96 tour and is more extended.) Ed runs off the stage during ‘Daughter,’ returning with a sheet of lyrics that he uses to sing the tag. The band is very manic tonight. Ed lets a fan in the front count off the “1,2,3,4″ to open ‘Porch’ and Mike smashes a guitar. He tosses it up into the air, and then after it crashes to the ground, he picks it up and then smashes it to smithereens against a speaker. Ed throws himself full speed at the same speaker. Before the first encore, Ed says that it’s usually the second to last show of the tour that’s the best, but not this time — the last show of the tour is the best one. During ‘Go’ Ed is running around centerstage backwards in a circle. Lots of glowstick throwing. Ed throws one from the stage to the upper half of the pavilion. Both Mike and Ed have their fun kicking beach balls into the crowd. Stone before ‘Mankind’: “All right, I’m gonna sing one!” ‘I Got You’ includes two band huddles, where they all strum each of their guitars trying to figure out the right notes for the song. After the first one, Ed says “I think we got it”, only to have to meet again because they don’t have it. Ed comes back, spreads his arms and says, “What the fuck?” At the conclusion, Stone quips, “Nothing like a little improv.” He also says it had been a tough tour, but the fans are making it tough for him to quit. Members of Sonic Youth help out with ‘Baba,’ ending with Ed doing multiple Townshend jumps and windmills.
The Wash Story: Just before ‘Crazy Mary,’ Ed says that they are getting to the part of the show now where they were going to get a little crazy, “or to borrow from another Seattle band, they are going to go ‘Crazy On You’” (a nod to Heart). Ed then mentions that there is a woman with a white umbrella, and he wants security to find her and to bring her down to the side of the stage. “She’s OK; let her come on down.” After ‘Crazy Mary’ Ed asks if they found the person with the umbrella (which they did – Pete went out to find her). So then the person (hi, Amy!!) is brought out from sidestage, and they have a private conversation, after which Ed says, “Hey everybody, this is Amy … I asked her how many shows she’s been to,’cause we’ve seen her at like the last 12 or 15. She said over a hundred. Oh my God (hugging Amy). And then Ed proceeds to take Stone’s stool, and puts it down right next to his microphone, and sits her on that stool and they play ‘Wash.’ After the song, Ed introduces her to all of the band members; Mike hugs her, Stone kisses her and she has a brief chat with all of them.
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09/26/00 – Live double CDs from each show of the European 2000 tour are officially released

09/23/00 – Key Arena (Ralph Nader Rally): Seattle, WA
set: Soon Forget, I Am A Patriot [both solo acoustic]
notes: Ed’s set comes after the general speakers (including Michael Moore) and just before Ralph Nader’s speech (whom Ed introduced as “an American who’s not for sale.”). He prefaces the songs by saying that he’s never done one of these before, because he never had anyone he could believe in. He also notes that he was watching the people walk into the arena tonight and that “the one thing they all had in common is that they looked like they gave a shit.” Patriot’ has the “I was walking/with my boyfriend” lyric change.

10/04/00 – Molson Centre: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
attendance: 20,000
support act: Supergrass
set: Of The Girl, Corduroy, Whipping, Grievance, Animal, God’s Dice, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Wishlist, Pilate, Last Kiss, Do The Evolution, MFC, Improv/Habit, Light Years, Better Man, Even Flow, Porch
enc 1: Off He Goes, Breakerfall, State of Love and Trust, I Got Shit, Elderly Woman, Leaving Here
enc 2: Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Mike OWNS ‘Corduroy,’ completely reworking the solo. Ed swaps the second and third verses of ‘Whipping.’ Ed mentions how happy he is to be out of the states for a while. He discusses how boring the debates were last night and talks about Bush and Gore’s “lifeless eyes,” arguing about topics nobody cares about. He mentions that if “little George Dubya Bush” wins, the band is applying for Canadian citizenship. Ed dedicates ‘NAIS’ to Bush and Bore for their “lack of inspiration.” Stone is having a lot of technical problems early on (he later switches guitars THREE TIMES during one song!) and he sits out almost all of ‘Grievance.’ Ed says, “You know what’s ironic? Stone was the most excited about playing tonight.” ‘Last Kiss’ is played while Andy (Stone’s tech) tries to fix his gear; Ed sings the song to the fans behind the stage. A *rawkin’* ‘DTE’ with Stone getting major props for his solo. The improv prior to ‘Habit’ runs approximately three minutes and features a repetitive bass note and some mind-bending fills from Matt. (Described by one who heard it as “way too rehearsed for it to be some random sonic experimentation. It sounded like a somewhat louder, crunchier ‘Of The Girl’ … it had an almost droning quality.”) Problems are evident with Matt’s kit as well, in particular the hi-hat. Mike has a lot of trouble getting through ‘Light Years.’ He is cracking up insanely, and even misses a few bars because he is doubled over with laughter. Ed messes up the lyrics in ‘Wishlist’ and replaces the last line with “I wish I was the verb to trust I hope I didn’t just let you down.” Mike has a very “on” night, with the ‘Even Flow’ solo going on and on and ON. ‘Porch’ is amazing, with an extended jam, and Ed exchanging notes with the crowd before the climax. Stone is having a lot of technical problems tonight, which prompts Ed to joke, “Between Stone’s hair and his pants, I could fuck him.” Ed falls over catching a Rangers jersey during ‘Fuckin’ Up’, but makes the catch, and tucks it into his pants. Mike throws in the opening riff of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ into the ‘YL’ outro.
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10/05/00 – Air Canada Centre: Toronto, Ontario, Canada [140m]
attendance: 19,800
support act: Supergrass
soundcheck: Red Mosquito, Leatherman, Mankind, Crazy Mary, Immortality, Hail Hail
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Grievance, Brain of J, Animal, Dissident, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Insignificance, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind), Better Man, Mankind, Immortality, Even Flow, Black, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Sleight of Hand, Crazy Mary, Once, Do The Evolution, Wishlist, Leatherman, Baba O’Riley
enc 2: Indifference
notes: Early in the show, Ed comments that the last time they were in Canada, they played for this many but that they were all sprawled out on a hill (referencing Barrie ’98). He notes that this venue is new and asks if they still “name these things after beer?” He answers, after conferring with Jeff, saying, “No, this one is named after an airplane. I guess that’s good ’cause things are really starting to take off.” A small lyric change in ‘Insignificance’: “Turn the jukebox up I said.” Stone has an extremely extended solo prior to the ‘Daughter’ tag – a very on night for him. Ed breaks a string during an intense ‘Better Man’ jam and Stone steps up saying, “We don’t play this very often,” kicking into ‘Mankind.’ A powerful ‘Immortality’ is proceeded by a short intro by Ed and at the end, he animates his strumming to manipulate Matt’s cadence. ‘Even Flow’ has a renewed vibe to it, with Mike jamming his heart out for nearly two minutes. The entire band sits back, giving him the spotlight in the same vein as ‘YL’ as he goes off, including some Hendrix riffing. At the beginning of the first encore, Ed introduces Matt and mentions Wellwater Conspiracy, saying that everyone should check them out: “It’s better than the crap we’re playing tonight.” Ed remarks that “now that we’re loosened up, this is the part of the show where we take requests, starting with this guy right here” pointing to someone in the front with a ‘Sleight of Hand’ sign. Prior to ‘Wishlist’ Ed talks about scientist Stephen Hawking and how he discovered that humans were only going to live a thousand more years on the planet. He says, “I’m trying to figure out what that means. Do we go fucking nuts for the next 1,000 years?” (Strumming rapidly on his guitar for a few seconds with his head back, freaking out.) “Or are we careful who we vote for?” In ‘Wishlist,’ Ed changes the lyrics to “I wish I was as fortunate, as fortunate as Geddy Lee.” (Geddy Lee, from legendary Canadian band Rush, was sitting stage left for the entire show). The end of ‘Wishlist’ is changed to “I wish that it would stop after a thousand years,” referencing the prior anecdote. ‘RVM’ includes a wonderful bridge with Ed frantically using his ebow. Ed passes his wine bottle to fans in the front row during ‘Crazy Mary.’ Before ‘Baba’ Ed mentions that they had been to see a band the other night that had been around for a long time and that there is a tribute disc being made for them and that while most tribute discs suck, this one has the chance of being really, really good. He says they are recording this song tonight, and in Chicago, to appear on the tribute record, telling the audience, “If you’re better than Chicago, you’ll end up on the record.” At the raging finish of ‘Baba’, the whole place starts clapping very fast in unison, the band gets into it and starts speeding up the end. Ed, with a huge smile on his face starts clapping along and Mike throws his arms up in a “V” and bows to the crowd twice, smiling. The lights had been turned on before ‘Baba’ (like it was expected to be the final song), but the crowd was so enthused that PJ produced a soothing ‘Indifference’ to appease the crowd. The entire band is very animated, seemingly enjoying the venue and great audience.
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10/07/00 – The Palace at Auburn Hills: Auburn Hills, MI [122m]
attendance: 20,000
support act: Supergrass
soundcheck: Rival, In My Tree, Parting Ways (full band, 2X), In Hiding, Release (2X)
set: Go, Corduroy, Grievance, State of Love and Trust, Tremor Christ, Elderly Woman, Insignificance, Last Exit, Animal, In My Tree, I Got Shit, (Romanza)/Better Man/(Save It For Later), Even Flow, Daughter/(WMA), Thin Air, Jeremy, Given To Fly, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Nothing As It Seems, Last Kiss, Spin The Black Circle, Crazy Mary, Parting Ways
enc 2: Fuckin’ Up
notes: ‘Go’ is a huge surprise for an opener and Mike wastes no time posing and interacting with fans in the front. Between ‘Tremor Christ’ and ‘Elderly Woman’, Ed makes a comment to the effect of “these are two songs about being small, in a small town, it doesn’t really apply to Detroit, but maybe the outlying areas.” Right before ‘Daughter’ someone in the crowd was holding up a sign. Ed sees it and says that he can’t see it, can they hold it up. He reads it: “Esther’s here and she’s sick… hi Esther, now we’re all going to be sick, thanks.” During the ‘Daughter’ tag, Ed gets out his trusty mirror and tries doing some reflecting without much success. ‘Jeremy’ is intro’d as “the song that we played a few times, a dozen times, a few dozen times, a few hundred dozen times … if you could help me out with the middle part, that would be great.” Mike busts a string during ‘RVM’ and throws the guitar down at the end, but picks it right back up. When the band returns for the encore, Ed starts talking about how Detroit has been great to them, they’ve played Masonic Temple, and St. Andrew’s Hall twice (and another list of Detroit venues). During ‘NAIS,’ there was a complete lyrical screwup which caused the whole band to wonder where they were musically, and after the song Ed raises his hand and says, “It was me, it was all my fault, I had the biggest fuckup of the tour.” ‘Last Kiss’ is dedicated to Ralph Nader. Right before ‘Crazy Mary,’ there is someone standing on their seat in the fifth row waving at Ed. He sees them, comes over, walks to the end of the stage, and motions at the person. Ed starts taking off his red, white and blue wristband. He was giving it to the person who was on the chair, and he was motioning to give something back to them, and it turned out this person had their own red, white and blue wristband, and they switched. Tonight is the live debut of the full band playing ‘Parting Ways.’ It starts out with just Ed with the rest of the band coming in after the first two verses. Ed dedicates ‘Fuckin’ Up’ to “number 10, who’s responsible for a lot of those banners up there,” gesturing at the ceiling of the Palace. [#10 being Dennis Rodman, who was in attendance.]

10/08/00 – Alpine Valley: East Troy, WI [130m]
attendance: 40,000
support act: Supergrass
set: Of The Girl, Hail Hail, Breakerfall, Whipping, Corduroy, Animal, Elderly Woman, Dissident, Given To Fly, Faithfull, Even Flow, Untitled, MFC, Light Years, Off He Goes, Insignificance, Black, Jeremy, Porch
enc: Wishlist, State of Love and Trust, Go, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Daughter/(The Wrong Child), Smile, Rearviewmirror
notes: “Welcome to the ice bowl,” comments Ed after ‘Hail Hail.’ ‘Whipping’ is an excellent, tight version. Ed fucks up the beginning lyrics of ‘Corduroy,’ so he changes the lyrics in the middle of the song indicating it is “too fucking cold to sing.” After ‘Animal’ Ed starts talking about how when people listen to the boots later on, in order to understand how cold it is, if they work in a restaurant they should open the freezer, and if they live in Antarctica they should just open the screen doors. He mentions that if anyone who actually lives in Antarchita hears this, this song can be for them because it’s about a small town, leading to ‘Elderly Woman.’ Stone pogoes the entire ‘Even Flow’ solo, seemingly to keep warm. The extended version of ‘Untitled’ includes additional lyrics, including something about getting to somewhere warmer and then memories and forgiveness. During ‘Jeremy,’ Ed falls backwards over the monitor at the end. The bridge in ‘Porch’ includes several lines from Dead Moon’s ‘It’s Okay.’ When the band returns for the encore, Ed is holding a “Let Ralph Debate” sign and tapes it to the front of his monitor. He also mentions that it is going to be a very memorable show, referring to the weather. Mike has guitar problems at the start of ‘Go’ and Ed changes one of the first lyrics to “where’s Mike McCready?” At the end of ‘Daughter,’ Ed starts chanting at a rapid pace: “Thunder road, thunder road, thunder road” (a nod to Bruce Springsteen). Ed makes a joke about No Code sales before ‘Smile,’ saying that the guy who wrote the lyrics in his notebook (Dennis Frog, who is side stage) receives 2/3 of a cent for each copy of the album sold … “so that comes to (laughing) well … No Code … like $20 (laughs), no $200?” He turns to Stone, “How much money?” and Stone says “$2000.” Matt is on the large screen (and seems to know it) while the stage is darkened for ‘RVM.’ He exhales in unison with his kick drum, which draws a laugh from the crowd since everyone can see his breath. How cold was it? Mike is bundled up in a hat and scarf (scarf around his face all night); Stone has a hat on; Ed doesn’t remove the jacket the whole show; Matt is wearing a long sleeve shirt. Cold (28 degrees by show’s end). ‘Oceans’ was on the setlist as the opener but not played.
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10/09/00 – Allstate Arena: Rosemont, IL [155m]
attendance: 18,500
support act: Supergrass
set: Release, Corduroy, Grievance, God’s Dice, Animal, Red Mosquito, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Wishlist, Elderly Woman, In Hiding, Even Flow, Light Years, MFC, Lukin, Not For You, Better Man, Leatherman, Nothingman, Do The Evolution, Insignificance, Black, Parting Ways
enc 1: Sleight of Hand, Soldier of Love, Crazy Mary, Jeremy, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Soon Forget, Baba O’Riley
notes: A raucous crowd and a band in great spirits, Mike covering his ears during ‘Corduroy’ signifying the loud crowd. Lots of between chat among the band. ‘Even Flow’ is phenomenal, with Stone nudging Ed to look over while Ed is looking at Matt, with Matt and Mike playing off of each other toward the end, almost like a “who can top this” thing and Stone and Ed applauding them both at the conclusion. Matt starts off ‘Light Years’ and Ed talks for the first 12-16 bars and it is restarted when he’s finished. He tells how the song is about a person native to the Chicago area and how that person made the sun brighter for the people of Chicagoland. Lyrics are changed to “for they still miss you here” rather than “you seemed to like it here.” Ed talks about the Alpine show the night before: “Waking up this morning, it was hard to believe that last night actually happened.” Later he says he thinks the temperature (26 degrees) matched the number of thousands of people that braved the temperature. ‘Lukin’ (intro’ed as “another quiet one about a guy who likes to drink beer”) and ‘NFY’ are practically one song. ‘Parting Ways’ is a very pleasant surprise, closing the long, long set that Ed earlier notes “it’s not a set in a stone, concrete process, but we usually go about 17 songs or so before taking a break … it seems, by my count, that we’re at about 22 right now … are you guys still with us?” He notes that after surviving last night, they just want to keep playing. Ed passes his wine bottle around with the crowd during ‘Crazy Mary’ and Mike throws a few bars of Jimmy Page’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ (Zep) solo into the song. ‘Rearviewmirror’ is an unbelievable extended version. Ed gives a long exhortation before ‘Soon Forget,’ urging fans to attend the Nader rally the next day (they were even selling tickets to the rally at the show) and he’s sporting a Bush/Cheney sign with a huge black X through it on his monitor. He discusses the debates and how “one here and one here” are really coming from the same place but Nader provides an alternative He says the next song is for the “richies … like the ones in the sky boxes” pointing to a sky box in the middle right, continuing, “I see there is alike a light blue neon light in the sky box … they must have a lot of cocaine in there (laughing).” Ed stops the song because of the clapping (again), hushing everyone so “the rich would get the full effect” and imitates bad clapping by clapping his hand against his leg and stomping his foot off-beat saying, “See, the rich can’t even keep time.” And ‘Baba’? Light full up, whole crowd visible and screaming, Stone goes nuts, Jeff does an Irish jig for Mike, Ed breaks a tambourine and gives it to someone in the front, gets another one and tosses it to those behind the stage. Band is full on and the crowd is wild, up and loudly singing with every song.

10/10/00 – UIC Pavilion, University of Illinois-Chicago (Ralph Nader Rally): Chicago, IL
set: I am a Patriot, The Times They Are A-Changin’ [both solo acoustic]
notes: Ed is introduced by Michael Moore as an individual who (along with his bandmates) has stood for his beliefs regardless of the consequences. Ed plays ‘Patriot’ and talks about how he wanted to write a song for Ralph but had yet to come up with anything, but how he’d found a song written 30 years ago that seems “… as pertinent and valid today as it’s ever been … we’ll mention it’s played with permission of the author,” leading to Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’.

10/11/00 – Riverport Amphitheatre: Maryland Heights, MO
attendance: 20,000
support act: Supergrass
soundcheck: U, Sonic Reducer
set: Of the Girl, Go, Hail Hail, Brain of J, Insignificance, Whipping, Light Years, State of Love and Trust, Given to Fly, Animal, Elderly Woman, Wishlist, In My Tree, Even Flow, Daughter, Better Man, Footsteps, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Breakerfall, U , Do the Evolution, Porch, Parting Ways
enc 2: Sonic Reducer, Last Kiss, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: “We’re in no hurry to leave,” Ed assures the crowd after ‘Of the Girl.’ ‘Hail Hail’ features the rapid clapping during the bridge that Ed was so fond of in 98. During ‘Daughter,’ Ed is so into the vocalization he is doing during the tag zone (singing melodies at the crowd and letting them sing it back) that he loses his balance, falls over backward, and twists his ankle. This changes the dynamic of the show in that it’s clearly hurting him and he’s limited to how he can move around onstage (limping and hopping, not kidding). “The last song is about the whole world being different, the next song is about how hard it is to change things,” intros a powerful version of ‘Insignificance.’ ‘Whipping’ features Mike playing the guitar bending over, one arm through his leg, and Ed finishing up with a lovely PT windmill. At the end of ‘State,’ Ed notices the sign language interpreter (Kim) who was working at the side of the stage, signing the songs to the audience. He goes over, pulls her up from the security pit to the stage, and has a brief chat. “I’m curious what the next song sounds — I mean, looks like,” and it’s ‘GTF.’ Ed then adds to the interpretation with his own visual interpretations. At the end of the song, he moves over to the interpreter and dances with her as the song closes. Ed lets the crowd sing the last chorus of ‘Animal.’ Another killer version of ‘RVM.’ First encore, Ed tells us they’re going to try something that hasn’t been done before – “It’s actually a Prince song,” he jokes, as we are treated to the world premiere version of ‘U.’ After ‘Porch,’ Ed proceeds to inform the audience that the Cardinals won, mass pandemonium ensures. He then tells the crowd that he was lying, they actually lost, and weren’t they glad they were here instead. Also some chat about the debates, and the obligatory Nader chat, and “Thanks for letting us mention that.” “The next song is *not* called ‘Maggot Brain’,” intros ‘Sonic Reducer’ and is in referenced to one of many in a sea of request signs.
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10/12/00 – Sandstone Amphitheatre: Bonner Springs, KS
support act: Supergrass
soundcheck: guitar jam, U, U
set: Release, Do The Evolution, Corduroy, Grievance, Lukin, Light Years, Given To Fly, In Hiding, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, Spin The Black Circle, Rival, Once, (Romanza)/Better Man/(Save It For Later), Insignificance, Nothingman, Animal, Jeremy, Black
enc 1: Sleight Of Hand, Untitled/MFC, Elderly Woman, U, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Tonight Mr. Stone Gossard rules the stage, starting with a fiery solo during ‘DTE.’ The band is much more tight and focused tonight and Ed demonstrates no visible ill effects of yesterday’s ankle injury. The first five songs charge right into each other with no time for talk – amazing. After ‘Light Years,’ Ed greets the crowd. “Hi! We’ve been here before, right? Yeah, I remember… the first band was the Murder City Devils, from Seattle; tonight we had an import from Oxford, England, called Supergrass,let’s thank them.” ‘NAIS’ is killer, ‘Even Flow’ has Stone right at the front of the stage, as he was all night, walking back and forth, playing to Jeff, making silly faces at Mike, having little side conversations with Ed between songs (including one where he tells Ed he wants to play ‘Mankind’ next, and then after the next song, steps to his mic and clears his throat, looking quizzically in Ed’s direction; apparently it was on the setlist but never played tonight.) ‘Once’ starts by Mike leaping into a kick split and is punctuated by many more throughout the show. The ‘Save It For Later’ tag is really enthusiastic and lengthy. ‘Jeremy’ is intro’d: “This next song is called, Love Amongst The Dead.” Ed fucks up the words in the second verse and lets the crowd sing it back to him to get his place. Some apparently insensitive person decided that a sign campaign for ‘Alive’ was appropriate for some stupid reason and the band returns for the first encore to a halfhearted sea of signs. Ed tries to make the point by talking about many other things, and when the signs didn’t go away, he finally says, “I see the signs; it’s good to know that you can organize yourselves to support something, even a song; please put the signs down and vote for Ralph Nader.” [In other words, NO.] ‘Untitled’ is extended and Ed’s going to arrive in “58 minutes” tonight (a nod to the late and popular Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Derrick Thomas who died after injuries from a car accident); a tighter version of ‘U’ (Ed joked, “This one’s hard to find…it was a b-side … you can find it on Napster… hey, that’s where we found it!”) surfaces for the second night in a row. A super-intense ‘RVM’ followed by an incredibly ferocious ‘RITFW’ close out a brilliant performance.
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10/13/00 – Madison Square Garden (Ralph Nader Rally): New York City
set: I Am A Patriot, The Times They Are A-Changin’ [both solo acoustic], People Have The Power [group jam/finale]
notes: Similar to the previous appearances, this night also features various other performers including Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith. Ed performs the same songs as at the Chicago rally, with the same details: he had permission from the author to perform the Dylan tune, that he thought he’d be able to write a new song for Ralph, but that it seemed as relevant as ever, even after 30 years. Ed also appears in the ‘all-star’ jam at the end, which was Patti Smith’s anthem, ‘People Have The Power.’

10/14/00 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion: Woodlands, TX [130m]
support act: Supergrass
set: Long Road, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Whipping, Hail Hail, Animal, Dissident, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Untitled, MFC, Habit, Wishlist, Better Man, Evacuation, Mankind, Jeremy, Black, Porch
enc 1: Last Exit, State of Love and Trust, Sleight of Hand, Even Flow, Improv/Cover, Last Kiss, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed says that Houston “feels like Hawaii” (after playing in the cold up north) and someone throws a bunch of Hawaiian lei’s onstage and Ed picks them up and hands one to Mike, Jeff and Stone. Mike and Stone put them on around their faces and wear them like that for a while. He introduces ‘GTF’ saying he thinks it was written in Hawaii. ‘Wishlist’ is dedicated to Ed’s nephew; he holds up a photo and tells the audience he’s a Texan. Mike fucks up ‘Mankind’ so badly they have to start over again; he holds up his hand, admitting the error. Ed says, “Here’s one guitar player sabotaging the other one, this is called infighting, and it’s the biggest problem with our government.” ‘Porch’ has some kind of brief improv tag during the bridge:

“Some people give; some people take
I know to give; I know what I make
Some peope love; some people give
I’d rather give, but; …?”

‘SoH’ is introduced as “this is a song about what happens over here, while you’re looking over there.” Ed mentions that it was ’91 or ’92 that they were last in Houston and played with Soundgarden for a few dates and “we played Houston, Dallas, Austin, and … uh … Beaver Creek!” He introduces Matt and plugs Wellwater Conspiracy. Someone has a sign for ‘Rats.’ Ed acknowledges it saying, sorry. Someone else has a sign for “Out of My Mind” and Ed says that it’s more annoying than the “Rats” sign and that they’d only played it once and made it up that night. Someone else has a sign that says “Loosegroove” that is apparently annoying people, because Ed tells Stone that if he’d acknowledge the sign, the person would probably put it down. ‘Even Flow’ is introduced as “Buried Alive.” The improv is something new, a little shot at Bush, Ed laughing as he comes up with the lyrics:

My son was…running for president
I taught him…everything he knows
I know this (eddie laughs) cause I know what he knows
and…he’s slow (eddie laughs)
I used to be able to…go outside and breathe
but i can no longer…because of the companies
its the way it goes…my son is slow

At the start of the second encore, Ed says something like “Houston, Texas … more millionaires per square mile than …” He says that Keith Moon said that and talks about Keith for a while. A string breaks during ‘Soon Forget’ and Ed just stops and says, “It broke!” The crowd cheers and starts banging on the seats, Ed shakes the ukulele, looks at it, pauses and then just picks up where he left off.
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10/15/00 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion: Woodlands, TX
support act: Supergrass
set: Oceans, Corduroy, Grievance, God’s Dice, Animal, Red Mosquito, Given To Fly, Faithfull, Elderly Woman, Lukin, Not For You, Daughter/(The Wrong Child), Off He Goes, (Romanza)/Better Man/(Save It For Later), Insignificance, Nothingman, Even Flow, Go, Parting Ways
enc: Do The Evolution, Whipping, Once, Footsteps, Crazy Mary, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Ed is wearing an “uncle Eddie” t-shirt. Before ‘Red Mosquito,’ Ed shows his arm and says, “Can you see this? It’s not track marks … it’s mosquito bites…” ‘Better Man’ is introduced as “this a sad song, but a true song” and Ed was rocking so hard that he could barely transition into the ‘SIFL’ tag, really only getting the “don’t let me down” part. ‘Parting Ways’ ends with Ed doing huge windmills, and they jam out the end increasing the tempo. Ed thanks the crowd for the past two nights, and they all agree and clap for the crowd. At the beginning of the encore, Ed comes out and points down in the pit and talks about two people down there through the whole show that were sitting down, acting like they were bored … “When we went to the room backstage we all said “did you see those two people down in the front just sitting there!?” I’m glad they’re gone. Earlier I was smelling some pot up here, then I smelled something REALLY disgusting … I was thinking maybe it was the pollution … but I think it was THEM!” Beautiful venue, great crowds with just about everyone on their feet through the whole show and the band really on.
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10/17/00 – Smirnoff Music Center: Dallas, TX [130m]
attendance: 20,000
support act: Supergrass
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, Grievance, Corduroy, Animal, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, Elderly Woman, Rival, Jeremy, Daughter, Insignificance, I Got Shit, Brain of J, Black, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Wishlist, U, Better Man, Do The Evolution, Porch, Leaving Here
enc 2: Smile, Baba O’Riley
notes: There’s a big state fair behind the venue, visible over the lawn, and Ed refers to it a few times, dedicating ‘GTF’ to it and most notably when the band return for the first encore, he says, “We’re not leaving until the ferris wheel stops.” Mike came alive with another blistering ‘Even Flow’ solo and is then on fire. After ‘Rival,’ Ed notes: “That one was written by Stone Gossard, and also goes by the title ‘Growing Up Gay In Littleton,’ which is where the Columbine High School is … this next song ['Jeremy'] has a tie in to that, because it happened in Richland, Texas.” [Actually, it happened in Richardson, TX and Ed is toying with the crowd.] ‘I Got Shit’ is referred to as being written with “Neil Young, young, Neil. Neil Young.” ‘Brain of J’ is introduced as “a song that was written on a grassy knoll.” Ed, in a chatty mood, points out a guy who has been to all the Texas stops, holding the same “Bush Sux” sign, leading to a ramble about Bush’s daughter hating him (or something along those lines). ‘RVM’ features the incredible tight jam with the group backlit and cast in all shadows. Jeff finally brings them down from the jam, the lights go full and the group kicks the rest of the song’s ass, closing the first set. ‘Better Man’ has one line of “don’t let me down” from ‘SIFL’ played. Ed introduces ‘Leaving Here’ as “a song about empowerment of women.” He calls out to the crowd to beat a wife beater, referencing hitting a home run in New York and going home and beating the wife afterwards (perhaps David Justice). Great solos by each of the guitarists, including Jeff. ‘Smile’ is played by request and the harmonica given to the requester. Great audience and the band in good spirits and high energy with Ed taking several photos at the conclusion of the rousing ‘Baba’ with the crowd singing along loudly with the “don’t cry” section, bringing down the house and Ed handing out two tambourines.
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10/18/00 – United Spirit Arena: Lubbock, TX
attendance: 15,000
support act: Supergrass
set: Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Breakerfall, MFC, God’s Dice, Animal, Dissident, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, In Hiding, Lukin, Not For You, Daughter/?, Elderly Woman, Do The Evolution, Even Flow, Parting Ways
enc 1: Hail Hail, Everyday [Buddy Holly!!], Insignificance, Black, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Crazy Mary, Porch
enc 2: Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Numerous small town type references from Ed, the best of which is the nod to Lubbock native Buddy Holly with his cover of ‘Everyday.’ He also made several mentions of how much he likes being away from the “industrial pollution” of the big cities and how he’s happy to be somewhere with tumbleweeds. Someone tosses a white Texas Tech cowboy hat up and Mike wears it for a while. Ed wears a cowboy hat a bit also, and Stone also dons one during ‘Black,’ keeping it on until the end of the show (quite the fashion statement with the plaid pants) ;) . ‘Crazy Mary’ is introduced as “There’s got to be someone in Lubbock like this.” ‘Porch’ is the only song that really features a full-fledged jam session. A fan (Jamie) is brought up onstage during the ‘YL’ solo, Ed dances with her, sits her on his monitor, takes a polaroid, then they watch Mike close the show out together and Ed gives her a photo and his bottle of wine. If any tapers can get us the cover, you know the drill. Thanks.
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10/20/00 – Mesa del Sol Amphitheatre: Albuquerque, NM
attendance: 12,000
support act: Supergrass
set: Of The Girl, Do The Evolution, Hail Hail, Grievance, Corduroy, Off He Goes, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Evacuation, Wishlist, Untitled, MFC, Habit, In My Tree, Daughter/(WMA), Insignificance, Better Man, Black
enc 1: Go, State of Love and Trust, Even Flow, Elderly Woman, Whipping, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: An unexpectedly powerful show with a kick ass audience. “It’s nice to have a gathering like this in Albuquerque, New Mexico … thanks for being here,” Ed greets the crowd. ‘Wishlist’ has a major lyric mishap, and Ed ends the song with “I wish I wish I wish I wasn’t the guy who forgot the words, I wish I wish I wish I wish…I guess it could be worse.” (Even Flow by contrast was pretty damn perfect.) ‘Untitled’ is very extended, and the lyrics are modified to “18 minutes or so” tonight. ‘Habit’ is also oddly extended and Ed is “speaking as a child of the earth.” Matt nails ‘In My Tree.’ McCready causes mass panic by ripping out the opening riffs to David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ while the techs deal with some issues prior to ‘RVM.’ The highlight of the show was none other than Jesse, who is probably 9 years old, and is pulled out of the audience by Ed during ‘RITFW’ and gets to dance onstage, and then on Ed’s shoulders, and then Ed runs him around to Matt’s drum riser, Matt gives him a drum stick and they play drums together. Oh, and if the kid with the tape recorder that Ed spoke into during “Yellow Ledbetter” is reading us, drop us a line. :-)

10/21/00 – Desert Sky Pavilion: Phoenix, AZ
support act: Supergrass
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Grievance, Animal, State of Love and Trust, Dissident, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Wishlist, MFC, Timeless Melody, Even Flow, Insignificance, Thin Air, (Romanza)/Better Man, Lukin, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Once, Do The Evolution, I Got Shit, Crazy Mary, Elderly Woman, Baba O’Riley
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: A very chatty evening, and just when you thought Stone Gossard couldn’t top the fashion parade, he takes the stage tonight in the famous plaid pants and a very natty cream-colored (with leopard accents) cowboy hat. (NOT kidding.) Another very Stoney evening. “How is everyone… hi. How’s everyone in the back is what we really want to know.. do you still like Seattle back there? Beautiful night for a concert. Be careful up there.” Ed greets us after ‘Dissident’ (it was pouring rain up until PJ took the stage). ‘Wishlist’ is dedicated to “Uncle John, who taught me everything I knew up until age 14, which is quite a bit, if you think about it…then my Uncle Fred, he taught me how to smoke pot, and I forgot everything Uncle John taught me… no, it was good stuff that got me through to that age, so thank you.” Ed takes the Rickenbacker and introduces ‘Timeless Melody’ as a song taught to them by Matt Cameron in Barcelona. “This next one is called ‘Gutter Punks and Whiskey’,” introduces a cranking ‘Even Flow,’ with such a dynamic solo by Mike that Stone stands there laughing and shaking his head. Ed gets the words to both ‘Wishlist’ and ‘Even Flow’ tonight, but the jury is still out as to what he sang for the first three lines of ‘Lukin.’ A small political speech begins the encore: “We’ve never thought it was our place to suggest who to vote for, but in this case – fuck it. You should vote for Ralph Nader.” Ed mentions that tomorrow’s show is the 10th anniversary of the first Pearl Jam show, “not that it’s a big deal or anything … so 10 years ago tonight we were in a basement drinking beer … Rainier beer, right?” ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ is tagged with both ‘Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love’ and ‘Eruption’ by Van Halen.
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10/22/00 – MGM Grand Arena: Las Vegas, NV
attendance: 17,157
support act: Supergrass
soundcheck: Crown of Thorns (several times), Better Man, Save It For Later (instrumental), Can’t Help Falling In Love (several times)
set: Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Breakerfall, Grievance, Last Exit, Animal, Dissident, Nothing as it Seems, Given to Fly, Wishlist, Untitled/MFC, Even Flow, Jeremy, Insignificance, Better Man, Lukin, Rearviewmirror,
enc 1: Do The Evolution, Once, Crown of Thorns, Black, Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, Elderly Woman, Mankind, Last Kiss, Porch
enc 2: Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed is apparently ill, blowing his nose and tapping himself in the head at various points in the show, as if he has a headache. After ‘Animal,’ Ed addresses the crowd, asking how many winners/losers there are in the audience (referencing gambling). He notes, “I should be included amongst the perpetual losers, but hey, I’ve a pretty good living for a loser.” There are numerous references to this being the anniversary of their ten years together. Ed says that he sent a tape to Stone and Jeff more than ten years ago and was glad they recognized the great talent (they all start laughing). He also references how he used to have the anonymity that he now so desires. The band is greeted by a sea of balloons in the front of the seated area (organized by fans) when they return to the stage for the first encore, in honor of the 10th anniversary of PJ’s very first show, and Ed breaks into a huge smile. Ed gives a lengthy speech (“I would never do this accepting a Grammy or something, but I can do this now because we’re here, and it’s just you and us …”) thanking a long list of people (including Kelly Curtis and Sony). He points out that not many bands are around for 10 years and being relevant, and says, “I mean, this might be it for us,” which is met with a deafening “boo!” and then says “No, we’ll still make music, I mean, can we still be relevant.” He concludes by thanking Stone and Jeff, providing a sweet segue into Mother Love Bone’s ‘Crown of Thorns.’ Brendan O’Brien accompanies PJ on keyboard for ‘Crown of Thorns’, ‘Black’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.’ Celebrities sidestage included Tim Burton, Dave Grohl and Nicolas Cage, who got one of Ed’s tambourines during ‘Baba.’
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10/24/00 – The Greek Theatre: Los Angeles, CA
attendance: 6,162
support act: Supergrass
set: Sometimes, Corduroy, Whipping, Grievance, Hail Hail, Animal, Light Years, Nothing As It Seems, Wishlist, Daughter/(Beautiful Way), Lukin, Not For You, Even Flow, (Romanza)/Better Man/(Save it for Later), Black, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror, Parting Ways
enc 1: Do The Evolution, State of Love and Trust, U, Crazy Mary, Fuckin’ Up
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: A very up and down show, Ed obviously battling a cold, but cracking jokes and the crowd at the front and sides on fire at the smallest venue of the tour. After ‘Light Years’ Ed speaks for the first time and saying that the venue is like “… playing someone’s back yard … the devil’s back yard.” Wild Matt fills during ‘NAIS’ and Mike playing guitar behind his head. After ‘EF,’ Ed mentions that before the show, there were two huge car company signs at the front of the stage which the venue didn’t want to remove. “We definitely didn’t want be a two hour commercial for Dodge…and they weren’t going to take it down. Actually, we could be a commercial for Dodge,” and proceeds to sing a little bit: “Can’t find a better van … or we could do one for Ford,” and then rips away at his guitar. Ed also says he was glad to play the Greek when it was still the Greek, and wasn’t the “Cisco Theater, or the Firestone Theater…” Ed plays guitar on ‘Black’ briefly. He tries to motivate the crowd during ‘DTE’ during the “hallelujah” part (“C’mon guys!”) and has trouble with the lyrics, flipping around a few lines. There is a 10-second sound outage during ‘RVM’ when the PA goes out. ‘U’ is introduced as, “We’re about to play a song that none of you know … actually these guys would know it,” pointing at some fans in the crowd. Before ‘Soon Forget,’ he says that Neil Diamond has played in this venue a lot, but he’s never played a ukulele. ‘Soon Forget’ is perfect (no clapping tonight) !
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10/25/00 – San Diego Sports Arena: San Diego, CA
attendance: 13,900
support act: Supergrass
set: Long Road, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Whipping, God’s Dice, Animal, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Wishlist, Rearviewmirror, Rival, Jeremy, Pilate, MFC, Daughter/(The Wrong Child), Soon Forget, Immortality, Insignificance, Go
enc 1: Don’t Be Shy (Ed solo), In My Tree, State of Love and Trust, Once, Elderly Woman, Black, Parting Ways
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: After ‘Animal’ Ed comments that the name of the venue is the San Diego Sports Arena, but that he questions why it’s called that, there aren’t any sports here. He says that he and Matt used to watch bands there growing up, that they never saw a sporting event. After ‘Rival,’ Ed says, “Stone wrote that song, and it should be nicknamed “growing up gay in Littleton … that’s Columbine … the next song is pre-Columbine and it’s something I read about.” ‘Soon Forget’ is prefaced with the comment: “This is as close as we’re going to get to Hawaii this tour, so we might as well break out the ukulele.” At the end of ‘Immortality,’ Ed comments that they were fortunate to play to with Matt, and Matt’s playing with them is a significant thought, and the next song is ‘Insignificance.’ ‘Don’t Be Shy’ is a Cat Stevens cover. Before playing it, Ed says that it’s nice to be in a place that he used to call home, and he said he’d been talking with a friend and that it had been a rough year, and that this song that he was about to sing was a tool that he had used to get out of feeling depressed or bad. ‘Elderly Woman’ is prefaced with, “Small Town was written for the old people who were pissed off and had angst, because Ten dealt with young people who had angst.” Finally, Ed calls the audience “fucking lucky bastards” to live in San Diego, and that he hopes the waves are good tomorrow, since they are taking Supergrass surfing. The polaroid makes its return at the second encore. Mike’s amp goes out in the middle of Ledbetter for 10 seconds. Matt had some snare problems and they switched out his snare probably 3 or 4 times, 1 of which caused a small delay in the set. Mike was once again really hamming it up for the crowd. Stone had a really good show and did some great Stone chicken head bobbing. Matt was *clearly* playing for a hometown crowd – not showing off per se, but really rocking hard for his homies. Great hometown show.
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10/27/00 – Selland Arena: Fresno, CA
support act: Supergrass
set: Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Breakerfall, Whipping, Last Exit, Hail Hail, Animal, Dissident, Nothing As It Seems, Untitled, MFC, Habit, I Got Shit, Daughter/(Another Brick In The Wall), Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Black, Parting Ways
enc 1: Soon Forget, Better Man, Insignificance, Do The Evolution, Footsteps, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Indifference, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: After ‘Dissident,’ Ed addresses the crowd, how they’ve never played Fresno but they’ve passed through it going 65-70 mph. He also mentioned that he had gone to the doctor because he’d been sick, “so the singer’s on drugs tonight” and asked if anyone else was…there were cheers and then he said, “ah Fresno, I wouldn’t expect anything less of you.” After ‘MFC,’ Ed then apparently tells a joke about an Australian guy who got a tattoo on his ass of Yogi bear. He then intro’d Habit as “this is a song about looking into a dark hole and getting sucked into it.” The “speaking as” line was, “speaking as Mike McCready with more tattoos than anyone else in the band.” During ‘Even Flow,’ Ed is smoking during the solo break, and then goes over and puts his cigarette into Mike’s mouth as he finishes. After “Black” Ed says, “That last song was about being in love and it’s all over, this next song is about something scarier, being in love and you know it’s going to end soon,” and the band goes into ‘Parting Ways.’
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10/28/00 – Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion: Devore, CA
support act: Supergrass
set: Rearviewmirror, Go, Animal, State of Love and Trust, Given To Fly, Grievance, Corduroy, Wishlist, Nothing As It Seems, Evacuation, Even Flow, Light Years, Daughter/?, Jeremy, Leatherman, Better Man, Nothingman, Spin The Black Circle, Porch
enc 1: Breakerfall, Insignificance, Elderly Woman, Crazy Mary, U, Do The Evolution
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed greets the crowd after ‘SOLAT’ with “Hello San Pedro … What? This isn’t San Pedro, Jesus it’s been a long tour.” Ed then puts on a pair of giant (3 feet tall) artificial hands during ‘GTF’ and makes hand gestures with them throughout the song. The ‘Daughter’ tag is an improv about love: “Love is better than this song … let’s hear it for love.” During ‘Porch’ Ed looks like he is trying to figure out how to get up to the lighting rig — but instead, he CROWDSURFS. Jeff looks kind of irked at this behavior. Before the first encore Ed apologized for leaving the crowd out in the cold but there was a small fight backstage. “Don’t worry, no one is quitting the band yet,” he said sarcastically. Before the first encore there were a few lawn fires started (typical for this venue), so when the band came back for the first encore, Ed said, “I’m going to be a little serious here, no I’m going to be very serious.” He mentions how a few people in the back are starting a fires and how Woodstock and was some of the most fucked-up shit he’s ever seen. During ‘Elderly Woman’ a guy jumps onstage. Once Ed realizes that he is no threat he pushes security away and let him stay onstage throughout the song. The guy is a real ham, standing between Jeff and Ed and pantomiming the lyrics. After the song, as the the guy is led away by security, Ed says: “Have a nice evening in jail young man … by the way, if you have the urge to do that, I highly recommend you don’t …” Then he comments, “Ya know … when he was leaving, I gave him a guitar pick and he turned and said to me, ‘Can I ask you a favor?’” (which gets tremendous applause because it was only due to Ed’s intervention in the first place that he wasn’t kicked off the stage immediately.) When the band came back for the second encore Ed thanked their crew for having to deal with an outdoor venue at this time of year. He then asks for a round of applause for Supergrass and mentioned how “When we first met Supergrass back in … (looks back to Jeff and Matt) Montreal! … Jesus Christ it really has been a long tour, when we first met them they said that they just couldn’t wait to play San Bernadino.” Before ‘Leatherman,’ Ed stops and addresses the crowd with one of his many long speeches of the night. He introduces each band member and mentions what they worked at before becoming famous: Mike worked in a coffee shop, Jeff worked in a pizza place, Matt worked at Kinkos (which gets a big laugh). “And then, Stone Gossard. Never worked a day in his life.” More laughter. Stone says something to Eddie. “Oh, he says he worked at a lumberyard. I’ve never heard this. (stone says something else to ed)…Ohhh!! His uncle owned the lumberyard…Can I get you some coffee, Uncle Steve?” Now it’s Ed’s turn: “And myself … well, how about this: I waited tables. My first job was construction, but I had to save my hands. The restaurant I waited for had this thing called the holy trinity. It was a meal for the cheapskates that couldn’t afford a real meal. At this particular restaurant there happened to be a LOT of cheapskates and people that didn’t tip. I’m kidding if you’re out there listening. Anyways, the holy trinity was soup, salad and bread. Here’s Pearl Jam’s holy trinity. See if you can put it together as we go.” ‘Wash’ is on the setlist but not played.
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10/30/00 – Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre: Marysville, CA
attendance: 8,000-10,000 (capacity 18,500)
support act: Supergrass
set: Whipping, Insignificance, Animal, Last Exit, State of Love and Trust, Given To Fly, Elderly Woman, Tremor Christ, Even Flow, Daughter/(?), Better Man, Jeremy, Light Years, Immortality, Do The Evolution, Brain of J, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Breakerfall, Corduroy, Last Kiss, The Kids Are Alright [full band!], Go
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: “Good evening. Cold enough for you?” Ed inquires as the band takes the stage. (It’s not quite Alpine Valley, but VERY cold.) Everyone is wearing hats or wigs. Mike has a black afro on. Ed has that big fuzzy hat he wears at the beginning of Single Video Theory when he’s punching in at the time clock. Stone has a dark Beatle-ish wig on. (Practicing for tomorrow night, perhaps!) ‘Better Man’ has one chorus of the instrumental ‘SIFL,’ not quite a tag. Two friends from down under get the Australian flag up to Ed during ‘DTE’ and he wraps himself in it, later spreading it over the monitors in front of Matt’s drumkit. When the guys return for the first encore, Ed has on the orange stocking cap that Stone wore on Letterman. After ‘Corduroy,’ Ed puts the hat on Stone, who is now wearing a wig AND a hat. “We’re gonna do a song we’ve never done together as a full band,” and Ed dedicates ‘The Kids Are Alright’ to his cousin. “This song is about desperation” introduces ‘Go’. By the time the band reaches ‘YL,’ Stone has his hooded sweatshirt over his head (over the wig and the hat) and Ed is over on the side during Mike’s solo, tying on layers, putting on gloves. Mike weaves a bit of ‘Little Wing’ into ‘YL.’ Short but brisk, fun show. Not much talking (it was cold)!
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10/31/00 – Shoreline Amphitheater: Mountain View, CA
attendance: 25,000
support act: Supergrass
set: Release, Breakerfall, Corduroy, God’s Dice, Animal, State of Love and Trust, Given to Fly, Nothing as it Seems, Wishlist, In Hiding, MFC, (Romanza)/Better Man/(Save it for Later), Even Flow, Jeremy, Insignificance, Black, Porch
enc 1: Soon Forget, Whipping, Do the Evolution, Once, Sleight of Hand, Soldier of Love, Crazy Mary, The Kids Are Alright (full band), Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter, Baba O’Riley
notes: A fairly standard set (punctuated with lots of energy and multiple simultaneous jumps from Ed and Jeff) leads to a blistering encore. “I’m already cut off, and fucking dead,” Ed growls in ‘Corduroy’. Two fans in the front are dressed as George W. Bush (in a Grim Reaper robe, with an axe) and Al Gore; Ed first notices them during ‘God’s Dice’ and flips them the bird; they get a lot of understandable attention from Ed throughout the night. ‘Wishlist’ has a very extended ending with extra lyrics (that we couldn’t hear) – something about “Eddie at 15.” After the “cracks along the walls” line in ‘In Hiding’, Ed sings “I was high as hell.” After ‘Jeremy,’ Ed says, “That song is about nine years old,” which leads to a little political interlude about how kids these days “got more ammo than homework,” and thanks to George W. Bush, “we’ll have a gun in every household.” He then points out the politically costumed fans, describing them, noting that the “George” costume has an “execution stick … [otherwise known as an axe] … George W, the “texecutioner” .. what’s really fucking scary is that he might win … if he wins, I predict we’ll be out in the streets within two years, taking our country back … There’s the electoral vote, and there’s the popular vote: to be popular, you gotta vote,” and this all goes into ‘Insignificance.’ A beautiful, perfect ‘Soon Forget’ (helped by NO CLAPPING from the audience) is dedicated to “all the dotcomers here in Silicon Valley.” After loud booing from the audience (not sure if this was pro or con), Ed says, “Hey, we know, we got ‘em in Seattle, too.” During ‘DTE’ the previously mentioned Bush and Gore costumed people are invited up on stage to dance around. Ed dances with them a bit and pretends to chop their heads off with the axe. Hilarious moment! Finally, at the beginning of the second encore the band comes out dressed as the Village People! Jeff is the construction worker, Matt is the soldier, Ed is the Indian, Stone as a policeman, and Mike as a biker. Incidently, Mike is wearing chaps, but no pants, just black underwear. Jeff goes over and pulls Mike’s underwear down in the back twice, and then finally at the end of the solo, pulls the whole thing down, and Mike has to go over in the corner and hide behind a monitor to finish the solo. Fun show.
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11/02/00 – Rose Garden: Portland, OR
support act: Supergrass
set: Sometimes, Grievance, Corduroy, Go, Hail Hail, Dissident, Evacuation, Wishlist, Better Man, Given To Fly, State of Love and Trust, Untitled, MFC, Habit, Thin Air, Even Flow, Black, Insignificance, Porch
enc 1: Soon Forget, Do The Evolution, Leatherman, Nothingman, Elderly Woman, NEW SONG!!, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Fuckin’ Up
notes: ‘Go’ has Mike spinning in circles. “Good evening, Portland,” Ed says after ‘Dissident,’ hefting the wine bottle. “I’ve got some good news, and some good news. The good news – we made it! *sarcastic snort* No, switch that. The good news is, YOU made it. The really good news is that we’ve come to Oregon … tonight, knowing we play in a swing state — you’re all swingers whether you know it or not — your vote counts!” ‘Wishlist’ has an extra verse that begins, “I wish I was the president/but I smoked too much pot …” ‘Better Man’ has no ‘SIFL’ tag but instead has a repeated refrain instead. ‘Untitled’ is extended/expanded with additional lines, probably due to some tech problems with Matt’s equipment. In ‘Habit,’ Ed falls back, comes to the front and says, “Speaking as a child from a town about five hours north of here …” The song finishes with this wicked jam in which Ed breaks a string and Mike starts moving the guitar behind his head. “That song’s about coffee in the morning, beer at night … caffeine. It’s a gateway drug.” ‘Thin Air’ is introduced as “one of the better songs about new love – I can say that because it’s written by Stone Gossard.” The magic ‘Even Flow’ 8-ball gives us: “This one’s called ‘Have A Drink On Me.” ‘Soon Forget’ has a *lengthy* dedication to Paul Allen (who owns the Rose Garden): “Are you here, Paul? You’d think he’d be here … he can get in for free! He’s kind of money conscious … but he’s not evil, I mean — You know, Neil Young had a quote about Richard Nixon, ‘even Richard Nixon has got soul’ – I could never figure that line out.” [From the song 'Campaigner']. ‘DTE’ lyric change: “They won’t let me sing in the choir.” ‘Elderly Woman’ ends and it sounds like Ed is going into a little extended ending, but instead starts singing an entirely new song, all the guys were playing, they were all playing with concentration, it was tight, this was not an improv!
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11/03/00 – Idaho Center: Nampa, ID
support act: Supergrass
set: Of The Girl, Go, Corduroy, Grievance, Last Exit, Tremor Christ, Elderly Woman, Insignificance, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, I Got Shit, (Romanza)/Better Man/?, Even Flow, Daughter, Light Years, Jeremy, Given To Fly, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Don’t Be Shy (Ed and Jeff), Black, Crazy Mary, Do The Evolution, Spin the Black Circle, State of Love and Trust, Parting Ways
enc 2: Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Great show, great crowd and Ed is obviously very pleased. Two-thirds of the people were in their seats for Supergrass! Mike is doing some serious flirting and mugging for the people in the front during ‘Last Exit.’ At one point, he gives a mischievous grin, takes a running leap on top of his monitor and falls back immediately. This is followed by another grin and he did a great butt-rock jump-kick, then falling back, laughing. Ed addresses the crowd for the first time after ‘Tremor Christ.’ “Good evening, Boise, Idaho … it’s funny because you go around meeting other bands and you know other bands, and you’re part of this musical community and they say ‘well it really great you guys have been playing 10 years, congratulations and all that and then they say, ‘God, you must have played Boise” and you go “Uh” (Ed looks off, rubbing his chin) I don’t think we did. I think we skipped them a couple of times, we cancelled (boos from the crowd). Ed continues, “That was when Mike McCready was doing the bookings, so blame him. So now they find out that you’ve never played here and they say ‘you’re not even a band’ So thanks for hanging in there with us.” Ed introduces ‘Elderly Woman’ as being about Moscow, Idaho. He draws half a heart on his chest with his finger. ‘Better Man’ is intro’ed as “a sad song to make you feel better.” Ed breaks a string and gets really into the song, jumping around until the string breaks off completely. The tag has “I know” repeated and something about being lonely or alone in the lyrics. The ‘Daughter’ tag is a echo-song; Ed sings “ooohhhh” and the crowd responds immediately and loudly. After a few oohh’s and awww’s he sings, “You’re beautiful” with the crowd responding several times and Ed smiling. Then he sings “I feel beautiful” with the crowd singing back. Very moving! ‘Light Years’ features the incredible Stone solo (and his groovy plaid pants). At one point, a guy named Ben makes it on stage and walks up to Ed. Ed asks him what his name is and how he got up there. He says he’s from Utah and promptly gets escorted off by security. To start the encore, Jeff sits with his stand-up bass, Ed sits down with his acoustic and says, “It’s uh, you just don’t know what it’s like to be at the end of this, well you probably do know what it’s like to take up a challenge and accomplish it. We’re almost home and I just hope that, after this kind of intense year it would be great to end on a great show, so I just that Seattle is at least as good as this.” He introduces ‘Don’t Be Shy’ as a song they found to help them get through hard-core depression. The wine bottle is passed to the crowd during ‘Crazy Mary’ and features a lengthy ‘Stairway to Heaven’ tag by Mike. ‘Parting Ways’ is beautiful with Matt really shining. Ed and Mike are leaning against each other, playfully pushing during ‘RITFW.’ Ed says that they would never not play Boise again.
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11/05/00 – Key Arena: Seattle, WA
attendance: 17,000
support act: Supergrass, Red Hot Chili Peppers
soundcheck: Crown of Thorns, State of Love and Trust, Timeless Melody x 3 (with Supergrass), Parting Ways (w/string section)
pre-set: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Ed solo, before Supergrass set)
set: Long Road, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Whipping, God’s Dice, Animal, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Daughter/(Bull In The Heather)/(Beautiful Way), MFC, Lukin, Wishlist, Better Man, Even Flow, Crown of Thorns, Black, Do The Evolution, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Timeless Melody [with Supergrass], Light Years, Elderly Woman, Last Exit, State of Love and Trust, Spin The Black Circle, Last Kiss, Porch
enc 2: Parting Ways [with April Cameron and Justine Foy], Yellow Ledbetter
notes: The first homecoming show. In ‘Long Road’ Ed sings, “And the skies are always grey…” Ed also mentions that sometimes it’s nice to play a show with your house key in your pocket. He later talks about how the typical Seattle weather seemed to follow them around the tour, mentioning Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego. ‘Crown of Thorns’ (once again, to everyone’s surprise) is introduced as “a song that’s older than me.” Ed and Jeff were playing this game all night, they have been doing all these jumps in tandem for the past couple of shows, but tonight they kept trying to psych each other out and pretend one was going to jump, but then they wouldn’t, and start laughing. Someone had brought a huge “VOTE BUSH” banner and hung it from the 200 level; it was removed by two industrious fans before PJ took the stage. Between ‘DTE’ and ‘Insignificance’ Ed acknowledges the previous existence of the banner and said that he couldn’t believe it, and that “Just for tonight, I hope they took them out back and roughed them up a little.” The members of Supergrass were brought out and thanked, and Gary and Ed trade verses on ‘Timeless Melody.’ WARNING – X-rated notes ahead: Afterward, Ed says, “I have a bigger cock than Flea and Patrick Ewing combined, but I don’t want to brag.” Mike illustrates this by holding his hands out to give us a visual. (This was referencing a comment Flea made earlier about how he heard that [new Seattle Sonic] Patrick Ewing had the biggest cock in Seattle, except that now he was in town.) April Cameron and Justine Foy are brought out (with hugs from Ed) to perform the string arrangement for ‘Parting Ways.’ After “Parting Ways,” Jeff grabs Ed’s wine bottle, takes a LONG swig, and then hands it over to Matt, who does likewise. ‘Ledbetter’ is lavishly tagged with ‘Little Wing’ (and there is a Jimi Hendrix photo, torn out of a magazine, taped to Mike’s amp). Really strong, powerfully played show. On the setlist but not played: ‘In Hiding’ and ‘The Kids Are Alright.’
show announcement
encore setlist scan
soundboard setlist scan – both sets

11/06/00 – Key Arena: Seattle, WA
attendance: 17,000. packed to the fuckin’ rafters.
support act: Wellwater Conspiracy, Red Hot Chili Peppers
soundcheck: Parting Ways (w/strings), others we can’t think of right now
Ed with Wellwater Conspiracy: Red Light Green Light, Felicity’s Surprise
set: Release, Corduroy, Grievance, Rearviewmirror, Hail Hail, Evacuation, Dissident, Nothing As It Seems, In Hiding, Leatherman, Better Man, Nothingman, Even Flow, Jeremy, Lukin, Not For You, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind)
enc 1: Off He Goes, Light Years, Parting Ways, Go, Once, Crazy Mary, Immortality, ALIVE!!!
enc 2: Soon Forget, The Kids Are Alright, Baba O’Riley
enc 3: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed sings two songs with Wellwater Conspiracy, dressed very dapper in that block stripe suit jacket he’s fond of. “Felicity’s Surprise” is from the forthcoming WWC record, on which Ed tells us he’s singing, before he leaves the stage. Ed then switches to a blue Eisenhower jacket for the main set. The audience is absolutely deafening, the place is packed to the rafters. Mike is doing running leaps onto his monitors during ‘RVM.’ ‘Evacuation’ is perfect, just nails the vocals. After ‘Dissident,’ Ed addresses the crowd: “Hello,” he says, waving. (Huge cheer.) Well, Seattle, this is it. One last show. We’ll never play again,” he says, with a sarcastic smirk. “Well, at least for quite a while … at least you’re better than the crowd last night.” He addresses the huge security presence down front and asks them to lay off, “Stop poking people in the shoulders after every song, they’re all right, just leave them alone.” During Mike’s ‘NAIS’ solo, the wine bottle is uncorked. “It’s been about three months now” sings Ed in ‘In Hiding.’ Tonight’s Section 8 (see: 104 in chicago and U19 in vegas) is 117, and a “Jeff, Jeff” chant arises after ‘Leatherman.’ “What??” says Ed. “I can’t hear you.” Jeff blushes madly and Ed goes over and hugs him. He uses this cue to mention about how Las Vegas was the 10th anniversary “of the first time we played the off ramp … we professed our appreciation publicly for Jeff and Stone’s long term relationship …” He then informs us “the next song was written when I was sitting on my bed when I was this tall,” and goes into ‘Better Man.’ ‘Daughter’ has an long, extended vocalization call-and-response with the crowd (like in Milan ’00). ‘Off He Goes’ is dedicated to Anthony Hurley (one of the Roskilde victims). The strings come out again for ‘Parting Ways.’ The emerald green strat is the latest McCready victim at the end of ‘Go.’ ‘Crazy Mary’ has the solo from Zep’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ overlaid at the end. ‘Immortality’ has the best Matt Cameron drum solo ever, which leads into ‘Alive;’ it seems to be more emotional for the audience than it does for the band with lots of smiles and they seem okay with it. Ed returns for the second encore alone, picks up the ukulele and says, “We’re gonna play one original and then go into ‘Heavy Metal Hits of the 70s’,” and then proceeds to play Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’ on the ukulele (I know it’s late and we’re way freaked out but I am so not making this up). He then mentions how the song is written about some local folks, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and goes into a surprisingly short rant on that subject. Following that song, Ed gives a pretty long political speech urging people to vote, but also focusing on local politics, telling the audience that the city of Seattle imposed draconian conditions on the concert being at the Arena, including tripling the band’s security costs. He ties this into the Teen Dance Ordinance and dedicates ‘TKAA’ to the people fighting it. This goes into ‘Baba,’ and then Ed thanks the Chili Peppers, Matt Cameron, the other 3/4 of Soundgarden, Wellwater, and then says: “See you at the voting booth tomorrow … if you don’t vote, let them put that on your fuckin’ gravestone: ‘John Smith, he didn’t vote’.” ‘YL’ is a total band hugfest onstage, and features the ‘Little Wing’ tag again.
show announcement
setlist scan – both sets i


11/27/00 – Royal Albert Hall, London, England (Ed with the Who)

set: I’m One, Getting In Tune, Let’s See Action [Ed with the Who], See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You [with ensemble]
notes: Stunning show, all the guests bad aside from Ed and Paul Weller (who he played ‘So Sad About Us’ with). With Ed, it was with John, Pete, Zak and Rabbit, ie no Roger, for ‘I’m One,’ then duetting with Roger on ‘Gettin’ In Tune.’ Later in the show, we got ‘Let’s See Action,’ and Ed looked like a little kid, having a great time, taking it all in, smiling, watching everyone, with a lovely, heartfelt ‘Thanks Pete’ spoken at the end. More to come.
You can see great photos and more info about the rest of the performance at Pete’s web site – click on ‘latest news’.

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