Jan. 2003 – Brad does a short Australian tour supporting the Welcome to Discovery Park album.

02/08/03 – Entertainment Centre: Brisbane, Australia

support act: Johnny Marr and The Healers
soundcheck: Not For You, Last Exit, Habit x3, SOLAT (setlist probably incomplete)
set: Can’t Keep, Go, Save You, Hail Hail, Cropduster, Corduroy, I Am Mine, Nothing As It Seems, Given to Fly, Green Disease, Even Flow, Daughter/(War), 1/2 Full, Wishlist, Better Man, Black, Blood
enc 1: The Kids Are Alright, Elderly Woman, Bushleaguer, improv, Whipping, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Crazy Mary
notes: The 2003 tour kicks off for a revved-up Australian crowd — the first Oz tour with Matt drumming. An anti-war theme runs through the show. Chairs provide seating on the floor section that is typically the open/pit area for shows at this venue. Seven Riot Act songs on the setlist but old favorites like ‘Corduroy’ get the loudest reception from the crowd. ‘Can’t Keep’ opens with a modified guitar intro. Boom is playing keyboards for this tour, and is most noticeable on ‘Save You,’ ‘I Am Mine’, ‘Black’, ‘Bushleaguer’ and ‘Crazy Mary.’ The ‘Daughter’ tag hints at Fugazi’s ‘Give Me The Cure’ (“I never thought too hard on dying before”) before Ed’s improv (“I’m an American so I always want war, but please believe me … a lot of us that don’t have nothing to do with the people on TV … on the news”) leading to the War tag a la the Seattle 2002 shows (“War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin.”). There are some rough edges and flubs. ‘Wishlist’ is plagued with forgotten lyrics, Ed forgetting twice and saying “It’s so nice that you came to our practice … by the time we get to Sydney, it’s gonna be polished, tight and boring.” ‘Wishlist’ includes the lowering of the mirrorball and ends with, “I wish I was the president … stop the war. Easy … negotiate, communicate … isn’t that what leaders are for?” ‘TKAA’ is dedicated to Pete Townshend (a show of solidarity for him) and how he was working to expose the exact thing he was arrested for (access to child pornography). Ed again has the Bush mask for ‘Bushleaguer,’ combined with a shiny, silver jacket. ‘Crazy Mary’ is an amazing long version including Mike’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ outro. Ed is smoking and drinking red wine, sharing it with the crowd, as in prior shows, during ‘Crazy Mary’ (“Take a bottle, drink it down … pass it around.”) This is the first show where mp3s were made available for download via the Ten Club for members who ordered the CDs. The sound files were available the day following the show.
[Merchandise note: some new items include a program, "no war 2003" dog tag, skateboard deck and there is an Ames poster with a surfing theme (limit 1/person).]

02/09/03 – Entertainment Centre: Brisbane, Australia

support act: Johnny Marr and The Healers
set: Of the Girl, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Save You, Ghost, Nothing As It Seems, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, Given To Fly, Lukin, Not For You, Thumbing My Way, You Are, Even Flow, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Free Jazz, Do the Evolution, Last Exit, Elderly Woman, Better Man, Once
enc 2: Soon Forget, Last Kiss, Rockin’ in the Free World
notes: Tonight’s show has more of an “old school” vibe with a better energy and enthusiasm all around and a solid setlist … especially the opening songs. Mike is doing the Townshend scissor kicks and Jeff is doing his jump in the air with both his legs horizontal to one side. After a false start (dismissed as “It’s beginning of the tour you know, hey!”), ‘You Are’ unfolds with layered guitar effects, Matt’s fine drumming style and nice lighting. The first encore begins with “a little something we’ve worked on … we’d like to debut it here …” leading to something called ‘Free Jazz’ that seems to need a little more work. Ed relates a tale about how Jeff’s brother was taking photos for the Vs. album artwork and he took a photo of a woman who “looked pretty good for 45.” They didn’t get her permission, the record came out and she was upset as being the “Elderly Woman.” She sued and they settled. Ed extends ‘Better Man’ with a little addition: “Let’s do that part together” and he tries to get some audience singing participation going. The mini-Telecaster ukulele accompanies Ed for ‘Soon Forget’ and he talks about how the Americans try to clap and they do it off tempo; he asks the crowd to get the tempo right or not clap. Half through the song he tells them he cannot hear the uke and to clap more quietly. Upon finishing, he apologizes: “I was the one with the tempo problem tonight!” Ed has two tambourines for ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ (which was requested “on the street”),banging them together and busting the skin of one.

02/11/03 – Entertainment Centre: Sydney, Australia
attendance: 12,000
support act: Betchadupa, Johnny Marr and The Healers
soundcheck: Sometimes, Light Years, Love Boat Captain, Spin the Black Circle, Thin Air, State of Love and Trust, Indifference
pre-set: Dead Man, Thumbing My Way, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo, before Betchadupa)
set: Long Road, Grievance, Corduroy, Save You, Get Right, I Am Mine, Immortality, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Wishlist, Thumbing My Way, You Are, Breakerfall/Not For You, Untitled/MFC, Do The Evolution, Spin The Black Circle
enc 1: Love Boat Captain, Better Man, Down, Black, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Indifference
notes: Ed provides the first preset of this tour, with ‘Thumbing My Way’ incomplete due to a guitar tuning problem. ‘Grievance’ is a highlight with Ed enjoying it (“… don’t give blood and fuck me”) and Mike jumping. ‘Get Right’ is played for the first time on this tour, but sounds a little rough. ‘I Am Mine’ is a crowd favorite. Ed greets the crowd and speaks to the issue of three shows in one venue. Then, “This is one we haven’t played in a while and it’s called Immortality,” with an early placement in the setlist and quite lovely but not full on. Great crowd reaction to ‘Given To Fly’ and ‘Even Flow.’ ‘Wishlist’ is a clapalong song with “65 billion hands upraised” and a jam in the middle (including a little ‘Beast of Burden’ and a hint of ‘Waiting on a Friend’). “Actually I tried this one earlier for some of you so …” leads to a full ‘Thumbing My Way.’ Stone’s solo during ‘DTE’ is modified. Upon returning for the encore, Ed wisecracks: “All right we’re just gonna play one more cause we have two more shows to do the next two nights so …” (crowd boos). Oh, fuck those guys the next two nights!” (big cheers) Actually we did enjoy Brisbane … deal with it. And in Brisbane we insulted New Zealand, too … that always goes over well.” He brings Mark Richards (surfer) up to the stage for a glass of wine, calling him a hero. Ed finishes his cigarette (“This is the only place in this building you can smoke without getting a $500 fine.”) He notes that it is hard to quit smoking “when there’s a Bush in office”; that he should have quit when Clinton was in office. He further comments that it seems like Australia’s prime minister is giving George Bush a blowjob (crowd cheers) with your (the Australian’s) lips. After ‘Better Man,’ Ed notes, “We’ll give you a cold appetizer … this is a B-side off our last record,” leading to a lovely version of ‘Down.’ A beautiful ‘Indifference’ closes this pleasing setlist ending, “How much difference does it make? It makes a difference … be strong.”

02/13/03 – Entertainment Centre: Sydney, Australia

support act: Betchadupa, Johnny Marr and The Healers
preset: Dead Man, Thumbing My Way (Ed solo)
I See Red (Ed with Betchadupa)
set: Sometimes, Go, Last Exit, Insignificance, Nothing As It Seems, Cropduster, Even Flow, Corduroy, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, Jeremy, Habit, Light Years, Off He Goes, 1/2 Full, Grievance, Do The Evolution, Save You
enc 1: Last Kiss, Daughter, Elderly Woman, Once, Blood
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed takes the stage before Betchadupa, playing ‘Dead Man’ and ‘Thumbing My Way’ “in appreciation of all the people who turned up early.” He also joins Betchadupa for ‘I See Red’ with Liam introducing, “This is a song about an uncle and tonight we’re gonna play it with another uncle.” At the end, Liam says, “Thanks, Uncle Ed.” ;)
A hybrid version of ‘Jeremy’ surfaces for the first time on this tour and the band tries to get a little enthusiasm from the crowd (with some success). Ed tells the crowd they can go to the bathroom as they are going to play a quiet one about a “friend who just won’t stick around” leading to a sweet ‘Off He Goes.’ ‘DTE’ features some great dance moves … Ed even pulls off the moon walk. He sings, “I am the first man to have PMS.” His voice is strong and he’s having a great time. At the top of the encore, Aussie surfer Mark Richards comes to the stage again to share some wine with Ed. Instead of a ‘Daughter’ tag, there’s a mini-jam (‘Get Off Of My Cloud’) leading to a call/respond thing (similar to Milan 2000). Ed introduces Stone before ‘Elderly Woman’ and Ed seems to get a little lost during the song. Ed is smoking on stage and people are cheering because he is breaking the no smoking rules. Ed tells them that Mike deserves the cheers because he has quit smoking, which leads to more cheers and a “quit, quit, quit” chant directed at Ed. Ed dons the Bill Gates mask, then places it on Jeff’s mic for ‘Soon Forget.’ He talks about Charles Darwin’s birthday and creationists, saying that apes evolved from creationists. He struggles with ‘Soon Forget’ (“I’ve never been this close to Bill Gates before – it makes me nervous … it’s not coming to me at all”), but finds the chords and lyrics and finishes the song. ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ caps the show, the first playing of this song this tour.
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02/14/03 – Entertainment Centre: Sydney, Australia

support act: Betchadupa, Johnny Marr and The Healers
preset: Patriot, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)
History Never Repeats (Ed with Betchadupa after he videotaped some of their performance)
set: Can’t Keep, Save You, Hail Hail, Corduroy, Grievance, Ghost, Cropduster, Dissident, Given To Fly, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, Wishlist, Thumbing My Way, Better Man, Lukin, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Bushleaguer, Daughter/(War), Black, Do The Evolution, Alive
enc 2: The Kids Are Alright (Ed solo), Yellow Ledbetter
notes: This show was relayed to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne radio (similar to the third Melbourne show in 1998). Although described by those who took in all three Sydney shows as more powerful, a few songs (‘Thumbing My Way’ and ‘Ghost’ for example) are still not really delighting all fans. A powerful start but the momentum lags with ‘Cropduster’ followed by ‘Dissident.’ After some guitar noodling and Ed’s commenting that he can’t hear his guitar, he introduces ‘Thumbing My Way’ as a song about hitchhiking your way through a broken heart. The whole band is on, even Stone really getting into his solos, and seemed a bit flat the first two nights. Humorous changes to ‘DTE:’ “Those ignorant Maoris got nothing on me” and “I am the first man to play my penis!” The silver jacket and Bush mask are back for ‘Bushleaguer.’ Introduced with, “Ah, we just got an idea here,” ‘Alive’ finally makes the setlist, bringing everyone to their feet. Ed starts to bag on Adelaide at the top of the second encore, then speaks of that weekend’s worldwide peace marches and how George Bush and the Republican administration doesn’t represent the band. He shows the crowd the surfboard that Mark Richards gave him and says that if it is crowded surfing and someone gives him a wave, he’ll give them backstage passes. Ed talks again about Pete Townshend, what an inspiration he’s been, the child porn allegations and how they’ll get sorted out, leading to ‘TKAA.’

02/16/03 – Entertainment Centre: Adelaide, Australia
attendance: 10,097
support act: Johnny Marr and The Healers
soundcheck: Oceans (partial), In Hiding, Help Help, Gimme Some Truth (x2), Nothingman, Smile, Bushleaguer
set: Love Boat Captain, Corduroy, Save You, Hail Hail, Help Help, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Better Man, You Are, Green Disease/Not For You, Thumbing My Way, Given to Fly, Elderly Woman, Insignificance, Go
enc 1: Bushleaguer, Do the Evolution, Last Kiss, Black, Crazy Mary, State of Love and Trust
enc 2: singalong, Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter, Rockin’ in the Free World
notes: Unusual ‘LBC’ opener debuts before a capacity Adelaide crowd leading to a stellar ‘Corduroy’ that gets the crowd going. After ‘Hail Hail,’ Ed expresses his emotions regarding the 100,000-people turnout at the anti-war protest just hours earlier in Adelaide’s Victoria Square: “What a great day! I think this is one of the greatest weekends in my lifetime … in our lifetimes. This weekend the biggest protest since the Vietnam war went down. You’ve got maybe 8 million people in over 600 countries coming out to protest the war. That’s something to be toasted to and thankful for … you should be very proud.” ‘Help Help’ makes its debut, similar to the album version but no Stone backing vocals. Again, Ed lets the crowd sing part of the first verse of “Better Man.’ ‘Not For You’ is amazing (“small my table, seats all of us; got so crowded but you we trust”). During the middle part, Mike rolls on the floor and stays there, jamming, joined by Ed soon after! ‘GTF’ lyrically references a female (“she” and “her”) rather than a male persona. Ed sings the first verse of ‘Elderly Woman’ twice, commenting “Did I fuck it up?” ‘Insignificance’ is introduced as a song about a small town “near where we come from” with a plant where a lot of people work making planes (Boeing).The Bush mask is again worn by Ed during ‘Bushleaguer’ and a a blasting ‘Do The Evolution’ follow. The band turns around for ‘Last Kiss,’ playing for “… those less privileged people, those people in the back.” Ed’s wine bottle is passed around the front rows during ‘Crazy Mary’ and, after constant requests all night, ‘State’ appears for the first time this tour. Ed returns alone to attempt a crowd singalong of John Lennon’s ‘Give Peace a Chance.’ Ed is wearing a sleeveless shirt with a photo of Bush and John Howard on it. Ed introduces “Luke the Uke” to Adelaide, then struggles with ‘Soon Forget’ again, but provides Townshend-style windmills and jumps. ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ sees the house lights on, and, to everyone’s amazement, the band jumps straight into ‘Rockin In The Free World’ (thanks to Stone), the crowd going nuts, Ed jumping on speaker stacks, Mike running around the back and Matt tossing out drumsticks. Very up show with Ed dancing and Stone lively and laughing.
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02/18/03 – Rod Laver Arena: Melbourne, Australia
support act: Johnny Marr and The Healers
soundcheck: Get Right, Tremor Christ, Leatherman, ? (Clash cover?)
set: Better Man, Go, Save You, Tremor Christ, Given To Fly, Corduroy, Get Right, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, Wishlist, Jeremy, You Are, Whipping, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc: Off He Goes, Elderly Woman, Last Kiss, Black, Leatherman, Do The Evolution, Baba O’Riley
notes: Unusual ‘Better Man’ opener; the crowd gets to sing the first verse. Animated Mike with solos behind his head for ‘Go,’ flicking out picks to the crowd, jumps and kicks throughout the show. Ed gets a great response to his “No War No Way” t-shirt early in the set when he shows it to the crowd. Ed makes a point of introducing Matt to the Melbourne crowd as being his first time here (with PJ), and later introduces Boom to the crowd. The mirrorball drops down for ‘Wishlist,’ with stars as a backdrop on the screen behind the band. Ed sings, “I wish I were the sound of so many protestor’s hands upraised toward the sky,” and there’s a little extended guitar ending. ‘Tremor Christ’ is a surprise. Emotional version of ‘Off He Goes’. Apparently members of Anthony Hurley’s family were stage right throughout the show. After ‘Elderly Woman,’ Ed acknowledges those in the back with the “big fucking poster with writing on it.” (The sign says, “drop the leash”.) He continues, “We’re only pointing them out because it’s good to see there’s still dreamers alive in the year 2003. Don’t remember the chords … don’t remember the words … remember the feeling.” After an emotional ‘Black,’ Ed and Stone applaud Mike’s solo. Ed introduces Mike, Stone and the “still victorious Jeff Ament.” Then he mentions that Mike and Jeff are at the same level … they are both victorious, leading to a song that sounds like it could be about a guy from Australia: ‘Leatherman.’ An audience member invades the stage during ‘DTE.’ Security tries to remove him but Ed encourages him to sing along, places the mask on him and Ed attempts to dance with him. He falls to his knees in mock embarrassment, Ed promptly jumps on his shoulders and he holds Ed up for quite a while as Ed sings. He “throws” Ed off and Ed responds with mock wrestling moves. Ed pushes him back on his knees and sings into his face. At the end of the song he leaves after hugging Ed, Jeff and Mike; Ed quips, “I hope they feed you in jail.” (A number of others try to invade the stage but are stopped by security.) This seemed to bring up the energy for Baba to close with full house lights up.

02/19/03 – Rod Laver Arena: Melbourne, Australia
support act: Johnny Marr and The Healers
soundcheck: Sleight Of Hand, Rival, Breath, misc riffs, Throw Your Arms Around Me
set: Elderly Woman, Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Save You, Given To Fly, Cropduster, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, Lukin/Not For You, Light Years, You Are, Daughter/(Another Brick In The Wall), I Got Shit, 1/2 Full, Once, Blood
enc 1: Bushleaguer, Sleight Of Hand, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Do The Evolution, Spin The Black Circle
enc 2: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Alive, Fuckin’ Up
notes: ‘Lukin’ is introduced as a song about “a guy from Seattle;” Ed says, “… in Seattle, there is no mayor of Seattle, just like you don’t have a prime minister … you have a prostitute” (crowd cheers). ‘Not For You’ has changed lyrics: “Small my table, hotel room. Got so crowded, room 302.” ‘Light Years’ is introduced as a song they don’t play that often. The ending is modified with additional lyrics: “Ah, we remember you … every day we remember you … remember … we remember you.” The long ‘Daughter’ tag starts out as an Ed call/crowd response chant leading to ‘Another Brick In The Wall.’ A nicely done ‘I Got Shit’ makes a welcome return. Ed speaks to getting out of the city and listening to the voices in nature, leading to ’1/2 Full.’ Mike really gets into the solo and Ed signals to Matt, Jeff and Stone to extend it out so Mike can continue while the others watch. After ‘Bushleaguer,’ Ed asks, “Think we’re being too hard on him?” The crowd yells, “No” and Ed says, “I don’t either.” Ed requests his lyric book, leading to a lovely ‘Sleight Of Hand.’ ‘Better Man’ has a full ‘Save It For Later’ tag. Upon returning for the second encore, Ed says that his blue SG is named “Rebecca,” and then says it isn’t but he has a friend named Rebecca who is there and he wanted her to hear her name. Then he says it will be called “Rebecca” from then on. ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ is just Ed and Boom playing. Solid show with a good vibe between PJ and the crowd.

02/20/03 – Rod Laver Arena: Melbourne, Australia
support act: Johnny Marr and The Healers
set: Can’t Keep, Breakerfall, Save You, Ghost, Dissident, Elderly Woman, Corduroy, Even Flow, Love Boat Captain, I Am Mine, Thumbing My Way, Wishlist, Better Man, Rival, Whipping, Insignificance, Porch
enc 1: Do The Evolution, Know Your Rights, Breath, Footsteps, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: PJ’s last night in Melbourne finds the band in good form. Super version of ‘Ghost,’ nice jam in ‘Corduroy’ and wonderful ‘Even Flow’ guitarwork with good interplay between Mike and Jeff. ‘Wishlist’ has some lyrical changes (including, “I wish I was the full moon shining off your electric car’s hood”) and is extended: “I wish I was the president, keep us out of war, that’s what friends are for, that’s what leaders are for, that’s what love is for …” The crowd really gets into singing ‘Better Man,’ prompting Ed to praise the audience. He says he got a call from John Howard (Australia’s prime minister) and that he had a “deep desire to perform oral sex on myself …” and that he apparently has a thing for American men lately, leading to ‘Rival.’ ‘Whipping’ is introduced as something our president needs. ‘Porch’ closes the main set, with a long jam and a call/respond thing with the crowd. Ed is wearing the silver jacket and Bush mask, removes it during ‘DTE’ and has a smooth wrestling mask beneath. ‘Know Your Rights’ (“This is a public service announcement … with guitar!!!”, a Clash song from Combat Rock) seems fitting and sounds like it must just tear up Ed’s voice; very nice rendition musically. Followed by ‘Breath,’ ‘Footsteps’ (outstanding) and ‘RVM,’ this is one great encore. For the second encore, Ed returns with the uke, saying it is a ukulele disguised as a Fender stratocaster, leading to ‘Soon Forget,’ and the show closes with ‘Yellow Ledbetter.’
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02/23/03 – Burswood Dome: Perth, Australia
attendance: 19,000
support act: Johnny Marr and The Healers
soundcheck: Breakerfall, Habit, You Are, Get Right, All Or None, Down, Smile, Throw Your Arms Around Me (x2; Ed with Mark Seymour)
set: Long Road, Save You, Gods’ Dice, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Get Right, Cropduster, Jeremy, Elderly Woman, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, MFC, improv/Habit, You Are, Wishlist, 1/2 Full, Insignificance, Go
enc 1: Do The Evolution, Better Man, Daughter, Crazy Mary
enc 2: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Alive, Fortunate Son
notes: Ed addresses the crowd after ‘Corduroy’ and notes that Perth is the last stop on the Australian tour and “save the best for last.” There are several lyrical changes, customized for the local crowd. Ed asks for a little help singing along for ‘Jeremy.’ ‘Elderly Woman’ is dedicated to anyone from Yallingup (a small southwest Australia town popular with surfers). A new intro/improv leads to a rocking ‘Habit’ with growling vocals. At the start of the first encore, Ed mentions a friend of his (Luc Longley, pro basketball player) working to save Ningaloo Reef from development and how to provide support and help. This leads straight into ‘DTE’ which includes a verse with the John Howard mask on and a crotch grab. Trying something not on the list: ‘Crazy Mary,’ a clean, long version with first Boom and then Mike soloing. Ed passes his wine bottle to Longley, and then along the front row. The second encore sees a first time meeting with Ed and Mark Seymour of Hunters and Collectors. Ed says he had been singing one of his songs around the campfire forever. With Mark on acoustic guitar, they perform a duet, ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me,’ a very different, slower version with nice harmonies. ‘Alive’ brings the house down; it is cut a bit short due to apparent time constraints. Johnny Marr joins takes the stage for ‘Fortunate Son,’ a classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song with fitting lyrics for the times, bringing the Australian tour to a close.

02/28/03 – Izumity 21 (Sun Plaza): Sendai, Japan

set: Of The Girl, Immortality, Insignificance, 1/2 Full, Cropduster, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, Save You, You Are, Love Boat Captain, I Am Mine, Better Man, Lukin, Brain Of J, Grievance, Blood, Do The Evolution
enc 1: Bushleaguer, Thumbing My Way, Black, U, Last Kiss, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Soon Forget, Corduroy, Crazy Mary, Porch
notes: Unique venue with seats slanted like a steep movie theater and a center walkway splitting the upper and lower areas. The upper level was completely empty and there is a very small crowd (between 800-1,000). Unusual setlist, i.e., ‘Immortality’ as a second song and ‘Corduroy’ in the second encore. A rare quiet opening few songs with very little chat but some different guitar arrangements toward the end of ‘Of The Girl’ and ‘Immortality.’ Ed thanks the crowd in Japanese (“arigato”) at the end of ‘Cropduster’ and introduces Jeff and Mike. The crowd shouts out various things (probably requests) and Ed tries to hear them and says they don’t understand that much Japanese. After ‘Black,’ Ed says, “This is probably the least amount of people we’ve played to in quite a long time; it’s also the best it’s felt in quite a long time.” He adds, “Soundcheck didn’t feel good at all but once you guys were here, it’s been great.” And, noting it is the first show in Japan, “We forgot how early you’re supposed to start so we feel like we should play up until about 11:30 … and I think some of the folks must have come from work ’cause I see more ties than usual. I think if you wear the same clothes tomorrow, you’ll be all right. They won’t even notice.” The crowd provides absolute silence for the start of ‘Soon Forget,’ which is near-perfect. Boom takes a big solo in ‘Crazy Mary.’ ‘Porch’ is a big closer, with Ed chanting, “Hey, ho – let’s go,” near the end. Technically well-executed, performance before a crowd that may seem somewhat reserved in terms of making noise (and following the no smoking, no screaming, etc. rules), but make up for it with movement to the music.

03/01/03 – Pacifico Yokohama: Yokohama, Japan
attendance: approx. 5,000

set: Love Boat Captain, Even Flow, Save You, Cropduster, Corduroy, I Am Mine, Rival, Given To Fly, Wishlist, Jeremy, You Are, Untitled/MFC, Whipping, I Got Shit, State of Love and Trust, Grievance, Go
enc 1: Last Exit, Do The Evolution, Down, Elderly Woman, Daughter, Alive
enc 2: Indifference, Baba O’Riley
notes: After ‘Corduroy,’ Ed thanks the crowd for lining up in pouring rain for the show. (Seats were reserved; the doors opened late.) Ed’s voice in excellent form. Tonight’s ‘Wishlist’ car is “Toyota” and Ed does a really lovely playout to finish. ‘Untitled’ has a verse filled with different lyrics:
“I wanna see your passenger she smiles; that’s going on have to be anywhere for a while; walk the mile with me I said; run the mile with me I said.”
This venue is very high with two balconies. Ed makes a toast to the people in the second level and dedicates ‘I Got Shit’ to the people in the third level: “This song is called I Got Shit … like you got shit seats.” He comments on a higher level where the lighting trusses are (“I got a shit job.”) and asks them to light the stage. “Give us some light or you’re fired … I’d like a spotlight on me for the beginning of this song.” The lighting guy doesn’t understand, but after a short time, the spotlight hits Ed and the song begins. ‘DTE’ is a bit troubled with Stone totally missing his solo and Ed sings, “I am the first man to fuck up twice.” Stone quips after the song ends, “Can we sing in the choir now?” and there is much amusement among the band. This leads to the “b-side,” ‘Down,’ and the band seems to be having a lot of fun with this one. ‘Baba O’Riley’ closes the show, with the crowd singing the chorus.

03/03/03 – Budokan: Tokyo, Japan [140m]
attendance: approx. 8,000
set: Release, Can’t Keep, Even Flow, Save You, Hail Hail, Dissident, Love Boat Captain, Elderly Woman, Given To Fly, Lukin/Not For You, Daughter/(War)/(Androgynous Mind), You Are, I Am Mine, Better Man, Corduroy, Do The Evolution, Blood
enc 1: Bushleaguer, Know Your Rights, Go, Black, U, Breath, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Don’t Be Shy, Soon Forget, Last Kiss, Yellow Ledbetter, Alive
notes: Much anticipation over this appearance at the legendary Budokan and the show doesn’t disappoint. A stunning ‘Release’ flows into the next few songs with a great energy, Ed’s voice in good form and little chat until the end of a fast ‘Hail Hail,’ when Ed tries out some Japanese he’s obviously worked on since the previous two shows. He also throws in a humorous, “Hablas Español?” The transition from a snappy ‘Lukin’ to ‘Not For You’ is beautifully seamless. ‘Daughter’ evolves into some chanting, the ‘War’ tag (including a repetitive call out and respond of “no war”); then the “Hey, hey, it’s OK” part of Sonic Youth’s ‘Androgynous Mind’ followed by, “please let it be OK.” Ed’s effort at getting crowd singalongs going (most notably at the start of ‘Better Man’) are unsuccessful. He introduces the band members and adds (laughing), “Soundgarden, Budokan – no. Matt Cameron, Pearl Jam, Budokan – yes.” The first encore begins with everyone on stage except Ed, who arrives with the mask and silver jacket. He impales the mask on the mic stand, finishing the song by placing his cigarette in Bush’s mask and dumping copious amounts of wine down the mouth. He grabs the mask, gives it a long kiss, turns the mic stand upside down (with the mask on it) and uses his foot to scrape the mask off. For ‘Know Your Rights’ (which no one in the crowd seemed to recognize), Ed unfurls a scroll and begins, “This is a public service announcement …” reading as if a town crier. He refers to the scroll several times (obviously for lyrics) during the song, finishing with, “Joe Strummer said that.” Ed starts off the second encore with a lovely solo performance of Cat Stevens’ ‘Don’t Be Shy.’ A ‘Hungerstrike’ riff is followed by ‘YL,’ which, is not the closing song … ‘Alive’ surprises everyone with an extended jam. Charged show with great energy from the band and from an unusually orderly, polite crowd.

03/04/03 – Koseinenkin Kaikan: Osaka, Japan [150m]
attendance: 2,400

set: Oceans, Love Boat Captain, Do The Evolution, Ghost, Even Flow, Grievance, Off He Goes, Wishlist, 1/2 Full, Once, Nothingman, Leatherman, Better Man, Insignificance, Go, I Am Mine, Thumbing My Way, Faithfull, Porch, Save You
enc 1: Breakerfall, Corduroy, Thin Air, Elderly Woman, State of Love and Trust, All or None
enc 2: Last Kiss, Smile, Alive
notes: A heartwrenchingly beautiful ‘Oceans’ opens. The entire band converges and chats between songs, making up the setlist as they go and creating one that is unusual. ‘Wishlist’ has an outstanding extended ending with added lyrics. The “man” trilogy is introduced by Ed in Japanese. Porch is a highlight with the long jam in the middle and Ed throwing in a bit of an improv (call/response with audience then, “hey, ho, let’s go) … then really getting into the last verse (though missing the lyrics). While this would normally end the set, Ed runs around to the others as they’re taking off their guitars imploring them to stay for one more. Feeding off the now frenzied crowd, they rip through a great version of ‘Save You.’ Fans near the back shout for ‘Daughter’ with Ed saying, “… like ‘Daughter” leading to ‘Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town.’ A rocking ‘State of Love and Trust’ follows, with ‘All or None’ next, killing the momentum. To open the second encore, Ed takes the stage and says the next song is for someone he met at the train station that day. This leads to a solo version of ‘Last Kiss,’ but Ed has trouble as the guitar is not plugged in fully. A tech runs out and pops the plug in much to Ed’s chagrin, and he restarts the song. Ed introduces Jeff as “Stone Gossard” and Stone as “Jeff Ament” (they have changed positions with Jeff on lead and Stone on bass), leading to ‘Smile.’ Mike plays a few bars of ‘Jumping Jack Flash,’ providing time for Jeff and Stone to get back to their regular spots and guitars, leading to ‘Alive.’

03/06/03 – Nagoyashi Kokaido: Nagoya, Japan

set: Given To Fly, Last Exit, Brain of J, Insignificance, Even Flow, Love Boat Captain, I Am Mine, Get Right, MFC, Improv, Immortality, You Are, Light Years, Green Disease, Daughter, Lukin, Spin The Black Circle, Save You
enc 1: Bushleaguer, Whipping, Better Man, Footsteps, Crazy Mary, Down, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter, Rockin’ in the Free World
notes: The most intimate venue of this tour … much more of a small venue feel than Sendai, on a college campus and not even sold out with many empty seats in the balcony circling the main floor. ‘Given to Fly is a bit of a shock as the opener, but it works rather well. Given that opening, the band takes off running, hardly coming up for air the first six songs. After ‘Even Flow,’ a woman (Chino?) takes the stage to translate Ed’s comments to the crowd in Japanese. A haunting instrumental improv, nearly 6 minutes in length, follows ‘MFC.’ There is some speculation that this was to give Ed a break as he seems to be having vocal problems. ‘Immortality’ is jammed out differently toward the end. ‘Light Years’ starts off in the wrong key but they gradually get it worked out. Ed’s voice seems really rough during ‘STBC’ (and later during the intro to ‘Better Man’). After ‘Bushleaguer,’ Chino translates again, much to the crowd’s pleasure. A few notes of ‘Hungerstrike’ are played; then the band launches into ‘Whipping.’ Boom again has a big solo during ‘Crazy Mary.’ Chino speaks again at the start of the second encore. Ed calls out to her again after “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and she translates more, leading to a singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jeff and Stone giving him a small cake. ‘Alive’ doesn’t have as long a jam as the previous shows, the lights are up for ‘YL’ (with some different lyrics) and everyone is surprised when ‘RITFW’ follows.Good show with some surprises and outstanding slow songs (improv, ‘Immortality,’ ‘You Are’ series is great), but less energy than the other Japan shows … yet a moody atmosphere.
That concludes the South Pacific shows. One final note: during many of the shows, one of the techs would hold up a sign with a “$” on it toward the band. Some speculate that this meant that song was a “good take” for the video that was obviously being made (there are numerous cameras). Perhaps another DVD … a few live clips are appearing on the video section of the Ten Club site already.
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04/01/03 – Pepsi Center: Denver, CO
attendance: 12,000
support act: Sleater-Kinney

set: Love Boat Captain, Hail Hail, Save You, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Thin Air, Help Help, You Are, I Am Mine, SUV improv/Green Disease, Wishlist, Better Man, Insignificance, Do The Evolution, Porch
enc 1: Thumbing My Way, Black, Bushleaguer, Daughter, Go
enc 2: Soon Forget, Crazy Mary, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Ed jokes after ‘Even Flow’ about how this is the opening date of their “farewell tour” in Salt Lake City and how it was good to see the support for the opening band. He says that Stone wrote the next one and the original title was “Falling in Love at 6,000 Feet.” The improv before ‘Green Disease’ is very short and starts out with, “Don’t drive me, I’m an SUV …” Ed talks about someone who was in the armed forces during Vietnam and how Ed asked him how he felt about the current world situation. He is interrupted and says, “Did somebody say “shut up”? I don’t know if you heard about this thing … it’s called freedom of speech. It’s worth thinking about cuz it’s going away. So in the last year of being able to use it, I’m sure as fuck going to use it.” Then he continues to relate about the woes of war and how his friend didn’t feel like we’ve evolved at all and how we need to come together in a good way, leading to ‘DTE.’ A bit of Sleater-Kinney’s ‘Dig Me Out’ is worked into ‘Porch.’ The Bush mask takes a familiar throttling during ‘Bushleaguer.’ (A few people left during or after ‘Bushleaguer.’ The press made a huge issue of it.) Quite a lot of wine consumed and that, combined with the “shy uke” and high altitude, lead to a rough ‘Soon Forget.’ Ed asks if the crowd is allowed to drink and he says he feels better when they reply affirmatively ;) The lovely ‘Crazy Mary’ gets the wine bottle passed around and a stellar ‘RITFW’ closes the opener of PJ’s North American tour.
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04/03/03 – Ford Center: Oklahoma City, OK

support act: Sleater-Kinney

set: Long Road, Grievance, Jools and Jim (Pete Townshend), Corduroy, Save You, Given To Fly, Dissident, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, 1/2 Full, Not For You, Off He Goes, Elderly Woman, Untitled/MFC, Happy Birthday, Drifting, Get Right, Deep!, Blood
enc 1: Better Man, Daughter/(War), Do The Evolution, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: The ending of the Pete Townshend song ‘Jools and Jim’ (from the Empty Glass glass album, where Pete sings “Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, O-K”) is played before ‘Corduroy.’ After ‘Save You,’ Ed speaks:

“Glad you could all be with us tonight. There’s a lot of “fucks” in that last song. And it’s fucking great to be here. And “fuck” is a great fucking word. And it seems like ten years ago, freedom of speech, it all had to do with whether you could say “fuck” or not. Cuz it is, it’s a word that’s worth fighting for, ya know, ya say fuck him, fuck her, fuck me, fuck! Then great ways to say it: “That’s fuckin’ beautiful.” Fuck. I personally can’t say I ever said it this way, but I’m sure you could say, “Let’s fuck.” But now freedom of speech it has, uh, it has a lot to do with much bigger issues. And uh, somehow, we played a show last night and it’s been misconstrued. They said, uh, 24 people left because they were upset at a, uh, anti-Bush administration remark. [crowd boos] You’re booing the story, right, not me? Let’s clarify that. You know you could have written that story differently and you could have said 11,972 people cheered and applauded at what the singer said … we pledged our support and love to the troops. Ya know, how could we not be for the military? Look at this fuckin’ haircut. [cheers] So, uh, no matter what it is, no matter how you feel, I think it’s important for people to be able to protest, say what they feel, and put public pressure, put pressure on politicians and government just so that they will do a better job. There’s nothing anti-patriotic about that. Because their job affects our families, our safety, our security, our relatives who are in the military, our friends, it affects everyone, so we have a right to be a voice and be part of that, I would think, as part of a democracy. That’s all we wanted to say, this is ‘Given to Fly’.”

Due to technical problems (“Mike apparently blew up one of his guitar amps”), we get the uke early for ‘Happy Birthday’ to Chris (Ed’s brother) and again for Kille instead of ‘Soon Forget,’ followed by a little guitar and uke noodling (including Jeff doing a ‘Satan’s Bed’ riff). Ed says ‘Drifting’ was written while flying over Oklahoma. ‘Deep’ is a surprise; hasn’t been played at a show in more than seven years. Mike’s solo during ’1/2 Full’ is amazing. ‘Elderly Woman’ is dedicated to the folks in Chickasaw, which isn’t that small of a town, but still a nice sentiment. Tons of windmills by Ed throughout the show and jumping up and down with Jeff. Before the ‘Daughter’ tag, Ed speaks of how Edwin Starr (who wrote ‘War’) passed away the previous day. After ‘Alive,’ Ed asks that the light be brought up to make sure that no one has “stormed out of the exits … for the record.” The band is very on, minus the technical problems.

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04/05/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Selma (San Antonio), TX
attendance: 12,219
support act: Sleater-Kinney
soundcheck: Of The Girl, Black, U, Animal, Jeremy
set: Of The Girl, (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Last Exit, Love Boat Captain, Cropduster, Happy Birthday, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Wishlist, Lukin/Grievance, Animal, Given To Fly, Faithfull, Black, Insignificance, Save You, Spin The Black Circle
enc 1: Last Kiss, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Crazy Mary, Happy Birthday, improv, Do The Evolution
enc 2: I Am A Patriot, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter, Baba O’Riley
notes: After ‘Cropduster,’ Ed tells San Antonio “howdy” and recognizes Mike’s birthday, playing ‘Happy Birthday’ on the uke and everyone singing. Ed modifies ‘Wishlist’: first, “… thousands of Texans hands upraised …” and a beautiful, extended ending:

“I wish I was the radio song
the song that said whatever it wanted
this is a free country …
you should hear what you wanna hear …
there’s nothing that you shouldn’t hear
land of the free and the home of the brave, when the brave will be someone who’s not afraid to say, to say, to say anything … what he feels, and believes what he knows what he thinks who he loves what he loves and who he loves and what he loves … I love you .. and I love this country too.”

The extended ‘Wishlist’ glides right into ‘Lukin’ and, with a bit of Matt’s snappy drumming, transforms into ‘Grievance.’ The crowd helps sing ‘Animal.’ ‘Crazy Mary’ is played for their special guest, Ben. A second ‘Happy Birthday’ is performed for Mike, Ed calling it a “ukulele punk rock version” starting off with a 1-2-3-4 — absolutely hilarious. Jeff smashes a birthday cake into Mike’s face (and licks some off). Next is a slight improv (really more of an intro to ‘DTE’) with the lyrics: “Spinning, the world’s spinning; clouds upon it …” A fitting ‘Patriot’ is just Ed with Matt. Ed cautions “be gentle” when someone who tries to get on the stage gets hauled out by security during ‘Alive.’ Then it’s “Kille, you know what to do” and “thank you” to all the various areas of the venue, leading to ‘YL’ with a verse modified quite a lot: “I’d like to see him, just looked at the photograph today; looked so good in his uniform, I remember him other ways … and I’ll never forget the phone call …”

04/06/03 – Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion: Woodlands (Houston), TX

support act: Sleater-Kinney
soundcheck: Breath, Rival, Leatherman (including Stone doing a couple of Ticket to Ride riffs)
set: Can’t Keep, Grievance, Save You, Hail Hail, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Thumbing My Way, You Are, Whipping, Insignificance, Breath, 1/2 Full, Elderly Woman, Immortality, Do The Evolution, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Love Boat Captain, Better Man, Black, Go
enc 2: Soon Forget, Fortunate Son, Rockin’ in The Free World
notes: After the first encore, that ends in the band tearing up ‘Go,’ Ed returns to the stage alone for the second encore. “Whoever said you were a hick town with more millionaires per square inch, it wasn’t me. I just wanted to say while we’re playing Houston, fuck Dallas. [big cheers] We don’t really feel that way, it’s just freedom of speech … it’s just fun. I think we have to come back and play Dallas (laughing).” He requests the Bill Gates mask and tell the crowd that they’re going to witness what it looks like to impale something on a stick in a ritualistic manner (quoting the Denver newspaper review) and he sets the mask on the mic stand. “You gotta watch close, cause it happens fast. You go like this … total impalement! It’s an insane sick ritual that I invented cause I’m a sick fuck and a celebrity.” The absurdity of the whole thing is hilarious and the crowd is laughing through much of ‘Soon Forget.’ All three members of Sleater-Kinney join PJ for ‘Fortunate Son’ and ‘RITFW.’ Great energy with the lyrics changed slightly on ‘Fortunate Son’ to “… hate me, I ain’t no president’s son.”

04/08/03 – UNO Lakefront Arena: New Orleans, LA

support act: Sleater-Kinney
set: Love Boat Captain, Grievance, Corduroy, Brain of J, Save You, Cropduster, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Green Disease, Wishlist, Daughter, Lukin, Insignificance, I Am A Patriot, 1/2 Full, Porch
enc 1: SUV improv, Thumbing My Way, Elderly Woman, Black, Do The Evolution, Spin the Black Circle
enc 2: Crazy Mary, Know Your Rights, Fortunate Son, Rockin’ in the Free World
notes: After ‘GTF,’ Ed greets the crowd and talks about how a “very public figure” was staying in the same hotel as the band and that it wasn’t a breach of security to say it was Dick Cheney and suggests it was he who was blasting AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ over and over. Prior to ‘Wishlist,’ Ed speaks of how the band has never been greedy, but the one material possession they really, really wanted to the point of embarrassment and guilt was the mirrorball. He continues that they had to bargain with Cher to get it and she threw in the shiny jacket. It is brought out and he says it is “like Mardi Gras.” He spins in circles at the end of the song, like a human mirrorball. The ‘Daughter’ tag consists of the call and respond chanting with the crowd, including a bit of “Hey ho, let’s go.” ‘I Am A Patriot’ is another reworked version, this one slower with the full band. During ’1/2 Full’ Ed uses a large mirror on his head to deflect a spotlight around various spots in the crowd, asking “won’t someone save the world … you? you? you?” pausing long on a fan wearing a “Bush for Sale” shirt. At the conclusion, he notes a “Shave Your Bush in 2004,” laughs and says, “That man’s got a right to freedom of speech … and we got it to and with that, I’m gonna say this …” leading to ‘Porch.’ Ed has a complete lyrics blank during the second verse of ‘DTE,’ saying “I know this part” just before the first instrumental section ;) Ed sings a bit of ‘Song X’ a capella at the start of the second encore, followed by Mike playing some ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ licks when Ed mentions they’re headed to Alabama so they may as well stay a little longer. The band seems to ponder playing it until Mike insists he doesn’t know it. Sleater-Kinney again help out on ‘Fortunate Son’ and ‘RITFW.’ ‘Glorified G’ was on the written setlist but not played.
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04/09/03 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre: Pelham (Birmingham), AL

support act: Sleater-Kinney
soundcheck: Habit, Leaving Here, Soldier of Love
set: Go, Save You, Spin The Black Circle, Even Flow, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind), Better Man, Not For You, Elderly Woman, Love Boat Captain, Corduroy, You Are, Thumbing My Way, Given To Fly, Wishlist, Animal, Do The Evolution
enc 1: Last Kiss, Black, Alive
enc 2: Soldier of Love, Leaving Here, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Weather is very cold. Ed suggests that if people get the CD of the show and want to relive the experience, get “… three really big fans, a small chair, open the freezer and refrigerator, put your feet in a bucket of ice, put the headphones on and let it rip.” After ‘You Are,’ Ed asks how people’s health is (he seems to be sick, blowing his nose a lot). He passes a Kleenex into the crowd to see how far it gets by the end of the song. He asks for the lights and apparently there is little left; he says, “I need a bigger Kleenex,” laughing. ‘Wishlist’ lyrics are ‘I wish I was a neutron bomb and I could refuse to go off” and “I wish I was the full moon shining off your tractor’s hood.” Boom gets introduced … “He’s freezing his Hawaiian ass off.” Ed refers to the show as the “second coldest show we’ve ever played.” Mike tags some Hendrix on the end of ‘Alive.’ The second encore begins with, “If you’ve got the guts, we’ve got the action!” ‘Soldier of Love’ has two takes because they seriously botch the beginning. At some point during ‘YL,’ Stone talks to Jeff, who begins laughing and Stone is hysterical. Stone then talks to the techs and the rest of the band, still laughing. As ‘YL’ concludes, Mike tags a snippet of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the band remains on stage, with Matt stretching and the band appear to be discussing the next song to play. They take their spots, there is some feedback off Mike’s guitar, four clicks from Matt’s sticks, a single loud chord and the band quickly waves goodbye and exits from the stage, much to the dismay of the crowd. (There was no deviation aside from omitting ‘Jeremy.’)
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04/11/03 – Sound Advice Amphitheater: West Palm Beach, FL
attendance: 17,000
support act: Sleater-Kinney
soundcheck: Last Exit, Gimme Some Truth, Nothingman, Glorified G (x2), I Am A Patriot
pre-set: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)
set: Long Road, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Animal, Save You, Given to Fly, Cropduster, Even Flow, Elderly Woman, Love Boat Captain, Ghost, Whipping, Untitled/MFC, You Are, 1/2 Full, State of Love and Trust, Alive
enc 1: Last Exit, I Am A Patriot, Better Man, Down, Glorified G, Do The Evolution
enc 2: Daughter/(Dig Me Out), Yellow Ledbetter, Baba O’Riley
notes: After the lovely ‘Long Road’ opener, the band just tears through the first few songs with no breaks. ‘Elderly Woman’ goes out to the “highest people in Florida” (referencing how someone told him that the top of the lawn is the highest peak in FL). ‘Untitled’ is extended and modified – quite lovely. Ed uses the mirror to reflect light into the crowd during ’1/2 Full.’ During ‘SOL&T,’ Ed sees a fan with a cell phone, he obtains it and sings a bit of the song into the cell. He sticks it in his pocket like he is going to keep it but tosses it back to the owner eventually. A powerful ‘Alive’ is dedicated to cancer survivor, Nick, who had lost his hair due to chemotherapy, but now has a thick head of curly hair. After ‘Last Exit,’ Ed notes someone holding up a flag and says, “This song’s for the flag,” leading to a slow, sweet ‘Patriot.’ A “USA” chant starts up and Ed responds, “I hear ya brother … ‘USA’. USA, it’s a great fuckin’ country, right? I used to work midnight shift security guard; Matt used to work at Kinkos. … I’d say one of the greatest thing about it is you have the right to express your opinion, no matter what it is … It’s not Pizza Huts and Walmarts on every fuckin’ corner. And the fact that our president, who I love … here’s a fact for you … my opinion …” and he talks about how the young soldiers aren’t getting paid shit while the government is working on getting tax breaks for the rich. “I’m calling bullshit on that. All right, enough of that,” leading to ‘Better Man,’ tagged at the end with: “President Bush, President Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell … don’t let us dowwwnnnnnnn!” Introduced with, “All right, here’s one we haven’t played for fuckin ages,” ‘Glorified G’ is resurrected from the vault after nearly seven years. Ed changes the ‘DTE’ lyrics to “I keep fucking it up so I’ll soon be fired.” Very cool show and crowd.
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04/12/03 – House of Blues: Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL
attendance: 2,000
soundcheck: Deep, Green Disease, Fuckin’ Up, Sleight of Hand, Know Your Rights, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo), Soon Forget (Ed solo), You’re True (Ed solo), Can’t Keep (Ed solo)
set: Can’t Keep, Save You, Get Right, Even Flow, Faithfull, Habit, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, Green Disease, Sleight of Hand, Thumbing My Way, 1/2 Full, Deep, improv/Insignificance, Once, Alive
enc 1: Spin the Black Circle, Go, Do The Evolution, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Blue Red Grey, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Glorified G, Crazy Mary, Know Your Rights, Fuckin’ Up
enc 3: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: This club show at the House of Blues was added after the tour dates were announced and tickets were only available via radio station contests. Ed says, “Well, we don’t know what you did to get in tonight but we’re glad you did.” He notes the many cameras and explains that those are there for people at home watching the show on their computers. He later jokes of how they are the “house band.” The improv before ‘Insignificance’ includes the lyrics: “There’s no karma in the afterlife … but there’s a price to pay in this one here …. be good …” During the encore, Ed comments on how his uke is nicknamed “Carry On” (short for ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’) and he says that he isn’t going to play the song but wishes that Mike would. Mike steps up with guitar and Ed says that if Mike knows how to play it, he’ll sing it. Mike plays the lead riffs and stops, with Ed saying it is a good thing that Mike only knows the instrumental section or Ed would be in big trouble. This leads to Ed playing ‘Blue Red Grey’, a Who song (see The Who By Numbers) that Pete penned and plays the ukulele on; it is undoubtedly the inspiration for ‘Soon Forget’ and Ed plays the uke on it as well. (The entire show was webcast two days later and was aired again May 7.)
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UPDATED March 29, 2010

04/13/03 – St. Pete Times Forum: Tampa, FL
support act: Sleater-Kinney
preset: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)
Elderly Woman, Grievance, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Save You, Dissident, Given To Fly, Off He Goes, Love Boat Captain, Thin Air, Wishlist, Even Flow, Better Man, Daughter, 1/2 Full, I Am A Patriot, MFC, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Last Kiss, Do The Evolution, Black, Alive
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter, Rockin’ In the Free World
notes: This show gets down to business with not much Ed banter at all. Ed doesn’t address the crowd until after “Save You” by asking “How’s it goin’? Starting to warm up a bit in here. It’s nice to be here, we got some friends and family…and you!”. He introduces Mike and “Dissident” and we are back off and running. Not many rarities in a very mellow and radio-heavy setlist but the boys seemed loose and really locked in. Not many mistakes, yet when there were some missed cues, etc. they turned into happy accidents and actually added a nice change (i.e. extended sing-a-long in “Elderly Woman…” and slightly extended intro to “Grievance” due to Ed’s false start.). Stone badly flubs the solo/bridge in “Thin Air” which prompts an immediate “Stone” chant at the end of the song. Ed points out that “It’s been a long time” since they had played the song. Not much improv tonight either as “Better Man” is tag-less, however “Daughter is tagged with Ed leading the crowd in a loud sing-a-long of “P-E-A-C-E” and afterward says “That’s about the only thing I can get excited about these days is that word. Thanks for sharing with us.” The first “rare” moment of the evening comes when they break out a slightly different version of “I Am A Patriot” than what we had heard previous to this tour. This particular night, Ed was “walking with his girlfriend, he was drunk on wine, it was the only way he could ease his mind.” Afterward the crowd begins chanting “U-S-A” to which Ed responds “Lets hear it. That’s exactly what I’m talking about brother, although I will admit I feel like my version was a bit more poetic” then launches into “MFC”. They close the main set with “Rearviewmirror”. Before the second encore Ed says they’ve “been in Florida a week but it feels like a month and they hate to leave.” He then talks about everyone “doing things in your own lives to make the world a better place. You probably already do, and if you don’t it’s a great time to start. It’s addicting. Why do you think we play? It feels alright ya know? Even just picking up the papers for somebody else in the morning who’s too old to reach down and get ‘em themselves, that’s a nice little thing that makes the world a better place. Shootin’ the Domino’s pizza guy an extra five bucks, it makes the world a better place. Unless of course he’s a crack addict on parole and he goes and shoots himself up and then ends up robbing somebody else’s house. You gotta be careful about this stuff.” The band then says goodbye to Florida with a version of “Ledbetter” that has slightly different lyrics – “I walk my side streets, some strangers that I don’t know. And they’re waving the old American flag and I wave back…”. Sleater Kinney joins them for “Rockin’ in the Free World”, sending the crowd home happy.

04/15/03 – Alltel Pavilion Walnut Creek: Raleigh, NC

support act: Sleater-Kinney
soundcheck: Habit, Sometimes, Gimme Some Truth Mankind (x3)
preset: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)
set: Release, Even Flow, Save You, Help Help, Given To Fly, Cropduster, I Am Mine, Lukin/Not For You, Corduroy, I Got Shit, You Are, Elderly Woman, Insignificance, Alive, Porch, Blood
enc 1: Gimme Some Truth, Love Boat Captain, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Glorified G, Do The Evolution, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Fortunate Son, Rockin’ in the Free World
notes: Not much chat but a blazing setlist. Before ‘I Got Shit,’ Ed mentions that Mike is looking relaxed. He discusses how they aren’t getting much attention from music television anymore so the band hired a fashion consultant to work with their image and that they suggested Mike wear sandals, but that they have duct tape on them and that’s what makes them “edgy … relaxed, but edgy.” ‘Elderly Woman’ is dedicated to “everybody in the back … you are your own small town yourself, there’s enough of you.” ‘Insignificance’ is introduced as “another song about a small town just south of Seattle where they got the Boeing plant where they make the airplanes … the war planes …” After ‘Porch,’ Ed walks backwards from the edge of the stage and takes a nasty spill over a monitor. It seems as if the band is prepared to play ‘Daughter,’ but Ed speaks to Stone, Stone changes guitar and they play ‘Blood.’ Ed is sporting a “What Would Jesus Bomb” t-shirt and works the words into ‘DTE’ (as well as, “I bomb what I want to irresponsibly”). Ed uses the mirror and spotlight to highlight areas of the crowd during ‘RVM.’ Sleater-Kinney again help out on ‘Fortunate Son’ and ‘RITFW.’ Before ‘Fortunate Son,’ Ed encourages the crowd to “educate yourself … if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything, and I see that happening a lot these days.” Very energetic crowd with lots of clapping beats and singalongs. Very energetic band, with several jumps, including Jeff’s four- or five-foot leap at the end of ‘RITFW.’

04/16/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Charlotte, NC
attendance: 9,392
support act: Sleater-Kinney
soundcheck: In Hiding, Sonic Reducer, Light Years, Breath, Drifting (Ed Solo)
preset: Drifting (Ed solo)
set: Sometimes, Last Exit, Save You, Animal, Jeremy, Nothing As it Seems, In Hiding, Even Flow, SUV improv, Green Disease, Corduroy, Immortality, Nothingman, Better Man, Leatherman, Grievance, Do The Evolution, Breath, Go
enc 1: Love Boat Captain, Black, Down, Alive
enc 2: Sonic Reducer, Leaving Here, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Ed makes a reference to Creed toward the start of ‘Green Disease’ and then gets lost and sings “la la la.” Later he spells out “C-R-E-E-D” rather than “G-R-E-E-D.” After ‘Jeremy,’ Ed says good evening to those on the lawn (“high on grass in the back”). ‘Nothingman’ is introduced with, “… we’re gonna play three songs. Each has the word “man” in it. They’re all written from a female perspective.” After ‘Grievance,’ Ed speaks of how he can’t imagine living somewhere where you couldn’t sing what you wanted to sing or say want you wanted to say, but that it feels like that lately. Being the day after tax day, he speaks of paying taxes and how 50% of tax money funds the military to “keep ourselves safe.” He mentions how ironic it is that the soldiers are only getting paid just above minimum wage. “At the same time we’re giving $90 billion to fight this war …” (Someone interrupts, shouting, “Which we won!”) Ed continues, “It’s not over yet, my friend … and it’s not all about winning and losing … it’s about what step are we taking next and where are we going with this thing … if we’re in control, we’d better do it responsibly. And if we’re the people, we’d better make sure our leaders do it responsibly because it’s our ass they’re putting on the line, not theirs.” He speaks of the $20 billion being taken from the Veterans’ Administration and how we should get congress to support the troops, leading to ‘DTE.’ The rest of the band applaud Mike after an amazing ‘Black’ solo. Ed sings the “you’re still alive, she said” line from ‘Alive’ seated on the edge of the stage. Sleater-Kinney sing the ‘Leaving Here’ chorus with Ed and also help out on ‘RITFW.’ ‘RITFW’ is very wild with jumps from amps by Ed and Mike, plus Mike and Jeff exchanging guitars and Jeff pretending that he is going to smash Mike’s at the end. Ed taunts the crowd by almost giving away the “23″ Michael Jordan jersey on Jeff’s amp. He grins and runs off the stage. Great energy, tight setlist, stellar crowd (Sleater-Kinney commented that it was the best crowd they’d seen all tour). During the final jam of ‘RITFW,’ Eddie and Corin from S-K each took a tambourine and went to the far, opposite corners of the stage and helped the crowd clap/sing along.
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04/18/03 – Am South Amphitheater: Antioch (Nashville), TN

support act: Sleater-Kinney
soundcheck: Parting Ways, Oceans, Present Tense (several times)
preset: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Ed solo)
set: Oceans, Love Boat Captain, Breakerfall, Gods’ Dice, Save You, Do The Evolution, Cropduster, Light Years, MFC, Deep, Even Flow, Daughter/(ABitW)/(Androgynous Mind), Insignificance, Parting Ways, Better Man/(Wild Thing), Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Free Jazz, Elderly Woman, Know Your Rights, Bushleaguer, Alive, Sonic Reducer
enc 2: Leaving Here, Fortunate Son, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Opening with ‘Oceans’ and then totally just hammering it in with hard rocking out songs and amazing high energy from everyone. Ed feeds off the crowd a lot, in very high spirits. ‘Light Years’ is dedicated to someone that recently passed way that was close to someone they know — simply beautiful. Before ‘Even Flow,’ Ed says, “I know this next song so well I could have a cigarette, have a drink, brush my teeth, take a shit and mow the lawn all at the same time while singing it. I’ll only be doing a couple of those things during this version,” and he puts a cig in his mouth but has no lighter. He motions for one of the crew for a lighter, but no one helps him. Suddenly approx. 10 lighters fly out of the crowd. Ed catches one (“All right, we got enough!”), lights the smoke and throws it right back to the guy that tossed it up to him. The ‘Wild Thing’ (a 60s song by The Troggs) tag on ‘Better Man’ is totally random and the crowd loves it. Before ‘Free Jazz,’ Ed says, “We’re gonna try this one out, this is a new song on our next album,” and they play this out of tune session with Ed snapping his fingers out of rhythm. At the”scream HELLO” part of ‘Elderly Woman,’ the crowd does a loud “Hello!” but it is super loud and Ed says, “Jesus Christ” right after it. ‘Bushleaguer’ finally returns after the Denver outcry. Ed takes the stage wearing the silver glitter jacket and the Bush mask. When he removes it, he goes to set it on the stand and says something about not violently putting it down: “see?” During the song, Ed sticks his fingers through the back of the mask into the mouth part to look like a tongue hanging out and he wiggles them around. At the end, he caresses the dubya mask’s “hair” and then dips it into a kiss, getting quite a few boos and a lot of screams. ‘Sonic Reducer’ is performed with Cheetah Chrome, the guitarist for the Dead Boys who penned the song and lives in Nashville. Sleater-Kinney help out on the last three songs and this is their last night opening. Steve Earle plays on ‘Fortunate Son.’ Ed does a lot of silly dancing and Mike has goofy moves … the whole band is very tight.

04/19/03 – Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater: Atlanta, GA

support act: Sparta

set: Love Boat Captain, Corduroy, Save You, Hail Hail, Grievance, Elderly Woman, Even Flow, 1/2 Full, Thumbing My Way, I Am Mine, Insignificance, Glorified G, Present Tense, Animal, State of Love and Trust, Blood
enc 1: Crown Of Thorns, Black, Alive, Porch
enc 2: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Crazy Mary, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: ‘Corduroy’ has a lyric change to “Can’t buy what I want because it’s PEACE.” ‘Grievance’ lyric changes are “I would like to taste every Georgian I see” and “I want my free speech.”
Before ‘Elderly Woman,’ Ed mentions fond memories of Atlanta and how they had been looking forward to this show. He says they got a call on a cell phone from the people behind the large American flag that folks in the crowd are holding up … “it’s not that they are being unpatriotic; they just can’t see anything … they’re being blinded by the flag if you know what I mean.” ‘You Are’ is attempted twice after ‘Thumbing My Way,’ but Stone has technical problems with the sound and says, “We’ll see if we can get that one sorted out,” but it never resurfaces. Ed says, “That song we just attempted to play is a love song written by Matt Cameron; this one was written by me. When Matt writes a love song it’s about someone else. When I write a love song I write it about myself. This song’s about claiming your own personal space and that that’s okay,” leading to ‘I Am Mine.’ Before ‘Glorified G,’ Ed notes, “This is another song in the Pearl Jam catalog that has to do with weaponry.” ‘Present Tense’ is introduced as “a song we haven’t played for a long, long time. We’re gonna give it a try.” Amazing. At the top of the first encore, Ed thanks Atlanta and refers to ‘Olympic Platinum’ (from the ’96 fan club single): “We didn’t know if you’d let us back after that one.” He says they are making it up as they go, leading to ‘Crown of Thorns,’ with Brendan O’Brien on keyboards and a nice jam in the middle. Stone hits a wrong note at the start of ‘Alive,’ causing the band to create a little crazy musical dissonance before going into a proper version of ‘Alive.’ Four guys in the crowd wearing Bush masks are noticed by Mike and they are pointed out with a security flashlight. During ‘Porch,’ they are brought up on stage, each individually introduced as “George Bush Jr. and friends of Ed’s. Ed says, “We’re all looking for support, we all want support” and the four boost Ed up above their heads and the band returns from the ‘Porch’ jam to “hear my name, take a good look …” with Ed being held high with the four “Bush’s.” Hilarious! After the encore break, Ed says, “I probably shouldn’t tell you this because it’s an issue of national security, but the Bush’s are partying backstage, pretty heavy. It’s historical. It’s the first time we’ve ever had cocaine backstage at a Pearl Jam show … You know it’s nice to be supported by our government, that felt good.” Ed continues about cutting the Veteran’s Administration Fund. “I support the troops. I want them to stay alive. I want them to be well paid. And I want them to get their healthcare paid for. Their kid’s education paid for. While we’re at it, let’s pay teachers more. They’re on the forefront. I’d say an education is pretty good ammunition to face the world with. We weren’t even going to say anything tonight, but someone brought the flag and a few other things. That’s freedom of speech there. We’re all just practicing freedom of speech. It seems to be working out all right, let’s just keep it alive.” Ed’s lovely solo version of ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ is followed by the ‘Crazy Mary,’ ‘Baba O’Riley,’ ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ punch, with the band having a great time. The last half of the show is full of extended rocking jams and crowd interaction. “Thank you, Georgia. Atlanta rocks!”

04/21/03 – Rupp Arena: Lexington, KY

support act: Sparta

set: Cropduster, Given To Fly, Corduroy, Last Exit, Save You, Daughter, Immortality, Elderly Woman, Even Flow, 1/2 Full, Can’t Keep, You Are, Do The Evolution, Blood, Thumbing My Way, Jeremy, Black
enc 1: I Am A Patriot, Go, Glorified G, Breath, Better Man, Alive
enc 2: Smile, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Unusual ‘Cropduster’ opener. This was clearly Mike’s night with his solos invoking massive uproars from the crowd. Ed shines the spotlight across the crowd with his mirror at the end of ’1/2 Full.’ He didn’t actually address the crowd until after ‘Blood,’ thanking them and saying that the band had decided to cancel the show the next day … “Fuck it, we’ll stay right here! It’s Tuesday: Whiskey Drinking Day, right?” He laughs and says, “It’s called ‘pandering to the audience 101′ … what is there to drink in St. Louis, piss?” He says the content of the next song would make the lesser person want to lose themselves in the bottle, leading to ‘Thumbing My Way.’. The crowd in the first two sections are jumping so much during ‘Jeremy’ that Ed and Mike take notice and get everyone involved. Ed and Matt open the first encore with ‘I Am A Patriot.’ “I’m just gonna reload for this next one,” introduces ‘Glorified G.’ Ed sings the second verse of ‘Breath’ first and catches himself twice, laughing as the crowd helps out. Next he baubles ‘Better Man,’ but the crowd is singing and he says, “You know it better than I.” At the start of the second encore, Ed introduces the band and jokes about what it must feel like to be Mike’s guitar, leading to ‘Smile.’ A crew member tosses Ed about seven tambourines during ‘Fuckin Up,’ as Ed breaks them and liberally gives them away.

04/22/03 – Savvis Center: St. Louis, MO

support act: Sparta
soundcheck: Faithfull, Green Disease, Save You, Present Tense
set: Present Tense, Save You, Animal, Green Disease, Grievance, Faithfull, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Sleight Of Hand, You Are, Elderly Woman, Not For You/Love Boat Captain, Wishlist, Help Help, Do The Evolution, Alive
enc 1: Go, State Of Love And Trust, Black, Improv/Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Soon Forget, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Daughter, Indifference
notes: A fairly dark stage with Mike playing the first notes of ‘Present Tense’ to open and the crowd going nuts. The high energy continues through the next few songs, with ‘Animal’ and ‘Even Flow’ reminiscent of ten years past, Ed’s eyes rolling back in his head and menacing grin; Mike spinning in circles, running everywhere like an uncaged animal and never missing a note. Drenched in sweat, Ed looks up at the Stanley Cup banners (Savvis Center is the home of the St. Louis Blues) and says that the flags help the acoustic out but that the crowd’s feet must be freezing, leading to ‘Sleight Of Hand,’ backed nicely by ‘You Are’ with effectively dramatic lighting. There is an amusing exchange before ‘Elderly Woman.’ Ed is ready to start the song and Stone is switching guitars and getting a drink, causing Ed to wait. It was one of those “you go” … “no you go ahead” type things and they bantered back and forth a bit with big grins on their faces. An intense ‘Not For You’ with a lyric change to “small my table, seats saint Lou” getting a huge response from the crowd. The main set closes with an energetic ‘DTE’ (Jeff’s bass line rules!) and ‘Alive,’ with Ed swinging the mic around Daltrey style during the Mike’s solo. Ed creeps behind one of the suit and tie security guards below Mike, goofing on him in a crouching “scary” pose like he is going to pounce on him, but the guard is so serious that he won’t look up, causing the band to crack up. A rather lengthy improv follows a deliberately slow ‘Black.’ The improv’s lyrical theme revolves around “I don’t know where, I wanna go, I just know I need to go. … get me the fuck outta here,” and later “when I feel that regime change, starts at home, starts at home, take me home, let’s go.” There are a lot of percussive and animal-like vocal sounds from Ed. The improv eventually wraps up, leading into a tight ‘RVM’ featuring a very extended bridge section underneath Kille’s beautiful lighting to close the encore. Ed returns with the wine bottle (“A toast to you, St. Lou. A toast to Dead Moon, who you’ve never heard of.”), thanks Sparta, jokes about the hockey score and picks up the uke giving a lyrically flawless ‘Soon Forget,’ the crowd not clapping along, but enjoying the song. He concludes the song holding a note forever, then doing a variety of jumps and windmills with the uke. Ed asks the crowd to take the first verse and the audience obliges singing ‘Better Man,’ putting on a good show and Ed picking up the lyrics at the first chorus, tagged at the end with a very slow ‘SIFL.’ ‘Daughter’ is next, with no tag, but a very, very extended jam with Ed trying a variety of different solos with the harmonica. Then he uses the mirror and spotlight to reflect a beam of light around the audience for a few minutes with great Ed/crowd interaction. Ed speaks about communicating and “just not fighting,” finishing the night with a beautiful performance of ‘Indifference.’
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04/23/03 – University of Illinois Assembly Center: Champaign, IL
attendance: 10,435
support act: Sparta
soundcheck: Driven To Tears (x6), U, Deep
set: Do The Evolution, Corduroy, Save You, Deep, Dissident, Elderly Woman, Even Flow, Jeremy, Thumbing My Way, You Are, I Am Mine, Habit, Untitled/MFC, Given To Fly, Nothingman, Blood, Porch
enc 1: Driven To Tears, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Know Your Rights, Fortunate Son
enc 2: Blue Red Grey, Black, Alive, Baba O’Riley
notes: Ed says a quick, “All right … let’s go!” and PJ opens with a slamming ‘DTE’ in this smallish venue shaped like a UFO. The sold out Illinois crowd is more than receptive to Pearl Jam, especially with this ferocious opener great Stone solos throughout. The fast pace continues through a welcome ‘Deep’ with killer Mike solos and Ed’s intense lyrical delivery. While changing instruments, Ed greets Champaign and says he feels like a lion in a cage and asks if there are any Christians who want to be eaten tonight. He dedicates ‘Elderly Woman’ to towns like Gurnee, Rockton and Kankakee. Someone yells out “Cuba!” which amuses him. Big response from the audience, who promptly lights up the place with their lighters and the crowd sings the “hearts and thoughts” section. During ‘Even Flow,’ a fan tosses a camera to Ed, who takes a photo of Mike soloing and then tosses the camera back. ‘Jeremy’ is well-received and worth the price of admission simply to watch Stone pogo while yelling out the whole “ooh, ooh, ooh” section with a huge grin on his face in unison with the crowd. This show is having the feel of stepping back in time about 10 years. ‘Habit’ is dedicated to those high on crystal meth and there is no “speaking as …” tag. As usual, Ed plays around with the lyrics to ‘Untitled’ (“Lets get to Chicago, get drunk and talk politics …”; Assembly Hall is on campus and no alcohol is served) leading to a high energy ‘MFC’ with Mike running all around the stage. ‘Blood’ gets an insane response; this is the first time it’s been played in the midwest since Soldier Field. Band is animated, Ed is thrusting the mic stand like the old days and the stage is bathed in red lights. ‘Porch’ follows as the perfect closer after ‘Blood.’ While it isn’t the 12-minute Atlanta 94 version, it has great solos from Mike and Stone, plus Ed leading the crowd in a call/response of noises and phrases during the bridge. Ed goes to Stone’s side and he picks up a cable, swinging it as if he would catch it over the rafters and climb (quite amusing). When the band hits the stage again, Ed says, “We don’t have class tomorrow … do you?” The crowd yells, “no!” and Ed says, “Class my ass is what you’re saying” and an enthusiastic “Stone” chant gets going. Matt starts the drum beat that would become The Police’s ‘Driven To Tears,’ which has even the die-hard fans in total shock. After ‘Crazy Mary,’ “OK class … a bit of history,” introduces a searing ‘ Know Your Rights,’ with Ed jumping all over his monitor wedges making hand gestures. The audience is in a state of bewilderment, and it exploded as the band went into ‘Fortunate Son,’ giving the song an amazing response. A very strange, high energy encore! Ed returns, standing motionless, then looking around shrugging as if “where’s the band?” Fans are screaming out songs. Ed responds, “We’re proponents of open honest debate … the ballots are closed … I am your leader!” He starts talking about ‘Soon Forget’ and how it was “stolen off a song off Who By Numbers. Some one interrupts yelling “Yellow Ledbetter” and Ed responds, “Hold your horses, shut the fuck up; cause you see we were gonna and now we won’t and that’s just how we are … you’re not helping matters at all.” (And it WAS on the setlist and it WASN’T played … lesson learned: don’t interrupt.) He continues that Pete Townshend is his hero and loves Chicago and plays, ‘Blue, Red, Grey’ … another huge surprise. The crowd sings the second verse of ‘Black’ when Ed points the mic to the crowd. Ed backs up and ends up leaning against Stone. Alive’ has the crowd singing note for note, pogoing and chanting the “yeah” section. By the end of the song, the crowd is ready to blow the roof off of the place, and that’s exactly what happens when the house lights come up, the band starts ‘Baba,’ and the whole place just goes completely, clinically insane, the band included. Mike, Jeff and Stone are pogoing and running around like wild animals, doing strange dances, Boom grinning his ass off, flailing his hair around and Matt attacks his drums. Ed goes through at least five tambourines. Pearl Jam at it’s best.
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04/25/03 – Gund Arena: Cleveland, OH

support act: Sparta
soundcheck: Driven To Tears, Soldier Of Love
set: Can’t Keep, Corduroy, Grievance, Save You, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, Elderly Woman, Love Boat Captain, I Am Mine, Even Flow, Present Tense, Jeremy, Lukin/Not For You, Thumbing My Way, Spin The Black Circle, Alive
enc 1: You Are, Animal, Daughter/(WMA)/(People Have the Power), State Of Love And Trust, Black
enc 2: I Am A Patriot, Driven To Tears, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Sonic Reducer, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: A fairly straight on show with not a lot of chat. Fun ‘Daughter’ tag integrating ‘WMA,’ chanting and the ‘People Have The Power’ (“… we have the power to wrestle the world from fools, we have the power, combined we have the power … it’s decreed the people rule …”), getting the crowd to repeat the words. “It’s the ultimate goal (making the peace sign); good singing!” Some in the crowd seem confused since the lighting make it difficult to see that he is making a peace sign, so Ed says, “This is not a fuck you to the troops. One finger makes a big difference, just to clarify.” The show closes with a energetic ‘RITFW’ with everyone singing and Ed breaking and tossing the tambourines. While stepping across and back to the stage, he falls into a gap. After a minute or so, he comes back up on stage, with big cheers from the crowd. Ed holds his hands together as if praying.

04/26/03 – Mellon Arena: Pittsburgh, PA

support act: Sparta
soundcheck: Footsteps, Once (x2), Gimme Some Truth
set: Elderly Woman, Hail Hail, Save You, Corduroy, Insignificance, Cropduster, Daughter, Even Flow, Faithfull, Whipping, Immortality, Blood, Down, Love Boat Captain, Wishlist, Better Man, Go
enc 1: Last Kiss, Breakerfall, Once, Alive, Footsteps, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Know Your Rights, Do The Evolution, Porch, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed does a cool slide intro to ‘Corduroy.’ Ed greets the crowd before ‘Daughter’ with: “Steeltown, Saturday night.” Mike runs across the stage during his ‘Even Flow’ solo and Ed leans against him. ‘Blood’ has a bit of a jam in the middle, with Matt’s added drum fills at the end. Ed says, “Normally that song is at the end of a set because it is pretty hard to sing anything after that …” (pointing at his throat) and he acts like that is the end of the show. “I’m just kidding; this throat’s made of steel. It came from Pittsburgh … We’ve got steel vocal chords and iron tempo. You can’t beat that! And then Mike and Stone listen to a lot of metal so we’re pretty galvanized here. Give us a little “Nitro,” Mike. Mike proceeds to play about 10 seconds of speed metal which is hysterical. This leads to introducing ‘Down’ as a song written by Mike. After screwing up the second line of ‘Wishlist,’ Ed says, “I’ve sabotaged myself already.” For the outro, Ed sings, “I wish I controlled the TV. I wish I controlled the newspapers. I wish I controlled the media, so I could put forth the truth,” and then continues with a lovely tag along the lines of “the truth is all we need; give us the truth; we can handle the truth … let us be free; the truth will set you free.” The audience sings the entire first verse of ‘Better Man’ with Ed pausing before the chorus because of the deafening cheers. For the encore, Ed points to the crowd behind the stage and says the next song is for those who can understand the body language of the song, leading to ‘Last Kiss’ and the whole band turns around to play. Stone plays a quick AC/DC riff before ‘Once,’ followed by ‘Alive’ with Ed using the mirror to illuminate the audience. He notices the skyboxes, where people have been turning the lights on and off, creating a strobe. He laughs, says it’s good to see the people in the skyboxes have a little creativity and that Jeff has said it looks like the “Hollywood Squares” up there. ‘Footsteps’ is played full band, with Ed on harmonica, thus the trilogy (out of order). ‘RVM,’ with a huge, long jam closes the second set. Ed returns for the second encore to perform ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,’ explaining again how it has taken on a new meaning about freedom of speech. ‘Porch’ also has an amazing bridge with a long Mike solo. ‘YL’ closes with the band jumping, lots of wine, great crowd in a good arena.

04/28/03 – First Union Spectrum Arena: Philadelphia, PA
attendance: 15,259
support act: Sparta

set: Crazy Mary, Spin The Black Circle, Hail Hail, Save You, Green Disease, Elderly Woman, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, Insignificance, Given To Fly, You Are, 1/2 Full, Daughter/(WMA)/(Androgynous Mind), Corduroy, Love Boat Captain, Black, Do The Evolution
enc 1: Animal, Go, Glorified G, Better Man, Alive
enc 2: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Soon Forget, Jeremy, Fortunate Son, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: A terrific performance with the energy in the building absolutely astounding. Ed spews one appreciative word after another and enlists the crowd’s vocal help often. Ed talks about the Amber Alert and the rider attached to it with respect to doing drugs at events. The highlight of the night has to be the stirring performance of ‘Better Man’ during the first encore which Ed dedicates to his friend “Peter.” Ed lets the crowd sing a full three or four stanzas during the first part of the song. He tags it with a message to Peter: “I’ve known you for a few years now. I see you when I come to town. And you’re growing up good, you’re growing up strong, you’re growing up with the people you belong with, and I feel that I belong, too. Some people gotta be strong. We all gotta be strong. But some people gotta be strong when they’re young. They can be so strong when they’re young. And I just wanna say, that knowing you and knowing how strong you are and knowing how I can be loved has been … you say I’m important to you. Know you’re important to me … love, love, love … and I won’t let you down.” (Peter is a 12-year-old with Cerebral Palsy facing surgery who the band had met and befriended in two prior visits who is sitting up on the stage.) Eddie returns alone to start the second encore, taking a ceremonious drink of wine for sections all over the arena, including a group holding a large Argentinean flag who Eddie mistakenly referred to as Brazilians. He mentions how touched the band is by the opportunity to play in the historical Spectrum, referring to Dr. J’s playing days in that venue, and telling the crowd: “To put it into perspective, just to take a piss in the Spectrum was very important to us (laughing). And to take a shit backstage at the Spectrum would have probably been the ultimate, but it bordered the line of disrespect!” He tell how he and Jeff got to meet Dr. J several years ago and how cool he is. This leads to ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’ being dedicated to anyone confident enough to express themselves in any way. The band closes with ‘YL’ with Ed introducing it as, “Here’s Mike McCready, it’s the least we could do” and giving a tambourine to Peter.

04/29/03 – Pepsi Arena: Albany, NY

support act: Sparta

set: I Am Mine, Whipping, Last Exit, Blood, Cropduster, Daughter/(Song X)/(ABitW)/(Androgynous Mind), Even Flow, Ghost, Elderly Woman, Love Boat Captain, Wishlist/(improv), Save You, Once, Corduroy, Better Man, Porch
enc: People Have The Power, improv, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, All Or None, Alive, Baba O’Riley
notes: Crowd is very, very involved, singing throughout both sets. The band comes out to a thunderous ovation and the energy did not wane. After ‘I Am Mine,’ the band kicks it right into high gear with ‘Whipping,’ ‘Last Exit’ and ‘Blood’ revving things into high gear. ‘Elderly Woman’ is dedicated to people from Utica, Ithaca and Boston (biggest cheer). ‘Wishlist’ includes “lucky as Albany” and “Charger’s hood.” The improv tagged on ‘Wishlist’ is a very extended outro with Ed leading the way on guitar. During ‘Porch,’ Ed escorts Mike around the stage to play to the people in the back, and does a call-response thing toward the end of the song. When the band take the stage for the encore, several people in the Ten Club sections hold white signs with peace signs on them and the band flashes the peace sign back. Ed selects a young woman holding a sign with a peace sign on it out of the front row (Rachel) to be his “human music stand,” holding the lyrics to ‘People Have The Power.’ She shakes hands with everyone, except Stone who gets a huge hug. He takes a photo of himself and Rachel with her disposable camera; then Stone takes a shot of Ed and Rachel. Ed then photographs Rachel with the rest of the band. ‘People’ is followed by a short improv for Rachael:
“Oh Rachel was a girl, she sat in the front row,
Next thing that you know, she’s part of the fuckin’ show,
Rachel was a girl, she wished peace on the world,
She came all dressed in white, he said, “Hey man that’s right,”
‘Cause peace is the way, peace could be the way,
Peace is not far away, if you believe it today.
It is believed that a curfew at Albany kept the show short, with Ed checking his watch during the encore. Ed introduces ‘All Or None’ as “a quiet number from our last album that we wanted to try.” The version is nearly flawless (unlike the Showbox 12/5/02 version), with Ed nailing the lyrics and the changing vocal inflections from verse to verse, and Mike’s wailing solo gradually slowing to a mournful close. They rip into a fierce ‘Baba’ with Ed running in big circles all the way around the stage, tossing a tambourine into the crowd in the back, ending a short but razor-sharp show. After ‘Baba,’ Mike grabs another guitar to continue, but is told there isn’t enough time to play another song. A barn burner of a show … they brought the place down and the band seemed to be in good spirits, with lots of jumps from Jeff, dancing and jumping around from Ed, but not a lot of chat.

04/30/03 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum: Uniondale, NY

support act: Sparta

set: Long Road, Rearviewmirror, Animal, Save You, Get Right, I Am Mine, Corduroy, Present Tense, In Hiding, Even Flow, Elderly Woman, Jeremy, You Are, I Am A Patriot, Blood, Not For You, Better Man, Porch
enc 1: Last Kiss, Thumbing My Way, Crazy Mary, Down, Do The Evolution, Daughter/(WMA), Alive
enc 2: Bushleaguer, Know Your Rights, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: A solid, intense show, that gets crazy during the second encore. Some rude members of the crowd start booing during ‘Bushleaguer.’ Ed’s response: “I busted out the nice suit for you, yeah? Ahhhhh, yeah. You didn’t like that one. I don’t understand. Maybe you like him cuz he’s gonna give you a tax cut. Maybe you like him because he is a real guy, that relates to you, because he is so down home.” Crowd starts chanting: “USA, USA, USA!” Ed responds: “I’m with you. USA. I just think that all of us in this room should have a voice in how the USA is represented. And he didn’t allow us our voice. That’s all I’m saying. We love America. I am standing on a stage in front of a big crowd. I worked in a good damn drug store. I love America, right? (Some people are yelling “play some fucking rock and roll!”) This is good, this is open, honest debate, and that’s what it should be. If you keep this back and forth … good things will happen. If you don’t say anything, you don’t know what will happen. Cause we are on a brink of forever. And if we don’t participate on where this thing is going, when where we are the number one super power in the world, you want to have a part in it and make sure it is a good thing, yeah? Plus or minus, be active. This is a good thing.” The band continues with a searing ‘Know Your Rights’ followed by ‘RITFW,’ during which some in the crowd are flipping the bird and throwing projectiles.) Ed repeats the “U-S-A” chant a few times, says “Thank you, good night,” and slams the mic stand down. The band is obviously upset and they leave the stage. ‘Smile,’ ‘Indifference’ and ‘Soldier Of Love’ were on the setlist and not played.
Note: Approx. one hour before the PJ show in Buffalo, local Buffalo radio station (103.3 The Edge) interviewed Mike. Mike said that due to the reactions of fans during the tour while “Bushleaguer” was being performed (Mike cited the boos received at the Uniondale show) that the band has reached a decision and the song will no longer be played live. He said that the one thing they don’t want to do is alienate their fans, and that they (the band) are as American as anyone and hopes that people won’t misunderstand the meaning behind the song.

05/02/03 – HSBC Arena: Buffalo, NY [164m]

support act: Sparta
preset: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)

set: Love Boat Captain, Brain Of J, Hail Hail, Save You, Corduroy, Elderly Woman, I Got Shit, Even Flow, Faithfull, Deep, Given To Fly, Spin The Black Circle, Wishlist, Green Disease, Insignificance, Black, Go
enc 1: Free Jazz, Driven To Tears, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Do The Evolution, Alive
enc 2: Soon Forget, Smile, Fortunate Son, Sonic Reducer, People Have The Power
enc 3: Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: During ‘Hail Hail,’ Ed forgets the next line after, “I get the words and then I get to thinking …” and says “What’s the next line, I always forget,” not missing a beat. No talk until after ‘I Got Shit’: “Here it is, the second-to-last night of the tour of this leg … going home for a while after this and watch the world turn round … You’d always think that … you’d want to see a band on their last night … that’s when they’d really let it all hang out … but being in the band, we realize it’s different … it’s really the second-to-last show” [that is the special one]. ‘Faithfull’ is subbed into the setlist in response to a sign on Mike’s side, gets off to a bad start and is restarted. ‘GTF’ is dedicated to Buffalo filmmaker Vincent Gallo. Wishlist’ is stretched to 9 minutes and contains a lovely tag, including:
“… I wish that I was a disease, a disease called love and peace
and I wish that I could spread, to every person in the land
and I know that eventually, and I hope that eventually
and I feel, I feel, feel; that it wont happen without you and me
it’ll take you and me, it’ll take you and me
and more than me, it’ll take you
and more than me, it starts with two
and then becomes ten; and then becomes ten thousand
and then becomes ten million; and then becomes … the truth
the truth, the future, and the truth
send home those troops, come on troops
seek more troops …”
Returning for the encore, the band seems to have trouble getting started and go into ‘Free Jazz,’ with Mike yelling “jazz jazz jazz … experimental jazz!” until they find their way to the start of ‘Driven To Tears.’ At the start of the second encore, Ed notes toasts Buffalo, noting that they make the best Mozzarella in the world and he observes that venues such as the HSBC Arena often have curfews, and that breaking them costs bands lots of money. As people start booing, he says, “Mike McCready is gonna pay the fine tonight,” (prompting a “Mike” chant). He then introduces Luke the uke and plops a Bill Gates mask atop the mic stand. Ed is confused whether the crowd is saying “Luuuuke” or booing. “Are you angry that it’s black and white and not red, white and blue?” He talks about the mask, commenting, “He’s a skinny little guy … note the size of his penis,” (or lack of same, as he sizes up the mic stand) leading to ‘Soon Forget.’ ‘Smile’ is played by request for a group of friends who attended the Uniondale show and held up various signs and towels with ‘Smile’ written on them. (After the Bushleaguer incident, Ed sees the ‘Smile’ signs and says to the group, “tomorrow night, tomorrow night, next show,” and the band delivers.) For ‘People Have the Power,’ Ed invites a young lady (“Nana, from the heart of Buffalo”) on stage to hold the lyrics up for him. At first she seems nervous, but as the song progresses, she is more confident and by the end, is rocking right out. Great singalong and a long, impassioned, powerful version with the crowd chanting back the chorus, Eddie yelling “let’s hear you!!” and asking, “It’s the ultimate goal, yeah?” Ed and Nana do a back-to-back lean, and Nana helps sing the closing chorus into the mic. At the song’s end, Ed gives her a great, dramatic dip. This version is so good that most thought it was the close of the show and are stunned when the band returns for the third encore. When they come back to the stage, Ed says, “We had a democratic vote backstage and the verdict was: It’s Friday night … what the fuck.” At the beginning of ‘Baba,’ the house lights are turned up and people from the stands rush the floor area as security give up trying to control the crowd as the band and the audience go crazy. Classic show.

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05/03/03 – Bryce Jordan Center: University Park (State College), PA

support act: Sparta

set: Release, Save You, Animal, Corduroy, Cropduster, Elderly Woman, Even Flow, Grievance, I Am Mine, Improv, Rearviewmirror, Nothingman, Daughter/(Highway To Hell)/(ABitW), Lukin, Whipping, MFC, Jeremy, Improv, Blood
enc 1: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Gimme Some Truth, Breath, Do The Evolution, Black, Alive
enc 2: Last Exit, Mankind, Down, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Satan’s Bed, Leaving Here
enc 3: Crazy Mary, Porch, Fortunate Son, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Huge fan club contingent with incredible energy and great singalongs all night long. Before ‘Cropduster,’ Ed notes how he didn’t realize State College was Penn State until that morning on the bus ride in. “It’s nice to be here among the highly educated.” A very polished improv song/ includes: “I wanna go where there are no roads, I wanna go where the truth can be told … I wanna go where the teachers told me I can’t go. I wanna fly high, I wanna go free. I wanna be everything my dad told me I couldn’t be …” and leads into ‘RVM.’ The ‘Daughter’ tag includes a modified “We’re on a highway to hell,” as a call/respond chant, followed by a “hell, no we won’t go” chant and finishing with ‘Another Brick In The Wall.’ This leads nicely into the staccato ‘Lukin,’ ‘Whipping,’ ‘MFC’ trio. Returning for the encore, Ed offers ‘Hide Your Love Away’ as an “acoustic bit for the Amish.” An “Eddie” chant breaks out and he responds, “yeah yeah yeah” and goes into a talk about Nader and how people need to vote. “Make your voice be heard.” ‘Breath’ is for a girl who had been bringing a sign to the past dozen shows and to which the band had been “smiling condescendingly.” A fan tosses Ed his Dr. J 76ers jersey during ‘Alive’ and Ed wears it for the duration. At the start of the second encore, Ed talks about how they will be going home after this show and says, “If you guys wanna stick around, we’re willing to make this the longest Pearl Jam show that ever has been played … we’ll play some jazz … we might even have to play ‘Bushleaguer’ … just to keep the debate open, without letting it hurt anybody’s feelings. Song selection for the second encore seems totally spur of the moment. ‘Last Exit’ is followed with Stone’s statement, “Every once in a while, I get the call,” leading to ‘Mankind,’ which has a bad start and gets restarted after Stone asks, “Are you guys ready for me to try this again?” After ‘Better Man,’ Ed says,”We hereby open the floor for requests,” creating pandemonium. He begins to scan signs and shout outs. “Don’t know that one. Used to know that one, put it away. Uh, kinda know that one. See, this democratic thing can get really, (someone throws a shirt on stage) really messy. All right, if this has a song on it, we’ll have to play it. If it says, “Fuck Me, Eddie” I’m not gonna do it. And the winner is, “Thanks for the music, please fuck me.” I said I wasn’t gonna do that. Some people they just always want a little bit more. Wait, wait. Before I say no I should see what he looks like.” After a brief conference with the band members and some guitar noodling, Pearl Jam busts into the first live attempt at ‘Satan’s Bed’ since 10/7/96. The version is disjointed, with Ed really remembering only two lines of lyrics (“Model role model, roll some models in blood,” “You’d know it if I had, that shit don’t come off,” and “already in love” and the song ends with Ed droning, “I’ll never suck … Satan’s coooock,” but the crowd loves it. To start the third encore, Ed drinks some wine saying, “This is the best bottle of wine there’s been all tour and we’re not gonna leave until it’s finished,” leading to ‘Crazy Mary.’ Another legendary version of ‘Porch,’ during which Ed again picks up the mirror, reflecting one of the stage lights onto every single member of the audience. He speaks to the power in the room during ‘Porch’: “Even when we leave, all of you are still a power to be reckoned with. Beautiful. It’s easy to feel otherwise, there’s so many issues and so many things that make you feel otherwise, right? Like you got no power, like you got no strength, like if you say something, it’s not gonna be heard … together, there’s a force to be reckoned with, so keep it together.” Again, the line in ‘RITFW’ is changed from “homeless man” to “soldier man.” The crowd takes over the song singing the original lyrics, but Ed stops the song to do the “We’re a thousand points of light, for the soldier man, want him to come home soon, come home while they can …” “It might sound trite … but what’s happening here tonight is really beautiful …” He thanks the crew and everyone who supports the tour and includes Sarge, a member of their lighting crew, who has gone to Iraq. “Sarge, come back and see us on the next tour.” ‘YL’ closes, with Mike sneaking in a quick, subtle ‘Bushleaguer’ tiff near the very end. Ending the first leg of the tour, a setlist scan (#3 below) has the words “GO HOME” on it. A very long show with the band seeming to want to play until they dropped … an unforgettable close to this leg of the tour.
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05/28/03 – Adams Fieldhouse: Missoula, MT
attendance: 7,000
support act: Idlewild

set: Can’t Keep, Last Exit, Do The Evolution, Save You, Ghost, Insignificance, Cropduster, Even Flow, Grievance, Wishlist, Not For You, Whipping, Corduroy, Brain Of J, Black, Better Man, Porch
enc 1: Elderly Woman, Daughter, Crazy Mary, I Got Shit, Down, Glorified G, All Or None, Blood
enc 2: Last Kiss, Know Your Rights, Alive
enc 3: I Won’t Back Down, Fortunate Son, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed greets the crowd after ‘Can’t Keep,’ talking about how it is the first night out of the second leg of the longest tour they’ve done since they were in their early 20s and they thought Missoula would be a good pick where it “would go well” for the first night and that it is Jeff’s hometown. After ‘Ghost,’ Ed speaks about a crew member (lighting guy, Sarge) who is in the reserves who got called to duty but was back on the tour again. Everyone throws their hands upward at the appropriate spot in ‘Wishlist’ and Ed laughs and backs away from the mic briefly. The keys are shining off your ‘GTOs hood” tonight and he tags the ending with, “I wish I was 21 again; I wish I could go to school again … I’ll go back when I’m 41; and I’ll learn what I want … and the required courses that I will take will be only the courses that I require and I’ll raise my hand up in the front of the room and I’ll tell my government what I want … dreams, dreams, dreams …” ‘Not For You’ includes, “small my table, seats all of you …” ‘Porch’ is dedicated to “a young man named Sam.” Returning for the encore, Ed mentions that last time they played outside and he remembers all the “freeloaders” on the hill. “Now since you can get the music for free, you gotta pay to get in.” ‘Elderly Woman’ is dedicated to anyone from Big Sandy (Jeff’s original hometown). At one point, Jeff is so into playing that he nearly takes a header off the stage. After ‘Down,’ Ed talks about how high the fan is blowing on him and it makes it feel like being in an Aerosmith video, Mike tossing out a “Walk This Way’ riff. “We’ll try something that we don’t usually do … it just never felt right in some of the bigger places that we’ve played …” leads to ‘All Or None.’ ‘Last Kiss’ is for those in the back and the band turn around, playing to the seats behind them. Ed spits wine into the air and the lights, spraying himself and the crowd going nuts! He speaks to a “local issue” and how Jeff earmarked some of the proceeds from the Seattle benefit show for a skateboard park and how the approval was getting intermingled with the city council’s initiative to band skateboarding on the sidewalks. He suggests a letter writing campaign and mentions the “skateboarding is not a crime” bumperstickers from years ago and how skateboards are “… not weapons of mass wheel revolution … they’re just skateboards,” leading to ‘Know Your Rights.’ Ed’s solo performance of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ seems a spur of the moment idea. Very high energy show in a small venue with a receptive, fantastic audience.

05/30/03 – GM Place: Vancouver, BC

support act: Idlewild
pre-set: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)

set: Love Boat Captain, Animal, Hail Hail, Save You, Get Right, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Thumbing My Way, You Are, I Am Mine, Lukin/Grievance, 1/2 Full, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Parting Ways, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Soon Forget, Do The Evolution, Elderly Woman, State Of Love And Trust, Go
enc 2: I Won’t Back Down, Bushleaguer, Crazy Mary, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed is wearing a Cubs cap during the preset and at the start of the show. The start of ‘Hail Hail’ is totally botched with each starting at a different time and stopping about 5 seconds into it, looking at each other and Mike cracking up. Matt gives a “1, 2, 3″ count and they begin again, nailing it. Ed greets “our neighbors, Vancouver” after ‘Corduroy.’ ‘Thumbing My Way’ is played for Adam Kasper who drove up to see the show. Matt’s drumwork makes the snappy transition from ‘Lukin’ to ‘Grievance.’ ’1/2 Full’ is slightly extended as Ed uses the mirror to capture the spotlight to light different areas of the crowd when he sings, “Who will save the world?” ‘Parting Ways’ is intense, but Jeff’s bass is malfunctioning. As soon as the song ends, ‘RVM’ begins immediately Jeff quickly switches his bass out for a new one. He’s still having problems, but gets it worked out in time to lead into the “saw things…” section finally. Ed returns to the stage alone at the start of the first encore and starts to sing a bit of ‘Oh Canada.’ “I’m waiting for a special guest … not that special. There’s a joke that they tell down in Seattle … have you ever noticed that Canada is kinda like your Grandma’s attic? You never go there and then when you do, you get up there and you go what the fuck is all this shit? … But it’s been a beautiful two days here … you should be lucky that this is a secret.” He says they asked Mr. Bill Gates to come to the show but he was busy (out shopping … “the republican lobby”) and jokes that he is going to buy Canada. The mask finally makes it out to him and Ed places it on the mic stand saying, “If you watch closely … I’m impaling him in a ritualistic manner,” leading to ‘Soon Forget.’ Ed puts on the mask, leading straight into ‘DTE’ and he pushes the mask up to sing and leans over so the mask is facing the crowd. He throws the mask to the crowd. ‘Elderly Woman’ is dedicated to the guys from Medicine Hat (who had to hitchhike to be there when their vehicle broke down). To start the second encore, Ed performs Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and it seems more practiced. ‘Bushleaguer’ is a surprise, but the Canadian crowd eats it up. (Lots of signs in the crowd, one saying “It’s OK, you’re in Canada” on one side with “Bushleaguer” on the back.) After ‘RITFW,’ performed with the house lights on, Mike grabs another guitar wanting to do ‘YL’ so they do one more.

06/01/03 – Shoreline Amphitheatre: Mountain View (San Francisco), CA

support act: Idlewild
preset: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Ed solo)

set: Long Road, Do The Evolution, Animal, Save You, Green Disease, Grievance, I Am Mine, You Are, Even Flow, Not For You, Corduroy, Habit, Daughter/(It Rains On Me), Thumbing My Way, Present Tense, 1/2 Full, Insignificance, Go
enc 1: Love Boat Captain, Elderly Woman, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Alive, Porch
enc 2: Know Your Rights, Bushleaguer, Fuckin’ Up
notes: Ed offers a toast to those who participated in the February 15th protests prior to ‘Grievance.’ ‘Not For You’ is dedicated to Michael Powell (FCC chairman appointed by Bush and son of Colin Powell). ‘It Rains On Me’ (a Tom Waits song) is tagged on ‘Daughter,’ with Ed inviting the crowd to sing. He introduces ‘Present Tense’ as a rarely played song that starts out with just “me and Mike.” The rest of the band is off stage and they gradually join in. Returning for the encore, Ed screams out, “All right everybody. Can I hear it for a Sunday night in San Francisco?!” in his best Steven Tyler scream. He mentions how the band thinks the energy seems a little low and it might be because it is a Sunday night but then takes personal blame for it. He speaks of how often they’ve played at Shoreline and jokes about waking up sweating after having dreams about Mike in the Village People outfit. He continues, “Unless Neil stops playing here, we’ll never get to be the house band … and I think we’re coming back in October to play with Neil.” He mentions that the Dixie Chicks will be there, too and there is a mix of cheers and boos. “Anybody who boos the Dixie Chicks … you’re a fucking pussy and I’ll kick your ass.” ‘Crazy Mary’ brings the energy level up, with a huge jam at the end (featuring dueling solos between Mike and Boom). An incredible ‘Porch’ features Mike wandering the stage, Ed running up the aisle to the 200 section and an interlude where Ed does some political speaking, including: “… music is a weapon of mass construction … let’s have a preemptive strike against another four shitty years.” At the end of ‘Fuckin’ Up,’ Mike goes to get another guitar but that’s the end of the show.

06/02/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Irvine (Los Angeles), CA
attendance: 16,000
support act: Idlewild
soundcheck: In Hiding, Dissident, Of The Girl, Oceans
set: Of The Girl, Last Exit, Save You, Corduroy, Love Boat Captain, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Gimme Some Truth, I Am Mine, Jeremy, Wishlist, Immortality, Whipping, Deep, Thumbing My Way, Black, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: You Are, Daughter/(Atomic Dog), (With My Own Two Hands), Alive, Blood
enc 2: I Am A Patriot, Down, Crazy Mary, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: A bluesy ‘Of The Girl’ opens with Ed yelling “Let’s go!” at the end, ripping into ‘Last Exit.’ Ed mentions they have friends and family there. The second verse of ‘Even Flow’ is modified to include something about the FCC. ‘Wishlist’ is extended: “I wish I was the dolphin swimming just off your shore … and “I wish I was a human being that can somehow love you more. How I feel I just can’t express … I try harder every day … how I feel … try to write songs, try to write notes, try to write letters … but the words get stuck in my mind,” which leads to ‘Immortality.’ Ed references the bonfire on the grass in the back the last time they played here and what a relief that isn’t happening now. He says he thinks he met Matt here when Ed was just about to go to Seattle and Matt was in Soundgarden and points how how far back he was in the crowd. “It took about 10 years to get 30 yards from there to here … the biggest jump is probably this last four or five feet.” A bit of ‘With My Own Two Hands’ (a Ben Harper song) is sung acapella briefly after ‘Daughter.’ ‘Blood’ includes a good three-way jump at one of the stops (Mike, Jeff, Ed). At the start of the second encore, Ed thanks those in the back and jokes about how it is easier to smoke pot back there. He says they were told they have 15 minutes to wrap up the show and if they went beyond the curfew, it would cost “a decent chunk of money” and he talks about passing a hat, but that they are playing longer and it will cost $5,000. After ‘Patriot,’ “That was a good two grand!” ‘Crazy Mary’ has the long Boom solo, then Mike, then trading off. Stone plays some super energized and rhythmic acoustic flurries and dances/skips around. The whole band is smiling at Boom and watching him. ‘Baba’ is huge with tambourines bashed and thrown like Frisbees into the crowd. Stone is doing mini-windmills. Afterward, Matt leaves the stage and has his jacket on when Mike and Ed go into YL’ and that closes the evening. Not a lot of talk, but an amazing set with dead on vocals, no lyrical flubs, technically tight and the band in good spirits.

06/03/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Irvine (Los Angeles), CA

support act: Idlewild

set: Can’t Keep, Spin The Black Circle, Save You, Grievance, Cropduster, Nothing As It Seems, Even Flow, You Are, 1/2 Full, Given To Fly, Daughter/(With My Own Two Hands), Lukin, Corduroy, Untitled, MFC, Black, Love Boat Captain, Porch
enc 1: I Am A Patriot, Do The Evolution, Elderly Woman, State Of Love And Trust, Crazy Mary, Alive
enc 2: Know Your Rights, Bushleaguer, Fortunate Son, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Ed greets the crowd after ‘Cropduster,’ mentioning the show the previous night, how good it was and that the crowd has a lot to live up to. He tells how the show is a live broadcast on 94.9 independent radio station in San Diego “and you’re all part of it.” Ed does berserk, mad, unhinged dancing at the end of ’1/2 Full,’ shouting out, “Do something! Save the world … do something!” Crowd seems a little flat until ‘Given To Fly.’ ‘With My Own Two Hands’ is tagged on ‘Daughter,’ with an extended call and response, the crowd chanting the “with my own two hands” part during each verse. Ed adds the tag line “94.9 San Diego … the independent station” at the start of various songs. Mike and Stone play together during ‘Lukin’ making funny opposing head nods with Stone’s chiming guitar part. Mike, for the second night in a row, runs around in circles with his head in his hands to psych himself up for the ‘Corduroy’ solo. ‘Untitled’ includes going to Mexico and “taking a board just in case.” He trades his fedora for Donita’s (Sparks, from L7) sailor’s hat before starting ‘Love Boat Captain.’ After ‘DTE,’ Ed talks about how they did an interview where they were asked about the origin of the band’s name and how they gave a bogus response, but the true answer is they were looking for “good initials” and they came up with P.J. based on basketball coach Phil Jackson so “We will be well-coached and winners.” (Phil Jackson is in the pit seats and the wine gets passed directly to him first during ‘Crazy Mary.’) Lyrics are forgotten during ‘SOL&T.’ To start off the second encore, Ed says, “If you want more, we got it. (crowd cheers) All right … you got it!” He references 94.9 radio again and speaks to how the FCC legislation just passed to open up the possibility of communications corporations becoming bigger monopolies and that we should all be concerned because the airwaves belong to all of us. He recommends visiting epitaph.com and that’s their “public service announcement,” leading to ‘Know Your Rights.’ Very political second encore with ‘Bushleaguer’ (no fanfare; no mask) and ‘Fortunate Son’ following. He yells out, “All right southern California! … pander pander pander.” He talks about how the two back to back shows felt like they were having twins and this second night is “the ugly one,” but that the crowd came through for them. He brings out Jack Irons to drum while Matt plays Ed’s red SG Junior on ‘RITFW,’ making snarling/smiling rock faces throughout the song. Jeff and Matt do “the lean” briefly. Mike runs into the crowd during ‘RITFW’. Ed tells Jack when to come down for the “thousand points of light” verse.

06/05/03 – San Diego Sports Arena: San Diego, CA

support act: Idlewild

set: Better Man, Do The Evolution, Save You, Animal, Given To Fly, Get Right, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Corduroy, 1/2 Full, Wishlist, Thumbing My Way, Not For You, Present Tense, Blood, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: You Are, Elderly Woman, Daughter/(People Have The Power), Elderly Woman, Crazy Mary, Go
enc 2: Blue Red Grey, Sonic Reducer, Alive
enc 3: Arc, Baba O’Riley
notes: Unusual ‘Better Man’ opener with a crazy crowd that’s ready to sing. ‘DTE’ is changed to “I am the first man to surf this place” and ‘GTF’ is “had a joint in a tree” instead of smoke and that gets a cheer. Ed uses the mirror and the spotlight during ’1/2 Full’ and shines it on himself near the end, nearly blinding himself. At the start of the encore, Ed talks about coming to see shows there … The Who, David Bowie, Queen, KISS, Cheap Trick… and that he was usually up in about C18 but that was the “pass the joint” section. He jests about seeing Nugent with his “Tarzan loincloth” and how he was going to wear his tonight but didn’t. “It’s kind of an ensemble. You can’t really wear it unless you got the bow and arrow, too.” He speaks about the ocean and surfing and the benefits of what Surfrider is doing. Excellent long ‘People Have The Power’ tag on ‘Daughter.’ Ed returns for the second encore alone and talks a bit about Jewel and how if he messes up a lyric, it is because he is so highly anticipating her new record release. He goes on about how one of her songs will be part of a commercial for ladies’ razors or a feminine hygiene product and how exciting that is because he won’t have to buy it, he can just watch TV and wait for the commercial. He talks about PJ’s best commercial offer that was for Viagra. “It was a singing penis … a little singing cock singing I’m still alive. Six million dollars we turned down to prevent our song from being sung by a cock.” This leads to ‘Blue Red Grey’ sung for Pete. Ed looks rough and asks for a fan from the crew early in the show. His throat seems to get progressively worse, becoming more weak and painful to him. He changes ‘Alive’ to “I’m barely alive.” He gets nailed by something thrown from the crowd and he grabs and slams it down beside Matt’s drumkit. Regardless, for the third encore, the crew brings out a chair and some unfamiliar equipment. Ed asks the crowd to be quiet (getting somewhat annoyed because the crowd won’t quit yelling) so he can try ‘Arc’ (for the first live performance) and puts on headphones. He uses a loop recorder, adding another vocal layer after each loop as it builds and builds. (‘Arc’ is not included with any of the official bootlegs released.) ‘Baba’ closes the show.

06/06/03 – MGM Grand: Las Vegas, NV
attendance: 17,000
support act: Idlewild

set: Go, Save You, Spin The Black Circle, Last Exit, Even Flow, I Believe In Miracles, Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Better Man, You Are, Grievance, Wishlist, Green Disease, Daughter, Present Tense, Lukin, State Of Love And Trust, Porch
enc 1: Last Kiss, Love Boat Captain, Down, Breath, Do The Evolution
enc 2: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Crazy Mary, Know Your Rights, Fuckin’ Up, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Very hard and fast series of opening songs. Before ‘STBC,’ Ed welcomes the “winners and losers alike.” Ed engages the crowd to start off the first two verses ‘Better Man’ and says “Good singing!” at the end. ‘Daughter’ includes a “Hey ho, let’s go” chant between Ed and the crowd. During ‘Porch,’ Ed tries to inspire the audience to “raise the roof off this place … it’s probably made of plastic.” Returning for the encore, Ed starts singing, “Luck be a lady tonight,” the apologizing for turning into “Buddy Love” for a moment. ‘Last Kiss’ is for the people in the back but Ed seriously baubles the lyrics while the band plays on. He blames it on the “strength of the wine” and says everyone makes mistakes. “I feel like Sammy Sosa … The worst thing is I was feeling like such a winner right before … I should have folded.” After ‘Down,’ Ed says they will play a song to test his lyrical knowledge again, leading to ‘Breath.’ Ed returns to start the second encore, teasing humorously with a short improv of the Clash’s ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ with the crowd cheering, “Stay!” He speaks about how he’s going to use his tax break to get Bush out of office, leading to a bit of chat about democracy and a solo ‘Hide Your Love Away’ with the crowd helping out by singing the “Hey!” at the start of each chorus. Matt drums the intro to ‘Fuckin’ Up’ but that stops and they play ‘Know Your Rights,’ then return to play ‘Fuckin’ Up’ properly, with Ed exclaiming”cuss words!” The lights come up and Mike plays a ‘Barracuda’ teaser as Ed introduces their “neighbors” from Seattle, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), and they join PJ for ‘RITFW,’ with Ed and Ann throwing out many tambourines to the crowd in a big finish.

06/07/03 – Cricket Pavilion: Phoenix, AZ

support act: Idlewild

set: Elderly Woman, Given To Fly, Save You, Insignificance, Cropduster, Immortality, Blood, Breakerfall, Gimme Some Truth, Corduroy, Off He Goes, Even Flow, Daughter/(WMA)/(ABITW), Better Man, Spin The Black Circle, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: I Won’t Back Down (Ed Solo), Love Boat Captain, Black, Glorified G, Do The Evolution
enc 2: I Believe in Miracles, Indifference, Baba O’Riley
notes: An extremely hot show, low energy and Ed’s voice suffering. He stumbles over the ‘GTF’ lyrics but the crowd is there for him and Ed laughs and is thankful. After ‘Cropduster,’ Ed draws his hand across his throat and apologizes for his voice. “It’s like singing while sucking on a brow dryer right now …” He thanks the crew for working in the 105 degree heat and gives his sympathy as they have to drive to El Paso next. ‘Breakerfall’ is introduced as a love song. Ed plays the opening chords to “Gimme Some Truth” and pauses. “Fucking Las Vegas. That’s classic lead singer behavior right there; you just blame it on something else.” Ed asks the crowd to sing the ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ tag and he modifies the lyrics to sing about teachers and needing better pay. There’s a small “Eddie” chant at the start of the first encore and Ed responds, “If you’re going to do it, don’t do it half ass,” which creates a large “Eddie” chant. He quickly quells it, “All right that’s enough.” He thanks the crowd for coming out on a Friday night and the crowd corrects him (it is Saturday) and he seems surprised. “Jesus Christ, it’s been a long tour.” He pulls out a note from his cousin and introduces ‘I Won’t Back Down’ as a song he’d sing to kids. ‘Black’ has a great moment when Ed positions the mic toward the crowd and they sing the ending. Great moment during Black as crowd sang the ending; put the mic with stand out for the crowd to sing the closing. Returning quickly for the second encore, Ed says, “It’s too hot to stop!” and dedicates the next song to Johnny Ramone, leading to ‘I Believe In Miracles.’ Ed hands a person in a wheelchair a tambourine during ‘Baba.’
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06/09/03 – Smirnoff Music Center: Dallas, TX

support act: Idlewild

set: Alive, Brain Of J, 1/2 Full, Go, Corduroy, Green Disease, I Am Mine, Daughter/(Of The Girl), Nothingman, Jeremy, I Got Shit, Blood, Dissident, Better Man, Save You, Even Flow
enc 1: Arc, Can’t Keep, State Of Love And Trust, Elderly Woman, Black, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Crazy Mary, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Starting with the all too familiar ‘Alive’ riff sends the crowd into a frenzy and they smoke through the first few songs. For the ‘Daughter’ tag, Ed has the crowd repeat “A”, “L”, “L”, “A”, “S”, “D” and asks “What’s that spell? … I don’t know how to spell!” and then sings the closing lyrics from ‘Of The Girl.’ He speaks at length after ‘Jeremy’ about how “Houston has the president, San Antonio has the basketball team and you guys have the voices. If this was like American Idol in Texas, you guys would win.” Then he talks about a “contest,” holding up a folder that is inscribed with “WMD” … that there is a folder taped to the bottom of a chair in the crowd with back stage passes in it, and that at the end of the show, they would all go and tear Dallas up with two folks from the crowd. “If you don’t have it then that means you got shit and you can relate to this,” leading to a lovely ‘I Got Shit.’ Later, he asks if anyone has found the folder and grins, telling them to keep looking. After ‘Dissident,’ Jeff says, “Skip Habit … fuck Habit,” and they play ‘Better Man.” After ‘SOL&T,” Ed introduces the band and mentions Stone playing Les Paul guitars and there is a toast to Mr. Les Paul and that he’s 88 years old and that “Les is more.” Then, Boom: “Don’t mess with Texas? Yeah, well don’t mess with fuckin’ Boom, all right? In fact, you can’t mess with any of us as long as Boom is close by.” The second encore starts off with Ed introducing ‘Crazy Mary’ saying, “We’re gonna play it better than we’ve ever played it before.” Ed again asks if anyone has found the WMD folder … “Please don’t tell me it wasn’t there. Don’t tell me the WMDs weren’t there somewhere. That would be upsetting. Keep looking!” leading to ‘RITFW.’ Of course, this is all a big joke, with “WMD” being an acronym for “weapons of mass destruction,” and the folder was never found (many didn’t get the joke), but it was a clever way to voice displeasure in an intelligent way in Texas.
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06/10/03 – Alltel Arena: Little Rock, AR

support act: Idlewild

set: Arc, Save You, Animal, Grievance, Corduroy, Love Boat Captain, Cropduster, Even Flow, Light Years, Lukin, Insignificance, You Are, Thumbing My Way, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Alive, Do The Evolution
enc 1: Given To Fly, I Believe In Miracles, Elderly Woman, Sleight Of Hand, Fortunate Son
enc 2: The Kids Are Alright, Last Kiss, Baba O’Riley
notes: Unusual ‘Arc’ opener. After ‘Corduroy,’ Ed greets the crowd: “How’s everybody in Little Rock? You sound like big rock. Is there such a thing as big rock?” He dedicates the show to Damien, Jason and Jessie, holding up a banner from the crowd that says “Free WM3.” He adds, “Next time we play, we want them to be right there.” Ed chats about the great crew and how hot the southwestern shows have been but how they’ve appreciated the great response. He jokes that there is a single guy watching and masturbating to “Three’s Company” in a skybox, and that this is his segue into a “sensitive song” leading to ‘Thumbing My Way.’ Long ‘SIFL’ tag, including modified lyrics. Returning for the encore, Ed speaks about the West Memphis Three again and how they are trying to support them. Later, “This is one we only do when we feel real comfortable,” leads to ‘Sleight Of Hand.’ Returning for the second encore, Ed praises the crowd for “being so much better than Texas” and says their president was better than the one that came from Texas, too. He talks about the trucks and how there is one just to carry their (the band’s) opinions. He also discusses the Pete Townshend situation and how the media wrongly portrayed him (and that he has been cleared) and then proceeds to play a solo version of ‘The Kids Are Alright’ for Pete. After ‘Baba,’ Mike changes guitars and looks ready to play another song but Ed says goodnight and rest of the band goes off stage. Good spirits, good energy.

06/12/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre: Bonner Springs (Kansas City), KS

support act: Idlewild
preset: Dead Man (Ed solo)

set: Release, Breakerfall, Brain Of J., Get Right, Ghost, Immortality, Whipping, Not For You, Off He Goes, Help Help, 1/2 Full, MFC, You Are, Better Man, Save You
enc 1: Go, Corduroy, Glorified G, Even Flow, Alive
enc 2: Fuckin’ Up, Baba O’Riley
notes: A lovely day turned to dark skies, lightning and a torrential downpour starting during Idlewild’s set. During the set change, the first row of seats is flooded with water pouring from the upper sections. Mike comes out and tosses several shirts out to the crowd. The stage is mopped, equipment is covered and the band prepares to play as the downpour turns to steady rain and the lightning becomes less threatening. Opening with ‘Release,’ singing, “Oh, dear Dad, can you see us now? I am myself, like you somehow.” (A large streak of lightning flashes across the sky). Ed says, “Hi, Dad.” A rather powerful moment, helping fuel the rest of the “short, but sweet” set as the crowd sings the words in the rain. The setlist is rapid and somewhat different, seemingly constructed specifically for the circumstances, (such as ‘Whipping’: “Don’t need a raincoat YOU’RE already wet!”). Not a lot of chat tonight with the show starting late. After ‘Save You,’ Ed brings the mic stand down on his monitor with great force and the stand and heavy, round base fly into the crowd, striking someone in the front row. Ed pays homage to the crowd in this totally uncovered venue for holding up and how it is turning out to be a “memorable evening.” The first encore begins with a fiery ‘Go’ (which was to conclude the first set according to the written setlist). Ed moves to the front of the stage at various times, singing up into the rain. Mike climbs down to the front barrier during the ‘Even Flow’ solo, practically crawling into the crowd, then slipping on the wet stage and falling when returning. Ed speaks about stopping by to visit one of the West Memphis Three in Arkansas and how it makes you appreciate your freedoms and how you could lose them being in the wrong place at the wrong time. How it makes you appreciate open spaces and being able to gather together and have a great time and the “ability to stand in the rain all night.” ‘Baba’ closes, with Ed removing his outer shirt and turning his back to the crowd, revealing his classic, worn Who shirt beneath.
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06/13/03 – Mid-America Center: Council Bluffs, IA

support act: Idlewild

set: Arc, Save You, Hail Hail, Animal, Green Disease/Grievance, Faithfull, Cropduster, Dissident, Even Flow, Driven To Tears, Spin the Black Circle, Bushleaguer, Thumbing My Way, Love Boat Captain, Nothingman, Go
enc 1: Better Man/(Every Day)/(Save It For Later), Daughter/(With My Own Two Hands), Down, Jeremy
enc 2: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Crazy Mary, Know Your Rights, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Tiny venue compared to most stops on this tour (approx. 7,000 capacity), lending to an intimate setting where Ed talks and jokes a lot, and the crowd chants and claps in unison effortlessly. With the entire room dark, Ed strolls out, puts on the headphones to perform a four-minute version ‘Arc’ with the lights out for the duration. The rest of the band take the stage, the lights come up and it is immediate obvious that Mike and Stone have buzz cuts (what caused this?). They zip through the first few songs, Matt using a drum fill to effortlessly transition from ‘Green Disease’ to ‘Grievance.’ After ‘Bushleaguer,’ Ed quotes the Beatles’ song ‘A Day In The Life’ (“I read the news today, oh boy”) and discusses how he read the news and how the media has made it sound like PJ isn’t patriotic. He says it seems like a lot of “patriotic” people had a party three weeks ago as the war was “over” (including Bush partying up on an aircraft carrier) but so many soldiers had been killed since then. “We need to all pay attention … we need to STILL support our troops and get them home safe.” After ‘Thumbing My Way,’ he asks if this is the first time they’ve been to Council Bluffs. He plays a snippet of Buddy Holly’s ‘Peggy Sue’ for Clear Lake, Iowa and continues to list other cities in Iowa. At the top of the encore, Ed asks how often you get to play on Friday the 13th and have it go well. ‘Better Man’ is for all the “darlings” out there and the loud crowd sings the opening with Ed responding, “Congratulate yourselves!” ‘Better Man’ glides into a short ‘Every Day’ (by Buddy Holly) and then a bit of the ‘SIFL’ tag. During ‘Daughter,’ Ed encourages the crowd to sing along, saying it makes you feel good and is the only thing keeping him from blowing his head off. He requests more singing for ‘Jeremy,’ and the crowd is happy to assist and the song is even extended so the crowd can keep singing. Returning for the second encore, the crowd is loud and Ed exclaims, “Jesus Christ!” and that the crowd is making it extremely hard for them to leave. “We have an empty hotel room to get to in Minnesota and watch Jerry Springer.” He says they will have been in six states just today, but if you add states of mind, it is more like 17. He points out Mike and Stone’s matching haircuts and says now that music can be downloaded, musicians have to come up with alternate methods for making money and that he wants to sell some of Mike’s hair. “He’s going to want a percentage but was just laying there on the bathroom floor. I was the one who was the entrepreneur.” He says since it’s Mike’s DNA, he is just going to keep it for his own personal collection. They move directly from ‘Know Your Rights’ to ‘RITFW.’ The lights are up and every single person in the room is clapping in unison to Matt’s bass drum. Ed looks around in awe and lifts his hands up saying,”Wow! Look at this! It looks good!” It is almost too much for Ed to start singing the song again but he points into the crowd and says, “You’re a thousand points of light …” and proceeds to finish the song, using tambourines to clap along with the crowd and tossing them out.

06/15/03 – Fargo Dome: Fargo, ND
attendance: 9,473
support act: Idlewild
Evacuation, Drifting, Red Mosquito, Elderly Woman, I Believe In Miracles
set: Arc, Go, Do The Evolution, Insignificance, Nothing As It Seems, 1/2 Full, I Believe In Miracles, I Am Mine, Help Help, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind), You Are, Even Flow, Better Man, Whipping, In My Tree, Thumbing My Way, Spin The Black Circle, Porch
enc 1: Corduroy, Animal, Elderly Woman, Sleight Of Hand, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: I Am A Patriot, Crazy Mary, Baba O’Riley
notes: Ed is sick, drinking tea, chasing it with wine and a smoke throughout the show. Ed flubs the lyrics to ‘DTE’ and the band has to adjust, leading to an awkward moment in the mid-song. After ‘Insignificance,’ Ed points out that the reason the band are playing Fargo is Jeff Ament and the crowd responds with “Jeff” chants. Ed mentions Jeff’s family, who are supposedly in the stands stage right holding a large “Thanks, Jeff” banner. He thanks the Cohen brothers, leading to ‘NAIS.’ Ed postulates that in the 2300+ shows the Ramones played, not one was in Fargo, and thus, this is the first time this song has ever been played in Fargo, leading to ‘I Believe in Miracles.’ The ‘Daughter’ tag doesn’t quite get off the ground with the crowd, who have trouble with the call and response and Ed struggles with his throat. Mike is immersed in his ‘Even Flow’ solo, dragging it out over several minutes and the band seeming impatient with him, all staring at him with not-too-happy looks on their faces. ‘Whipping’ is introduced as “another love song, with a bondage twist to it.” ‘In My Tree’ makes its tour debut, though the band only “play the part we remember…” It’s a fairly low-key, slower and shorter version, but beautiful in its simplicity, with improvised lyrics at the end.
It’s still growing up just like me, yeah.
Still growing, still breathing, still avoiding dying.
Still playing, still loving, still avoiding crying, yeah.
As the crow flies, as the tree grows, tomorrow I’ll die.
Something I never thought I’d know.

Ed remarks afterward, “That was just a detour.” ‘Thumbing My Way’ is played electric rather than acoustic. Lyrics included during ‘Porch:’ “If I could take back … there’s some things I’d change …” When they return for the first encore, Ed, who noticeably has difficulty with his voice all night long, making several gestures to his throat throughout the show, apologizes for his difficulties. “I guess I was just intimidated by all of Jeff’s family. Or all the sudden it freaked me out cause I know that my family’s gonna be in Chicago in three days and I’m getting the shakes.” ‘Sleight Of Hand’ makes an odd encore appearance, with Ed noting, “… it is not the average, not the normal, we might try it.” Matt and Ed return for the second encore with Ed announcing, “Minnesota can wait. (big cheers) Half of you are from Minnesota. OK, then goodnight we’ll see you tomorrow!” The wine bottle gets passed around for ‘Crazy Mary,’ and Boom goes wild at the end. ‘Baba’ closes the show, the crowd in this small venue taking over the chorus.

06/16/03 – Xcel Energy Center: St. Paul, MN
attendance: 14,865
support act: Idlewild

set: Of The Girl, Last Exit, Given To Fly, Ghost, Corduroy, Wishlist, Immortality, Even Flow, Thin Air, Cropduster, Grievance, Driven To Tears, I Am Mine, Alive, Black
enc 1: Daughter, Save You, State Of Love And Trust, Bushleaguer, Better Man, Lukin, Leaving Here
enc 2: Elderly Woman, Rearviewmirror, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Despite Ed being ill, the band gets right to business, charging through the first four songs. Ed greets the crowd with a little ‘Outshined’ tag: “good evening … looking California, feeling Minnesota,” leading to ‘Corduroy.’ After the “hands upraised” section in ‘Wishlist’ and seeing the crowd respond, Ed responds, “Wow, you’re actually even listening, huh?” ‘Driven To Tears’ has a bit of trouble getting started as Ed can’t quite get the cue right to start singing. During ‘Alive,’ Ed convinces a fan to pass his cell phone up and he sings into the phone. A fan requests ‘Lukin,’ and Ed says he can’t. Ed asks if he wants to sing it … “Do you know the words? I’ll think about it. You just stay where you are.” ‘Daughter’ is tag-less, but the crowd claps along anyway as the song ends, prompting Ed to shrug. The longest crowd speech is Ed’s discussion about a story that ran on the front page of the newspaper about how spam on cell phones is a major problem and a story about how 44 soldiers were killed in the Middle East in the last two months was on page 18. He says we need to stick to what is important and we need to bring our soldiers home safely and soon; we can get to the cell phone shit later, leading to ‘Better Man.’ The fan requesting ‘Lukin’ is brought up on stage as a “… special guest … I dunno how special he is.” He bows to the band and Ed praises him for being “submissive.” “OK, this is Michael Benton singing ‘Lukin’.” He sings and jumps around with Ed, then leaves. At the top of the second encore, Ed asks, “Has it been five years?” and the crowd cheers, leading to ‘Elderly Woman.’ Slow jam leads to ‘RVM’ with the entire venue silently listening. A fan wearing a Wellstone bumper sticker (Senator Paul Wellstone who was killed in a plane crash last October and was one of the most outspoken senators against Bush’s policies and stood up for the underprivileged) is noticed and at the start of ‘Bushleaguer,’ Ed says, “Where’s Wellstone when you need him?” An extra Wellstone sticker makes it to the stage during ‘RITFW’ and Jeff places it on his bass. (Encore setlist played is quite different than indicated on the written setlist.)
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06/18/03 – United Center: Chicago, IL

support act: Idlewild
soundcheck: Thumbing My Way, I Won’t Back Down (list probably incomplete)
set: Release, Hail Hail, Save You, Cropduster, Love Boat Captain, I Am Mine, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Off He Goes, Light Years, Green Disease, Grievance, Present Tense, Daughter/(With My Own Two Hands), Bushleaguer, Alive, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Arc, Corduroy, Elderly Woman, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Do The Evolution
enc 2: Down, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed is still ill, blowing his nose throughout the show, but the show rocks with one song careening into the next. Ed thanks the crowd for filling the arena and speaks of the basketball stars and The Who playing there … and that his Grandma is there (watching the show from an easy chair side stage) and that he thinks “she likes this one” leading to ‘Love Boat Captain.’ ‘Off He Goes’ is dedicated to someone close to the band that passed away. Amazing version of ‘Light Years’ with a beautiful improv/extended ending. ‘Green Disease’ lyric is modified to “… think with your heart and not your dick.” Ed encourages the crowd to “clap for Grandma” and “sing for me” during ‘Daughter,’ even getting them to whisper the lyrics to the tag. Before ‘Corduroy,” Ed talks about surfing last December and getting the “picture perfect” wave and thinking “Wow, this is pretty good for a kid from Chicago,” and that he is proud to be playing in Chicago. He commends Chicago for “really good singing” during ‘Better Man’ and says you “could almost feel the pain.” Ed thanks Idlewild for opening and some of them (Roddy and Gavin) join PJ for ‘RITFW’ with Matt swapping out and playing bass.

06/19/03 – Riverbend Music Center: Cincinnati, OH (canceled due to flooding)

06/21/03 – Alpine Valley Music Center: East Troy, WI
attendance: 22,000
support act: Buzzcocks
soundcheck: Rival (1 partial; 1 complete), Smile, Leaving Here, Soldier Of Love, Evacuation (slower version), Once (partial), Romanza (Ed on acoustic), You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (ending, 2X)
set: Sometimes, Corduroy, Green Disease, Save You, Gods’ Dice, Faithfull, Immortality, Love Boat Captain, Insignificance, Deep, I Believe In Miracles, You Are, Better Man/(Why Can’t I Touch It?), Jeremy, Even Flow, Daughter, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Go, Animal, Elderly Woman, Glorified G, Bushleaguer, Do The Evolution
enc 2: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo), Breath, Crazy Mary, Know Your Rights, Fortunate Son, Baba O’Riley
enc 3: Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)
notes: PJ takes the stage early (while it is still light) to a deafening ovation. Jeff has the standup bass out and the whole fan club section goes wild as soon as Ed hits the first note of ‘Sometimes.’ After ‘Immortality,’ Ed greets the crowd and recalls how cold it was last time they played Alpine, and how that crowd must be the “toughest audience in rock and roll history.” “We made a pact after the show never to play that fucking place again.” He jokes about the smoke and introduces Boom as coming from the land of the best smoke, leading to ‘LBC.’ During the break in the middle of ‘Insignificance’, the band stops but Mike keeps playing. He holds his hand up, laughing, as if to say “Yes, that was me that fucked up.” ‘I Believe In Miracles’ is dedicated to Johnny Ramone. ‘Jeremy’ (introduced as “Here’s a new one for you”) and ‘Even Flow’ are both loaded with energy. Soothing ‘Daughter’ tag: “Hush my baby, don’t you cry. Sing yourself your own lullaby. Hush my angel, go to sleep. You have your own soul to keep.” On returning for the encore Ed says they can’t go yet as it just got dark. ‘Go’ and ‘Animal’ keep the crowd frenzied. Ed says they want to make sure the show is longer than the drive for those who came from Chicago and anywhere else while ‘Elderly Woman’ is for those who didn’t have to drive far. Ed holds back the band and has them repeat the final “hearts and thoughts” to let the crowd continue singing along. Introduced as the “president’s favorite song,” ‘Glorified G’ is a big crowd pleaser and has modified lyrics: “Got an army; in fact I’ve got two. That’s OK man ’cause I love money. He reminds people about voting and to “stand up and be counted,” leading to ‘DTE,’ which includes “Admire me, admire my home, admire my son, he looks like Stone.” To quell the screams when Ed returns for the second encore wearing the silver jacket, he says, “Don’t be seduced by the jacket,” and he tells about getting the jacket from The Frogs. He begins speaking about voting and being active and goes off on a big tirade:
“Power to the people man…. The real people, the people that work, not the people that sit in their towers, and try to run the whole thing, thinking that we’re too stupid to notice what they’re doing! They get us in our little holes, and our boxes, and our cages and they show us American Idol and American Gladiators and American …. blowjob, buttfuck, whatever. And everyone watches with baited breath. Oh, who’s going to get a blowjob tonight? What American’s going to get a blowjob tonight? When in reality, you could be getting one yourself instead of watching the fucking TV, I don’t know. I digress. I’m going to get a guitar. But we were just talking in the back, and we were thinking that maybe uh, on the strength of a night like this, and uh, really, uh, so you understand how much we appreciate it, we were thinking that instead of uh, waiting 2 years or even, uh, after we finish the next record, maybe just next summer, we could come back and play, just a few places that we’ve been to and this would be one of them. And hopefully even in a year, the world will be a little more straightened out.”
Then he talks about how his Uncle’s friend and how Ed used to steal his Beatles’ records and sometimes kept them, He taught Ed how to cuss at age 4 and he dedicates ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’ to him saying, “Thanks, you did a great fuckin’ job.” Just before Boom’s ‘Crazy Mary’ solo, a big, drunk guy makes it onstage with security hot on his heels. Ed calmly shoos away security and lets the guy mumble a couple of things (including “God bless Eddie Vedder”) into the mic and Ed he dances a bit with the man, then spins him off into the arms of the security. The the conclusion, he says “Boom Gaspar,” to big cheers, “and some drunk idiot!” which gets laughs from crowd, band, and crew. Kerry Wood from the Cubs was there and Ed got mixed up and thought it was him for a second and Ed goes to Kerry’s side of the stage and laughs with him. With the house lights up, ‘Baba’ seems to be the show closer with Ed tossing tambourines to Kerry Wood and others, but after Ed says the goodnights, Mike stays onstage with guitar leading to a brief huddle and the ‘YL’ close, Mike adding a nice ‘Little Wing’ tag. Great intensity, beautiful night, awesome crowd with Ed obviously feeling better and the band rested, ready to play and having fun after a two-day break.

06/22/03 – Verizon Wireless Music Center: Noblesville, IN
attendance: 13,578
support act: Buzzcocks

set: Long Road, Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Whipping, Save You, Given To Fly, Cropduster, I Am Mine, Thin Air, Gimme Some Truth, Present Tense, MFC, Habit, Jeremy, Even Flow, Better Man/(Why Can’t I Touch It?), Black, Porch
enc 1: Soldier Of Love, Blood, State Of Love And Trust, Do The Evolution, Alive
enc 2: Smile, Elderly Woman, Sonic Reducer, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: The crowd is space for the openers, Buzzcocks and Ed mentions that, saying he knows there were not a lot of people around to hear them but he knows he was out there watching and that he was honored to be on the same stage as Pete Shelley. Opening with ‘Long Road’ (also the 98 opener at this venue), PJ continues into the ‘Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy’ combo (the 2000 opener here).They tear through the next few songs, including intense versions of ‘Whipping’ and ‘Save You,’ with the crowd getting into the music and singing every verse with the band. Ed takes note and backs away from the mic and smiles at the crowd. They slow down the tempo with ‘Thin Air,’ the crowd recognizing the song and singing. ‘Gimme Some Truth’ is played early with Ed showing his rage, shouting, and doing the Pete Townshend windmill and a few kicks. ‘Habit’ is dedicated to someone in the crowd with a giant tattoo of an alligator on his back. ‘Jeremy’ gets the crowd to a frenzy. A searing ‘Even Flow’ includes, “… looking through the papers though he doesn’t know to read … dumb fuck.” During ‘Better Man.’ the crowd isn’t singing very loud in the now traditional let the crowd sing the first part. Ed asks if the crowd wants to do a bit more singing during the ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’ tag, but they are still holding back. Ed responds, “Come on boys, we ain’t gonna call you a faggot!” which works. Ed lays down on the stage behind an amp during the solos in ‘Black’ and ‘Porch,’ and is still blowing his nose in a towel. Returning for the encore, the crowd chanting “Eddie, Eddie” to which he responds, “Fuck you … how dare you embarrass me in front of friends.” He sings a little snippet of the Jackson 5′s ‘Going Back To Indiana,’ leading to ‘Soldier Of Love’ with Ed singing on his knees for emphasis. They burn through the encore with Mike and Ed leaning on each other during ‘SOL&T.’ On returning for encore two, Ed thanks the crowd for being a real “Friday night crowd” on a Sunday night and he notes Stone on bass and Jeff on guitar, leading to ‘Smile,’ “a request for THAT guy” (a fan in the front row wearing a beanie with “smile” written on it and gets the harmonica at the end). Ed chats about Jeff growing up in a very small town “285? 385? 885? … that was the year after they got the big fuckfest.” He says Jeff would have gotten chairs thrown at him by Bobby Knight if he’d grown up there, leading to ‘Elderly Woman.’ Screaming “all right … let’s go” preface a frantic ‘Sonic Reducer,’ which appears to be the end of the show as the band walks off, but Mike starts into ‘YL’ and they stay. Ed modifies the lyrics, “… all these pussies leavin’ early… fuck you! (laughs) And I see them, I’d like to wish it all away. And they’re all so responsible, showin’ up for Monday morning, to work in accounting. And I see ‘em. The rest they know how to play, the others they go home in the boxer or the bag …” The band lines up, does a deep bow together and that closes another outstanding show at this venue.

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06/24/03 – Germain Amphitheater: Columbus, OH

support act: Buzzcocks

set: Can’t Keep, Daughter, 1/2 Full, Go, Save You, Ghost, Better Man, Grievance, Evacuation, Even Flow, In Hiding, Cropduster, Corduroy, Elderly Woman, Red Mosquito, improv, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Given To Fly, Wishlist, Not For You/(Start Me Up), Footsteps, Do The Evolution, Jeremy
enc 2: Fuckin’ Up
enc 3: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed thanks the people in the back after ‘Elderly Woman’ and makes a quip about the 17-year locusts. He mentions a request for Mike, leading to a bit bit of Zep riffing (‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’) between Matt and Mike before ‘Red Mosquito.’ Ed talks about being ready to do the song if he “… can just shift himself” (Robert Plant reference). The improv is about Ohio and “Me oh my oh, lost in Ohio … I’m in Ohio high oh … just making my way through Ohio where the sky is and the roads are long … went back to Ohio and my city was gone” (nod to Pretenders). At the start of the encore, Ed thanks the Buzzcocks and talks about watching a video where a band was pretending to be a punk band and he thanks the “real thing,” the Buzzcocks. “Buzzcocks were opening for the Sex Pistols before I was fondling my first erection,” and he talks of how he met them a long time ago when he was a crew guy carrying their gear. “You never know how things will turn out.” ‘Wishlist’ has an extended instrumental ending with additional lyrics:”I wish I was this, I wish I was that; I wish I could do this, I wish I could do that … they don’t care about you, they don’t care about me; they just care about money money money money money … there ain’t no love in Washington DC anymore, but there’s love here, in your houses and your homes … when you’re singing alone … use it like a weapon, a weapon of mass construction.” This leads to a ‘Not For You’ intro: “… so it’s not for you, its for them.” Ed tags a little of “Start Me Up” in the middle, asking for a little background (“if you start me up, I’ll never stop … you make a dead man cum”). Ed says, “Threw in a a song by the Folksmen, there …” (joking about the Spinal Tap spin off band known for performing a sanitized, folk version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Start Me Up’). “Don’t know if you recognized it. Don’t know if you’ll understand this next one, too. It goes early early early as we go … certainly not one raped on the radio or anything,” leading to Footsteps. During ‘DTE,’ “I am the first man to act like Elvis” as he is wearing the crazy Elvis sunglasses. Ed introduces the band and says they will be doing a song written by Mr. Neil Young, adding “This is George W’s favorite song, leading to ‘Fuckin’ Up.’ They return for a surprising third encore with Ed noting, “You can thank Mr. Stone Gossard for this one,” and they close with ‘YL.’

06/25/03 – DTE Energy Music Theatre: Clarkston (Detroit), MI

support act: Buzzcocks
soundcheck: In My Tree (various parts), Tremor Christ, Red Mosquito, U
preset: The Kids Are Alright (Ed solo)
set: Animal, Gods’ Dice, Rival, Save You, Glorified G, Breath, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, Even Flow, Help Help, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Lukin, Corduroy, Daughter/(WMA)/(Atomic Dog), Evacuation, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Crazy Mary, I Believe In Miracles, Elderly Woman, Bushleaguer, Do The Evolution
enc 2: Soon Forget, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Modified lyrics for ‘Glorified G:’ “Got a gun, fact I got two. That’s OK cause I love Ted …” (undoubtedly Ted Nugent). ‘Elderly Woman’ is dedicated to Kalamazoo. At the top of the encore, Ed thanks the folks in the back “where the real people are.” (Many of the close seats in the front did not go to fan club members due to season ticket holders at this venue.) He speaks of how they almost didn’t play because of all the ads in the venue. “I ain’t playing for Pepsi … Miller Lite, now that’s a beer … I could piss in a cup and give it to this guy and he’d like it better …” He talks about big corporations buying up media everywhere and how the government is “playing along.” “They’ll start telling you that blue eyed people are smarter and that war is a good thing … keep an eye on these guys. Or they might just bombard you with Sheryl Crow music … I think Sheryl Crow is sponsored by Big Boy, isn’t she?” After ‘Crazy Mary,’ he thanks those who showed up early to see the openers: “Here’s a toast to you!” and he thanks the Buzzcocks, leading to ‘I Believe In Miracles. The show appears to end with ‘Baba’ when Mike again starts in on ‘YL’.

06/26/03 – DTE Energy Music Theatre: Clarkston (Detroit), MI

support act: Buzzcocks
preset: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Ed solo)
set: Last Exit, Brain Of J, Hail Hail, Save You, In My Tree, Red Mosquito, Present Tense, Green Disease, Immortality, Sleight Of Hand, Whipping, Corduroy, Down, Leatherman, Nothingman, Better Man, Spin the Black Circle
enc 1: You Are, Even Flow, State Of Love And Trust, Black, Alive
enc 2: Leaving Here, Know Your Rights, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: A setlist heavy on Vitalogy and No Code songs, including the unusual opening songs. Crowd is better than the previous night, but still a lot of casual fans in the pavilion area tonight, not knowing a lot of the new material but more respectful. Ed notes, “I hope you’re better than those assholes that were here last night … I’m referring to the first 10 rows last night.” He says they will be experimenting and playing things a little differently and making it a show to remember. The reworked ‘In My Tree’ follows. The ‘Present Tense’ performance coincides with sunset and Ed points to the trees on the hill while singing “Do you see the way that tree bends.” They play the “man trilogy” with the third song introduced as “tougher man” for Chris Chelios, “the toughest old man I’ve ever met.” Somewhat lackluster audience participation with ‘Black’ and ‘Alive.’ Returning for the second encore, Ed chats about the Buzzcocks and how they are inspiring. “Don’t be inspired by bullshit, cause it’s out there. It will only inspire you to be a bullshit person yourself and a hollow empty human being and you’ll die and leave nothing left on the earth except the things that you took away from it. There’s so many great things you can do in this world.” This leads to ‘Leaving Here.’ Steve Earle joins PJ for ‘RITFW,’ which gets a big reception and Ed climbs the speaker stacks to the side. Powerful, energetic performance and a setlist that may have disappointed the season ticketholders, but great for the big fans.

06/28/03 – Molson Amphitheatre: Toronto, ONT
attendance: 16,000
support act: Buzzcocks
soundcheck: Why Go (various parts several times + once straight through), U, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (instrumental)
preset: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)
set: Release, Breakerfall, Hail Hail, Save You, Cropduster, Dissident, In My Tree, Given To Fly, Insignificance, Love Boat Captain, Get Right, I Believe In Miracles, I Got Shit, Lukin, Corduroy, Thumbing My Way, Daughter/(With My Own Two Hands), Even Flow
enc 1: Bushleaguer, Fortunate Son, Do The Evolution, (Why Can’t I Touch It?), Better Man, Crazy Mary, Spin The Black Circle, Rockin’ In The Free World
enc 2: Baba O’Riley
notes: ‘Release’ includes”Anthony, can you see this now?”, likely a nod to Anthony Hurley, the Australian fan lost at Roskilde three years ago. Ed first addresses the crowd after ‘GTF,’ asking if the crowd would like to participate in a survey. He realizes he hasn’t said hello, says hello and is greeted with a huge ovation of uninterrupted cheers and says it’s “really” good to be here. He wants to continue with the survey which consists of (a) not believing in the killing of innocent people and that the threat of weapons of mass destruction was distorted in order to get Americans to support the war or (b) “Yes, I’m an idiot.” ‘Daughter’ includes a hint of Pretenders’ ‘Brass in Pocket’ (“I’m special, so special”) followed by the Ben Harper ‘With My Own Two Hands’ tag. ‘Even Flow’ is awesome, with Mike bringing the solo down into a jazzy feel with Matt following right along with accenting symbol hits. This totally throws Stone off and he eventually stops trying to play anything under the solo, just looking at Mike and laughing. ‘Bushleaguer’ returns to true form with Ed employing the silver jacket and Bush mask, dancing, putting the mask on the mic stand, letting a cigarette dangle from its lips, giving it wine and caressing it. Some forgetfulness and creative license elicit different lyrics to ‘DTE’ including, “I crawled the earth, and now I’m high. Ah something something and I sometimes forget this, what the hell …” and toward the end, “I am an American, baby!” A small part of the Buzzcocks’ ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’ is covered, with the crowd helping out. Ed says the band has been trying to get them to play it but they hadn’t. As usual, the crowd takes over the opening verses of ‘Better Man,’ but it is extremely loud and the crowd gets going too fast with Ed trying to get it back on track using his hands, leading to a huge cheer-filled break during the first chorus. Ed mentions how they had discussed doing a short tour next year with maybe just ten spots, including Toronto. “We’ll cross the border for you any time.” After ‘Crazy Mary,’ the crowd erupts, Ed says it is now a “free-for-all” as the band members tap their watches, aware of the early curfew. A Muppets “Animal” doll gets tossed on stage, but they rip into a rapid versions of ‘STBC’ and ‘RITFW.’ Ed cautions, “Kille, no” (meaning, no house lights). Returning for the second encore, Ed says, “There’s three sips of wine left here and they came from Geddy Lee so we’re not leaving ’til it’s done.” The band breaks into ‘Baba,’ which seems to be perfectly timed with huge fireworks at a fireworks competition (at neighboring Ontario Place).Ed points them out past the lawn while the crowd goes wild – magical.

06/29/03 – Bell Center: Montreal, QUE

support act: Buzzcocks
preset: Drifting (Ed solo)
soundcheck: In My Tree (many starts, no complete version), Driven To Tears, Low Light (many starts)
set: Long Road, Go, Save You, Ghost, Grievance, Present Tense, 1/2 Full, Even Flow, Off He Goes, I Am Mine, You Are, Green Disease/Not For You, Wishlist, Habit, Elderly Woman, Jeremy, Blood
enc 1: Arc, Down, Black, improv, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Soon Forget, Last Kiss, Last Exit, Driven To Tears, Better Man, Alive, Fuckin’ Up
notes: Mike and Stone take the stage first, standing to the side for a good two minutes, waiting for the house lights to go down. ‘Long Road’ is started in partial light, with the crowd cheering when the lights finally go down. Jeff is playing stand-up bass for ‘Long Road.’ Matt goes off on ‘Even Flow’ … a great, great Matt night. After a lovely ‘Off He Goes,’ there’s a quick band meeting and ‘I Am Mine’ replaces ‘Gimme Some Truth.’ ‘Not for You’ is very powerful with lots of crowd singing. Lyrics are changed to “small my table, seats all of you” and there’s a small jam in the middle with the crowd chanting “hey, hey” and Ed turning it into “hey, ho, let’s go!” ‘Wishlist’ has the extended ending: “I wish I was the radio song, the one they can’t make money on. The one that can’t be bought and sold … turned into a commercial when we get old. I wish I was the president, keep them from killing girls and men. Figure out ways around the war. I always thought that’s what presidents were for. … and each one of you, there’s a light in each one of you … thanks for bringing your light into this room. Thanks for letting the light shine through …” Ed talks about the guy who was mountain climbing, fell, got trapped by himself and had to cut off his own arm with a knife to get free. “It was actually a ‘Leatherman’, prompting a guitar riff. He talks of how the climber had to get down and walk for hours and how he is “man of the year” but suggests that if the president would unselfishly cut his own head off to save the world, he might be eligible. To start off the encore, Ed gets ‘Arc’ going much more easily than when he first tried it in San Diego and it just sounds huge, with a big response from the crowd. Ed commends the crowd at the start of the second encore and lets them know that no one associated the band would ever order something called a “freedom fry.” ‘Soon Forget’ is about the greedy people on Capitol Hill that come up with that sort of “stupid shit.” He says we need to pay attention and vote. ‘Last Kiss’ is performed to the fans behind the stage. ‘Alive’ is a huge crowd pleaser with everyone in the entire arena pumping their fists and shouting “hey! hey! hey!” at the end and the show closes out with a thunderous ‘Fuckin’ Up’ with Ed destroying the tambourines with full house lights and the band and audience going ballistic.

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07/01/03 – Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge: Bristow, VA (Washington, DC)

support act: Buzzcocks
preset: Blue Red Grey (Ed solo)

set: Can’t Keep, Elderly Woman, Off He Goes, Corduroy, Green Disease, Save You, Even Flow, Nothing As It Seems, Cropduster, 1/2 Full, Gimme Some Truth, Daughter/(WMA)/(ABITW)/(No More Pain), Thumbing My Way, Given To Fly, You Are, Better Man/(Why Can’t I Touch It?)/(Save It For Later), Black, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Do The Evolution, Spin The Black Circle, Blood, Why Go, Know Your Rights, Jeremy, Indifference
enc 2: Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: They start out playing some “quieter stuff” due to traffic clogs and people getting to the venue late as a result. Ed tries to desperately to “figure out” a ‘Daughter’ tag (it is ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’) but gives up, moving to ‘Another Brick In The Wall, changing the lyrics to, “Rumsfeld leave those kids alone,” and then Embrace’s ‘No More Pain’ (“Your emotions are nothing but politics …”). He gets it going later, tagging it on ‘Better Man’ with the crowd singing along. Early on, Ed pauses and glances up at himself on the jumbotron screens. He starts making faces and then jams his finger up his nose like a kid watching himself on video camera. He laughs, as well as the crowd. Ed introduces Stone and Jeff as “one of the longest lasting couples in rock and roll music.” He says there is no one he’s ever met who would rather just play guitar than Mike … “see how happy he is right now … cause he’s playing guitar. When he’s not playing guitar, he’s a fuckin’ prick … kind of.” Mike plays the ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ riff in response (plus a couple of others ;) ). ‘Why Go,’ introduced as trying something they haven’t done for a while, returns to the setlist after vanishing in 1995. At the top of the second encore the band returns and Mike starts to plays the opening to ‘Yellow Ledbetter,’ but Ed waves him off as if to say “no man, not yet.” They go straight into ‘RITFW.’ Amazing energy with Stone bent at the knees, cocking his head forward and back, and even adding some powerful hip thrusts in for good measure!
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07/02/03 – Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts: Mansfield (Boston), MA

support act: Buzzcocks
preset: Dead Man (Ed solo)

set: Oceans, Go, Hail Hail, Save You, Deep, Get Right, Dissident, I Am Mine, Even Flow, Help Help, Immortality, In My Tree, Light Years, Evacuation, Whipping, Grievance, Present Tense, Porch
enc 1: Thumbing My Way, Elderly Woman, Smile, State Of Love And Trust, Leaving Here
enc 2: Soon Forget, Bushleaguer, Fuckin’ Up
notes: ‘Oceans’ is gorgeous, taking many by surprise and Ed’s voice is strong. Ed states that the band has a plan: “… we’ve worked up about 70 songs for this tour. We thought we would play three nights without repeating a song and get to every song … we’re actually playing about 105 … this would put it at about 35 songs a night.” Intense staredown between Mike and Ed during the ‘Even Flow’ solo, almost as if Ed is daring him to keep soloing, which he does for what seems forever. After ‘Grievance,’ Ed speaks about free speech and the government is cloaking themselves in the flag. He talks about Celine Dion and how she is still under the control of Sony Music etc, comparing her to a robot and that they put too much “ego chip” in her. Then, in reference to his own spitting, he says the reason she doesn’t spit is because “I heard she swallows.” After a lovely rendition of ‘Present Tense,’ Ed has a young fan count the “1,2,3,4″ opening to ‘Porch.’ ‘Thumbing My Way,’ ‘Elderly Woman’ and ‘Smile’ are played by request. ‘Bushleaguer’ gets a rather chilly, confused reception. Ed using the mask, French kisses it and tosses it into the crowd. ‘Fuckin’ Up’ is extended by a couple of minutes, with Mike soloing and the rest of the band jamming with huge smiles on their faces. The venue’s 11 pm curfew made for a quick, tight show (although they did go a bit past 11). Great show with the band loving the crowd.

07/03/03 – Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts: Mansfield (Boston), MA

support act: Buzzcocks
preset: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)

set: Release, Animal, Gods’ Dice, Do The Evolution, Insignificance, Love Boat Captain, I Got Shit, Low Light, Rival, Lukin, Not For You, Daughter/(WMA)/(I’ve Been Tired), You Are, In Hiding, I Am A Patriot, Once, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Driven To Tears, Corduroy, Soldier Of Love, Crazy Mary, Alive
enc 2: Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Really nice ‘Release,’ Ed’s voice soaring. Ed asks how many people had been at the show the previous night and how many had seen the sun rise that morning. He continues that he did and testifies testifies to the truth in the advice to live for the moment, but that after one moment comes another, and another, and before you know it the sun’s coming up, “… that’s why I’m so damn grumpy … so live for the moment, but then go to sleep …” For ‘Low Light,’ Ed has a Yield booklet in his hands for the lyrics. After ‘WMA,’ The Pixies’ ‘I’ve Been Tired’ is tagged on ‘Daughter.’ ‘ RVM’ is extended. ‘ Mike changes to a Pedro Martinez jersey for the first encore. Ed, to the delight of many, changes into a Ramones t-shirt and Red Sox cap. Crazy Mary’ gets the wine bottle passed and Boom and Mike are playing off each other — the best jam of the two Mansfield shows — going on and on, bringing brought the house down. The crowd goes crazy any time Boom and his Pedro Martinez Red Sox jersey appear on the big screens over the lawn and back sections. The crowd also responds well when Jeff wears a Bruins jersey as a turban during the second encore. The last three songs (‘Alive,’ ‘Baba,’ ‘YL’) are huge singalongs with the band looking flabbergasted by the crowd. Baba is dedicated to two prolific Englishmen: Joe Strummer and Pete Townshend (“…and Pete’s innocent.”) No songs repeated from previous night.

07/05/03 – Tweeter Center: Camden, NJ (Philadelphia, PA)

support act: Buzzcocks
preset: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Ed solo)

set: Can’t Keep, Brain Of J, Save You, Do The Evolution, Spin The Black Circle, Green Disease, Cropduster, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Faithfull, Wishlist, Rockin’ In The Free World, 1/2 Full, Love Boat Captain, Breath, I Believe In Miracles, Corduroy, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Last Exit, Better Man, Down, Black, Blood
enc 2: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Last Kiss, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed tries to play ‘Parting Ways’ in the preset, but has trouble with the lyrics and performs ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me.’ A hot night on the waterfront with the band breezing through ‘Can’t Keep’ to open, then full throttle with the Stone Gossard show. He is on fire, tearing through ‘Brain of J,’ ‘Save You,’ ‘DTE’ and ‘STBC,’ serving up solos and excellent guitar work. Ed banters about whether they are in Philly or New Jersey (eliciting cheers and boos from the crowd) and says where ever we are, it’s hot! The City of Philadelphia’s fireworks display is visible during ‘Faithfull’ and ‘Wishlist.’ The band doesn’t seem to notice immediately, but Jeff says something to Ed, Ed notices and asks if the people on the lawn can see them. Suddenly, they deviate from the setlist and tear through ‘RITFW’ (“let’s give you a little music for the fireworks”) in the middle of the set while the fireworks are still continuing. The crowd loves this and Ed jokes at the end of the song that they would normally say “Thanks and good night” at this point. During the encore, ‘Down’ gets an enthusiastic crowd response with Ed acknowledging it. Powerful ‘Black’ solo by Mike, taking advantage of the great groove the rest of the band has produced. The second encore opens with Ed chatting about punk rock, politics and free speech. He uses the wine bottle analogy … that when the bottle is empty, that means the show ends. Motioning to get another bottle, it is delivered, but only a few sips are downed. A beautiful, ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’ leads off, followed by huge singalongs. Extremely strong finish … high energy, tight ‘Baba’ with the crowd shouting almost every lyric, Ed bathed in sweat. Great musicianship, energy and spirits; Stone and Jeff not missing a beat all night.

07/06/03 – Tweeter Center: Camden, NJ (Philadelphia, PA)

support act: Buzzcocks
preset: The Kids Are Alright (Ed solo)

set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Hail Hail, Save You, Grievance, Dissident, Immortality, I Am Mine, Get Right, Even Flow, In My Tree, Lukin/Not For You, Nothingman, You Are, Whipping, Porch
enc 1: Jeremy, Elderly Woman, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Daughter/(War), Alive
enc 2: Do The Evolution, Fuckin’ Up, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: The Buzzcocks’ get an encore and Ed joins them for ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’ After the mellow opener, they rip through the next songs with no chat until after ‘Save You,’ when Ed refers to the crowd as “people of mass construction” and says the only fireworks will be the ones on the stage. ‘Even Flow’ is very long and avoids some of the sound quality problems that seemed to plague Mike’s solo during Saturday’s show. Ed speaks of freedom and how playing guitar like Mike is freedom. ‘Porch’ is excellent with Mike tearing it up. At the start of the encore, Ed asks how people are holding up and comments that the encore will be “all request,” and the first two songs are played with dedications – ‘Jeremy’ is for Peter. The crowd waving their arms up and screaming the “hello!” part are so loud that Ed steps back in surprise, saying “Jesus Christ” softly. During ‘Daughter,’ Ed dons the Bush mask, dances to the beat and then busts out his best moonwalk across center stage. He changes the lyrics to “the bombs fall down” and then gets the ‘War’ chant going. Ed comments about high proportions of Riot Act sales in the Philly area, leading to a blistering ‘DTE’ (with lyrics changed to “this land WAS free”) and ‘Fuckin’ Up.’ (hmmmm) Steve from the Buzzcocks plays Ed’s SG for ‘RITFW.’ Excellent show.

07/08/03 – Madison Square Garden: New York, NY
attendance: 20,000
support act: Buzzcocks

set: Love Boat Captain, Last Exit, Save You, Green Disease, In My Tree, Cropduster, Even Flow, Gimme Some Truth, I Am Mine, Low Light, Faithfull, Wishlist/(Why Can’t I Touch It?), Lukin, Grievance, 1/2 Full, Black, Spin The Black Circle, Rearviewmirror
enc 1:
You Are, Thumbing My Way, Daughter/(With My Own Two Hands), Crown Of Thorns, Breath, Better Man, Do The Evolution
enc 2: Crazy Mary, Indifference, Sonic Reducer, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Jeff, Ed and Mike join the Buzzcocks for ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’ during their set. Very emotional performance of ‘I Am Mine’ with Ed mentioning it was the band’s first time in NYC since that thing that happened about a year and a half ago and he applauds NY for being so strong. ‘STBC’ is dedicated to the record stores in New York City. Ben Harper joins PJ in singing the tag on ‘Daughter,’ saying, “This is the best band in the world!” Ed mentions that the staff at the Garden told him that they have only seen the stage rumble that hard in three shows: Grateful Dead, Iron Maiden (at which point Mike plays a quick riff from ‘Number Of The Beast’) and Bruce Springsteen (which elicits a major cheer). Ben Harper joins the band again to sing ‘Indifference.’ Ed says it will cost them $14,000, but that they will break curfew and keep playing (nearly three hours), going until almost midnight. Stellar show with the crowd wild (HUGE fan club turnout) and the band on fire.
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07/09/03 – Madison Square Garden: New York, NY
attendance: 20,000
support act: Sleater-Kinney

set: Crazy Mary, Save You, Hail Hail, Whipping, Corduroy, Red Mosquito, Dissident, I Am Mine, Get Right, Given To Fly, Evacuation, Even Flow, I Believe In Miracles, Untitled/MFC, Deep, Present Tense, Nothingman, State Of Love And Trust, Porch
enc 1: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Elderly Woman, Glorified G, All Or None, Do The Evolution, Alive
enc 2: Go, Know Your Rights, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Unusual rip roaring ‘Crazy Mary’ starts off the set to a packed house at MSG for the second night in a row. Strong Ed voice on ‘Hail Hail.’ He addresses the crowd after a great version of ‘Whipping,’ telling them how special the previous night was for the band but that they “… have their work cut out for them because you guys always wanna make it better than the last.” This spins into a strong ‘Corduroy,’ with the crowd loving it. ‘I Am Mine’ lyrics are changes to, “The in between is yours … you are yours.” Ed phones Johnny Ramone before ‘I Believe in Miracles’ but gets his answering machine. “Hey, Johnny. You fucker. Why aren’t you home?” Then during ‘Untitled,’ “Johnny, I hope you get the message, or you’re not home. I’ll see you in a month or so …” An absolutely beautiful ‘Present Tense.’ Ed gives props to Matt and mentions that the fourth Wellwater Conspiracy album is finished and should be released soon. He says he’s glad because it means Matt will be available to record with PJ. ‘Nothingman’ is a great, huge singalong. Tight ‘Porch’ with a sweet bridge. Upon returning for the first encore, Ed starts reading signs in the crowd. “Garden, yes we’re in the garden. That’s good … This one says ‘play Leash you pussies’. You know, there’s fucking children here, you know. You fucking cocksucking motherfucker asshole prick!” He mentions the fan club support and that last night there were 7,000 and tonight there are 8,000 fan club tickets represented. He thanks the fans and mentions hearing how fans have met via shows and become friends or lovers. He jokes how a couple (“I think they’re from Jersey”) met, married and is trying to have five kids to name them after the band. “So far they have Jeff, Stone and Mike and they’re fucking right now trying to get a little Eddie. And if they get to Boom … we’re just gonna keep adding band members. We’ll have a horn section … that’s evolution, baby.” Ed starts to introduce ‘All or None’ but Mike goes into the first riff of “Glorified G” and they play that first. A heartfelt ‘All Or None’ leads to an incredible ‘Alive.’ As soon as Mike hits the solo, the entire arena begins the fist pump, simultaneously yelling “yeah” for the duration of the song. Ed scans the entire Garden in awe. Mike smashes his Gibson flying V at the end of ‘Go.’ A searing ‘Know Your Rights’ (played for Joe Strummer) encompasses the energy they had from the first note and leads gracefully into ‘RITFW,’ which blows the place up. Ed references phoning Johnny and leaving a message yet again in ‘YL’ (“I tried and I phoned and we only left a message; he wasn’t there.”) Mike intertwines a few of the unmistakable Hendrix doing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock guitar wailings in ‘YL’ to close.
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07/11/03 – Tweeter Center: Mansfield (Boston), MA [preset 50m/main set 165m]

support act: Sleater-Kinney

PJ preset: Long Road, Of The Girl, Sometimes, Off He Goes, All Those Yesterdays, Drifting, Thin Air, Sleight Of Hand, Footsteps, All Or None(/Heartbreaker), Parting Ways, Indifference
set: Can’t Keep, Breakerfall, Brain of J, Spin the Black Circle, Ghost, Green Disease, Tremor Christ, Given To Fly, Nothing As It Seems, Cropduster, Faithfull, Why Go, Wishlist/(Why Can’t I Touch It?), Leatherman, Nothingman, Better Man, 1/2 Full, Untitled/MFC, Blood
enc 1: Breath, Habit, Down, Mankind, U, Black, Jeremy
enc 2: Arc, I Believe In Miracles, Know Your Rights, Fortunate Son, Rockin’ in the Free World
enc 3: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: This show is part III of the plan for PJ to play their catalog over the three Mansfield shows with no repeats. The unique full band preset starts early with a nearly full house with Ed thanking the crowd for participating in “the experiment.” After ‘Of The Girl,’ Ed asks the crowd to sit down saying, “We haven’t played to a seated crowd in a long, long time … there’s not gonna be an acoustic version of ‘Blood’ or anything like that …” The preset begins acoustic with Jeff playing electric on some of the early songs and Mike going electric on some of the later songs, even throwing in part of Jimmy Page’s famous “Heartbreaker” solo into “All or None”. Splendid song selection and very well executed. At least three-quarters of the crowd leaves after the preset Sleater-Kinney thanks Pearl Jam for opening for them in their set. PJ return for the main set, ripping through the first few songs at a staccato pace. Ed toasts Boston #3 after ‘GTF,’ and mentions saving the best for last. He says the next song could have been played in the preset but that they had saved it, and Mike begins ‘NAIS.’ ‘Faithfull’ was saved specifically for night three. Ed flubs ‘Wishlist’ but puts an extended jam on the end (acknowledging the crowd has “forgiven” him) that evolves into the ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’ tag, enlisting the crowd to sing and joking about not giving Atlanta this part to sing. Ed introduces the “man” trilogy as three songs that “go together just like teeth in a Georgian’s mouth,” and then apologizes to Atlanta. In usual form, the crowd sings the first two verses to ‘Better Man’ before Ed even gets a word out. Returning for the first encore, Ed checks his notebook and says there are “… still quite a few songs on the list, so take a deep …” but doesn’t finish the sentence and they launch into ‘Breath.’ Unfortunately, there is no “speaking as …” in ‘Habit,’ but just a complete stop from the build up. ‘Down’ is introduced as a “b-side off the last record for the serious collector,” and is dedicated to Howard Zinn. Ed speaks more of Zinn’s writings at the end of the song. He addresses the 77 soldiers that have lost their lives in Iraq since the war is supposedly over and that he hopes that our thoughts and actions are still with those people overseas. “It will be a fine day when they all come home.” Ed introduces Stone, who says, “I’ve been waiting all tour to get the mic. Finally I have it. It feels so good. Since we’re playing all the songs, here’s the one that I sing …” leading to ‘Mankind,’ played under pink lights! He flounders on the repetition of the “… what’s got the whole world faking” lyric toward the end and says, “Well, it was sort of magic up to the last part … the second verse was pretty good, I thought.” After ‘Black,’ Ed says they only have one more of their songs to do and it is one the crowd knows so they can sing along, leading to ‘Jeremy,’ and afterward, leaving the stage with, “We did it … thank you!” The second encore begins with “Eddie, Eddie” chants and he responds, “Yeah, it’s just me up here.” He talks about how they were pacing themselves and the crowd outdid them. He says they are going to break the curfew and says it isn’t a deliberate act of disrespect but they want to finish the setlist and that next time they will probably play the Fleet Center. “It will never be like the Garden or like the Orpheum Theater.” After thanking those who showed up early for the “experiment” of the opener, he introduces ‘Arc’ as another experiment, following it with ‘I Believe in Miracles.’ Sleater-Kinney come out for ‘Fortunate Son’ and ‘RITFW.’ Then, “There’s one more we haven’t done. We’ve done it once in Birmingham …” and they repeat the loud “one note” and leave, to the dismay of the crowd that still continues to stay and cheer. The band returns, repeating the “one note” but then going into ‘YL’ (apparently the only song that would signal they were really done to get the crowd to leave). Mike adds a snippet of Boston’s ‘More Than A Feeling.’ Playing 30 minutes beyond the 11 pm curfew allegedly cost the band $7,500. (Total count for the three nights at Mansfield = 82 songs plus 11 covers.)

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07/12/03 – Hersheypark Stadium: Hershey, PA

support act: Sleater-Kinney
preset: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Ed solo)

set: Love Boat Captain, Last Exit, Animal, Do The Evolution, Help Help, Grievance, Get Right, Elderly Woman, Immortality, Even Flow, Deep, Lukin/Corduroy, Thumbing My Way, Thin Air, Once, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Driven To Tears, Whipping, Glorified G, Daughter/(ABITW), Crazy Mary, Alive
enc 2: State Of Love And Trust, Rockin’ in the Free World
notes: Matt helps out on tambourine during a Sleater-Kinney song. After the ‘LBC’ opener, Ed yells, “Let’s go! Fuck this fuckin’ chocolate factory!” Ed’s voice is a bit hoarse from the previous night’s marathon and makes up for it by having quite a bit to drink. Ed says everyone has fairly good complexions so they can’t be from around there. He jokes about a guy with a sign that reads “8 1/2 months pregnant” and suggests various band members’ names as names for the baby and wishes him good luck. ‘Elderly Woman’ is for people from small towns. The ‘Immortality’ solo is very bluesy, and Matt has a great solo. ‘Even Flow’ culminates with Mike and Stone squaring off from their respective sides of the stage, initiating a call and answer between guitars. Matt and Jeff own the middle jam in ‘RVM,’ with Jeff spending the second half leaning against his amp, eyes closed. The whole band brings it home at the end with Stone in particular rocking out (looking really cool in the strobes). Throughout much of the show, a female fan up front is flashing the band. Ed comments, “You know there’s some little coquette up here who thinks she’s getting us excited by pulling her top up and showing me absolutely nothing. Hey look guys … look at my mosquito bites from this summer. It’s all fucking girls gone wild bullshit. If every girl who pulled her top up educated herself and voted! And by the way, little lady, I’m just not turned on by that little thing. I’m into much harder core stuff. I actually like to shit on little girls heads just like you; that’s what turns me on,” leading to ‘Whipping.’ ‘Thumbing My Way’ and ‘Thin Air’ are gorgeous. The lyrics in the ‘Another Brick In The Wall II’ tag on ‘Daughter’ are modified: “Let’s pay teachers more and more; let’s not waste money on fucking war.” Mike tosses in a ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ riff at the end of a rocking ‘SOL&T” and Ed motions for someone in the crowd to toss him their harmonica, playing it a bit and tosses it back. The band brings out a friend of Stone’s who got married the day before (Mike Tyler … Stone calls him “Mr. Philadelphia”) to play on ‘RITFW,’ which Ed says is called “I do!” Ed dons the Bush mask for a while and dances around carelessly. A super tight set, but a very short second encore.

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07/14/03 – PNC Bank Arts Center: Holmdel, NJ

support act: Sleater-Kinney
soundcheck: Hunger Strike, Wash, All Those Yesterdays, People Have The Power, Black Red Yellow (Ed solo)
preset: Dead Man (Ed solo)
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Go, Dissident, Corduroy, Nothingman, I Got Shit, In My Tree, Present Tense, Given To Fly, Wishlist/(Why Can’t I Touch It?), Evacuation, Insignificance, 1/2 Full, Save You, Porch
enc 1: Growin’ Up by Bruce Springsteen, Do The Evolution, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind), Alive
enc 2: Hunger Strike, Leaving Here, Fortunate Son, Rockin’ in the Free World
enc 3: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: ‘Wash’ opens brilliantly with the band entering from the shadows, Ed holding a pizza box with the lyrics written on the box (he gives it to someone in the crowd saying, “Hold onto this for me?”) with bluesy guitar from Mike. Ed introduces ‘Present Tense’ saying that it starts with the letters “PT” just like his friend, Pete Townshend. ‘Porch’ is all rocked out Ed jumping on top of the speakers and working the crowd up into a more frenzied state. Ed prefaces ‘Growin’ Up’ by saying this was a song he used to play sitting on his bed (when he was first learning how to play) and also said Bruce wanted to play here but the place wasn’t available for 167 nights in a row. He acknowledges the fan support and other stuff that’s been on his mind the past few months. He says that anything that they’ve said or done throughout the tour came from opinion and that opinion is about caring … caring for their country. That makes them feel like patriots. ‘Growin’ Up’ is a tender, heartfelt solo version. ‘Hunger Strike’ is performed as a big surprise (except for those following soundchecks and setlist scans) and is performed admirably with Corin from Sleater-Kinney singing Chris Cornell’s part. The “Sleater-Kinney chorus” help out on ‘Leaving Here,’ ‘Fortunate Son’ and ‘RITFW.’ Excellent show, with a very animated band and Jeff jumping all over the place all night. Unique setlist with them playing a couple of songs from each album from the first to the last.

07/17/03 – Palacio de los Deportes: Mexico City, Mexico
attendance: 20,000
support act: Sleater-Kinney

set: Of The Girl, Go, Once, Save You, Get Right, Corduroy, I Am Mine, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Love Boat Captain, Wishlist, Gimme Some Truth, Better Man, Lukin/Not For You, Daughter/(WMA), 1/2 Full, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: Do The Evolution, Glorified G, Black, Alive
enc 2: Hunger Strike, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: A powerful, great version of ‘Of The Girl’ opens. Ed speaks to the crowd in Spanish, reading from his notebook, including “Gracias por esperar” (thanks for waiting), leading to huge cheers. The crowd is extremely loud, sometimes nearly drowning out the band with singing. Ed has a Mexican flag across his back during ‘Given To Fly.’ ‘Wishlist’ brings out the lighters in the crowd (turning them on and off rhythmically) and has an extended jam plus a call and respond (“hey ho, let’s go”) session. The crowd just dominates ‘Better Man,’ leading Ed to invite them to sing along with a spirited ‘Lukin’ as well. Ed introduces the band en Español upon returning for the encore. They slam into ‘DTE’ with Stone missing the first of his solo. Ed does the Daltrey-style microphone swings during ‘Alive.’ Like the Holmdel show, Corin helps out on ‘Hunger Strike’ again and Sleater-Kinney joins them for ‘RITFW.’ Mike is on fire, doing kick splits, jumps and running around the stage the whole night with the other band members turning to look at him going crazy. Amazing crowd! Packed to the rafters.

07/18/03 – Palacio de Los Deportes: Mexico City, Mexico
attendance: 20,000
support act: Sleater-Kinney

set: Release, Save You, Hail Hail, Animal, Grievance, Corduroy, In My Tree, Dissident, Even Flow, You Are, I Am Mine, Elderly Woman, Nothingman, State Of Love And Trust, Jeremy, Porch
enc 1: Bushleaguer, Do The Evolution, Black, Crazy Mary, Alive
enc 2: Arc, Hunger Strike, Leaving Here, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Stone misses the start to ‘Elderly Woman,’ leaving Ed and the crowd singing alone until they restart. For ‘Bushleaguer,’ Ed comes out with a Bush mask and the shiny silver coat. Someone tosses up a Mexican wrestling mask, Ed hangs the Bush mask on the mic stand and starts pulling some wrestling moves on the stand with the mask – hilarious! ‘Arc’ is played for the ninth time.
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07/19/03 – Palacio de Los Deportes: Mexico City, Mexico
attendance: 20,000
support act: Sleater-Kinney

set: Wash, Do The Evolution, Save You, Given To Fly, Cropduster, Corduroy, Immortality, Wishlist, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Thumbing My Way, Daughter/(With My Own Two Hands), MFC, Jeremy, Hunger Strike, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Alive
enc 1: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Present Tense, Elderly Woman, I Believe in Miracles, Black, Mexico improv, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Las Mañanitas, Happy Birthday, La Guantanamera, La Bamba, La Bamba (punk version), Mankind, Last Kiss, Leaving Here, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: After ‘GTF,’ Ed says, “Este es el ultimo dia de la gira y fue aqui con ustedes.” (“This is the last day of the tour and it was here in with you.”) He announces that the show is being broadcast to all of Latin America. The crowd brings out the lighters for ‘Wishlist’ again. After ‘Hunger Strike’ Ed sends their love to Chris Cornell. Ed phones Johnny Ramone before ‘I Believe in Miracles’ and the crowd says “Hi, Johnny” together. After the song, they all say “adios, Johnny” and Ed hangs up. Later Ed says, “Nunca olvidaremos estos shows de Mexico y esperamos regresar pronto.” (“We will never forget these shows in Mexico and hope to return soon.”) An improv about how they don’t want to leave Mexico and won’t forget it and will be back serves as a lead-in to ‘Rearviewmirror.’ Mike destroys his guitar at the end of ‘RVM.’ A Mexican trio (Chucko y Los Clasicos) take the stage at the start of the second encore, singing ‘Las Mañanitas’ (the Spanish birthday song) with the whole crowd singing along, and then ‘Happy Birthday’ in English for Stone’s birthday. Then the trio and PJ play play ‘La Guantanamera’ and ‘La Bamba,’ followed by Pearl Jam’s punk version of ‘La Bamba’ (including the “hey ho, let’s go” lyrics – too funny). Ed asks Stone how old he is and Stone says “37.” Then, “Since it’s my birthday, I get to sing to you … sort of, in a strange way, a punishment,” leading to ‘Mankind.’ ‘RITFW’ features the band’s techs on drums, guitar and bass, most of them (and Sleater-Kinney) wearing various Mexican wrestling masks. Very cool with everyone having a great time and quite a sight with many people unaware of the switch because of the masks. After ‘YL’, Ed says “Gracias!” more than a dozen times and that concludes the tour.

10/22/03 – Benaroya Hall: Seattle, WA
attendance: 2,500

set: Of The Girl, Low Light, Thumbing My Way, Thin Air, Fatal, Nothing As It Seems, Man Of The Hour, Immortality, Off He Goes, Around The Bend, I Believe In Miracles, Sleight Of Hand, All Or None, Lukin, Parting Ways, Down
enc 1: Can’t Keep, Dead Man, Masters Of War, Black, Crazy Mary, 25 Minutes To Go, Daughter/(You Know My Name)/(You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away)
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: This show is an acoustic benefit for YouthCare, a Seattle nonprofit providing services for homeless youth. Notably, this show is the 13th anniversary of PJ’s first show (at the Off Ramp). The crowd is extremely loud, much louder than you’d expect from 2,500 people. Matt is wearing a shirt and skinny tie. Boom is there on keyboards. ‘Thin Air’ is obviously baubled when Stone flubs the solo after the second verse. He just stops playing and sort of grins at himself. Ed makes a comment, “We heard about this room and, if you make the slightest mistake, that everyone would catch on to it. There’s no chance of getting away with that one” (but the crowd is very forgiving). ‘Fatal’ is a lovely Binaural outtake appearing on the Lost Dogs release. Mike plays electric on ‘NAIS.’ ‘Man Of The Hour’ is introduced as new song, recently written by Pearl Jam and recorded two days before for Tim Burton’s upcoming movie, Big Fish. After ‘Around the Bend,’ Ed tells a little story. He explains that before the show started, an older guy in an overcoat approached him and asked if he was indeed Ed Vedder. Ed thought, “No, I’m not probably.” Apparently the guy tried to serve him legal papers. Ed notes on the irony of playing a benefit show and having someone try to serve him papers, seeing it as a test of will. “You come to play a benefit and somebody tries to serve you legal papers. It’s the most punk ass motherfuckin’ move I’ve ever known. Just fucking ridiculous.” During ‘Sleight of Hand,’ of all songs, an audience member makes it on stage. He raises his arms a little and jogs in place, clearly pumped up. However, with the band ignoring him and crowdsurfing obviously not an option, he is frozen to the spot and is swiftly escorted off. After the song ended, Ed jokes, “Sorry about that. That’s the manager of the group; his name is Kelly Curtis.” After ‘All or None,’ Ed acknowledges Mike, who receives a standing ovation. Stone then speaks a bit about YouthCare and how the acoustic setting is ideal to showcase strongly lyrical songs, which sometimes get lost in an electric show. Then they proceed to go into a full speed, acoustic ‘Lukin.’ After the song ends, Ed sarcastically comments, “that young gentleman earlier; he just mis-timed it.” ‘Can’t Keep’ and ‘Dead Man’ are performed solo by Ed, with the uke helping out on ‘Can’t Keep.’ ’25 Minutes To Go’ is a song penned by Shel Silverstein that Johnny Cash recorded and popularized. The brief ‘Daughter’ tags are ‘You Know My Name’ (The Beatles) and ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (John Lennon). ‘YL’ closes with the band plugged in and standing, pushing aside the seats they’d used throughout the show. ‘Masters Of War’ is Ed, Stone and Mike playing some heavy riffs. The audience sings the last verse of ‘Black’ loudly after Ed points at the crowd.
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10/25/03 – Shoreline Amphitheater: Mountain View, CA (Bridge School Benefit) (acoustic)
set: Masters Of War, Daughter/(My My, Hey Hey), Man Of The Hour, I Believe In Miracles, Black, 25 Minutes To Go, Last Kiss
notes: Introduced as “Their sixth time here on this stage …”, Pearl Jam plays a rather short set filled with cover songs. ‘Masters Of War’ is a standout. ‘Man Of The Hour’ is introduced as “a father-and-son story thing.” Boom shines on ‘Black.’ The crowd cheers when ’25 Minutes To Go’ is introduced as a “Johnny Cash song.” Like PJ’s previous two appearances at the benefit, Ed dedicates ‘Last Kiss’ to Maricor (his “girlfriend”) and mentions that she is now in her third year at Berkeley. The big finale for the night is CSNY performing ‘Teach Your Children,’ but the PJ guys do not participate.

10/26/03 – Shoreline Amphitheater: Mountain View, CA (Bridge School Benefit) (acoustic) [37min]
set: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Elderly Woman, Better Man, improv, Down, Crazy Mary, Masters Of War, Long Road
notes: Ed uses a neck-mounted harmonica, saying that “Uncle Neil” had just taught him how to use it. ‘Better Man’ is dedicated to Maricor. (“I hate to embarrass her in front of everybody, but, you know, she’s been putting the moves on me pretty hardcore for about six years now … and it’s workin’! … we’re so proud of her and we love you, Mari. So we’re not going to play her favorite song tonight ’cause we did it last night. … if this one was called ‘Can’t Find a Better Girl,’ we’d play it for her but we’re gonna change it. This one’s for you Mari.”) ‘Old MacDonald’ is requested by Bridge School student, Harold, but Ed notes that they have their own version and it is an improv about Dick Cheney, sung to the tune of ‘Old MacDonald’ (“old Dick Cheney had a plan – E I E I O…”) Neil Young accompanies PJ on organ during ‘Long Road,’ with Ed noting that Neil helped them record and write the song.

10/28/03 – Santa Barbara Bowl: Santa Barbara, CA (benefit for the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai)
attendance: 4,562
soundcheck: I Believe In Miracles, Against The 70s, Daytime Dilemma, In My Tree (old version), In My Tree (new version with Boom), Hail Hail (w/ vocals), Hail Hail (instrumental) Hunger Strike (w/ Chris Cornell), Reach Down (w/ Chris Cornell), Can’t Change Me (Cornell solo), Crazy Love (Cornell solo), 25 Minutes To Go [Yes, Chris Cornell is finally soundchecking at a PJ show! It isn't a TOTD recording ;) ]
set (acoustic): I Believe In Miracles, Nothing As It Seems, Immortality, Fatal, Thumbing My Way, Elderly Woman, Man of the Hour, Nothingman, Crazy Mary, Last Kiss, 25 Minutes To Go (w/ Lyle Workman)
set (electric): Love Boat Captain, Black, In My Tree (w/ Jack Irons), Hail Hail (w/ Jack Irons), Save You
enc 1: Soon Forget (w/ Jack Johnson), Better Man/(I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend) (w/ Jack Johnson), Can’t Change Me (Chris Cornell solo acoustic), Like A Stone (Chris Cornell solo acoustic), Hunger Strike, Reach Down
enc 2: Daytime Dilemma (w/ John Frusciante), I Believe in Miracles (regular version w/ John Frusciante)
enc 3: So You Wanna Be A Rock N Roll Star
notes: Amazing show with many guests at this special benefit billed as “An Evening With Pearl Jam Acoustic and Then Some” at a small, outdoor venue (with a 10 pm curfew). Starting off seated, PJ begin off with a slow, acoustic ‘I Believe In Miracles,’ followed up with ‘NAIS’ with Mike bringing out the electric (and Ed requesting that the spotlight be taken off himself). Ed explains the cause (support for the Cedars-Sinai Center) and that “… they happen to be saving the lives of some very good friends of ours. People that it would be difficult to live without …” He talks about other “good or great” friends that are there and how they didn’t invite any “shit friends” and that they are also there because they’ve never played Santa Barbara. ‘Last Kiss’ is introduced as “… one of those teen death songs.” (Earlier Ed had said, “We also have teen death songs on our resume …”) Guitarist Lyle Workman helps out on ’25 Minutes To Go.’ The chairs are discarded as the electric set begins with ‘LBC,’ ‘Black’ and Jack Irons joins the band for No Code staples, ‘In My Tree and ‘Hail Hail.’ ‘Soon Forget’ features Ed on uke (as usual) with some help from Jack Johnson on guitar. He stays for ‘Better Man,’ which offers a different tag (‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,’ a Ramones’ song tag. Ed introduces the next guest saying “… personally I still don’t believe he’s still gonna be here until he actually walks out after we say his name …” and Chris Cornell takes the stage, expressing some apprehension about performing alone, without any of the members of PJ, during the middle of the encore. He offers two acoustic songs, ‘Can’t Change Me’ (from his solo album) followed by ‘Like A Stone’ (Audioslave). The Temple of the Dog reunion lusted after by fans for ages finally takes place when he brings the band back and they announce, “OK, now were gonna do something that we haven’t done in at least 11 years … now I’m old enough to be able to say that there was something that I did as an adult that I haven’t done for 11 years … I’m really glad that you guys are here to hear this; this is great!” and the crowd is treated to ‘Hunger Strike,’ followed by ‘Reach Down’ (very long version with an extended jam). John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) helps out on the Ramones’ ‘Daytime Dilemma’ and ‘I Believe In Miracles’ (played a second time). The third encore features the whole band with all of the guests.

11/11/03 – Live at the Garden live double DVD from Madison Square Garden 7/8/03 released; Lost Dogs rarities and b-sides double CD released

11/26/03Man Of The Hour (song written and recorded for Tim Burton’s Big Fish) single released

May 15, 2003 – The Rockfords play a benefit for the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation at Sunset Tavern in Seattle. Show features Mike McCready, Carrie Akre, Chris Friel, Danny Newcomb, Rick Friel (The Rockfords) with a special appearance of UFO (Mike McCready, Gary Westlake, Rock Tim DiJulio, Kelly Van Camp and Paul Pasterelli), Kim
Virant opened and there was a Shadow reunion of sorts.

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