2006

02/27/06: AOL Sessions, Studio X, Seattle, WA
set: Setlist: World Wide Suicide, Comatose, Gone (Ed Solo), Hard To Imagine, Life Wasted, Sad

04/15/06 – “Saturday Night Live”, NBC Studios, New York, NY
rehearsal: World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted
set: World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand
TFT Notes: This is the band’s third appearance on Saturday Night Live, the others being 1992 and 1994. Both songs are for the upcoming album Pearl Jam, with “Severed Hand” making its premiere (“World Wide Suicide” was released as a studio single and a live download from an AOL session).
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UPDATED May 8, 2006

04/20/06 – Astoria, London, UK
soundcheck: World Wide Suicide, Little Sister, Present Tense, Sad, Marker in the Sand, Man of the Hour, Elderly Woman…, Why Go
set: World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Unemployable, Gone, Even Flow, Sad, I Am Mine, Insignificance, Army Reserve, Present Tense, Better Man, Marker in the Sand, Do The Evolution, Why Go
first encore: Man of the Hour, Given To Fly, Elderly Woman…, Porch
second encore: Comatose, Leavin’ Here, Yellow Ledbetter
third encore: Alive
TFT Notes: This concert at a small venue in London includes the live (non-TV) concert premieres of many songs, including “World Wide Suicide”, “Life Wasted”, “Severed Hand”, “Unemployable”, “Gone” (full band), “Army Reserve”, and “Marker in the Sand”. “Comatose” was previously played as “Crapshoot” at 03/18/05 and 04/29/05. Prior to “Severed Hand”, the crowd is chanting “Ed-die! Ed-die!”, which then morphs to “Jeff! Jeff!”, which then morphs to “Mike! Mike!”. Following “Unemployable”, Ed greets the crowd with “I think a toast is in order, it’s been a long time – a long time comin – so thanks for comin. (It’s been) about six years or so, so thanks for waitin. I don’t know if you’ve heard these songs before but that’s ok because we haven’t played these before.” Ed talks about being in normally overcast London and how “you find this little spot of light and realize it’s a much better day than you thought, and that’s how being in London feels to us.” Continuing the theme, Ed introduces “Gone”, saying “I suppose this song is about a man and a woman who is doing the same thing, just on a path gettin out of town and finding some sunshine, some light at the end of the road.” An Astoria tech comes over to adjus Ed’s mic, “This guy’s called Pete, where are you from Pete? (into the mic, he replies “Cornwall!”) That’s Pete from Cornwall everybody (cheers) … We don’t go anywhere without Pete from Cornwall.” Transitioning from “Army Reserve” to “Present Tense”, Ed says “that was called ‘Army Reserve’, this is called ‘Private Reserve’. Following “Better Man”, Ed praises the crowd, “Thanks for singing. Whoever said you were just a bunch of drunk hooligans who couldn’t hold a tune, it wasn’t me.” “Marker in the Sand” premieres and Ed talks about its religious tones: “this next song’s called ‘Marker’ and at the end of it we’re callin out to God to come down and give us some help – not just give us help, just an opinion – because a lot of people are doing things in his name. And it’s … ah, religion – let’s not talk about religion! As I call out to God, usually I look up that way so it’s almost as if I’m looking for God in JJ’s bar (crowd laughs). I imagine that’s what those peope are doin too.” Once a staple in the early ’90s, “Why Go” is resurrected and has come together musically much better than in past attempts, with Matt playing the trademark drumbeat intro true to the original, and the crowd recognizes it instantly. Coming back from an encore break, Ed asks “Y’all still good? Comfortable? But on the edge? This song’s about a father-figure kinda guy who we like to keep on the edge, kinda like Pete Townshend”, leading to “Man of the Hour”. A “Leash” chant ensues, with Ed joking that “I thought it was just the dirty simple Americans who wanted to hear that song … you’re much better than that.” A male fan lifts up his kilt to the band revealing well …erm … nothing , and a red-faced Ed remarks “We all just got our first glimpses underneath a kilt. I was gonna write a couple of postcards tomorrow and I didn’t know what I was gonna write about, but now I know.” “We were gonna hit a few spots in Europe on this brief little trip and it evolved into just this thing in London and I’m very thankful for it , it’s been great”. “Comatose” is introduced as a “pain in the ass to sing and you can’t really sing much after it”. The song starts, but Mike hits the wrong chords to which he steps up to the mic and says “My bad, and I basically kinda wrote the song.” Ed replies “It’s the first one we wrote but haven’t practiced it since about then”. “Yellow Ledbetter” and “Alive” are played with the house lights up. “Alive” is played as a third encore, and was listed in brackets on the setlist, as if it was an option but not definite.

UPDATED January 7, 2008

04/XX/06 – BBC Maida Vale Studios, Maida Vale, London, UK
Set: Severed Hand, Why Go, World Wide Suicide, Garden
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam recorded these songs live in the BBC Maida Vale Studios some time in April. The broadcast – including an interview with Eddie Vedder and Matt Cameron conducted by Zane Lowe – was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on May 3, 2006.

UPDATED January 7, 2008

04/XX/06 – Later … with Jools Holland, London, UK
Set: World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Alive
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam performed on this UK TV show to promote Pearl Jam. The broadcast – including an interview with Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready – was broadcast on May 5, 2006.

ADDED May 8, 2006

05/04/06 – “The Late Show with David Letterman”, Ed Sullivan Theater, New York, NY
TV Broadcast: Life Wasted
set: World Wide Suicide, Comatose, Severed Hand, Marker in the Sound, Gone, Unemployable, Present Tense, Do The Evolution, Why Go, Porch
TFT Notes: This is the band’s seventh appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, the others being 09/20/96, 05/01/98, 04/12/00, 11/14/02, 11/15/02 and 09/30/04. Pearl Jam performs Pearl Jam‘s second single “Life Wasted”. Following the taping of the show (The Letterman show is filmed in the late afternoon, then broadcast at 11:30PM EST), Pearl Jam performs a one-hour set for the “Live on Letterman” series of performances, which was also webcast on cbs.com. All tickets for this show were free, and offered to Ten Club members a week before the show. Ed addresses the unique event, opening with “If it feels special to you, it certainly feels special to us.” At one point, fans in the venue hold up signs for “LEASH”, which prompts Ed to pull out his own sign saying that they won’t be playing it.

UPDATED May 25, 2006

05/05/06 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Attendance: 1000
Soundcheck: Hail Hail, World Wide Suicide, Come Back, Man of the Hour, Garden, Why Go, Sad, Unemployable
set: World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Marker in the Sand, Come Back, Garden, Even Flow, Insignificance, Given To Fly, Army Reserve, Gone, Why Go, Present Tense, Do The Evolution, Comatose
first encore: Man of the Hour, Elderly Woman…, State of Love and Trust, Porch
second encore: Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Tickets this show were given out free in singles to the first 450 people who bought Pearl Jam from the Tower Records in the Village, and 150 pairs were sold to the highest seniority Ten Club members from Manhattan proper. The balcony was VIP-only, with fans spotting Susan Sarandon, Scott Ian (Anthrax), David Fricke (Rolling Stone), Flea and The Strokes (Julian and Fabrizio), Drew Barrymore, Steward Copeland, Marky Ramone, Kevin Federline(?) and one of the Olsen twins(!!). “World Wide Suicide” opened strong, and the crowd was singing along at the top of their lungs. This trend continued throughout the evening, with the audience duetting surprisingly loudly with Ed on most of the only-three-days-released new songs. “Comatose” got an especially uproarious reception. Ed, whose white Plasmatics T-shirt was soaked to the skin within two songs and who repeatedly shook the sweat out of his hair like a dog-just-out-of-the-bathtub, eventually noted how great it was to see that people were responding to the new songs, which were written without really knowing if any one shared their points of view. At another point in the night, after Ed spoke about the fans making it to the show, the whole crowd started chanting “Thank You” in unision. Early on, Stone was really reacting to the energy – duckwalking and snapping his neck around and smiling. Actually, it was clear that the band as a whole were really enjoying playing the new stuff, all night there were those classic Jeff-Stone face-to-face/bass-to-guitar jam conferences in the back of the teensy stage by Cameron’s drum riser. Jeff deserves special commendation for “Army Reserve”, its prominent bassline is even more funky and muscular live and it’s apparently a first for him to play slap bass. Spontaneously, a chant of “Jeff Jeff Jeff” erupted at another point in the evening. Mike McCready, as usual, was having a great time rocking out and interacting with the crowd in front of him (fans pointed, Mike pointed back, handfulls of picks flew, a guitar or two was wrangled expertly behind Mike’s head). The setlist was also studded with underplayed songs from the PJ catalog, including a slow-burn version of “Garden” (big singalong), a raucous “State of Love and Trust” (big singalong), which was chosen unanimously over “Better Man” after Ed gave the crowd the choice, and an excellent “Why Go” (you guessed it, big singalong) with it’s thrice-repeated chorus lyric wholly intact (unlike the 2003 versions). Just as notable at this show, no covers at all. Ed was kinetic as well, leaping, falling toward his mic stand to pull his way back up to standing position, going into a lean with his mic stand propped against Mike, and singing his head off, basically. During at least two moments, his body shook as he stood in place, teeth-gritted, intensely hitting his notes. After a night of lots of interaction with the crowd, he reached for the hand of the male fan in front of him and had the fan help him step over the gap, on to the barricade, to deliver the end of “Porch” being held upright on the narrow rail by the crowd down front. Needless to say, “Yellow Ledbetter”, signalling the end of the show, came all too soon. McCready softened the blow by handing out a stack of signed copies of the album as he made his way off the stage.
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ADDED May 17, 2006

05/09/06 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, CAN
Soundcheck: Unemployable, Sad, Love Boat Captain, Severed Hand
set: Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Marker in the Sand, Given To Fly, Better Man, Even Flow, Unemployable, Garden, Sad, Corduroy, Present Tense, Daughter/(To Come) -> Grievance -> Not For You/(Check on it), Inside Job, Why Go
first encore: Do The Evolution, Jeremy, Come Back, Alive
second encore: Porch, Rockin in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: This is the first night of the first leg of the tour in support of Pearl Jam. The band hits the stage at 8:50PM local time, entering the stage with “Master/Slave” playing as the intro music over the P.A. The “Daughter” tag is parts of “To Come”, a monologue by Lenny Bruce. In the middle of “Not For You” just before the “All that’s sacred…” line, Ed sings “Check up on it” twice from Beyonce’s “Check On It”(!). “Inside Job” premieres at this show, with Mike playing a double neck guitar. My Morning Jacket joined in smashing tambourines during “Rockin’ in the Free World” and two of the band members did backing vocals with Jeff and Stone. At the end of the show, all of the band members were throwing guitar/bass picks and Matt his drumsticks as usual. Stone, though, started throwing out a lot of merchandise (hats, t-shirts, etc.) into the crowd. He didnt scrunch them up, so they didn’t travel that far into the crowd. One time he tried to toss it over his head backwards and it ended up only a couple of feet behind him, amusing those up front.
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ADDED May 11, 2006

05/10/06 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, CAN
soundcheck:It Ain’t Like That (Alice In Chains, partial), In Hiding, You Are, Low Light, World Wide Suicide, Wasted Reprise
set: Release, World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Hail, Hail, Unemployable, Dissident, Even Flow, Corduroy, I Am Mine, Low Light, (Improv)/Whipping, You Are, I Got Shit/(Cinnamon Girl), Better Man/(Save It For Later), Jeremy, Marker in the Sand, Black, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Wasted Reprise -> Man of The Hour, Elderly Woman…, State of Love and Trust, Do The Evolution, Alive
second encore: (Improv)/Go, Crazy Mary, Fuckin’ Up, Indifference, Yellow Ledbetter/(Beast Of Burden)
TFT Notes: The band hits the stage at 8:50PM local time, entering the stage with “Master/Slave” playing as the intro music over the P.A. “Severed Hand” now features stage effects including smoke and lasers. The first set clocks in at 100 minutes! “Wasted Reprise” premieres at this show, seguing into “Man of the Hour”. During “I Got Shit”, a drumstick flew out of Matt’s hand, hit Ed’s leg and landed in front of Stone. He looked down and grabbed it, holding it up excitedly as though he were in the audience and caught it. After “I Got Shit”, Ed told the crowd he had a secret to tell, that this won’t be on the bootlegs and first sang the chorus of “I Got Shit” by himself, then sang “I wanna be with a Cinnamon Girl, I want to live the rest of my life with a Cinnamon Girl”, hinting the similarity in the two choruses. During “State of Love and Trust” where Ed often goes over and head-butts or leans again Mike, Ed looked at Mike and leaned down like he was going to go over, but didn’t. Ed mentioned that Sean Kinney’s birthday was coming up and told the crowd he was going to count to three, and then the crowd would say, “Happy birthday Sean!”. He said they’d send Sean a video of it so he could watch it on the tour bus (Sean Kinney’s birthday is May 27, and Alice In Chains will be on tour in Europe) . It was then that he asked Kevin to make sure he was filming. Ed spoke directly into the camera as if he were talking to Sean, saying something like, “Hey Sean, we’re just here hanging out in Toronto, and we just wanted to say something to you…”. He then counted to three, and the crowd yelled “Happy birthday Sean!”. The wine bottle was passed back quite a ways during “Crazy Mary”. At one point in the encore, Matt whipped his sticks into the crowd behind the stage (maybe a litte harder than he intended), and then briefly pretended he was a fan who got hit in the eyes and had a stick stuck in each. Towards the end of “Fuckin’ Up”, Ed tried to lay down on Stone’s monitors and fell off. He sat up and remained there, snapping his fingers along, and drank a Heineken after the wine bottle was empty. Ed laughs so much during “Yellow Ledbetter” that it interrupts his singing. He laughed because there was a banner to his left that caught his eye, it said : “Impeach Bush. Pearl Jam For President”.
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Updated June 8, 2006

05/12/06 – Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY, USA
soundcheck: World Wide Suicide, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Satan’s Bed, Red Mosquito, In My Tree
set: Wasted Reprise -> Life Wasted, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Do The Evolution, Elderly Woman…, Given To Fly, Red Mosquito, Even Flow, Army Reserve, Daughter/(Another Brick in the Wall, pt II), Off He Goes, Gone, Grievance, Jeremy, Marker in the Sand, Comatose, Why Go
first encore: You Got To Hide Your Love Away, Satan’s Bed, Wishlist, Rats, Porch
second encore: Last Kiss, Come Back, Sad, Crazy Mary, Alive
TFT Notes: 9:00PM start time. “World Wide Suicide” features curtain of sparkly light bulbs hanging from stage rafters that crackle in time with the chorus. Mike split-jumps several times during the final chorus. “Severed Hand” opens to slowly moving groups of green laser beams shooting over the audience; the accelerated tempo builds, and Ed does a split-jump after “when I get home”. After “Do The Evolution”, Ed comments how “it’s great to be back in the home of the River Rat” (Albany’s American Hockey League team is the River Rats). “Big and small, clean and dirty.” Mike sang along off mic during the intro of “Elderly Woman…”. Ed turns around and sings second verse of “Given To Fly” to seats behind the stage, and Jeff pogos vigorously during the second chorus. Band seems to be immersed and caught up in the guitar solo portion of “Even Flow”; Mike plays a large part of his solo with his head thrown back, Jeff stands over with Matt to play in perfect synch, Stone bobs up and down, bending from the waist, Mike then moves to his stack. Matt even plays a small solo, and Ed dances before the final chorus. At songs end, Stone goes to the mic to compliment Matt Cameron “how about those vocals from Matt Cameron- I love Matt Cameron!” Stone and Matt sing backing vocals on “Army Reserve”, Stone bobs head up and down vigorously in the breakdown groove. Before the “Daughter” tag, Ed hugs his mic stand and sways, backing off to snap his fingers along as the green lasers shoot off in succession. Kaleidoscope-like swirling lights bathe the crowd during the tag. Dry ice fog creeps out from either side of the stage at the beginning of “Off He Goes”. During the final chorus of “Grievance” a woman from front row center, hands Ed an American flag with the stars in a peace sign symbol, and he drapes himself in it for the rest of the song, handing it back to her after House lights flash up during the “little FUCK!” in “Jeremy”. Matt adds vocals, alternating with Ed on “try to forget this/try to erase this”. House lights come up to highlight crowd singing “ay yi yi yi” at end of song. Mike plays “Comatose” solo behind head. Main set ends at 10:20 PM. Ed comes back a few minutes later and talks about seeing the same people on every tour (“don’t you people get laid?”), and how trying to decide what to play was difficult – some want to hear stuff they never play (the “freaks”), some want to hear the hits (the “normal” people). He mentions how when he was a teenager, normal was the worst thing you could be, so “here’s to the freaks.” During “Satan’s Bed”, Ed leans the mic stand at an angle behind him, leaning down to read the lyrics. When the mirror ball came down during “Wishlist”, Ed moved slowly around in a circle in synch with its movement. The “Porch” jam featured Stone doing bouncy jumps, Ed putting on his guitar and hammering away at it, Mike playing as he walked in fast circles, and Stone moving to hunch over his effects. The encore ended at 10:57 with the half-circle bank of red lights on the stage behind Matt searching the crowd in all directions. Ed returns at 11:05 PM, moonwalking his way to his mic stand. “Last Kiss” is played with the band facing the seats behind the stage, Mike and Jeff on Matt’s drum riser, and Matt even facing back, using a couple of toms and cymbals placed behind his kit. Stone sang the “oh-oh-ohhhhhhhh” animatedly off mic. At final verse of “Alive”, Stone walked up to play inches away from Ed, and Ed turned to him and sang “is something wrong she said” directly into Stone’s eyes, making Stone raise his eyebrows and chuckle. The mirror ball came down and spun as the song played out, Mike playing the final solo of the night behind his head.

Updated June 8, 2006

05/13/06 – New England Dodge Music Arena, Hartford, CT, USA
soundcheck: Inside Job, MFC, U, I’m Open
set: Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Marker in the Sand, Hail Hail, Animal, Dissident, Unemployable, Corduroy, Better Man, Why Go, Garden, I Got Shit, Even Flow, Inside Job, Black, Rearviewmirror
first encore: I’m Open, Sleight Of Hand, Comatose, Do The Evolution
second encore: Go, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: The “clothed-in-layers” band takes the stage in the chilly outdoor venue at 8:36 PM to “Master/Slave” as the entrance music. The pre-recorded intro to “Severed Hand” is played before the band starts playing live, green lasers beginning their searchlight movement as the band starts playing. Ed remarks “we’re gonna try and keep you warm for the next couple of hours” and, quickly warming, Stone takes his beanie off before “Marker in the Sand”. Red and yellow lights bathe the crowd and stage during “Hail, Hail”; the crowd has hands ready and does fast claps during the breakdown with Ed’s encouragement. Lasers highlight “Animal” shooting off in sporadic rays throughout. “Unemployable” is introduced as “an uplifting American number”. The chorus of “Unemployable” features Matt, Stone and Jeff singing backing vocals. During the solo/end of “Corduroy”, Jeff gets big air with a jump, and an energized Mike does three successive split jumps. Ed introduces “Better Man” saying “this is where you give Uncle Eddie a break”, and the crowd sings the entire first verse. Stone plays the end-of-song breakdown with Boom. “Is it warming up out there? Don’t lose your inner heat … ever.” Ed says before the re-worked “Garden”. Before “I Got Shit”, when Ed addresses the crowd in back on the lawn, he asks for the camera man to focus on him so the crowd can see him on the big video screens. Jeff ends up grabbing the camera from the guy (Ed: “we’ve got a new cameraman”), panning across the audience and eventually onto Ed before handing it back, to much applause from those in in back. Ed, referencing those on the lawn, introduces the song by its real name “I Got Shit”, but says tonight it can be called “I Got Shit Tickets”. Ed prefaces “Inside Job” with “There will be some lasers on this song, so if you have something besides a cigarette to light, now would be the time.” During the “Rearviewmirror” jam, Ed repeats “One day … I’ll forget”. At the end of “Rearviewmirror”, Ed is really into the jam at the end and gets lost on stage, knocking himself in the mouth with his mic (on the mic stand) and falls, kicking his legs out to help himself back up. Main set over at 10:05PM. Back onstage, Ed talks about playing Hartford twice before (the others, Oct 2, 1996 and Sept 13, 1998), and how this time is like the “last bowl of porridge, this turned out to be ‘just right’” (referencing children’s story Goldilocks and the Three Bears). Ed attempts to start playing “I’m Open” and stops, saying “I was gonna play something but I can’t remember how to play it”. “Comatose” contains the lyric change: “High above / I’ll break the law / if it’s illegal / for me to fuck“. Prior to the second encore, the band is introduced as “Chairman of the Board” Mike McCready, “Secretary of State” Jeff Ament, “I’d elect him President” Matt Cameron, “He’d show Donald Rumsfeld a few things about truth and honesty” Stone Gosssard and “I am the outed CIA agent who knows all your phone numbers to see if you enjoyed the show” Ed Vedder. The crowd “booooms” for Boom and he’s introduced saying “He’s like our Barack Obama”. Ed climbs up onto the stacks by Mike to sing “is something wrong she said”. Stone joins the crowd singing “yeah! yeah!” in rhythm at the end of the song, raising and lowering his guitar and strumming in time with them. During the breakdown of “Rockin’ in the Free World”, Ed pleads “we’ve been playing this song for like, i don’t know how many years, 10 years. We used to play it for fun, we used to play it for Neil, we used to play it for ourselves; but now if we don’t think about this shit, it’s gonna go away. We gotta keep the United States a free world, free communication, free love, free association.” Ed thanks the crowd, equating the shape of the seating area to a baseball field, thanking “right field, center field, left field, third base, short-stop, second base, first base. I guess we’re the catcher, so here’s the pitcher” and leads Mike to start “Yellow Ledbetter”.

Updated June 8, 2006

05/16/06 – United Center, Chicago, IL, USA
set: Release, World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Comatose, Given To Fly, Low Light, Corduroy, I’m Open, I Got Shit, Even Flow, Unemployable, Daughter/(W.M.A.), Present Tense, Do The Evolution, Jeremy, Save You, Porch
first encore: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Better Man, Come Back, State of Love and Trust, Black, Alive
second encore: Go, Blood/(Atomic Dog), Indifference, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: The house lights go down and the band hits the stage at 8:45 PM to “Master/Slave” entrance music. During “Release”, Ed sang “Oh dear John” in place of “Oh dear Dad”. The crowd singing was so loud during the first chorus during “release me”, that Ed took a step back and leaned his head back, overwhelmed. “Worldwide Suicide” featured animated Mike split-jumps and several long strings of light bulb-sized crackling, lights hanging from the stage lighting rafters. For “Severed Hand” Ed gestured his flat hand above his head to animate “the room”s taller now”; lasers beamed in a circle pattern from the stage to the top rear seats of the arena, green circles of light searchlighting on the crowd. Ed says “can’t talk now, got work to do” before “Comatose” and Mike plays the solo behind his head. Ed tells the crowd after that he’s “starting to feel United”, mentioning that “a lot of incredible things have happened under this roof” and that he was “honored to play this building”, home of many Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls championships. He said he “did some research, and the roof weighs 230 metric tons” and that “with your help we can raise it with you tonight.” Mike was physically all over the place during the solo in “Even Flow”, at one point grinding with his amp stack so animatedly that it almost knocked over. Ed counted the crowd in with his fingers, “1,2,3,4″ for the final chorus of “Even Flow”, using hand gestures to ensure they got the words – hand away from himself for “chases them away”, index finger to lips for “whispering hands”. Ed introduced the crowd to a man in the front row wearing a Mother Love Bone T-Shirt who was at the first show they played. He asked about his girlfriend, who is now the man’s wife and he dedicated a song to him, telling the crowd that this guy deserved to be front and center. Ed introduces “Daughter” by saying this next song is called “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”. During the “W.M.A” tag, Ed sings “Texas son” instead of “American”, “Up his nose/it comes right off” instead of “dirty his hands…”, and “President” instead of “police man”. After the song he comments that the many sports commemorative flags hanging from the rafters may be dampening the sound – particularly a Jordan jersey retirement banner – and that it should be taken down, and that he would gladly store it in his suitcase. Ed backed up from the mic and let the vocal crowd sing the first chorus of “Present Tense”; Mike again grinded with his amp stack. On “Do The Evolution”, Ed sang “Thrift Store, Thrift Store”, pulling on his T-shirt and gesturing to his pants after “admire my clothes”. After “2010 watch it go to fire” Ed sang “don’t let it.” Ed calls out a fan “Rob” in the front row (center) who came to one of PJ’s earliest shows in Chicago with “a Mother Love Bone shirt and a pair of glasses”. Ed says that he’s got a different pair of glasses and remembered he used to go to shows with his girlfriend. Ed sees his non-female companion for this show and jokes that “he’s married an older man”. Watery circles of white light bathe the crowd in the back of the house in swirls during “Jeremy”, and a red light shines on Jeff as he plays the song out. Mike tags “War Pigs” in “Porch” (later again in “Alive”) and Ed sang the final verse of “Porch” on top of the speaker stack on Mike’s side of the stage. Off at 10:20 PM, back on 10:23 PM. Before “You Got To Hide Your Love Away”, Ed spoke of how United Center was “like no other place”, and while he was proud to be in a band from Seattle, he’d always be a kid from Chicago, for better or worse – “I think it’s better”. He encouraged the crowd to sing by speaking of “our Uncle Neil” Young using a 100-piece choir on his latest Living with War, and that “you all could blow 100 pieces away”. After the long held note on that last chorus of “Better Man”, Ed went over to play the guitar breakdown with Mike, leaning down, putting the top of his head against Mike’s chest. The crackled mirror ball was spotlighted near the end of “Alive”; the extended end of the song featured Ed swinging his mic repeatedly, and then collapsing to fall flat on his back. Encore break at 11:00 PM, back on three minutes later. Ed thanked the crowd, and the band gave them a round of applause. “Go” featured a barrage of lasers shooting out from a bank of effects in front of the monitors as well as behind Matt. On “Indifference”, Ed stepped back quickly to let the crowd sing “I will scream my lungs out “til it fills this room”. During “Baba O’Riley”, Ed put his fist through on tambourine and broke the other over his head, giving them to a guy in row 3, and to a fellow in the front row who had an avocado drawn on the top of his bald head.

Updated June 8, 2006

05/17/06 – United Center, Chicago, IL, USA
set: Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Animal, Marker in the Sand, Do The Evolution, Whipping, 1/2 Full, I Am Mine, Even Flow, Gone, Insignificance, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Down, Garden, Inside Job, Lukin -> Why Go
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Man of the Hour, Footsteps, Once, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Last Exit, Glorified G, Elderly Woman…, Crown of Thorns, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Lights down at 8:53 PM. “Master/Slave” is followed by “Severed Hand” pre-recorded intro music. Ed does a hands in the air hippie dance during the lasers. “Animal” has a false start that makes Ed laugh; he steps off mic for the crowd to sing “I’d rather be with an animal”. On “Marker in the Sand”, red and yellow lights punctuate verse 2, and Ed encourages to sing “calling out” at songs end and they oblige. Just prior to singing the first verse of “Evolution”, Ed takes a drink and throws his head back to make a spit fountain, bathing Jeff and a good portion of the security pit and front row. Ed also sings “dmire Stone” instead of “admire my clone”. Mike plays verse 2 of “Whipping” in front of his monitors, going wild at songs end by running back and forth across the stage, walking in quick circles and then falling on the floor and rolling in a circle. At the beginning of “1/2 Full”, Ed gestured to one of his techs, then took the mic off the stand and angrily tossed the stand to the floor. During the solo, Ed put on one of his guitars, saying “I need a mirror” and proceeded to effectively use the scratchplate of his guitar for reflection, shining it around the arena. Large round yellow-gelled lights over the stage slid to amber during “I Am Mine”. Mike delivers the first part of his “Even Flow” solo behind his head; Ed walks to the back of the stage to bond with the crowd there before lighting his usual cigarette. Near solo’s end, Mike leaned into one of his amps, leaning his head into it and finally putting a couple of large tears in the cloth cover. At song’s end, Mike puts his arms in the air to get the willing crowd to cheer enthusiastically; Ed had his back turned and wondered about the sound, saying “I missed that one” and Mike did it once again. Ed teased “Goddamn, you saying it’s that easy? It’s not about spending day in and day out trying to find the perfect chord change and just the right words, all you have to do is ….” He makes the same motion and the crowd goes nuts. “That’s just fucked. I guess if you’re Mike McCready you can get away with that.” Ed jokes. Ed thanked the crowd for making a big city seem like a small town, mentioning that “that last song” is about how sometimes people can’t change and get into life situations that are “hard to get out of”, and that sometimes you need to get out of town in order to change. The crowd sings the opening verse of “Better Man” without prompting, to Ed’s seeming delight. Red/purple gels over the stage slide to red on the “she dreams in red” line of the chorus, as song plays out, the sparkly light bulb strings twinkle and the bank lights behind Matt light the crowd in white. The song ends, and after a brief pause Ed starts playing the chorus guitar line, going into “Save It For Later”, and the band joins him after a moment. Verses are swapped during “Down”. Green lasers at beginning of “Inside Job” beam figure-eight swirls onto the upper decks across from the stage. Ed keeps his head down, swaying to the music for the entire intro. Following “Inside Job”, Ed introduces “Lukin” as “another introspective number”. Loud crowd sings “Why Go Home” break between verses of “Why Go”. Main set over at 10:14 PM, band back on at 10:19 PM to “Wasted Reprise”. Ed introduces “Footsteps” saying “this song is about as old as they get”. He rotates in a slow circle, playing to all sides of stage for the final chorus. Band leaves the stage at 10:40 PM, coming back after five minutes with no Ed. His voice is heard letting Matt know he’s ready to “try this”, and “Last Kiss” starts; Ed has a wireless mic and sings from the soundboard platform. Ed thanks the crowd for making the United Center a “safe place to break bread, play music and feel like a family”. During “Elderly Woman…”, band stops playing and crowd takes over singing “hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away”. Ed calls out many Chicago area suburbs (Rockton, Schaumburg, Skokie, Wrigleyville) to sporadic crowd booing, and responds “is there any place that you like?”. After the song he says “How about Park Forest?” still to more booing (“What the fuck is wrong with Park Forest?”). Matt sings “oh-oh-oh’s” under Ed’s “this is my kind of love” during “Crown of Thorns”. After “Crown of Thorns”, Ed mentions suburb of Park Forest to more booing, chiding the crowd for not liking any of the towns he said (“What’s wrong with Park Forest?”). Ed mentions drummer Matt Cameron being from the great Seattle band Soundgarden to much cheering, and that his former guitarist Kim Thayil is from Park Forest, and band and crowd applaud. Without prompting, the crowd sings “We got a thousand points of light For the homeless man we got a kinder, gentler, machine gun hand”, making Ed smile before he took over singing. Prior to “Ledbetter”, Jeff pulls on his shirt, talking to a guy in the front row that had on the rare “Dirty Frank” T-shirt, saying “nice shirt”. Mike plays his “Ledbetter” solo sitting on the stage in front of his monitors. Show over at 11:25PM.
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Updated June 8, 2006

05/19/06 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Ed pre-set: Dead Man, Can’t Explain
set: Elderly Woman…, Given To Fly, World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Sad, Marker in the Sand, Red Mosquito, Even Flow, Love Boat Captain, Corduroy, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop)/(I Believe In Miracles), Army Reserve, Green Disease, Why Go, Inside Job, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Sleight of Hand, Off He Goes, Around the Bend, Parting Ways, Hard To Imagine, Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: Do The Evolution, Comatose, Satan’s Bed, Leatherman, Blood, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: “Yeah, we’re getting it going” Ed says to the energetic crowd to the crowd of about 12,000. “Daughter” is introduced as “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and there’s a considerable gasp from some in the crowd. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is a Gordon Lightfoot song about a real-life freighter that sank between Wisconsin and Michigan, but also a song often associated (incorrectly?) with an instrumental song on one of Stone Gossard’s early 1990 demos. As “Daughter” starts though, Ed says to the crowd “Don’t hate me.” Ed introduces Boom and says he’s standing in front of what looks like a “portable bar” and says “Love Boat Captain” was written in a “far away place and far enough away that anything seemed possible”. Ed mentions the last time they played Grand Rapids was the “Vote For Change” tour and says the name of that tour was supposed to “make the point” and that “Vote for Change” was maybe “not explanatory enough because some people didn’t figure out you were voting to change things for the better.” He continues, “So a lot of us voted, but things have changed just for the worse and something hopeful, apparently there’s a couple of veterans in the crowd and we have their support so we’re very proud of that.”, leading to “Army Reserve”. Jeff updates everyone on the Detroit vs. Cleveland playoff basketball game that night “We just found out that the Pistons won by two points”, to large cheers. Ed then says he heard they actually lost by three points, to large boos. Ed then asks the crowd to vote for who they think the liar is, but he admits “it’s gonna be me”. During the “Rearviewmirror” jam, Ed sings “Time heals the wounds that no one can see (repeated) / I will forget, I will forgive (repeated)”. With the crowd going nuts, Ed comes on after the first encore saying “Are you kidding me? We’re not gonna want to leave this place. And I thought we had friends in Chicago!”. The first encore is full of “experimenting” and Ed clarifies that “there’s a big difference between ‘experimenting with you’ and ‘fucking with you’, we’re not going to fuck with you.” Before “Around the Bend”, Ed asks, “Would you like to hear ‘Around the Bend’? We can try it. Are you sure? We haven’t played it, we haven’t practiced it, so we’re fucking with ourselves at this point.” Pearl Jam plays back-to-back breakouts with “Around the Bend” and “Parting Ways”, both the only times played this leg. “Parting Ways” includes a sitar-like guitar effect which gives the main riff a different sound. A 10-minute “Crazy Mary” ends with Mike and Boom trading off on ascending high notes, being egged on by the band and the crowd. Starting the second encore, Ed prefaces, “Alright, no more experimenting. We’re gonna drive this thing home with ya. Seatbelts everybody …” and they launch into “Do The Evolution”. Ed uses a megaphone for the “High above …” bridge in “Comatose”. “Satan’s Bed” starts and Ed jokes “I think we may be fucking with you again, sorry”. The band nails “Satan’s Bed”, with supporting B3 by Boom (true to the studio version), and with Ed ad-libbing a hurried “Paris Hilton” after the line “Who set the standard ‘born to be rich’?”. After “Blood”, Ed beckons “Is there anything left? (crowd roars) I think we did it all (crowd yells “No!!!”).” Ed toasts the day to the shared birthday of Joey Ramone (he says “Johnny” at first) and Pete Townshend and dedicates “Baba O’Riley” to them. “Grand Rapids, who knew?!? That was great … thank you so much. If (fans) listen to the tapes, it’s gonna sound like we’re just bullshittin’, but you had to be here. This was really great tonight, thank you so, so much.” Yellow Ledbetter contains a brief “Star-Spangled Banner” tease and Ed changing the second verse lyrics to “And I see them, I’d like to wish this whole fuckin war away / and I try, and I say, I keep waking up with the news today / and the lies they tell, I can’t take no more / because my brother he’s comin’ home in a box or a bag”. Ed replaces the last “I don’t wanna stay” line with “Fuck it, let’s stay.”

UPDATED June 14, 2006

05/20/06 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH, USA
Ed pre-set: Last Kiss, It Makes No Difference (w/MMJ)
set: Better Man, Given To Fly, World Wide Suicide, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Faithfull, Unemployable, Gone, Daughter/(It’s OK), MFC, Immortality, Lukin, Do The Evolution, Spin The Black Circle, Porch
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Thumbing My Way, Inside Job, Black, Alive
second encore: Go, Comatose, U, Don’t Gimme No Lip, Smile, Why Go, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: The band is playing Cleveland and Detroit consecutively, coinciding with the NBA Playoffs pitting the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Detroit Pistons. “That last song is called ‘Unemployable’ which I’m sure the state of Ohio knows plenty about. It’s a beautiful place, but we’ll always make room for you in Seattle if you ever want to come out. Then you’ll be jobless and wet and depressed, but you’ll be out drinkin with us, so it’ll be alright.” Continuing, Ed introduces “Gone”, saying that “there’s a line in a song called ‘Dissident’ that says something about ‘escape is never the safest path’ or the easiest way, but this song kinda explores that idea, it’s called ‘Gone’.” “It’s OK” returns as a “Daughter” tag (at a slightly higher pitch than previous versions) with the entire band playing a slightly different arrangement. Ed modifies the lyrics somewhat, “This is my plea / this is my need / this is my time for standing free / this is my stand / in this world so demanding of me”. “Immortality” starts with a few bars of finger-picking guitar, similar to some previous versions. Ed gets a big roar from the crowd during “Do The Evolution” with the lyric change “Those ignorant Indians .. they’re a great team, right?” An adventurous 10-minute “new Porch” begins with an even slower-than-usual start by Ed before it kicks in with the second verse. Ed does band intros during the jam, including “on bass, and rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mr. Jeff Ament” and “the engine with so many horsepower there’s no number, Matt Cameron on the drumkit”, “from the jungle to Cleveland, Mr. Boom Gasper on the B3″, and “sometimes you don’t pick your friends but he’s one of my best friends, Stone Gossard on guitar”. After the main set, Ed says that “it’s interesting, the place we go next is Detroit and we’re in no hurry…” which starts many chants including boos and eventually Ed picks up on an anti-Detroit chant, “I got it … I can’t repeat it because of the bootlegs and all, (Detroit will) get a hold of it. (long pause) I can say it once, ‘Pistons Suck’” to loud cheers. “Thumbing My Way” is played for the only time during the first leg of this tour. Starting the second encore, Ed wants to buy everyone a drink for being such a good crowd and beckons the arena staff to “open up the beer stands”. Ed modifies the “Comatose” lyrics “Blood on all the pistons / Fuck the Detroit Pistons! / Feel it rising (sorry!) / Yeah, next stop falling (sorry Detroit!) / Feel it rising / Comatose, with no fear of falling”. “U”, “Don’t Gimme No Lip” and “Smile” have the band “taking care of a couple of requests that (they’ve) been seeing” so far on Leg One. After “Fuckin’ Up”, Ed tells the crowd about a dream he had where the moon exploded and “crumbled and disappeared into nothing”, creating a world of chaos with the absence of the tides”. He continues that he thinks maybe the moon in his dream could be like “democracy”, and “it looks like it’s full right now, but if we don’t start paying attention … and looking at it thinking it’s beautiful, it’s just gonna disappear like this on us if we don’t participate, and you would know better here in Ohio – the deciding vote” (the vote tally in the state of Ohio decided the winner in the 2004 Presidential election).

UPDATED May 25, 2006

05/22/06 – Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI, USA
soundcheck: Alone, Breath, In Hiding, Breakerfall, You Are, Gone(acoustic), Garden, All or None, Faithfull (partial and out of order)
set: Long Road, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Animal, Marker in the Sand, In Hiding, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Army Reserve, Insignificance, Garden, Wasted Reprise -> Life Wasted, State of Love and Trust, Come Back, Jeremy, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Man of the Hour, Elderly Woman…, Nothingman, Inside Job, Alive
second encore: Whipping, Do The Evolution, Comatose, Given To Fly, Why Go, Porch, Indifference, Kick Out The Jams, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings was side stage, as Ed made numerous mentions of him, and even shared his wine with him during the latter portions of the show. During the “Alive” solo, Mike left the stage and ran through the crowd and up the aisles all the way up to the top of the lower level, then back down again without missing a beat. During “Comatose” Ed used a megaphone for the “High above…” bridge, then smashed it hard to the stage. Ed invites a woman onstage to do sign language for “Given to Fly” similar to 10/11/00 St. Louis, MO. Ed says that Detroit should’ve been given the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of its rich music history, and then proceeded to play “Kick out the Jams” by Detroit’s MC5. “Yellow Ledbetter” ends with Mike playing the Star-Spangled Banner.

ADDED May 25, 2006

05/24/06 – TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA, USA
set: Release, Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Corduroy, Animal, Red Mosquito, Love Boat Captain, Better Man, Unemployable, Even Flow, Sad, Wishlist, Gone, Green Disease, Down, Jeremy, Life Wasted, Why Go
first encore: Forever Young, Masters of War, Crazy Mary, Inside Job, Alive
second encore: Spin The Black Circle, Do The Evolution, Whipping, Rats, Comatose, Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: Ed talks about how much they love the Boston crowd, and mentioned the seating snafu in Grand Rapids (some higher-number Ten Club members had better seats than lower-number members) and that they thought they got the seating right in Boston. Prior to “Unemployable”, Ed dedicates the song to recent college graduates in the crowd; before “Even Flow” he tells the same graduates that “this song is gonna be your future”. Ed and Jeff start the first encore with Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”, followed by a full-band “Masters of War”, performed in honor of Dylan’s 65th birthday. Prior to “Forever Young”, Ed says he doesn’t mean to be cynical, and dedicates it to the college graduates as well. For “Do The Evolution”, Ed and Jeff don orange T-shirts that read “Stone” in black upper and lower case letters (similar to how they are printed on Stone’s guitar picks), and Ed changes the lyrics to “admire Stone”. A raucous “Rockin’ in the Free World” features Jeff jumping off amps and Ed rolling around on stage; toward songs end while Ed bashes on tambourines, Jeff and Mike play “pat-a-cake”.
Picture of Mike and Jeff playing “pat-a-cake”

ADDED May 27, 2006

05/25/06 – TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA, USA
pre-set: Porch, It Makes No Difference (w/MMJ)
set: Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, Dissident, Even Flow, Marker in the Sand, Low Light, Insignificance, Army Reserve, Garden, I Got Id, State of Love and Trust, Comatose, Inside Job, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Man of the Hour, Elderly Woman…, Parachutes, Black, Alive
second encore: Why Go, Life Wasted, Smile, Indifference, Leash, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Ed talks about how it was such a beautiful day in Boston and a beatiful day for them and his daughter whose “back home in another city.” He then mentions that their thoughts turn toward those put in a dire situation overseas and plays a hardened version of “Garden,” mentioning its the worst case scenario for those troops. Before “Elderly Woman…”, Ed says the song used to be so easy to play but they kept “fucking it up.” Ed seems pleased with the crowd’s vocals and lets them finish pieces of the tune, much like he did with “Black,” “Alive,” and “Smile.” Ed says Boston has been so good to them that he’d like to try playing a song they’ve yet to play live and they premiere “Parachutes”! Ed laughs mid-song when he clearly stumbles over the words, but presses on. During a frenzied “Alive,” he knocks over his mic stand and falls to the floor. When he stands up, his earpiece comes loose and Ed wildly swings it onstage. Before “Smile,” he spots a small girl in the crowd that he calls up on stage where she presents him with some flowers. He kisses and hugs her and plays her request, “Smile.” Before “Indifference,” Ed discusses how the proceeds for the show are going to benefit a charity for homeless children in the city and how a great man and his cohorts promised they’d match the donation. He seems moved to know such a man “with intelligence and heart,” and says you may have heard of him since his name is Theo Epstein (young General Manager of the Boston Red Sox and massive PJ fan)”. The crowd goes bananas. After years of fans begging the band to play “Leash”, it’s played to a huge roar, with the crowd signing loudly along. Before “Rockin in the Free World,” a man in a brown hooded PJ sweatshirt and blue PJ ballcap comes out to join them for the set. He jams with the band and is clearly into the set. He whips his hat into the crowd, then his thick mullet wig, and it’s revealed to be Theo Epstein himself! The Boston fans go wild and chant “Theo-Theo!” Ed puts on a Terry Francona (Red Sox Manager) Red Sox jersey and they play “Yellow Ledbetter”. Mike ends the song with a fiery, patriotic version of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

ADDED May 30, 2006

05/27/06 – Tweeter Waterfront, Camden, NJ, USA
pre-set: Gone
set: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, World Wide Suicide, Do The Evolution, Animal, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Marker in the Sand, Given To Fly, Unemployable, Lukin -> Not For You/(Modern Girl), Daughter/(W.M.A), I Am Mine, Jeremy, Present Tense, Why Go, Porch
first encore: Better Man, Come Back, Elderly Woman, Last Kiss, Alive
second encore: State of Love and Trust, Blood, Even Flow, Comatose, Leash, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: Being the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.A., Ed mentions that it’s a great way to start the summer, and during “”Even Flow” sings that the “summer’s on its way”. This venue is in Camden, NJ, and Philadelphia is right across the river, thus why it is often considered a “Philadelphia” stop on the tour. With a big smile on his face, Ed references that saying “Where the hell are we anyways? Jersey? Philly?” and mentions that he should know better considering that they’ve played there before. The “Modern Girl” tag to “Not For You” returns, with Mike wearing a Sleater-Kinney t-shirt. “Present Tense” draws a big roar and the crowd sings the second verse. Before “Last Kiss”, the band seems to get comfortable and Matt puts on a Fender Telecaster hinting at something “special”. Ed tells the crowd that they are indeed doing something special tonight and tells of how their charitable proceeds from ticket sales tonight are going towards the Innocence Project, a non-profit legal clinic that works to free the wrongfully convicted through DNA testing. Ed introduces one-by-one three men who had a total of 45 years in prison before they were freed by the works of the Innocence Project. He tells the stories of Thomas “Tommy” Doswell, Vincent Moto, and Wilton Dedge, including how they each served more than a decade before they were freed. Vincent Moto then jumps up on the drums, and Tommy Doswell lays down a large lyric sheet and everyone together performs “Last Kiss”, with Ed and Tommy trading off verses. Vincent and Tommy are bursting with Joy and make Ed blush by starting a “Pearl Jam” chant. Wilton, Vincent and Tommy come back out for an extended “Rockin’ in the Free World”. As they are walking off, Wilton – visibly the shiest on stage – steps up to Stone’s mic, and poignantly implores the crowd that “you don’t have to be a rocker to make a difference in the world”.

ADDED May 30, 2006

05/28/06 – Tweeter Waterfront, Camden, NJ, USA
pre-set: Throw Your Arms Around Me, It Makes No Difference (w/MMJ)
set: Wash, Go, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Save You, Given To Fly, Army Reserve, Grievance, Gone, Even Flow, You Are, Wishlist, Satan’s Bed, Garden, Whipping, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Man of the Hour, Parachutes, Black/(So Lonely), Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: Last Exit, Do The Evolution, Glorified G, Comatose, Leash, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: Ed performs a preset of “Throw Your Arms Around Me” and stays on for a cover of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference”. Ed addressed the crowd right after “Wash”, saying “I bet you came over after church” which had the entire venue laughing and that “on the seventh day, God said ‘You shall rock your asses off until the cows come home’”. Ed is bothered by mic and mic-stand problems throughout the first set, breaking at least two. Ed dedicated “Army Reserve” to the men and women risking their lives and following orders. During “Rearviewmirror”, Ed is visibly annoyed at a photographer (or fan?) in the pit and aggressively throws a towel at him. Picking up a guitar to join the jam, he then breaks a string and throws his guitar down hard, leaving the stage. The band starts the first encore on the “lighter” side with “Wasted Reprise”, “Man of the Hour” and “Parachutes”. Mike had a line of new baseballs behind him on his equipment and Ed called attention to the fact that he was playing with “a lot of balls”. Mike went back and counted them – 5 balls – and Ed said that he had one of his removed to be able to hit the high notes. After over ten years of absence, “Leash” is played for the third show in a row. “Yellow Ledbetter” closes with Mike playing the “Star-Spangled Banner”.

ADDED June 5, 2006

05/30/06 – MCI Center, Washington, DC, USA
pre-set: Don’t Be Shy
set: Release, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Animal, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, Low Light, Unemployable, Grievance, Even Flow, I Got Shit, Present Tense, Better Man, Inside Job, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Why Go, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Man of the Hour, Masters Of War, Elderly Woman…, Come Back, Alive
second encore: Comatose, Leash, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: Towards the end of the show Ed remarked that Dick Cheney had called his hotel room and requested that they play his favorite song, one he listens to every morning, and the band played “Fuckin’ Up”. Ed said that some of the band had traveled down to D.C. earlier and spent the previous night in the Mount Pleasant district of D.C. which he said, “I heard that area wasn’t ‘pleasant’ anymore, but last night it couldn’t have been more so pleasant.” More notes coming soon…

ADDED June 5, 2006

05/31/06 – The Avalon, New York, NY, USA
set: Better Man, Unemployable, World Wide Suicide, Gone, Sleight of Hand, Army Reserve, Insignificance, Alive
Ed Solo: Here’s to the State of Mississippi
break: Fan Q&A
encore: Life Wasted
TFT Notes: This performance is a taping of the VH1 TV series “Storytellers”. The show is announced a week prior and 250 fan club members are selected randomly to attend. The venue was formerly the Limelight, where PJ played on April 12, 1992. Ed asked the crowd for a show of hands of those who were at the 1992 show and one (lucky) fan raised his hand. Fans outside the venue are organized into three lines. The first two lines are let into the venue first, with the fans who showed up earliest being allowed to go right to the front of the stage. The floor is general admission, with a few fans taken to the side of the stage as well. The third line of fans are brought to the balconies lining the walls to the right and left of the stage. Ed’s tech Ricky brings out and removes a music stand with Ed’s pre-written notes prior to each song. Ed mentions that the theme of the songs being played revolve around the “truth” and how the government has misinformed the public, also reminding fans of the saying “don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story”. “Better Man” is played with a “new” intro, with Boom starting the song on keyboards and Ed coming in on vocals, much like the studio version. Ed prefaces “Gone” mentioning that it’s “a car song” and how PJ has a lot of car songs, but that Bruce Springsteen is still the king of writing car songs. The venue is very hot, and a small fan is put in front of Ed. It starts blowing his hair as he reads, distracting him, and he asks that it be turned off because he’s “not Steven Tyler”. “Sleight of Hand” is a nice surprise, introduced as “another car song”. Ed retells the story of “Alive” saying “it’s a song about someone I know very well (laughs) … Ok, it’s about me” and goes on to say how the chorus is sung by fans with exuberance and it has trancended from being a song about a curse, to being an uplifting song. He concludes with “you changed the meaning of the song, you lifted the curse” which gets a great response from the fans. The band exits during “Alive” and Ed comes out solo. Ed mentions his collaboration with Tim Robbins in 2004 during the Vote for Change tour and plays “Here’s to the State of Mississippi” originally written by Phil Ochs. At one point Ed is in-between verses and pauses but keeps strumming a G-chord, addressing the crowd wondering if – being a protest song – whether Phil Ochs picked the G-chord intentionally because the left hand mimics the sign of giving someone the middle-finger. Chairs are set up in the middle of the stage for a fan Q&A session. Before the event, fans wrote their name, location and a question on blue cards that were collected while waiting on line. Fans were told that if picked, the would go to areas of the venue where there were microphones to ask their question, but the band instead read the questions and answered them themselves. The band returned one more time to perform “Life Wasted”.

ADDED June 5, 2006

06/01/06 – Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, USA
pre-set: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, It Makes No Difference (w/MMJ)
set: Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Do The Evolution, Marker in the Sand, Given To Fly, Dissident, Even Flow, Army Reserve, Immortality, Green Disease, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Alone, Jeremy, Why Go, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Man of the Hour, Come Back, Footsteps, Once, Alive
second encore: Last Exit, Comatose, Leatherman, Glorified G, Leash, Baba O’Riley, Indifference
TFT Notes: “Alone” is played “for the connoisseurs” but the song breaks down half-way through. Not giving up, the band restarts at the second chorus and finishes it up. “Jeremy” then starts with Ed saying “we know this one”. The “Rearviewmirror” jam includes Ed singing “I thought I’d never forget (repeated) / but I forget (repeated)”. Ed has some call/response from the crowd asking them that if they played “Bushleaguer” would they “boo” or “cheer”. Some booing occurs, but it seemed the crowd didn’t understand the question. He asks again and draws big cheers. Ed says that he wants to “continue the dialogue” from the last time they were here, but the crowd is puzzled, because it seems Ed is thinking of the April 30, 2003 Uniondale, NY show in which there was booing during “Bushleaguer”. “Footsteps” is played for the second time this tour and played sitting down. “Footsteps” is well received by the crowd, who even sing the third verse early, but it doesn’t throw the band off. The mamasan trilogy of “Alive”, “Once”, “Footsteps” is played backwards. During “Leatherman” Ed remarks that he went on a hike nearby in New York where he learned of the “Leatherman” story, and hiked that day with a young man who had just graduated today, dedicating the song to him. Prior to “Leash”, Ed remarks that the band is pretty good to fans for playing “Leash” since the last time they were there a fan held up a sign that said “Play ‘Leash’ You Pussies” (but this was July 8, 2003 NY, NY show and not NJ). Celebrity spottings included the Olsen twins (yes, both this time) and Chris Daughtry (American Idol).

ADDED June 25, 2006

06/03/06 – Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, USA
pre-set: No Surrender, It Makes No Difference (w/MMJ)
set: Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Hail Hail, Animal, Love Boat Captain, In Hiding, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Whipping, Gone, Comatose, State of Love and Trust, Rats, Garden, Inside Job, Porch
first encore: Army Reserve, Hard To Imagine, Last Kiss, Black, Crazy Mary, Last Exit
second encore: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Lukin, Leash, Don’t Gimme No Lip, Why Go, Leaving Here, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: “Severed Hand” starts “SNL-style” rather than the with the pre-recorded backing track. Ed references the cavernous Continental Airlines Arena in “Hail, Hail” with “Ah, looks like there’s room for both of us”. During “Animal”, Ed’s mic cuts out before he begins to sing, so the song is aborted abrubtly. On the bootleg, the band’s techs are heard saying they “lost all of the vocals”. This day was a hot and humid day with many thunderstorms, a possible cause for the power problem. The five-minute break keeps the crowd thirsty as Matt plays a beat similiar to what you’d hear at a baseball game “1, 2, 1-2-3, 1-2-3-4, ‘Let’s Go!’” with the crowd clapping along. Applause as Ed’s mic comes back on, “Can you hear me now? So whose job was it… here in New Jersey to pay the electric bill for this building tonight, that’s what we wanna know? Is it uh, I know Bruce Springsteen is on tour right now, do you think maybe he didn’t pay the bill before he left? Well I’m, personally I’m more ready than I ever was, so if you guys are still in …” leading right back into “Animal”. Always a crowd-pleaser, Ed mentions after “In Hiding” that this crowd is much better singers than Thursday night’s show. Community Food Bank of New Jersey will receive one dollar from every ticket from this show, and “they served half a million people since 1982, over a half a billion of food and groceries”. Ed mentions how playing “Gone” in New Jersey is appropriate – being written in Atlantic City – and how he wanted to play “Atlantic City” for the Borgata shows, but couldn’t remember the chords, but “my fingers found their way and turned out to be this song”. Mike inserts a very quick lick from Mad Season’s “River of Deceit” just after the “I choose to feel” line during “Inside Job”, an song by “Mike McCready, words and all”. Ed comes out after the encore break and says there was a little argument backstage about what to play. One song Ed mentions they have to play, and that June 3rd is “West Memphis Three Day” and talks about their plight, his involvement and his collaboration with Damien Echols on “Army Reserve”. Ed introduces Damien’s wife, Lori Davis, who steps up to the mic to thank Pearl Jam and everyone else’s support. “Last Kiss” is played to the crowd behind the stage (so the rest of the night is “guilt free”), including Matt on a bass drum snare and hi-hat set up for him. “Leash” is introduced as another “sing-along” and – just as recent versions – Ed sings “Take my lucky hand…” (see the Vs. lyric sheet) and “Delight in the truth“. Before “Don’t Gimme No Lip”, Stone addresses the crowd on this last night of the first Leg of the tour, “I know you’ve all been waiting for it, and I just wanna say thank you very much. myself and everyone else has had a great tour and I wanna thank Ed Ved personally cause he’s put in so many hours to this record, and the video we made, and every night’s setlist, and he just does an amazing job with an incredible amount of energy, and we’re so lucky to have him. LADIES AND GENTLEMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN, ROUND OF APPLAUSE! (crowd cheers) Thank you, alright, ‘Don’t Gimme No Lip’”. With a few weeks break before Leg Two starts, “Why Go” and “Leaving Here” are played back to back. During “Leaving Here”, Jeff takes the first three solos and Matt the last. “Yellow Ledbetter” is introduced as “we don’t know what else to say, so Mike McCready’s gonna say it for us”.

06/23/06 – Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
opening act: Robert Pollard
pre-set: Throw Your Arms Around Me
set: Release, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Do the Evolution, Dissident, Even Flow, Marker in the Sand, In Hiding, Better Man, Daughter/(With My Own Two Hands), Garden, I Got Shit, State of Love and Trust, Inside Job, World Wide Suicide, Porch
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Man of the Hour, Waiting on a Friend, Elderly Woman…, Black, Alive
second encore: Go, Why Go, Comatose, Smile, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Ed opened the show saying “I’ll throw out the first pitch” and played “Throw Your Arms Around Me” to a sparse audience, then introduced Robert Pollard. Midway through Pollard’s set Pollard exclaimed “I need a cigarette” and launched into the next song, only to have Ed dart on stage, hand him a lit cigarette, then dart back off. Ed commented that when they came into the building someone told him they were tearing it down (not necessarily true, although the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) are trying to build a new arena but it’s far from a done deal) He said we should just enjoy it while we have it. No songs from Riot Act or Binaural are performed. During the first encore the lights in the sky boxes are blinking on and off seemingly in rhythm. Ed comments that “You have some talented rich people in Pittsburgh.” Then laughs and says “You have some drunk talented rich people in Pittsburgh. It’s nice to see something new.” Before “Waiting on a friend” Ed tells the crowd that they’ve been to a lot of places around the world, and “Pittburgh isn’t exactly our favorite place.” Loud boos ensure, followed by “Here we go Steelers, here we go!” chants. A few people throw joints at him, he catches one laughing and says “These people are throwing joints! Maybe I should insult you more often.” Everyone in the band laughs. Then he says “OK, well, I need a lighter.” Lighters rain down on the stage. More laughing. Then he notices someone threw up a Marlboro Light and he complains and throws it back. Then he goes on to say “What I didn’t get a chance to say was, this is one of our favorite places to play.” He references their last time in town opening for the Stones and how it was a great time, and says that they’re playing the next song in memory of that evening. During Alive he climbs on the speakers on Stone’s side to sing “We’re all still alive!” Ed’s long sleeve shirt comes off which reveals that the white t-shirt underneath is in fact a Robert Pollard concert t-shirt. During “Rockin’ in the Free World”, Ed takes a running start to toss a tambourine far to the right of the stage, and trips and falls on Stone’s guitar cord, unplugging it. He gets up rather embarrassed with Stone buckled over laughing. Mike turned the final verse of “Yellow Ledbetter” into the “Star-Spangled Banner” to end the show.

ADDED June 26, 2006

06/24/06 – US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH, USA
opening act: Robert Pollard
pre-set: The Kids Are Alright
set: Long Road, Save You , Hail Hail, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Unemployable , Even Flow, Love Boat Captain, Gone, Green Disease, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Present Tense, Lukin, Whipping, Do The Evolution, Life Wasted
first encore: Wishlist, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Inside Job, Crazy Mary, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Comatose, Leash, Alive, Baba O’Riley
TFT Notes: The first Cincinnati show in 6 years – 2003′s show was cancelled due to flooding at the venue – begins at 7:25PM with Eddie and his guitar taking the stage for a solo version of “The Kids Are Alright.” The first of many Who references tonight (Eddie is also wearing a “Maximum R&B” style Who t-shirt). He introduces opening act Robert Pollard, noting that Pollard is from “up the road” in Dayton, Ohio (only about 30 miles away from Cincy). Ed is sidestage rocking out for most of Pollard’s set, and joins him on stage for the last part of Pollard’s last song, “Love is Stronger than Witchcraft.” “Even Flow” notably gets large chunks of Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Rock from the Sun” thrown into the jam, courtesy of Mike McCready. Later, “Not For You” sports a “Modern Girl” tag (Sleater-Kinney), “Better Man” gets a tag of “Save it for Later,” and Wishlist gets tagged with the same Robert Pollard song that Eddie joined Pollard on during the opening set, “Love is Stronger than Witchcraft.” Early on, fans in the front rows throw little plastic parachute toys onstage and Ed comments that he finally understands why, but he says they still aren’t going to play “Parachutes” tonight. Appropriately right before “Love Boat Captian,” Eddie discusses how almost exactly six years to the day ago, nine fans died at the concert in Denmark (Roskilde) and among the first people to call and offer support were The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. He went on to explain that it was at this very same Cincinnati venue (then called the Riverfront Coliseum) where several fans died in a similar crush trying to enter a Who concert (It was 12/3/1979 and 11 died). At another point in the night, Ed pulled out a flyer and discussed how a Pearl Jam fan named Brian Shaffer from Columbus, Ohio had been missing since April, and since the band feels like the fans are in some way “part of the family,” they wanted to call attention to him in hopes that someone is able to help find him. Ed mentioned that , and described Brian’s Pearl Jam tattoo and the reward for information along with a website to visit if you know anything, findbrianshaffer.com. Mike McCready, as usual, is really into his “Crazy Mary” solo, and Ed tries to do the classic back-to-back lean with him, but Mike charges on by to rock out over by Boom. A song later, after “Rearviewmirror”, as the band leaves the stage, Ed jokingly kicks Mike in the butt. After “Leash,” someone in the front row throws a copy of the new Rolling Stone with Eddie on the cover on stage and Ed begins to elaborately wipe his ass with it, angrily commenting about how they agreed to do the Rolling Stone cover as a band, but they went and put only Eddie on the cover anyway. He said something along the lines of, “I have fifty copies of this at home next to the toilet to use when I take a shit.” He also talked about how Pearl Jam has survived for almost 16 years because they are a band – not just one guy – and how they did a whole band photo shoot and everything, but the magazine put that picture on the inside. By the end of Ed’s diatribe, the magazine was in shreds and a high energy “Alive” was launched. In yet another Who nod, the night ended with “Baba O’Riley,” with Eddie and Robert Pollard trading verses.

UPDATED July 27, 2006

06/26/06 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN, USA
opening for: Tom Petty
set: Last Exit, Life Wasted, Why Go, World Wide Suicide, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, I Am Mine, Army Reserve, Even Flow, Better Man, Sad, Sleight of Hand, Daughter/(I Won’t Back Down), Jeremy, Comatose, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World
Tom Petty set: American Girl
TFT Notes: This show is the first of six shows in support of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The first notes of “Last Exit” start with Ed exclaiming “Let’s get it on!”. “Do the Evolution” goes a little off course during the verses, and Ed sings “Admire me / Admire my home / Forgive me / It’s my own fault”. Ed references the first show of the PJ/Petty tour, “I know there’s a few kind people who are dedicated to our group and they travel different places to see us. And that’s what our group is gonna be doing for the next couple of weeks. We’re gonna be travellin’ around seeing Tom Petty and we’re proud to be on the same stage and looking forward to this little trip here.” “Given To Fly” is dedicated to “Tom and the Heartbreakers, thanks for taking us along for the ride.” Ed previews “Army Reserve” with “It’s hard to read the paper and it’s hard to be an American without thinking about some of our fellow countrymen who are over dealing with an intense situation. As we’re here enjoy ourselves, this goes out to them. These are the army reservists and soldiers over there doing what they can do.” Ed later jokes “Just think if (Tom) was my dad, my name would be ‘Eddie Petty’ (crowd laughs). But I would have grown up in a really nice house, so I would have dealt with it I guess.” With the crowd an equal share of Pearl Jam and Tom Petty fans, Ed plays the chords to “Better Man” more quietly than usual, asks the crowd to singalong, and the crowd sings the first verse and chorus just fine. The “Daughter” tag includes the chorus of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” repeated twice. Jeff starts to play the bass line to the “It’s OK” tag, but the song quiets down to its end shortly thereafter. After “Alive”, Ed wraps up the show prior to the final song, “You’ve been very kind. This is the first night of this experiment. So far we like the conclusion – the hypothesis was good, but…. thank you very much, each and every one of you. Thanks. And for us, we’re one song away from relaxing and getting to go to a rock show ourselves, we can’t wait. this is just a great great night, so thank you very much.” Before starting “Rockin’ in the Free World” though, Ed interjects and references the recent donation of $37 billion by Warren Buffett to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Energizing the crowd, he pleads with them to “say ‘thank you’ to that state of mind. How exciting to see rich guys being responsible and caring. It’s ‘sexy’ is what it is. It’s beautiful. Here’s to Warren Buffett. We hope it spreads. This song’s by a friend of Tom’s, and a friend of ours.” During the song, he changes the words “There’s a billion points of light for the homeless man / finally a rich man with a gentle hand.” Ed later joined Tom Petty during his set with vocals on “American Girl.”

UPDATED July 27, 2006

06/27/06 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN, USA
opening for: Tom Petty
set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Severed Hand, Hail Hail, Love Boat Captain, World Wide Suicide, Marker in the Sand, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Light Years, Not For You, Elderly Woman…, Come Back, State of Love and Trust, Glorified G, Black, Life Wasted, Alive
Tom Petty set: The Waiting, American Girl
TFT Notes: About one minute of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” starts the shows, leading directly into “Corduroy”. Jeff adds the bass lines from Queen/Bowie’s “Under Pressure” to the end of “Hail, Hail”. Ed introduces Boom as the “Love Boat Captain” and modifies the lyrics to the common “let the show begin.” Mike McCready’s guitar goes out half-way through “Marker in the Sand”. Following the song, Ed introduces “Mike McCready on guitar over there (pointing)” and finally Mike’s guitar pops on, continuing “Alright, the guitar wasn’t working but the guitar is now working. I was about to accuse the Heartbreakers of sabotage, but why am I so paranoid?” leading to “Given To Fly”. “Light Years” is dedicated to Baseball Sportswriter, ESPN Analyist and Pearl Jam fan Peter Gammons, who was stricken with a brain aneurysm earlier in the day, “I know all his friends are sending out their energies to him and if I could get you as a collective to just send a bit more energy his way, out in the northeast, Peter this is for you, it’s called ‘Light Years’.” “Not For You” includes the modified lines “Small my table, it now seats three / Oh, she’s my payback, oh lucky me”. The music for the “Modern Girl” tag is played for a few bars, but the lyrics are not sung. As it is Ed’s habit to dedicate “Elderly Woman…” to small towns in the vicinity of the concert, this dedication is a little different, saying “If this is indeed the ‘land of a thousand lakes’, this is for lake number nine-hundred and ninety three.” “Life Wasted” is tweaked a little with Ed imploring the crowd “don’t let the sad song play.” Ed thanks tonight’s split PJ/Petty crowd again before “Alive”, “Here’s a toast to all our friends out there, here’s a toast to all the friends of Tom Petty of which we include ourselves. Have a great rest of the evening, so glad we could be part of this.” Ed later joined Tom Petty during his set with vocals on “The Waiting” (though, apparently his microphone was not on) and “American Girl.”

UPDATED July 27, 2006

06/29/06 – Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI, USA
opening for: Tom Petty
set: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Animal, In Hiding, Even Flow, Gone, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Do The Evolution, Why Go, Jeremy, Inside Job, Comatose, Rearviewmirror
encore: Crazy Mary, Leash, Porch
Tom Petty set: The Waiting, American Girl
TFT Notes: This show marks a return to Marcus Amphitheatre – and Summerfest – for the first time since 1995. During “Wasted Reprise”, Ed states “We’d like to dedicated this show to Kalehua”, in reference to Boom’s mother, who passed away the previous day. The mood onstage is emotional, with Ed consoling Boom often during the performance. A reference is made to the conditions that day at Summerfest where power issues caused delays in the schedule (Pearl Jam didn’t go on until 8:00 PM and Tom Petty didn’t finish until well after midnight) “Thank goodness for solar power, we’re up and running tonight. Thanks to the power company for doing their part for keeping the rock-n-roll alive this evening. Well, I got a nice bottle of red in my hand and I’m gonna toast Mr. Tom Petty and his band for being around for thirty years and letting us along for the celebration (crowd raises glasses, causing Ed to laugh). That is more glasses in the audience that I’ve seen at any show in the last two years.” In “Do The Evolution”, Ed repeats the “nightly feast / ignorant indians” lines before and after the “Hallelujah” and says after the second one “I got so ignorant I sang it twice”. “Comatose” is started wryly with “Ready … get set …”. After the St. Paul sets did not include encores, Ed remarks, “Tom is still working on his setlist, so he said go ahead and throw down a few more. Actually he didn’t, I just made that up. I should never do that.” Before “Crazy Mary”, Ed leads the crowd in a shout of “Hello Elvis” to Elvis Costello who is playing nearby. “Ya know Elvis Costello, he could be a (Travelling) Wilbury, you know? He’s that good. Tom Petty… I mean he’s gonna be up on this stage and he’s a fucking Wilbury, you see what I’m saying?” Lastly, Ed comments about Tom Petty’s 30th year as a touring artist, mentions that they are halfway there, and mentions Sleater-Kinney’s eleven year duration (on this day, it was announced they were breaking up). Prior to “Porch”, Ed talks about the war and the power of love “They’re fighting a war over a natural resource. It’s arguable that part of what this war is about is oil – a natural resource. There’s a natural resource that all of us have within us. It’s powerful… it’s love! We all have a powerful resource – a natural resource – in each one of us. It’s love. Life is really incredibly fragile, and this band has experienced it – we’ve expierienced it recently. The planet is fragile. Our lives are each fragile. The amount of people in this room is fragile. We just want to say: if you love somebody… tell them. Tell them today, tell them tomorrow. Tell them everyday in case it’s the last time you ever get to speak to ‘em, and it’s the last thing that you say is ‘I Love You’. Please do that.” leading to an 8-minute “Porch”. Ed later joined Tom Petty during his set with vocals on “The Waiting” and “American Girl.”

UPDATED July 27, 2006

06/30/06 – Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI, USA
opening for: Tom Petty
set: Last Kiss, Save You, World Wide Suicide, Spin the Black Circle, Given To Fly, Jeremy, Even Flow, Sad, Daughter/(W.M.A.)/(Ruby Tuesday), I Got Id, Elderly Woman…, Around the Bend, Indifference, Life Wasted, Alive
encore: Smile, Rockin’ in the Free World
Tom Petty set: The Waiting, American Girl
TFT Notes: This show occurs six years following the tragic death of nine fans at the Roskilde Festival in 2000. Ed greets the locals tonight with “Good evening, Milwaukee! Old Milwaukee, young Milwaukee” and dedicates “Last Kiss” to a local girl named Sara. Mike’s opening riffs to “Save You” now include some metal-style muted picking just before the band kicks in. “Spin the Black Circle” is dedicated “not to CDs, not to Cassettes, not to 8-Tracks, not to downloads. We’d like to dedicate this next song to beautiful perfect circles made out of vinyl that 30 years ago we got our Tom Petty records on.” Ed mentions that he never really thought about it before, but says the next song is about “bad parenting”, leading to “Jeremy”. “Daughter” includes a “W.M.A.” tag where the “big hand slapped the white male Milwaukee-an”, and later the chorus of “Ruby Tuesday” is thrown in. Ed forgets the lyrics in “Elderly Woman…” and causes the crowd singalong to go awry as well, prompting Ed to sing “Rockers brains they fade … fade away”. Ed allows the crowd to sing the “I will scream my lungs out…” line in “Indifference” and says afterwards “with this many people and this many people singing along, you’d have to imagine this kind of energy could obviously make a difference in the world.” Ed tells of the story of “Smile” and the local origins of its lyrics: “There’s a band that hails from Milwaukee – they’re an important band to myself other guys in this group, guys in Queens of the Stone Age, Kurt (Cobain), Nirvana – everybody was really touched and moved by this little band. They were called The Frogs. I’ve got all their records, all 692 I believe. And they opened for us years ago and one night, after we had finished our little tour, I opened my notebook and there was a little note from one of the Frogs and it was beautifully written and the band was playing a song in the room that day in practice and I just started singing the note. These words are written by Denis from the Frogs – he’s here tonight. Denis, this is for you, this song’s called ‘Smile’”. During the song, Ed sings “Denis, this is how I feel.” “Rockin in the Free World” includes a call/response with Ed and the crowd, “Hello Tom! / You’re next, Tom!” Ed later joined Tom Petty during his set with vocals on “The Waiting” and “American Girl.”

UPDATED July 27, 2006

07/02/06 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, USA
opening for: Tom Petty
set: World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Hail Hail, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Present Tense, Jeremy, Army Reserve, Daughter, Bee Girl, Corduroy, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Black
encore: Comatose, Bushleaguer, Alive, So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star
Tom Petty set: The Waiting, American Girl
TFT Notes: Boom Gasper is absent at this show, returning to Hawaii after the passing of his mother. Tom Petty’s keyboardist Benmont Tench sits in later in the show. Ed references being in Denver, the “Mile High City”, saying that “I can just about guarantee you, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will take you even higher than that – we’re just getting you off the ground.” “Given To Fly” has the modified lyric “Made it to the mountains had a smoke in the tree.” Before “Even Flow”, Ed says that the song was written “by some friends of ours that were homeless up in Seattle when we were making our first record, and I read today that Denver has the fond privilege in being first in having the least homeless people in our country, and that’s a tremendous achievement and thank you to the people in charge that made that happen – good on ya!”. “Bee Girl” is played “for the little ones” and Ed explains that it was written with Jeff “with the assistance of a bottle of wine.” After “Bee Girl”, Ed introduces the Heartbreakers’ keyboardist Benmont Tench: “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the absence of our B3 player and our partner … and over the weekend he lost his mom, so he went back to the islands to take care of her. There’s still a few songs we wanted to play and helping out we got a member of the other team – actually we’re all on the same team, ‘human beings’ – and here’s a great human being and as far as the keys go and the piano, probably one of the greatest players ever. Please welcome to play with us, Mr. Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers.” Tench plays the B3 organ on “Corduroy” and “Better Man” and piano on “Black”. “Better Man” even includes a solo by Tench, followed by a lone “Don’t Let Me Down!!” by Ed. Pearl Jam breaks out “Bushleaguer” for the first time this tour, since the last time they were in Denver on April 1, 2003, there was a reported incident of fans leaving in protest to the song’s playing. The performance is straightforard, nearly flawless and without comment. Ed does not play “Bushleaguer” with the George Bush mask. Ed thanks the fans after “Alive”, “it’s not just any time and it’s not just anyone who can play for this many individuals, so from us as a group to you as invididuals, thanks so much to each and every one of you, it’s not lost on us.” The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench join Pearl Jam for the finale “So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star”. Ed later joined Tom Petty during his set with vocals on “The Waiting” and “American Girl.”

UPDATED July 27, 2006

07/03/06 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, USA
opening for: Tom Petty
set: Long Road, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand->Not For You/(Modern Girl), Insignificance, Unemployable, Even Flow, Gone, State of Love and Trust, Down, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Black, Corduroy
encore: Come Back, Leash, Why Go, So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star
Tom Petty set: The Waiting, American Girl, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Everybody Must Get Stoned)
TFT Notes: Boom Gasper is again absent at this show, returning to Hawaii after the passing of his mother. Tom Petty’s keyboardist Benmont Tench sits in later in the show. “Severed Hand” segues right into “Not For You”, with the drum beat intro starting as the guitars for “Severed Hand” fade out. With the rain and overcast weather outside the Pepsi Arena, Ed says “Here’s to a Seattle day in Denver. Yesterday it was Tom’s weather (he’s from Florida), today it was ours – it’s an equal opportunity tour, even as far as God’s concerned.” In a nice moment, Ed talks about touring with Petty and being in Pearl Jam for 15 years:

“This is the last night that we’re on the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers train. We barnstormed a few of your cities and we’ve had a great great time doing it, and it’s been great being around a band that’s been doin’ it for thirty years and sounding as good as ever, if not better. And a little bit of wisdom in the late night hours… I think that’s gonna keep us goin for the next 15 years. I was talking to a guy before the show tonight and he works with another group that’s been around almost that many years, I think. And he said something that I totally agree: you can’t be a band and do this and keep continuing this long unless you’re absolutely best mates. I just wanna toast my best mates up here. I don’t know how we’ve done it but we’ve done it so far. Some people are harder to put up with than others (Ed points to himself, crowd laughs) so I’m really proud to be part of this group and this crew and this family and everything and I just wanted to say it openly. There it is. And thanks to you (the fans) for sticking with us.”

Benmont Tench fills in again for Boom again on B3 and Piano for “Better Man”, “Black”, “Corduroy” and differing from the previous night’s set, “Wasted Reprise”. Ed introduces Tench and references their collaboration in 1994 at the Bridge School Benefit when “it provided us an opportunity back when we didn’t have anybody to play any keys on our stuff.” “Come Back” is dedicated to a fan in the front who was at both Denver shows. Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench join Pearl Jam for the finale “So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star”. Ed later joined Tom Petty during his set with vocals on “The Waiting” and “American Girl.” All members joined Tom for “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Everybody Must Get Stoned)” with Matt on acoustic guitar, Stone on tambourine, Jeff on acoustic guitar, Mike on electric guitar and Ed helping with vocals.

ADDED August 4, 2006

07/06/06 – MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Man of the Hour
set: Inside Job, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Grievance, Given To Fly, Marker in the Sand, Faithfull, Even Flow, Gone, Daughter, Green Disease, Rats, Garden, Parachutes, State of Love and Trust, Life Wasted, Do The Evolution
first encore: Little Sister, Elderly Woman…, Better Man, Black/(Come Back), Alive
second encore: Go, Comatose, Fortunate Son, Porch/(Dirty Frank)
TFT Notes: This show is the return of Pearl Jam as the headlining act, following six shows opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. After starting with songs like “Inside Job”, “Given to Fly” and “Marker in the Sand”, Ed mentions that “there’s been a few songs already about ‘faith’ and this is yet another one”, leading to “Faithfull”. As the opening chords start, Ed adds that his voice is “a little scratchy tonight if anyone wants to help – join in any time – it’s everybody’s songs, yeah?” Admiring the diverse crowd, Ed looks around and sees “a Brazilian flag over here, I saw a Texas shirt over here. If New York’s the melting pot, Vegas is the fucking boiling pot.” “Daughter” contains an unidentified tag “Like a whisper, I hear her name (3x) / Like a whisper…” In “Green Disease” the rich are asked to “act with your heart and not your wallet.” Still nursing a sore throat, Ed introduces “Parachutes” saying “this next song on the list, we’ve kinda been waiting ’til the singer gets his shit together before we tried it, or at least my throat wasn’t ravaged. Even though it’s a bit of a rough night for me, rather than take it off, what you’re gonna hear might not be the best throat but it’ll be all heart.” In “Do the Evolution”, Ed is the first man to wear a “worn Cubs hat.” During the first encore break, Ed comes out in a silver-sequined jacket, remarking “what’s a Las Vegas show without an Elvis song (cheers). I’m going to dedicate this to the Frogs who made me this jacket about 12 years ago and also to my little sister named Gina who’s here tonight from Texas.” With the spotlight on him and some cheers from the audience about his outfit, Ed puts on a macho voice and says “the clothes make the man.” During “Elderly Woman…”, Mike sees a “Jon Tester for Senate” poster and points it out to a smiling Jeff. “Better Man” includes an improvised “Save It For Later” tag, with the lines “T-R-U-S-T (3x) / I wanna trust you, I wanna love you / Forever (13x) / Don’t let me down!!”. At the end of “Black”, Ed tags “Come Back”, singing “Come back / I’ll be here” repeated. The crowd sings the last half of the first verse of “Porch” over just Ed’s guitar and Matt and the rest of the band come in right on time. A fan is holding up a “Dirty Frank” sign and Ed tags it during “Porch”, reverting back to the style of tag last seen in 1994 with the lines “Cook em! Just to see the look on their face, cook ‘em just to see the look on their face”. Ed thanks and names the various sections of the arena and then the “lucky motherfuckers down in front.” Before the second encore, Ed – almost apologetically – says that “as far as playing Las Vegas, we’ve had some good shows here. We’re up lifetime. Personally I lost a couple of rounds tonight, I’ve been having some health issues. The game ain’t over yet. We’re staying at the (gaming) table – let’s win this thing.” Pearl Jam thanks the crowd following “Porch”, with Ed adding “even the losers get lucky sometimes.”

Updated July 27, 2006

07/07/06 – Cox Arena, San Diego, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Soon Forget
set: Oceans, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Brain of J, World Wide Suicide, Love Boat Captain, Gone, Even Flow, Unemployable, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Satan’s Bed, Not For You/(Modern Girl), You Are, Inside Job, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Long Road, Come Back, Elderly Woman…, Crazy Mary, Crown of Thorns, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Comatose, Leash, Big Wave, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: During “Better Man”, the crowd sings the first verse and chorus well enough to have Ed laud them with “That’s fuckin beautiful, thank you so much.” “Satan’s Bed” is introduced as “a surf song in a way”, continuing “Living in Seattle, all surf songs have to either have at least one thing: either waves, cars or the devil – or girls or the devil, or girls that are the devil – this one’s the devil.” The “Rearviewmirror” jam has Ed singing “Time heals the wounds that no one can see (3x) / I will forgive (2x) / we can all forgive.” Ed starts the first encore with a long dialogue prior to “Long Road”, detailing his relationship with Clayton E. Liggett (Ed’s high school drama teacher and the inspiration for “Long Road”) and explaining that this show’s proceeds are going to benefit that theater. Ed continues to say that when he received a call with the news of Liggett’s death, he escaped to a studio (during the Neil Young “Mirrorball” recording sessions) and just started hitting the opening D-chords of “Long Road” as if he was “trying to ring a bell to say that ‘We lost one of the good ones’”, and after “about eight minutes” the rest of the band just joined in without saying a word and the roots of the song were born. “Long Road” is dedicated to Liggett, and a powerful “Come Back” follows. “Elderly Woman…” is dedicated to “small towns” such as “Olivenhain, Chula Vista, Fallbrook” and “all you one-liquor-store kinda towns.” After “Crazy Mary”, Ed marvels at Mike’s guitar working saying that “it’s science … but believe it or not but I just lit my cigarette off Mike McCready’s amp.” Closing the first encore, Stone Gossard is toasted as the one who wrote “the last one” (“Crown of Thorns”) and “the next one” (“Alive”). Ed explains the risk he takes when mentioning past and future concerts, saying “the next gig’s in Los Angeles, they’ve got their work cut out for them. You see what I do? I bad-mouth the crowd the night before (Ed earlier dissed Las Vegas mentioning his own health problems) and I’m bad-mouthing even the crowd we’re gonna play for. But I promise to you – wine over my heart – I will never say nothing bad about you here tonight.” “Big Wave” is the last song off of Pearl Jam to premiere, and Ed explains that “we were waiting until we got to the coast.” Surfer Kelly Slater guests on “Rockin’ in the Free World”, and Ed mentions that Kelly took him out on waves “so big it put the future of our band in jeopardy.”

UpdatedDecember 19, 2006

07/09/06 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Porch
set: Release, World Wide Suicide, Corduroy, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, Severed Hand, Jeremy, Gone, Even Flow, Unemployable, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Whipping, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Inside Job, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Elderly Woman…, Come Back, Here’s to The State of Mississippi, Black, Crown of Thorns, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Comatose, Why Go, Big Wave, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Ed opens with a rare pre-set of “Porch”. The first of two nights begins with “Cheers, here we are in Los Angeles. It’s been a few years since we played this building – we have fond memories of it last time – it feels like yesterday. I know it’s Sunday but our approach is that it’s Saturday night.” After “Jeremy”, Ed thanks the crowd for the vocal assistance, and wants them to “feel free to do that any time.” Outside the Forum, there are protestors from a local union, and Ed makes note of this after “Unemployable”, saying “I shoulda maybe mentioned before, that song… I don’t know if you saw, I know there were a few… there were some protesters out in front – union people. As far as I know … when we reserved the building for this concert I don’t think there was a strike on at the time. And now that we’re here, I just want to say that we support the AFL-CIO. I mean, I would want to work here too. What’s beautiful about this room is that there’s no fucking advertising anywhere (cheers). Except for that one guy in the very back row with a “Nike” shirt on (laughing). And it doesn’t even say “Coors”, it just says “beer, wine, and snacks”, that’s so…. it’s probably the same way it looked when The Who played here and Zeppelin played here.” He then turns his attention to the unique design of the Forum’s ceiling, saying “now this thing though, when I first walked in here it looked beautiful; but as we’ve been playing the set I’ve been looking up and I keep thinking of Dick Cheney (boos). Something … I know what it is, that’s what I … it’s the world biggest asshole (cheers)!” Acknowledging the descension of the dialogue Ed jokes “Hey, some nights you come up here and you have an intelligent conversation about politics, other nights you just let it out.” Later, Ed is having problems with the earpiece monitor attached to his waist, explaining that he’s “having a little technical problem and I’m gonna have to see the proctologist real quick. Gonna sort me out (Matt throws in “ba-dum ching” drum hits). His name’s Ricky Ramone (Ed’s tech) – he worked for the Ramones for, I don’t know, a dozen years and now he’s my personal proctologist. (mic) Check.” Ricky bends down and literally kisses Ed’s ass and Ed thanks him “Hey, my ass feels great.” The “Modern Girl” tag of “Not For You” is rephrased “Our whole lives, like a picture on a sunny day.” The crowd does some interesting clapping during “Elderly Woman” and Ed acknowledges it (“that’s good!”). Ed then tells a story about “Here’s to the State of Mississippi”, a re-worded version by Tim Robbins of an old Phil Ochs song, which Ed performed most recently at VH1 Storytellers

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I’ve gotten of number of kinda mindblowing letters in my lifetime and expecially since I’ve been a part of this group. And as a group we’ve gotten incredible letters. And recently we got one. It was a song that was played on a little TV thing that we did, it was a song by a guy called Phil Ochs. He was an incredible singer and songwriter and he had … he had guts. He had guts and talent and he used them as a powerful weeapon. And we did this little song and it was a Phil Ochs song that actually Tim Robbins had adjusted to reflect modern times. And he did a great job in doing so. And he played it on a Vote for change tour recentl – couple years back – and I kinda played Tim’s version of it. We got this beautiful letter from Phil’s daughter, saying how much it meant to her and her family. Phil’s daughter, who now works for the ACLU here in Los Angeles. It was an incredibely proud moment. And we’re gonna celebrate here tonight. Of course Phil passed long ago so we don’t have him, but we do have Tim Robbins here to sing it with me. My friend tim. (cheers)

After “Black”, Ed says “hey thank you kindly, we’ve been together as a group for quite a long time. And we’ve been putting together records and we really couldn’t have done it without you. This kinda support is really beautiful to have as a band. We don’t take it for granted for a second. Your support has not only allowed us to stay together as a band, but stay together as friends and give us a purpose.” He then goes on to thank former Sony executive Michelle Anthony (“known us since we were kids”) and Andy Wood (“who never got to play the Forum”). Before the second encore, Ed tells a funny story about Mike McCready’s early ventures in Los Angeles:

Ed: “Ya know Mike McCready, in the old days… before you get a record deal, you have to “pay to play” in this town (i.e. the band would pay the venue to play the venue, not the other way around). How many musicians remember that? Hopefully it’s a thing of the past. Mike, tell me, how much?
Mike: Back in 1986, my band Shadow and I came down from Seattle and we paid $700 to play at the Roxy on a Sunday night and I think about four people were there. But actually (Seattle native) Duff McKagan game from Guns-N-Roses so that was cool. But, then we payed another $500 to play The Whisky about a month later and then we were all broke (crowd laughs). I hope they don’t do that shit anymore.”
Ed: So basically he was destitute when we met him.”

One dollar from every ticket at this show is donated to saving a local surf break called “Trestles”, made in the name of “Dave Russell” (that’s dave on the back of my t-shirt). Prior to “Baba O’Riley”, Ed mentions that Tim Robbins recently interviewed musician Pete Seeger who said “In some ways, we’re all just chains passing this music along” and Ed closes saying “We’re gonna play our part in the chain.”

UpdatedDecember 19, 2006

07/10/06 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Walking The Cow
set: World Wide Suicide, Brain of J, Animal, Marker in the Sand, Severed Hand, Even Flow, MFC, I Got Id, Corduroy, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind)/(I Believe In Miracles)/(Blitzkrieg Bop), Sad, Garden, Down, (Baby Please Don’t Go)/Go, Better Man/(Save it for Later), I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, Porch
first encore: Man of the Hour, Off He Goes, Footsteps, Once, Alive
second encore: Big Wave, Comatose, State of Love And Trust, Leash, Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: Ed starts the evening with a breakout of sorts: “Walking the Cow”, a Daniel Johnston song last played at the 1994 Bridge School Benefit (and then often on the ’95 Watt tour). Ed dedicates this show to local KROQ DJ Rodney “The Roq” Bingenheimer. Ed introduces “Sad” as a “lost dog” and later “here’s another lost one”, leading to “Down”. Ed sings a snippet of “Baby Please Don’t Go” prior to “Go”. Ed sings towards the end of “Better Man “Baby please don’t go (x2) / I can change, I can rearrange, but baby baby baby baby please don’t go / Baby please don’t leave (x2) / I can change …. / baby please don’t leave (high) / one more chance / One more try one more chance don’t say goodbye / Don’t runawawy … / Don’t let me down!” Ed takes a break and references the band’s approach towards their life on the road “All I’ll say is we don’t take it for granted for a second that we get to be up here on this stage playing these songs for ya. ’cause in the end, sometimes it’s just fucking fun, that’s all.” Debuting a new cover, Ed begins “alright, we are going to attempt something never ateemped before under this roof. The last time we played the Forum was a number of years ago- half a dozen or so. We played with a band called X. And one thing I remember: one of my favorite songs (that) they didn’t play in our two shows here. We’re gonna try the next song tonight with my friend Time Robbins on vocals, (cheers) yeah? It’s called ‘I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts.’” The performance of the song is rough at times and Ed thanks Tim and says “we’ll get it next time.” “Porch” is dedicated to Dennis Rodman, who the band “think(s) about … every day”. Ed talks about Johnny Ramone before “Man of the Hour” and talks about life on the road and his family prior to “Off He Goes”, saying “We’ve got a song here, it’s written a number of years back. I think it was written about Johnny, a great friend of mine. I think that it’s difficult – I think any of us in the band – I think it’s difficult for our friends and our families. We get moving pretty quick and our lives get moving pretty fast and I think we’re hard guys to have relationships with in some ways. It’s just a “fast lane” kinda thing. Anyways, I want to dedicated this song to my brothers – it’s their birthday – one of my brothers Mike it’s his birthday tonight, Happy Birthday Mike (cheers). My other brother Jason it’s his birthday tomorrow (cheers). And they’re both here tonight. We’re pretty tight. We’re almost as tight as we can be and I wish it could even be tighter. This song, like I said, this song it’s about being friends and maybe even being my brother, it’s not the easiset thing.” All the songs of the Mamasan Trilogy are played: “Footsteps”, “Once”, “Alive”. Ed talks again about the local surf break, Trestles, and how it once had support from President Reagan – “probably the best thing he ever did” – and how now “they want to put a tollway through the campgrounds.” Wrapping up the two-night stint at the Forum, Ed thanks KROQ for promoting Surfrider and the cause, for putting “Dave Russell” pictures on the back of the t-shirts and says that the band is going to “save this beach in your name.” “Yellow Ledbetter” is dedicated to “Chelsea” and includes the line “Come on soldiers, come home while you can.”

ADDED July 13, 2006

07/12/06 – Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA, USA
set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Dissident, Severed Hand, Unemployable, Given To Fly, I Am Mine, Grievance, Even Flow, Gone, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Inside Job, Do The Evolution, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Parachutes, Masters of War, Crazy Mary, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted
second encore: Big Wave, Comatose, Why Go, I Believe In Miracles
third encore: Alive, Indifference
TFT Notes: coming soon

ADDED July 14, 2006

07/13/06 – Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
acoustic set: Oceans, Elderly Woman…, Low Light, Waiting on a Friend, Hard To Imagine, Daughter, Last Kiss, Come Back, Black, Crazy Mary
electric set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Given To Fly, Marker in the Sand, Even Flow, Whipping, I Got Shit, U, Do The Evolution, Porch
first encore: Big Wave, Better Man, Comatose, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: coming soon

ADDED December 19, 2006

07/15/06 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Dead Man
set: Of the Girl, Go, World Wide Suicide, Save You, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Unemployable, Sad, Gone, Not For You/(Modern Girl), State of Love and Trust, Gods’ Dice, Present Tense, Comatose, Why Go, Do The Evolution
first encore: Even Flow, Parachutes, Footsteps, Once, Alive
second encore: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Spin The Black Circle, Bu$hleaguer, Indifference, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam opens their three-night stint in San Francisco with “Of the Girl”, played for the first time since the 10/22/03 Benaroya Hall show. Ed greets the crowd before “Given To Fly”, “Hello, hello San Francisco! Cheers, cheers… I’m gonna drink to you. It’s been a number of years – I think the number is eight or something since we’ve played San Francisco proper – and you’ve sold out this venue three times which is more people than you could fit in the old Shoreline, so we’re greatly appreciative of that, for your support. And I just thought we’d land the plane quickly so we could say that and now it’s time to get it off the ground once again, this song’s called ‘Given To Fly.’” Song breakout time, and Ed introduces “Gods’ Dice” which is played for the first time since Boston 2003: “Here’s a number for whatever reason we haven’t done it in years, we’re gonna do it now.” The floor arrangement at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is general admission (no seats), and Ed sees an “I’ve Got A Feeling” sign, saying “Alright, you’ve got a feeling tonight, you’ve given us a feeling. Kille, can we just take a look at who we got here tonight for a second? (house lights up, cheers) Ya know, it’s not every show that there’s an open floor like this. In fact, it rarely happens these days for us. The fact that there’s almost equal amounts of men and women on the front is testimony to the fact that you guys are taking good care of yourselves on the bottom. No one appreciates that more than we do. So thanks for taking care of one another.” Ed then points out a special guest in the house, “it’s my uncle, who’s names Fred. Freddy. Freddy Vedder. I’m gonna see him after, I didn’t see him before. (spotlight starts moving across the crowd) That him? Hey freddy. (light keeps moving, Ed giving instructions) Spotlight … over left … that way … more, more, more, more … down. (Big cheer and drum roll by Matt) We found him! (crowd then starts “Fred-dy” chant) No one deserves it more. I’m gonna dedicate this next song to him and his lovely woman”, leading to “Parachutes”. Before “Bu$hleaguer”, Ed sings “Hey there Georgie boy / why do all the girls just pass you by / all you do is spread your wings / and you could fly away / the world would see a new Georgie boy”. After “Indifference” Ed says that “it’s been a pleasure playing not only a metropolitan city, but in the arts … over the history of music and literature and education. To play here to this crowd, thank you so much.”

ADDED July 18, 2006

07/16/06 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Driftin’
set: Sometimes, Severed Hand, Whipping, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Animal, Marker in the Sand, Dissident, Even Flow, Army Reserve, Insignificance, In My Tree, Lukin, Garden, I Got Id, Inside Job, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Come Back, Better Man, Life Wasted, The Amerikan in Me, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Big Wave, Blood, Leash, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Penelope Houston and Greg Ingraham of the Avengers join Pearl Jam on stage for their cover “The Amerikan in Me”. More notes coming soon!

ADDED July 21, 2006

07/18/06 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: I Am Mine
set: Release, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Hail Hail, World Wide Suicide, Untitled, MFC, Red Mosquito, Unemployable, Sad, Light Years, Big Wave, Even Flow, Do The Evolution, In Hiding, Down, Present Tense, Why Go
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Man of the Hour, Crazy Mary, Comatose, Alive
second encore: Last Exit, State of Love and Trust, Leash, All Along the Watchtower, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: coming soon!

ADDED January 29, 2007

07/20/06 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR, USA
opening act: David Cross, Sleater-Kinney
Ed pre-set: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
set: World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Brain Of J, Do The Evolution, Even Flow, Love Boat Captain, Low Light, Sad, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Wishlist, Parachutes, Satan’s Bed, Why Go, Blood/(Atomic Dog)
first encore: Inside Job, Soon Forget, (Happy Birthday – Stone), Don’t Gimme No Lip, Harvest Moon, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted
second encore: All Along The Watchtower, Rockin’ In The Free World
third encore: Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: This concert’s proceeds benefited the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Comedian David Cross and Sleater-Kinney opened the show. Ed recognizes the purpose of this night early and to Mike who is “the young man we dedicate this night to.”. Having just played three straight nights in San Francisco, Ed jokes with the crowd saying “Wait, did I say Portland? This is San Francisco! (boos ensue) I was just seeing if you were paying attention. We know damn well that this is Portland. We have to thank the other people that are on the stage tonight. David Cross… Sleater-Kinney at this time in their lives.” Ed talks about the musical similarities of “Sad” to Sleater-Kinney’s music, saying “I just remembered that when I was working on (“Sad”), it sounded like a Sleater-Kinney part to me, and that’s why it sounded good (plays the riff) … that’s pure Sleater-Kinney”. “Wishlist” includes an appropos tag at the end, “I wish I was a scientist / One that had all the cures / I wish I was the President / Wouldn’t head into a war / Make it legal to experiment / Make it affordable for the drugs you get / So much you could wish for , yeah / I wish for the ones who get”. “Inside Job” is placed prominently at the start of the first encore, and Ed reinforces his and the band’s support for their bandmate: “I’d like to point out that that’s a song written by Mike McCready top to bottom. I know (Mike) thanks us for his support but he’s been incredibly courageous to be up front about what he’s been through to support the efforts of others that are going throurgh the same thing. I think it’s incredible. It takes fucking guts – and I know his guts were hurting.” He segues into playing the Ukelele and the guitar, “on a much smaller level, it takes guts to do this to – to play a tiny instrument. But Mike, ya know, he plays from pain – you can see it coming out of him. He plays guitar and he turns it into a beautiful thing. And I was reminded that maybe by some of the things David Cross was saying, that maybe some of my pain that I sing from goes back to when I was eight days old.” “Soon Forget” is then introduced as a song about the “pain of a rich person.” Ed leads the crowd in a version of “Happy Birthday” for Stone, after constant “Stone!” chants throughout (“I think that this is a song that most of you have been waiting to hear all night”) and lauds his very existence, “this is for someone on the stage tonight who not only am I thankful that he’s alive, but he’s got a lot of choices in his life and I’m glad that he chooses not only to be our friend, but to be an integral part of this band for fifteen years and counting.” As is customary, a birthday cake is brought out and most of it ends up on Stone’s face. Stone thanks his parents – who are in attendance – for “procreating”, and counts his blessings for the band’s longevity “as a 40-year old to be in a band”. Sleater-Kinney comes onstage to sing backup on “Harvest Moon”. Over the chords of “Wasted Reprise”, Ed says “We’re lucky to have birthdays, we’re lucky to have friends. When i read the newspaper, somethimes I think we can be luckier. We’d be luckier if we had a different President. We’d be luckier if people in countries and outside of our own knew how to get along. But sometimes you see all that and at least I get along with the people I know and the people I love. At least I got that. And if you don’t have that, then I guess that’s where you gotta start from.” The Smiths’ Johnny Marr joins Pearl Jam for “All Along the Watchtower”. The stage becomes more crowed for “Rockin in the Free World” as David Cross (he thanks “The Pearl Jams”) and Sleater-Kinney join, with Ed saying “this stage belongs to everyone, come stake your territory. Thanks to Mike and all his friends.”

ADDED July 24, 2006

07/22/06 – The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA, USA
set: Wash, Corduroy, Hail Hail, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Given To Fly, Elderly Woman…, Even Flow, Down, I Am Mine, Unemployable, Daughter/(It’s OK), Gone, Black, Insignificance, Life Wasted, Blood
first encore: Footsteps, Once, Alive, State of Love and Trust, Crown of Thorns, Leash, Porch
second encore: Last Kiss, Inside Job, Go, Baba O’Riley, Dirty Frank, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: coming soon!

ADDED July 24, 2006

07/23/06 – The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA, USA
set: Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Gods’ Dice, Animal, Do The Evolution, In Hiding, Green Disease, Even Flow, Marker in the Sand, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Army Reserve, Garden, Rats, Whipping, Jeremy, Why Go
first encore: I Won’t Back Down, Life Wasted, Big Wave, Satan’s Bed, Spin the Black Circle, Alive
second encore: Given to Fly, Little Wing, Crazy Mary, Comatose, Fuckin Up, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: coming soon!

08/23/06 – The Point, Dublin, IRL
set: Inside Job, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Animal, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, Corduroy, Gone, Marker in the Sand, Daughter/(It’s Ok), Better Man, Why Go, Education, Even Flow, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Indifference, Black, Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: The Boys Are Back In Town, Leash, Fuckin’ Up
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam begins the third of four legs of the world tour in support of Pearl Jam. There are two premieres at this show: “Education” (Binaural) and “The Boys are Back in Town”, a cover by Dublin’s Thin Lizzy. Ed greets the crowd and recognizes the time that has passed, “Hello, I think it’s been a long time. I know exactly how long it’s been, I think it’s been six years or so. And a lot can happen in six years. Thanks for giving us this welcome back into this part of the world. Everybody OK out there? A lot can happen in six years: some of you might have graduated, got jobs, gotten out of prison. A lot can happen in 6 years. Probably the most important thing you’d take pride in knowing is that I fell in love with a woman that has Irish blood in her (Cheers) – her last name is ‘McCormick’. And it happened to Mike McCready as well … fell in love with a girl named “O’connor”. And to top it off, now I have a little girl with Irish blood in her. So here’s to the fire and the blood of the Irish.” Later Ed mentions the typically enthusiastic European crowd “I don’t want to say anything bad about America, but I just couldn’t wait to get over here and hear people singing.” Ed prefaces the debut of “Education”, “So most of the songs we’ve ever written, we play most of them. So it’s actually kinda rare that we play something for the first time live because we usually play them, or they’be been played before. So this is kinda of a B-side type thing, but we’ve never played it and maybe we’ll find out why. This song is called ‘Education’.” “Education” contains the lyric change “See the President who can’t be pick out his own tie”. Ed wonders about “boos” and realizes it’s “Booooom”, as this is his “first time in Europe, his first time overseas.” Ed continues his trend of telling jokes about “The Point” in Dublin, “About 2 years ago in Seattle, I was talking to the singer of an Irish band, and he was saying things about how ‘when their bands make records it’s like a horse, like breeding a horse. when we breed the horse we don’t just want to breed the horse, we want to it to win. We don’t want rock-and-roll to become a niche.’ And I said ‘But what’s the point?’ and he said, (irish accent) ‘Oh Eddie, The Point’s a great fuckin place to play in Dublin.’”. Ed doesn’t preface “The Boys Are Back In Town” and the band just jumps right into it. The crowd erupts after the first big chord and the signature bass riff by Jeff. Almost more than any Pearl Jam song the entire night, most of the Dublin crowd comes right in on the first lyric and helps Eddie out. The modified lyric “But man, I think we’re fuckin crazy” (original: “But man, I still think them cats are crazy”) gets a huge response. “Fuckin’ Up” closes the show, with Ed saluting “we’d like to thank all our friends from Ireland that we see when they come on tour. We’d like to thank you for sticking by us and coming back to see us after all these years.”

ADDED September 5, 2006

08/25/06 – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
set: Go, Animal, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Hail Hail, Severed Hand, Given to Fly, Green Disease, Even Flow, Elderly Woman…, Insignificance, Daughter/(It’s Ok), Lukin, Whipping, Not For You, State of Love and Trust, Black, Porch
encore: Why Go, Do The Evolution, Life Wasted, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED September 5, 2006

08/27/06 – Reading Festival, Reading, UK
set: Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, Do The Evolution, Animal, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Dissident, Even Flow, Sad, I Am Mine, Jeremy, Grievance, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Save You, Blood, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Soon Forget, Given to Fly, Once, Crown Of Thorns, Comatose, Alive
second encore: Why Go, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED September 5, 2006

08/29/06 – Gelredome, Arnhem, NL
capacity: 30,000
set: Release, Why Go, Save You, Corduroy, Severed Hand, Better Man/(No Woman, No Cry), World Wide Suicide, Insignificance, Jeremy, Do The Evolution, Given to Fly, Even Flow, I Got Id, Lukin, Spin the Black Circle, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Man Of The Hour, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop), State of Love and Trust, Comatose, Porch
second encore: Bu$hleaguer, Leash, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: This show in Arhem marks the first show in the Netherlands in almost ten years, following the cancellation at the Sportpaleis Ahoy’ on July 3, 2000 following the Roskilde tragedy. This venue, the Gelredome, is considerably larger – about 30,000 capacity – than the Sportpaleis Ahoy’. Ed asks the crowd to be nice to each other and to watch out for their neighbors, “because the world outside is ugly as it is”. A lot of older songs were played, much to the enthusiasm of the crowd. The tag on “Better Man” was “No Woman, No Cry” which Eddie eventually turned into “when I have no woman, I cry”. Man of the hour was played as a special request for “our new friend Peter Hendriks”, according to Eddie. During the instrumental jam in “Porch”, Eddie took his guitar and reflected a spot light into the crowd moving across the entire stadium. At the start of the second encore everybody was on stage except for Eddie. Eventually, he strutted onto the stage with a wine bottle in hand, his silver jacket on and wearing a George W. Bush mask. The guys started playing “Bu$hleaguer” while Eddie/Bush was dancing. After he took the mask off, he spat on it, headbutted it and put it on his microphone stand. Somewhere during the song he even poured wine down the mouth of it. After the song ended he told the crowd “some of my actions may seem violent, but they’re nothing compared to the killing of thousands of innocent people in Iraq.” During “Rockin’ in the Free World”, Eddie jumped off the stage to give a tambourine to someone in the crowd. He proceeded up a narrow space in the mosh pit and sang a verse while he was being held by all the outstretched hands.

ADDED September 5, 2006

08/30/06 – Sportpaleis, Antwerp, BE
capacity: 17,000
set: Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, Animal, Hail Hail, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Not For You/(Modern Girl), In Hiding, Unemployable, Given to Fly, Even Flow, Present Tense, Do The Evolution, Big Wave, Elderly Woman…, Jeremy, Why Go
first encore: Soon Forget, Black, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Comatose, Alive
second encore: Indifference, Hunger Strike, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: This show marks the first show in Belgium since … ever! Pearl Jam previously had cancellations in 1992 (07/04/92 – Torhout Festival, 07/05/92 – Werchter Festival) and the 07/02/00 Werchter Festival following the Roskilde tragedy. The audience sang the “doo doo-doo”s at the end of “Black” and repeated it for minutes, with the band eventually stopping and Ed signaled to the crowd we gave him goose bumps. Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale joins the band for “Hunger Strike”. More notes coming soon!

ADDED September 5, 2006

09/01/06 – Pavello Olimpic de Badalona, Barcelona, ES
set: Inside Job, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Animal, Dissident, Given to Fly, Breakerfall, In My Tree, Even Flow, You Are, State of Love and Trust, Whipping, Better Man, Do The Evolution, Life Wasted
first encore: Black, improv, Elderly Woman…, Crazy Mary, Comatose, Alive
second encore: Why Go, I Believe in Miracles, Hunger Strike, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes:Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale joins the band for “Hunger Strike”. More notes coming soon!

ADDED September 5, 2006

09/02/06 – Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, ES
set: Go, Last Exit, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Do The Evolution, Even Flow, Marker in the Sand, MFC, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop), Green Disease, Grievance, Gone, Why Go, Down, Elderly Woman…, Spin the Black Circle
first encore: I Believe in Miracles, Black, Given to Fly, Save You, Alive
second encore: Better Man, Rearviewmirror, Blood, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED September 5, 2006

09/04/06 – Pavilhao Atlantico, Lisbon, PT
set: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Animal, Corduroy, Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Gods’ Dice, Given to Fly, Do The Evolution, Wishlist, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Comatose, Elderly Woman…, Jeremy, Why Go
first encore: Last Kiss, Inside Job, Black, Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: Big Wave, Better Man, Leash, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/07/06 – Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, ES
support act: My Morning Jacket
set: Better Man, Corduroy, Animal, Big Wave, Rearviewmirror, In Hiding, Jeremy, Given To Fly, Once, Daughter/(Another Brick in the Wall, Part II), Not For You/(Modern Girl), Grievance, Why Go, Do The Evolution, Even Flow
first encore: Severed Hand, Elderly Woman…, Romanza / Man of the Hour, Black
second encore: World Wide Suicide, Go, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter, Little Wing
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/09/06 – Le Dome de Marseille, Marseille, France
support act: My Morning Jacket
set: Long Road, Why Go, Do The Evolution, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Whipping, Red Mosquito, Elderly Woman…, Given to Fly, Down, Even Flow, Wishlist, World Wide Suicide, Glorified G, Satan’s Bed, Porch
first encore: Fatal, Off He Goes, Black/(Good Woman)/(We Don’t Belong Together), I Believe in Miracles, Alive
second encore: Last Exit, Leash, Better Man, Dirty Frank, Comatose, Fuckin’ Up
TFT Notes:

Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/11/06 – Bercy, Paris, France
support act: My Morning Jacket
soundcheck: Cropduster, Sad, Don’t Gimme No Lip (riffs), Rats, W.M.A.
set: Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Animal, Save You, World Wide Suicide, Dissident, Unemployable, Marker in the Sand, Daughter/(Another Brick in the Wall), 1/2 Full, Thumbing My Way, Even Flow, You Are, Love Boat Captain, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Black/(We Don’t Belong Together), Life Wasted
first encore: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Parachutes, Better Man, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Go, Do The Evolution, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/13/06 – Bern Arena, Bern, Switzerland
support act: My Morning Jacket
soundcheck: Leaving Here
set: Go, Animal, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Hail Hail, Dissident, Breakerfall, Glorified G, Elderly Woman…, Sleight Of Hand, Jeremy, Marker in the Sand, Better Man, Army Reserve, Satan’s Bed, You Are
first encore: Garden, Low Light, Do The Evolution, Alive
second encore: Last Exit, Why Go, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/14/06 – PalaMalaguti, Bologna, Italy
support act: My Morning Jacket
set: Elderly Woman…, Do The Evolution, Animal, Severed Hand, Given To Fly, World Wide Suicide, Save You, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Marker in the Sand, Green Disease, Daughter/(It’s Ok), Alone, Whipping, Present Tense, Comatose, Porch
first encore: Black, Better Man, Life Wasted, Alive
second encore: Bu$hleaguer, Why Go, Baba O’Riley, Indifference
TFT Notes: “It’s OK”, a song by Dead Moon, was added as a tag to “Daughter”, with a chorus translated to Italian (“tutto Ok”).

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/16/06 – Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy
support act: My Morning Jacket
soundcheck: Parting Ways, MFC, Immortality, Inside Job, Gone, U, Around The Bend, Insignificance, Can’t Keep, Parachutes
set: Release, Given To Fly, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Do The Evolution, Severed Hand, Love Boat Captain, Even Flow, 1/2 full, Gone, Not For You, Grievance, Marker in the Sand, Jeremy, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Blood
first encore: Inside Job, Come Back, I Believe In Miracles, Porch, Life Wasted
second encore: Elderly Woman…, My Verona (instead of My Sherona), Once, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: A few hours before the show, heavy rains fell on a beautiful Arena di Verona. It stopped raining for a while (just in time for My Morning Jacket set), but before Pearl Jam took the stage a downpour came back. Ed welcomed the crowd saying “buona sera” (“good evening”) and the band started playing “Release”. Well-matched “Given To Fly” followed. Before the next song Ed spoke a few words in Italian. “You are truly beautiful when you are wet”, he says referring to the colorful raincoats worn by most of the audience. After “Love Boat Captain” Ed made another speech in Italian. He says that a local newspaper wrote that Italy is “a second home for Pearl Jam, and “usually newspapers lie, but this time they told the truth”, and the crowd gives him a big round of applause. “Even Flow” includes solos by Mike and Matt – after the song Ed “introduced” both of them to the audience. During “Not For You” the rain finally ceased. The crowd sang the first verse of “Better Man”. The band closed the main set with a powerful version “Blood”. Ed was about to sing “Paint Ed big…” part, but loud “hey, hey” chant caused him to stop. He looked at the roaring crowd with a stunned look on a face and then continued the song. The whole band except Ed returned to the stage to play “Inside Job” – the frontman appearead after a few first notes of the song to an obvious, additonal applause. “Come Back” was dedicated (in Italian) to Johnny Ramone. “Two years ago on the September 15th, a man died. He was a friend of mine and a legend. His name was Johnny Ramone.”, says Vedder, “I spoke with his wife last night. She asked me to thank the Italian Ramones fans.” During a long “Porch” jam, Ed used his guitar to reflect the light onto the audience. Before the second encore Ed thanked the crowd (this time in English), and promised the band will return sooner than another six years (previous tour in Europe was in year 2000). Then he tried to count in Italian: “Uno, duo, tre” but that only made Stone laugh, so Ed went back to the usual “One, two, three, four, two three” of “Elderly Woman…” After that song a short version of “My Sharona” by The Knack was played, with Ed changing lyrics to “My Verona”. During “Alive” solo Ed went up to side sectors of the amphitheater, did a nice slide trough a puddle while runnin across the stage. Mike played the begining and the end of “Yellow Ledbetter” sitting on the edge of the stage. (note: this entire show was filmed by a professional crew.)

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/17/06 – Forum, Milan, Italy
support act: My Morning Jacket
set: Go, Last Exit, Save You, World Wide Suicide, Corduroy, Severed Hand, Unemployable, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Man Of The Hour, MFC, Daughter(ABitWpII), Faithfull, Comatose, State of Love and Trust, Why Go
first encore: Picture In A Frame, Parachutes, Black, Crazy Mary, Given To Fly, Alive
second encore: Do The Evolution, Big Wave, Leash, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/19/06 – Palaisozaki, Torino, Italy
support act: My Morning Jacket
soundcheck: Tremor Christ, Breath, Nothingman, Leatherman
set: Go, Corduroy, Animal, Elderly Woman…, Life Wasted, World Wide Suicide, Comatose, Severed Hand, Marker in the Sand, Parachutes, Unemployable, Big Wave, Gone, Wasted Reprise, Army Reserve, Come Back, Inside Job, Do The Evolution, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Jeremy, Lukin, Better Man, Black, Tremor Christ, Alive
second encore: Blood, Even Flow, Baba O’ Riley, Indifference
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/20/06 – Duomo Square, Pistoia, Italy
pre-set: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Ed solo), It Makes No Difference (Ed with MMJ)
support act: My Morning Jacket
set: Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Rearviewmirror, Life Wasted, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Unemployable, Elderly Woman…, Dissident, 1/2 Full, I Got Shit, Even Flow, Come Back, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Breath, Given To Fly, Why Go, Comatose, Porch
first encore: Last Kiss, Hail Hail, State of Love and Trust, Black/(Good Woman), Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: Last Exit, Do The Evolution, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Spin the Black Circle, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/22/06 – Sazka Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
support act: Tarantula A.D.
set: MFC, Last Exit, Animal, Life Wasted, Elderly Woman…, World Wide Suicide, Insignificance, Marker in the Sand, Unemployable, You Are, Sad, Whipping, Even Flow, Daughter/(Mother), Alone, Jeremy, Do The Evolution
first encore: Dead Man Walking, Man Of The Hour, Nothingman, Leatherman, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Alive
second encore: Bu$hleager, Comatose, Given To Fly, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/23/06 – Wuhlheide, Berlin, Germany
support act: Black Keys
soundcheck: Parting Ways, Gods’ Dice
set: Go, Save You, Animal, Do The Evolution, Rearviewmirror, Elderly Woman…, Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Marker in the Sand, Even Flow, Present Tense, Big Wave, Grievance, Daughter/(W.M.A.), Green Disease, Black, Porch
first encore: Given To Fly, Come Back/(Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World), I Believe In Miracles, Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Footsteps, Lukin, Comatose, Why Go, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/25/06 – Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
support act: Tarantula A.D.
set: Life Wasted, Corduroy, Rearviewmirror, World Wide Suicide, Comatose, Elderly Woman…., Severed Hand, Sad, Gods’ Dice, Daughter, Jeremy, I Got Shit, Parachutes, Wishlist, State Of Love And Trust, Why Go, Go
first encore: Last Kiss, Inside Job, Off He Goes, Black, Do The Evolution
second encore: Even Flow, Spin the Black Circle, Once, Alive, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter, Little Wing
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/26/06 – Dom Sportova, Zagreb, Croatia
set: Severed Hand, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Last Exit, World Wide Suicide, Elderly Woman…, Given To Fly, Unemployable, In Hiding, Even Flow, Education, Do The Evolution, Jeremy, Army Reserve, Gimme Some Truth, Whipping, Life Wasted
first encore: Thin Air, Thumbing My Way, All Or None, Black, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Porch
second encore: Blood/(Atomic Dog), Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

ADDED February 9, 2007

09/30/06 – OAKA Sports Hall, Athens, Greece
set: Go, Animal, Life Wasted, Hail Hail, Corduroy, Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Elderly Woman…, Given To Fly, Marker in the Sand, Sad, Even Flow, Daughter/(Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2), You Are, Wishlist, Insignificance, Jeremy, Better Man
first encore: Footsteps, I Am Mine, Inside Job, Black, Rearviewmirror, Porch
second encore: Smile, I Believe In Miracles, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon!

10/21/06 – Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
set: Elderly Woman, Parachutes, Throw Your Hatred Down, I Used To Work In Chicago, Daughter, Picture In A Frame, Man Of The Hour, Better Man, Crazy Mary
TFT Notes: This is Pearl Jam’s Eighth Bridge School Benefit appearance, and fourteenth performance. Ed greets everyone “After fourteen years, we’re truly grateful each and every time we’ve been here, our lives … it’s hard to assess how deeply our lives have been enriched being around these parents and musicians and seeing these kids grow up over the years.”. Neil Young joins Pearl Jam for the Mirrorball track “Throw Your Hatred Down” and Ed is speechless, “to have the author play it with you… here he is!”. Introduced as “this is one we’ve never tried before”, Ed plays the Rated-R “I Used To Work In Chicago”, and explains to the laughing crowd, “I tried to slip one by the kids there, to see if they were payin’ attention”. Ed asks how many in the crowd are parents and mentions “I’ve joined the club” and that like many of them, he had his child’s “picture in a frame” as early as the ultrasound. Thus, “Picture in a Frame” is “kinda about that, and also a song by Tom Waits.” “Crazy Mary” finishes the set, which is a change from past years, where “usually we play ‘Last Kiss’ for Maricor, but we’re gonna play something a little different”. Boom adds nice organ to “Better Man”, and solos on piano for “Crazy Mary”, instead of the Hammond organ.

10/22/06 – Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
set: Masters Of War, Gone, Around The Bend, Thin Air, Lukin, Better Man, Black, Throw Your Hatred Down
TFT Notes: This is Pearl Jam’s Eighth Bridge School Benefit appearance, and fourteenth performance. Pearl Jam starts in a somber mood, with the ripping “Masters of War” and Ed mentions they had to “get that out of the way”. S/T’s “Gone” is next, followed by No Code’s lullaby “Around The Bend”. Frequently mentioned by Ed at past appearances, Maricor gets a “Thin Air” dedication and notes that she is on her way to the University of California at Berkeley. Like many performances of “Black” in 2006, this performance ends delicately, with the “do-do-do”s accompanied by clapping. Neil Young joins the band again for “Throw Your Hatred Down” to end the set.

11/07/06 – Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia
capacity: 18,000
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Release, Rearviewmirror, Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Animal, Marker in the Sand, Elderly Woman…, Given To Fly, I Got Shit, Daughter/(W.M.A.), Even Flow, Big Wave, Grievance, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Do The Evolution
first encore: Man of the Hour, Nothingman, Gone, Black, Alive
second encore: Go, Why Go, Throw Your Hatred Down, Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam kick off the fourth leg of their tour supporting 2006′s Pearl Jam. This is the band’s first show in Sydney since February 2003. The “W.M.A.” “Daughter” tag is followed by Ed doing the call and response with the crowd. “Even Flow” featured an extended Mike McCready solo, followed by a Matt Cameron drum solo, with everyone else moving to the side of stage. “Big Wave” is dedicated to the famous surfer and Ed’s friend from Australia, Mark Richards. During “Grievance”, Ed flubs “break the innocent when they’re proud” line, and seamlessly changes the next line to “I’m not perfect I let you down”. Before “Man of The Hour”, Ed references that November 7 is election day (State/Local elections, not Presidential) in the United States, and jokes that he’ll be looking for a beach-side shack in Australia if the elections go poorly. Jeff and Matt take their turns gesturing to Ed that they want one for them too, and Ed jokes “we could get one for Jeff and Matt and then we’ll play for free every month”. At one point in the show, Ed references the Melbourne Cup horse race which was held earlier in the day, and says Matt “could beat them all – he’s one fine thoroughbred.”

ADDED November 8, 2006

11/08/06 – Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia
capacity: 18,000
opening act: Kings of Leon
Ed pre-set: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
set: Do The Evolution, Hail, Hail, Life Wasted, World Wide Suicide, Corduroy, Unemployable, Dissident, (A Sort of Homecoming)/Elderly Woman…, Even Flow, Army Reserve, Sad, Whipping, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Present Tense, Down, Comatose, Porch
first encore: Low Light, Come Back, Daughter/(With My Own Two Hands), Alive
second encore: Blood, Baba O’Riley, Indifference
TFT Notes: For the second show in a row at the Acer Arena, the crowd is relatively sedate compared to the previous night. At times, Eddie is frustrated at the lack of response, commenting that they expected tonight’s crowd to be better, but it sounded like they were in church. The crowd didn’t seem to recognise the “Modern Girl” tag in “Not For You” and responded moderately to “Baba O’Riley” or “Indifference”, even after the lights had come up. Again, Ed became frustrated, yelling “come on”, maybe surprised at people not knowing the song. U2′s “A Sort of Homecoming” was used as a lead in to “Elderly Woman…”. References to the U.S. elections were made again, saying it seems like the better side has won the day (including in Montana, where Democrat Jon Tester – who Pearl Jam played a political fundraiser for – won a Senate seat over an incumbent Republican).

ADDED November 16, 2006

11/10/06 – Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Last Exit, Animal, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Elderly Woman…, Faithfull, Marker in the Sand, Even Flow, Insignificance, I Am Mine, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Lukin, Jeremy, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Off He Goes, Parachutes, Given To Fly, Do The Evolution, Go
second encore: World Wide Suicide, State of Love and Trust, Black, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: The crowd is very energetic and participates throughout the show. During “Black”, the front row swayed with their arms around each other, and Ed made a comment that he’d never seen anything like it. “Black” ends with a modification of the delicate standard improv “we didn’t belong together”. There was a young boy in the front row during the second encore, and so Ed sang the “while you were sitting home alone at age 13″ line in “Alive” to him. Ed also threw him his towel and a tambourine, and Mike threw him a pick. During “Alive” Ed went into the audience up on the side of the stage, then ran down the pit slapping hands to the fans on the other side. Referring to a past show, Ed said “You know the good thing about having a shit crowd? … Which we might have had recently – is that it really makes you appreciate a great crowd. And you guys are great.” Ed also said he hoped that the exact same people show up tomorrow night. We’ll see… I can’t imagine a non-fan club show will be as good as this one.”

ADDED January 7, 2007

11/11/06 – Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Severed Hand, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Save You, World Wide Suicide, Dissident, Elderly Woman…, Gone, Wishlist, Even Flow, MFC, You Are, Not For You, Better Man, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Do The Evolution
first encore: Picture in a Frame, Daughter/W.M.A., Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: Why Go, Blood, Comatose, Porch, Kick Out the Jams, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Another loud, sold-out Brisbane crowd experiences a powerful and energetic show. “Save You” sees the front rows clapping with Ed during the middle. Following “Dissident” Ed comments that “… it didn’t feel like we’d even made it to Australia until the show here last night” (one of many references made during the Australian tour regarding the subdued Sydney crowd on Nov. 11). A beautiful “Wishlist” is tagged with “I wish I was Prime Minister / Give George Bush the middle finger / Get my soldiers back at home / To the land where they belong.” “MFC” delights those who were able to hear it faintly at the soundcheck. “You Are” is dedicated to a 10-month old girl named Charlotte: “This one’s for you sweetie”. A crunching “Not For You” has the ‘oh oh uh ohhh’ chant in the bridge. Ed returns after encore to play Tom Waits’ “Picture In A Frame” and dedicates it to his “best girl” Jill whose birthday he is missing for the first time. “Crazy Mary” and “Alive” end the first encore to rapturous applause from the crowd. The second encore starts and stays heavy with “Why Go”, “Blood”, “Comatose”, “Porch” and “Kick Out The Jams”, followed by a sweet “Yellow Ledbetter”, bringing yet another two-night party in Brisbane to a close.

Updated November 16, 2006

11/13/06 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Animal, Spin the Black Circle, Corduroy, Severed Hand, Jeremy, Given To Fly, Marker in the Sand, Even Flow, Insignificance, Army Reserve, Daughter/(ABitWptII), Leatherman, Do The Evolution, Better Man /(Save It For Later), Rearviewmirror
first encore: Inside Job, Once, Come Back, Black, Alive
second encore: Dead Man, State of Love and Trust, Comatose, Why Go, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)
TFT Notes: During the “Daughter” tag, Ed changes one of the lines in “Another Brick in the Wall, part II” to “President Bush, leave those kids alone”. Ed makes fun of the Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s close relationship with Bush, references Howard blaming the economic downturn on shortage of bananas, and referred to Howard as “Bush’s banana” to laughs and cheers from the crowd. Eddie comes on after the 2nd encore break alone on stage for “Dead Man”. During “Rockin’ in the Free World”, the crew tried to throw a tambourine for Eddie, but hit Stone in the head instead. During “Yellow Ledbetter”, Ed spots a security guard trying to remove an audience member for smoking, and cuts off from the song to let the guy stay since it’s the last song, and asks the guy to give him a cigarette. When the security guard pulled away, Ed went back into the second verse of YL and improv-ed this little episode into the lyrics, followed by a “Little Wing” tag, complete with full vocals. On the setlist but not played: “Parachutes” and “Know Your Rights”.

ADDED November 16, 2006

11/14/06 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Go, Last Exit, Brain of J, World Wide Suicide, Given To Fly, Severed Hand, Low Light, Elderly Woman…, Gone, Do The Evolution, Even Flow, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Life Wasted, Better Man, Glorified G, Porch
first encore: Thumbing My Way, Last Kiss, Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: Big Wave, Blood, Leash, Baba O’Riley, Indifference
TFT Notes: Two High-Definition video screens are in place above the sides of the stage near the speaker stacks throughout the Australian tour. During the breakdown of “Go”, Ed pulls off his jacket and tosses it vigorously behind him, sailing it over and behind Matt’s drum kit. Regarding this second night in Melbourne, Ed says “For those of us who didn’t sleep last night, it’s just a continuation” and that the evening is “just encore number three”. The loud and unified crowd singing during “Elderly Woman…”, particularly a thundering “Hello!”, Mike turns and mouths “Wow” to his tech Donnie sidestage. After “Even Flow”, Ed gave props to Matt’s solo, saying “He’s never played the same thing once” further mentioning that Soundgarden were one of the world’s greatest bands, and “Matt’s helped us be so much better, thank you.” “Not For You” features a slightly extended section before “all that’s sacred…” During “Better Man”, solid white circles and triangles of light search the crowd. After introducing “Glorified G” as a “very American” song, Ed fashions his index finger, middle finger and thumb into a gun, pointing it at different sections of the crowd with each “Always keep it loaded”. For the final line, he rested the “hand” gun at his temple. During “Porch”, Ed uses his guitar’s scratchplate reflected from an overhead light beam to act as a mirror, shining it on members of the audience. Prior to the “hey…hey…hey” at the end, Ed leads the crowd in a call and response of “ohs”. “On behalf of us and the Kings of Leon” Ed dubs Melbourne Night 2 the “best crowd in Australia”. Ed introduces “Thumbing My Way” as a song about “what’s around the corner, you just don’t know it.” The crowd sings “Last Kiss” heartily, starting the “oh oh ooooohhhhh” at the end without prompting, leading him to say “Big finish, you got it!” “Wash” and “Come Back” are on the setlist but not played.

ADDED November 16, 2006

11/16/06 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Hail, Hail, Do The Evolution, World Wide Suicide, Dissident, Given To Fly, Love Boat Captain, Unemployable, Even Flow, Sad, Present Tense, Save You, Jeremy, Why Go, Comatose, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Man of the Hour, Off He Goes, Elderly Woman…, Black, State of Love and Trust, Kick Out the Jams
second encore: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Whipping, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: A slightly quicker tempo “Long Road” opened the show that began at 8:47 PM local time. Ed pushed his microphone and stand to his monitors with a thrust after the first verse of “Do The Evolution”, then grabbed the mic cord and pulled on it hand over hand to get the mic back in time to sing verse two. Lyrical addition at end of “Dissident” is “Escape is never the safest path, but you gotta do it anyway!” During “Given To Fly”, a cloud effect is created by the lights shining on the white screen that surrounds the stage behind Matt. GTF includes lyrical change: “Made it the ocean smoked a joint in a tree.” Ed comments about the unseasonably cold weather in Melbourne by mentioning that although the band weren’t allowed liquids on the plane, they did bring the Seattle weather with them. He thanked the crowd for filling the 15,000 seat arena for three nights, and that he hoped to play it with the roof open (the arena has a retractable roof as the venue is used for the Australian Open Tennis Championship), that they’d have to try it next time. He asked for help from the crowd for “Love Boat Captain” to aid his weary voice, telling them when he says “love” they should say “love”. The crowd claps along with Ed and Boom in the beginning. For Matt’s drum solo in “Even Flow”, solid royal blue light fills the screen behind him. Ed tells each of the band members of a setlist change, and introduces “Sad” as a request from row … correcting it to row 10 as he spotted the people with the sign. During the first verse of “Present Tense”, the video screen shows a close up of Ed’s hand, which he has positioned into the shape of a tree. When he says “tree bends”, he slowly bends one of his finger “branches”. The crowd strongly sings the end of the first chorus “makes much more sense to live in the present tense.” Matt joins in on verse two with some tribal drumming using timpani mallets. On the quiet “cuz there is just you” verse of “Save You”, the crowd claps a 1-2-1-2-3 beat the entire time. Ed hammers out 11 windmills to finish off “Rearviewmirror” and the main set at 10:05 p.m. Ed starts the first encore at 10:07 p.m. by telling the crowd “I reckon we ain’t gonna be here for yonks” so the band would play a bunch more songs. The crowd were booing, and Ed wondered if it was because they wouldn’t be back for a while or for his attempt to say it in “Australian”. During “Black”, Ed turned the mic around and let the crowd sing “I’m spinnin’, Oh I’m spinnin”. At songs end, Ed sings “Pull me up… pull me out … We didn’t belong together.” Stone strums along, and for the entire end of the song repeatedly puts his leg in front of him and then pulls it back, then bending at the waist and pointing to the floor in time with the music. Lyrical change on “State of Love and Trust”: “I don’t trust myself … myyyyyself.” During “Alive” a mirror ball bathes the crowd as everyone sings “Oh I, Oh I’m still alive”, and after the “yeah yeah yeah yeah” at songs end, Ed climbs up behind Boom and stands behind him with his hands on Boom’s shoulders while he plays the song out, hugging him from behind. Ed jumps off, landing pretty hard on his back, rolling over and lays there for a minute to recover before “Rockin’ in the Free World”. Ed seemed a little unsteady, and got two tambourines just toward the very end of the song to give out.

“The 50-cent Story”:


Stone bemoans his missed coin
(Photo by Laurie Hester)

After “RitFW”, Ed said that he was going to do something that not only had never been done at a Pearl Jam show, but perhaps never at any concert ever. It was something he learned to do the night before in Melbourne with an Australian 50-cent piece… so he places a wide-mouthed yellow glass center stage, walks over to the mixing table, sticks the 50-cent piece between his butt cheeks and walks gingerly over to the cup, positioning himself over it, and releases to try to drop the coin in the glass. He misses! It hits the rim of the glass and falls away. He said he couldn’t take the pressure. As a consolation to the crowd, Jeff gave Ed his slightly over half-full wine bottle (filled with water) and Ed guzzled it all down in a long swig. After “Ledbetter”, the group took a bow center stage; Ed took the 50-cent coin out of his pocket, and Stone asked Ed for it. Stone walked over to the side of the stage, Ed grabs the cup and puts it in place, and Stone holds up the coin, sticking it firmly where the sun don’t shine. He does HIS version of the walk, releases, it drops right in the center of the glass but then bounces out! Stone throws his hands out in dispair as the rest of the band almost falls over laughing.

ADDED November 17, 2006

11/17/06 – “Make Poverty History Concert”, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia
set: Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: Although a “surprise”, Pearl Jam confirm rumors and play at this benefit, the “Make Poverty History Concert”. The band performs “Rockin’ in the Free World” along with Bono and the Edge from U2. The band performs first on the bill ahead of many other bands, including headliner Jet. Edge starts out the song with the band, but Bono joins after the first chorus. Ed sings the standard first verse, and Bono modifies the second to “There’s colors on the street / green, white, and gold / I thought you can defeat / I thought that’s never growin’ old / You can write it on your t-shirt or write it on your heart / (unintelligible) baby let’s start / you used your vision or your visibility / we want to make poverty history!”. Edge and Mike trade solos and then Ed and Bono sing the last verse together.

Bono: I’m over on the left
Ed: I’m over on the right
Together: But we both stand together, stand together tonight.
Bono: You can write it on your t-shirt or write it on your heart
It’s a long, long way, but tonight we’re gonna start
you gotta adjust vision or your visibility
if you want to make poverty history!
Ed: I’m a singer in a band
Bono: I’m a father of 4
Ed: I do what I can.
Bono: I want to do more
Ed: And when she wakes up in the night, I hold my little girl
I want the same for her as I want for the world
Bono: you got to change your vision or your visibility
Together: If you want to make poverty history

Video of the performance is currently available on the “Make Poverty History Concert” page at the Herald Sun. Under “Concert”, click “Part one: Bono fronts Pearl Jam” and it starts at approximately the seven-minute mark.

ADDED November 20, 2006

11/18/06 – Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia
capacity: 18,000
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Better Man(Save it for Later), Last Exit, Animal, World Wide Suicide, Corduroy, Severed Hand, Given To Fly, I Am Mine, Green Disease, Even Flow, Marker in the Sand, Gone, Daughter/(Beds Are Burning), Grievance, Comatose, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Soon Forget, Inside Job, Elderly Woman…, Last Kiss, Alive
second encore: Jeremy, Lukin, Do The Evolution, I Got You, Smile, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam returns to Sydney for their third show on this leg of the tour. The other shows were earlier in the month, November 7 and November 8. Ed had hinted shows after the Nov. 8th one that the Sydney crowd was somewhat subdued, and started this show off with a big singalong “Better Man”. Following the song’s last chorus and over the “Save It For Later” chords, Ed addresses the crowd right away “Hello Sydney. I don’t know about you, but I got a feeling. We got a feeling tonight. It’s a Saturday night! (cheers) It’s our last show in Sydney, so let the singing begin.” The end of “Better Man” has the crowd singing along loudly. The beginning of “Given to Fly” includes the changes “A bad time, nothing could save me … uh, him” and “Made it all the way to Sydney, smoked a joint in a tree”. Ed addresses the crowd “Don’t get cocky now, but this is without a doubt the best Syndey crowd we’ve played for in quite some time(cheers) … this is the Sydney we remember!” He instroduces “I Am Mine”, saying that “in America, we know a lot about selfish people. The big difference between being selfish and knowing your rights and knowing what belongs to you by the laws of nature. (“I Am Mine”) is kinda about that.” “Daughter” includes a tag (with call and response) of “Beds Are Burning” by Australia’s Midnight Oil. Ed tells Sydney that “Peter Garrett ” (Midnight Oil’s singer) would be proud.” During the encore break, Ed jokes about his selection of wine, “I’m going to thank a nice young woman for making this bottle of wine for us. Young woman called “Margaret” … “Margaret River” (crowd cheers). Margaret River is a wine region in Western Australia a few hours south of Perth. He continues “And I’d like to a friend of mine, this is Luke the Uke. This is a tribute to feeling like it’s a campfire we got going here, and because of friends like Margaret, I’m kinda known for fucking this one up.” leading to a flawless “Soon Forget”. After “Inside Job”, Ed talks about his past collaboratios with Mike, saying “(Mike and I) have written a couple songs – some words together, I help him a bit – but he’s never ever offered me a guitar lesson, not once! (crowd laughs) He says ‘No I’m keeping the magic to myself’. If I could just learn how to play this …” Almost on cue, Matt then plays the drum intro to Eddie Van Halen’s famous solo “Eruption”, leading Mike to play the signature tapping part. Ed references the “Make Poverty History” concert he played with The Edge and Bono and tells Australia that they have “so many reasons to be proud of your continent. (An) incredibly rich and wealthy country with so many natural resources and it’s gonna be in flux is what I’m hearing. It’s up to you guys to make sure that the rich guys don’t take over and take everything for themselves in the next 10 to 15 years. ‘Cause once the pendulum swings it’ll be tough to swing it back. …. we’ve just seen a lot of activism here and you should be proud of yourselves to have so much hope and keep it going. We’re rooting for you.” “Do The Evolution” includes the lyric change from “Those ignorant indians got nothing on me” to “(they) don’t give a fuck about Aborigines”. During the second encore break, Ed salutes the revitalized Sydney crowd: “After the first two (concerts) – glad to be forgotten – we bumped into Bono in a bar and he said ‘How’s it goin, how’re ya goin?’ … it was our first show here. I said ‘Sydney fucking sucked, was just awful.’ And then we saw him yesterday and I said ‘How was Sydney for you?’ and he said ‘Aww it was fucking great!’ I was absulutely furious! And I can’t wait to call him tomorrow and say ‘We got ‘em … they’re back!’” to thunderous applause. A cover of the Split Enz’s “I Got You” is dedicated to April Cameron who, when Pearl Jam has an album ready, always “asks to OK the record, so the quality of the records is determined by Matt’s wife. Kings of Leon join Pearl Jam for “Rocking in the Free World”. At the end of “Yellow Ledbetter”, Mike does some more crazy 2-hand tapping. Ed bids farewell to the Sydney crowd “Take care of one another ’til we see you again. Buy each other drinks. Make love, have kids. Don’t let the bad guys take over. We love you, good night.”

UPDATED February 9, 2007

11/19/06 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Alive, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Save You, Insignificance, Unemployable, Brain Of J, Red Mosquito, Given To Fly, Last Exit, Hail Hail, Elderly Woman…, Better Man, Daughter/(War), Whipping, Leatherman, Down, Do The Evolution, Undone, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Thumbing My Way, Masters Of War, Footsteps, Crown of Thorns, Alone, Even Flow
second encore: Corduroy, Fuckin’ Up, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)
TFT Notes: After two previous tours in Australia, Pearl Jam plays for the first time in the city of Newcastle. “Alive” starts the show, which doesn’t happen often (Dallas ’03 and a handful of times in 1991. The set contains lots of Newcastle shout-outs, including “Alive” – “Said I’m ready … to play for you” and “Here in Newcastle, you’re all still alive!” – and “Given To Fly” – “made it to Newcastle had a smoke in a tree”. Ed embraces the crowd early on “We’ve flown and we’ve landed in Newcastle.(Cheers) How is everybody? It’s not every day – and of course we’ve never had a day where we got to play Newcastle before. We’re very happy to be here and experience your piece of paradise. We were taken around town today and just want to let you know we’ll be telling everybody that we meet and anybody who asks that Newcastle is … I have the exact words right here… (reading off paper, sarcastically) that Newcastle is a wretched wasteland of crap coastline. Just so you can keep it all to yourselves. If anybody’s moving to town, I think you should just save room for us. And it would be a great place to disappear to which is the theory behind this next song which is called ‘Last Exit.’” “Elderly Woman…” is introduced as a “message of love”. The “Daughter” tag contains the lines “Mother give me peace / Mother and Father just let me have peace” followed by some call-and-response with “War”. Following “Daughter”, “Whipping” is “another song about taking a beating.” The band convenes and improvises the setlist with “Leatherman” and “Down”. “Do The Evolution” includes “Admire me, admire Stone” to big applause. Ed jokes about their debut in Newcastle: “I sure am glad that our band … actually me… I sure am glad that I had the idea to come play Newcastle. (Sarcastic) There’s nothing selfish about it. It had nothing to do with having a very good friend who surfs here, who’s going to take me out surfing tomorrow. It had nothing to do with that whatsoever. (laughs, end sarcasm) Actually it wasn’t my idea and I’ll tell you more about that later.” After “Footsteps”, Ed talks about the real reason why they played Newcastle: “I’d like to give some credit where credit is due.


Ed and Surfer Mark Richards


Skull! Skull! Skull!

There is a reason… there’s a number of reasons. There’s 2,277 reasons why we’re here tonight. (Cheers) It’s great to see activists in action, even if it’s something as trivial as getting your band to play their hometown; but there’s three gentlemen – one called Rob Wilson, another called Andrew McMullum, another called Mark Waddingham – collected 2,277 signuatures in order to secure our presence here tonight.(Cheers) Where are they … (not seeing them up front) alright, they got shit seats, they’re way in the back – (sees them about 5th row Stone’s side) there’y right there. Good on ya! Thanks for the encouragement, it’s nice to be needed. Sometimes you need to hear it every once in awhile. So real quick before we start the next song, I’m gonna read the 2277 names (crowd laughs). 1. Andrew McCullum, Josie Bollens(?), Robert Wilson, Ian Foster, Amanda Lloyd, Mark Wilson, Shane Brighton … stand up (Crowd laughs). Steve Coyle, Dale Lloyd …get your diplomas over here. Amy Lloyd, Shane Linton … that’s 13. And the rest of them you know who you are. Means a lot, we’d like to dedicate (“Crown of Thorns”) to you but especially the three interrogators.” Newcastle is the home of World Champion Surfer and Ed’s friend Mark Richards. Ed first thanks Mark’s family who “let this guy come to all but three of our Aussie shows.” He continues, saying that Mark’s “inspired us each night as he’s done for about 25 years or so. We are going to name this concert after him, the ‘Third Annual Newcastle Mark Richards Invitiational’. (Cheers) Please welcome Mark … the mayor of Newcastle, the prime minister of all things ocean, Mark Richards. We’ve stayed in touch over the years and he knows our music well, and we offered him the opportunity to put together a setlist, so this was his setlist tonight. But if we were gonna play his setlist he was gonna have to do something for us.” Ed then hands mark his wine bottle and Mark starts vigorously chugging to a chant of “Skull! Skull” (the Australian equivalent of “Chug! Chug!”). Mark hops on the microphone and makes the whole band blush by asking the crowd “Is this the best fucking band on the planet or what?” to huge applause. Ed recognizes the great atmosphere at show’s close “I don’t know if it’s gonna get better than this. Take care of your town, take care of each other. Bring our soldiers back.” “Yellow Ledbetter” contains a long “Little Wing” tag.

ADDED January 7, 2007

11/21/06 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Elderly Woman…, Go, Do The Evolution, Gods’ Dice, Once, Immortality, State Of Love And Trust, Wishlist, World Wide Suicide, Even Flow, Severed Hand, Army Reserve, Daughter/(Beds Are Burning/War), Why Go, Given To Fly, Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy
first encore: Man of the Hour, No Woman, No Cry, Better Man/Save it for Later, Black, Life Wasted, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Don’t Gimme No Lip, Sad, Last Exit, Jeremy, Baba O’Riley
TFT Notes: The band is met with a raucous Adelaide crowd who are revved and ready to go. The band spits out an endless number of tags and mini-covers throughout the night, evidence that the band are in a fun, relaxed mood. “Elderly Woman…” opens with the lyrical change “all these changes takin’ place… we’re here in Adelaide…” and Ed lets the crowd belt out the main parts. After ripping through “Go”, “Do The Evolution”, “Gods’ Dice” and “Once” (the latter two were on the 2003 Adelaide setlist but not played) , Ed improvs and leads into “Immortality”, a song played only twice thus far in 2006. The fanclub sections are in a frenzy as the band continues with “State of Love and Trust” and a superb “Wishlist”, which Ed tags with: “I wish I lived in Adelaide / Take a break from the USA / Write some songs and catch some waves / Walk on the beach and get laid.” “Daughter” is tagged with “Bed’s Are Burning” by Australia’s Midnight Oil and the “War” chant made famous on the 2003 tour. The crowd is in fine form on “Why Go”, Ed and Jeff visibly impressed at their participation during the chorus. “Corduroy” closes the main set for the first time in the band’s history. After “Man of The Hour” Ed plays the instrumental chorus to “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley. The crowd takes hold and begins to sing the words, and Ed joins in. Mid-song, he says “OK… this is a version for all the new parents” and alters the lyrics to “no baby, no cry”. Mike was in stitches and rubs his eyes, pretending to cry. Ed is taken aback during the “Better Man” singalong, pausing at the mic smiling to loud applause. A full “Save It For Later” is tagged, with altered lyrics after the main part: “Baby, don’t run away / I can change / I will change / I will feel your pain / But please don’t runaway runaway… / Don’t let me down.” An amazing “Black” ends with “We belong together…”, and the crowd continues the “do do do do do dooo” chant and clap well after the song has finished. Powerful versions of “Life Wasted” and “Alive” end the first encore. Before “Last Kiss” Ed quips “the next time we come to this continent, Adelaide should be the first place we play… and before the gigs we can have campfires and sings songs like this.” After calling for him all night, the crowd gets Stone to sing on “Don’t Gimme No Lip” which is preceded by a heartfelt speech from Stone about Ed. A sign request from the front row gets “Sad” played. “Last Exit” and “Jeremy” are late surprises before they launch into a great “Baba O’Riley” with the crowd doing their bit. A near 2-1/2 hour show for the first of two nights in Adelaide.

ADDED December 4, 2006

11/22/06 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Porch, Animal, Spin The Black Circle, Hail Hail, Do The Evolution, Nothing As it Seems, Love Boat Captain, Throw Your Hatred Down, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, 1/2 Full, Thin Air, MFC, Present Tense, Not For You(Modern Girl), Elderly Woman…, Even Flow
first encore: Inside Job, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: I Believe In Miracles, Satan’s Bed, Blood, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: coming soon…

ADDED December 4, 2006

11/25/06 – Subiaco Oval, Perth, Australia
opening act: Kings of Leon
set: Go, Animal, Do The Evolution, Comatose, Corduroy, Severed Hand, Given To Fly, Marker in the Sand, Elderly Woman…, World Wide Suicide, In Hiding, Even Flow, Daughter/(Mother), U, Insignificance, Jeremy, Big Wave, Lukin, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Last Kiss, Better Man/(Save it for Later), State Of Love And Trust, Black, Alive
second encore: Wasted Reprise, Why Go, I Got You, Blood, Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: coming soon…

ADDED December 4, 2006

11/30/06 – Waimea Falls, Oahu, HI
set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Do The Evolution, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Even Flow, Elderly Woman…, The Amerikan In Me, I Believe In Miracles
first encore: Can’t Keep, Soon Forget, Crazy Mary, Indifference
second encore: Better Man, Baba O’Riley, Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: Unannounced performance at the 2006 Opening Ceremony of the Big Wave Invitational. Kelly Slater joined on vocals and guitar for some songs in the first and second encores.

ADDED December 4, 2006

12/02/06 – Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, HI
set: Oceans, Corduroy, Animal, Do The Evolution, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Given To Fly, Love Boat Captain, Wishlist, Even Flow, You Are, Unemployable, Jeremy, Wasted Reprise, Elderly Woman…, Hawaii 78, Better Man, Porch
first encore: Inside Job, Man of the Hour, Last Kiss, Crazy Mary, Black, Alive
second encore: You’re True, Smile, Why Go, Big Wave, Life Wasted, Rockin’ in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)
TFT Notes: coming soon…

ADDED December 11, 2006

12/09/06 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
opening for: U2
set: Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, Life Wasted, Do The Evolution, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Big Wave, Even Flow, Hawaii 78, Better Man, World Wide Suicide, Given To Fly, Crazy Mary, Alive, Baba O’Riley
U2 set: Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: This show is the finale of U2′s Vertigoand Pearl Jam’s Pearl Jam world tours. Mike and Ed join U2 for “Rockin’ in the Free World”, which has similar lyrics to the performance at the “Make Poverty History” concert.

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