2007

06/08/07 – Passeio Maritimo Alges, Lisbon, Portugal
soundcheck: Big Wave, Severed Hand, Blood, Elderly Woman, Crazy Mary set:(Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Do the Evolution, World Wide Suicide, Animal, Elderly Woman…, Severed Hand, Even Flow, Big Wave, Daughter, State of Love and Trust, Life Wasted, Alive
first encore: Given to Fly, Why Go, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Black, Rockin in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Audio and video of the first three songs of this concert were broadcast over the internet; albeit with poor quality. The band appear in front of a backdrop of the “surfboard Pearl Jam logo” and a big wave. This festival is played at a large venue along the ocean, paralled by residential hillside, with the sun setting behind the stage. The “Daughter” tag has Ed singing “the shades go up” while the crowd sings “the shades go down”. Also, Ed sings two lines of (presumably) Elton John’s “Don’t let the sun go down on me”.

ADDED June 11, 2007

06/09/07 – Festimad, Madrid, Spain
set:Porch, Animal, World Wide Suicide, Hail, Hail, Corduroy, Elderly Woman…, Severed Hand, Given to Fly, Green Disease, Even Flow, Daughter/(W.M.A)/(ABitWpII), Alive
first encore: Last Exit, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Comatose, Go
second encore: Black, I Believe In Miracles, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Audio of this concert was broadcast over the internet in 96kbps quality. Ed addresses the Madrid crowd in Spanish, saying “It’s good to be herre tonight – better to be out of Portugal … it’s a joke, it’s a joke.” George Bush is the theme of the “Daughter” tags including “W.M.A” with lyrics “White Male President … starts a fuckin war and it comes right off” and “ABitWpII” with “George Bush leave this world alone.” “Daughter” glides to a close with a hushed chant “peace, please … peace, please”. Ed mentions that tonight he is drinking wine provided by Spanish actor Javier Bardem. “Comatose” includes the modified line “If it’s illegal for us to fuck / leave the hatred on the cross.” Javier Bardem comes onstage to introduce “Black”, which ends with:

What could have been, what could have been, will never be
It could have been here, I could have been there
Well, I want to be here, fuck you and there
I’m with my friends, (unintelligible)
What coulda been, what coulda been…
No longer can, I no longer care
It’s alright it’s alright
It’s alright it’s alright
And I sing … doo doo doo doo…

Ed introduces the band to the Madrid crowd and bids farewell, “We thank you deep down. Take care, we love ya, peace!”

ADDED June 29, 2007

06/12/07 – Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
set: Sometimes, Porch, Why Go, Gods’ Dice, Given to Fly, Dissident, Severed Hand, Elderly Woman…, Sad, Unemployable, Even Flow, I Got Id, Whipping, Down, Present Tense, Save You, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Inside Job, Do the Evolution, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Alive
second encore: No More, Footsteps, Throw Your Hatred Down, Blood, Baba O’Riley
TFT Notes: coming soon

ADDED June 29, 2007

06/13/07 – Stadion Slaski, Katowice, Poland
set: Rearviewmirror, Animal, Hail Hail, Corduroy, Given to Fly, World Wide Suicide, Elderly Woman…, I Am Mine, Lukin, Even Flow, Comatose, Nothingman, State of Love and Trust, Spin the Black Circle, Severed Hand
first encore: Leatherman, Improv, Daughter/(ABitWpII), Whipping, Black, Jeremy
second encore: Indifference
TFT Notes: coming soon

ADDED June 29, 2007

06/15/07 – Heineken Jammin’ Music Festival, Venice, Italy
TFT Notes: This festival was cancelled when lighting and speaker towers collapsed during My Chemical Romance’s set because of heavy winds and rain, causing injuries to fans.

ADDED August 15, 2007

06/16/07 – Nova Rock Festival, Vienna, Austria
set: Better Man, Go, Save You, MFC, Given to Fly, Severed Hand, Dissident, Elderly Woman…, Corduroy, Even Flow, Light Years, Jeremy, Why Go, Rearviewmirror
encore: Do The Evolution, Blood, Porch, Rockin’ in the Free World
TFT Notes: coming soon…

ADDED August 15, 2007

06/18/07 – Wembley Arena, London, England
set: Long Road, Severed Hand, Grievance, Comatose, Given to Fly, Low Light, I Got Id, Faithfull, Green Disease, Marker in the Sand, Immortality, Down, Present Tense, State of Love and Trust, Why Go, Save You, Porch
first encore: Inside Job, Parachutes, Crazy Mary, Do the Evolution, Alive
second encore: No More, Bu$hleaguer, World Wide Suicide, Rockin in the Free World, Indifference
TFT Notes: This show at Wembley Arena was the first “normal” concert in England since 2000, having played only Festivals and a small promotional club show in 2006. The ten club members – occupying the entire floor – sing the echo part of “we all walk the long road” in the show’s opener, “Long Road”, wonderfully. Ed welcomes all the friendly faces before the rarity “Low Light”, saying “So the last time we were back … when we came through this part of the world, we played the thing called Reading (Festival) and the thing called Leeds (Festival); those felt pretty good and only because of you guys, whoever was tehre, thank you for that, thanks for going there. (Cheers) It’s been seven years since we’ve played this building and it doesn’t seem that long, but because we’re playing these other festivals, we couldn’t be happier to get in a room this size with this kind of people”. “Low Light” is dedicated to Jeff’s wife, who is at the show. The vocal crowd shines during “Faithfull”, singing most of an entire chorus. Ed segues “Green Disease” and “Marker in the Sand” saying “so that song was about greed and this song’s about religion. And in America, sometimes they’re the same thing.” “Porch” contains a nice improv during the jam: “Oh, I never thought… (x4) / As a kid growing up … (x4) / I’d see London (x3), but here we are / We’re playing london (x3)”. After “Parachutes”, a big shout-out for Stone starts, Ed saying: “They’re talking to you.”, Stone replying: “Whaddya wanna know?” and Ed hinting “They said ‘Don’t Gimme No Lip’, so don’t talk back!” “Alive” closes out the second set, dedicated “to a good American who’s in the audience, Marky Ramone.” The band makes a strong political statement in the second encore by playing three anti-war, anti-Bush songs starting with the solo “No More”, then “Bu$hleaguer”, followed by “World Wide Suicide”, all played in quick succession. Ed prefaces all of this with a take on Tony Blair, “You know more about Mr. Tony Blair than I do (some boos) because he’s here in your country. I was watching him today answer questions about the war and I got this feeling. It’s like … if you’ve ever – I’m sure you have – you’re out really late at a bar and you don’t have any way home. And the only way home is with this guy who has a car and he happens to be really, really drunk. And yet it’s your only way home and you have to kinda get in the passenger seat – this would be George Bush behind the wheel (mock cheers). And of course he gets into a horrible, horrible crash. Don’t let Presidents start wars drunk … on power or on greed or whatever it is. Take the keys away… it’s not too late, take the keys away.” He continues to talk about his recent work with Tomas Young, Iraqi war veteran and the focus of the movie “Body of War”, to which Ed contributed two songs, including “No More”. “It really was brought home to me recently by meeting a young man who came back from Iraq and he was paralyzed from the chest down. His name is Tomas Young and he went over there to fight the good fight – and he thought he was going to Afghananistan and he ended up in Iraq – now he lives and will live the rest of his life with incredible challenges, and he’s doing great as well as he could, and he’s also being very vocal speaking out against the war. Hopefully some day you’ll get to hear him speak, or get to meet him, and until then, I’m just going to play a song that was written based on some of our conversations, it’s called “No More”. Ed later introduces and thanks the band, especially the crew saying “it’s been a tough road, when they booked this tour, (management was) thinking of the band, not necessaryily the crew. The crew’s been tremendous the last couple of weeks.” When he gets to himself, Ed admits, “I’d just like to thank you for putting up with my voice for all these years. I think I’ve written a few shit lyrics in my day, but I will say this: this wasn’t one of them (laughs)” leading to the finale “Indifference”.

ADDED June 29, 2007

06/21/07 – ISS Dome, Dusseldorf, Germany
set: Sometimes, Whipping, Brain Of J., Do the Evolution, Insignificance, In Hiding, Severed Hand, Sad, I Am Mine, Inside Job, Why Go, Daughter, Breath, State of Love and Trust, I’m Open, Come Back, Once, Life Wasted
first encore: I Believe In Miracles, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Wasted Reprise, Black, Alive
second encore: Elderly Woman…, Given to Fly, Rats, Comatose, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: coming soon

ADDED June 29, 2007

06/23/07 – Southside Festival, Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
set: Go, Do the Evolution, Animal, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Insignificance, Given to Fly, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), 1/2 Full, Severed Hand, Glorified G, Spin the Black Circle, Life Wasted
first encore: Even Flow, Comatose, Why Go, Alive, Rockin in the Free World
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam perform at the Southside Festival. Before “World Wide Suicide”, Ed jokes with the German crowd, saying “I’m going to speak in English if that’s ok, but I’ll sing in German. There’s been a lot of great bands on this stage tonight, and a lot of great bands on the other side and we’re proud to be here. And I know it’s late but we’ll try to keep you awake. Thanks for being here.” Ed introduces “Glorified G”, saying “(Severed Hand) was a number about drugs. (no crowd response) Sometimes that gets a round of applause. Don’t clap for this one, (Glorified G) is a song about guns.” Following “Even Flow”, Ed lauds Mike and his instrument, “Mike McCready on guitar … the guitar on Mike McCready, I meant.” Although it’s a shortened Festival set and there isn’t much crowd interaction, Ed thanks the crowd and sums up the night during the breakdown of “Rockin’ in the Free World”: “It’s beautiful … we’d like to thank the planet for giving us such a beautiful evening to play with, a beautiful sky to play under. I’d like to thank the planet for giving us such beautiful people t play in front of. I’d like to thank the planet for creating a band like Sonic Youth … creating a band like Kings of Leon (up from the sludge) … for creating a band like Queens of the Stone Age … for creating a man like Neil Young. (all get big cheers) It almost makes up for the fact that this planet produced a person named – let’s say – George Bush or Dick Cheney (crowd boos). We can forgive them but I imagine that the planet and the people will take care of those two … with unity, and stength, and power, and peace (repeated again, and to the beat, before returning to the song). There’s a thousand points of light …”

UPDATED January 8, 2008

06/24/07 – Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
set: Why Go, Save You, Severed Hand, Grievance, Dissident, Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, Faithfull, Green Disease, Given to Fly, Throw Your Hatred Down, Jeremy, Elderly Woman…, Even Flow, Black, Rearviewmirror
first encore: World Wide Suicide, Better Man, Life Wasted, Blood, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam headlined the third day of this three-day festival. After five upbeat songs to start the show, Ed says “hello” to all the campers, and gets a loud response. He urges the crowd to take a look at the “beautiful moon in the back row”. In the outro to “Faithfull”, Ed changes the line “What’s a boy to do” to “What’s a grown man to do”. Ed decribes “Given to Fly” as a Mike McCready song that’s “always nice to play in the deep blue sky, underneath it anyway.”. “Throw Your Hatred Down” is introduced as a song “by our Uncle Neil … Neil Young” and contains a energetic, three-phase noisy ending (Ed: “We just wanted him to hear that loud enough in America.”). During “Elderly Woman…”, Ed sings that “lifetimes they’re catching up with all of us.” Like other times in 2007, possibly to make it easier to sing, “Life Wasted” is played tuned a half-step lower. Ed sings to the fans during “Black”, singing “I’m surrounded by you kids at play / I can feel your laughter, so why do I sear.” “Black” ends with “We belong together (2X)/ Maybe we don’t belong (2X) / So for the better … (3X)”. The band appreciates the singing at the end of “Black”, with Ed mentioning “There’s a lot of power up here – a lot of electricity to get the sound and the lights for all the bands that have played over the last few days. Out there, up here, there’s wires this thick (holds up hands) to get all this electricity up here, all this power. But there’s absolutely more power out there. You have the power and don’t you forget it. And we know this because we felt it just now.” Ed nods the other bands on the bill, saying “before we continue, there’s been kings (Kings of Leon) on this stage, licks (Juliette & The Licks) , and gods (Sonic Youth), so I guess that makes us jewelry.” Mike throws the riff of “Voodoo Chile” into the end of Baba, and the show ends with “Yellow Ledbetter”.

ADDED June 29, 2007

06/26/07 – Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ed pre-set: Throw Your Arms Around Me
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Why Go, Do the Evolution, In Hiding, Love Boat Captain, Love Reign O’er Me, Severed Hand, Light Years, Marker in the Sand, Given to Fly, Breath, I Am Mine, Elderly Woman…, Hard To Imagine, Life Wasted, Porch
first encore: No More, World Wide Suicide, Down, Once, Black, Alive
second encore: Better Man/(Save it for Later), Rockin in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: coming soon

ADDED June 29, 2007

06/28/07 – Goeffert Park, Nijmegen, Holland
set: Release, Go, Hail Hail, World Wide Suicide, Whipping, Do the Evolution, Given to Fly, Not For You, Wishlist, Even Flow, Insignificance, Unemployable, Jeremy, Nothingman, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Corduroy, Why Go
first encore: Comatose, Daughter/Another Brick In The Wall/War, Leash, Rearviewmirror
second encore: No More, Blood, Alive, Rockin in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: coming soon

ADDED December 27, 2007

06/29/07 – Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium
set: Go, Animal, Brain Of J., World Wide Suicide, Once, Dissident, Do The Evolution, Gods’ Dice, Corduroy, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Why Go, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Life Wasted, Porch
first encore: No More, Smile, Better Man/Save it for Later, Alive
second encore: Baba O’Riley (with Josh Homme)
TFT Notes: coming soon

ADDED August 3, 2007

08/02/07 – Vic Theater, Chicago, IL
set: All Or None, Education, Sad, In Hiding, Parachutes, I’m Open, Wishlist, Down, Undone, Off He Goes, Hard To Imagine, Gods’ Dice, World Wide Suicide, Rats, Gone, Why Go
first encore: No More, Inside Job, Low Light, Love Reign O’er Me
second encore: Comatose, Black Diamond, Sonic Reducer
third encore: Indifference
TFT Notes: This club show was announced just days before the date, with Ten Club providing a fan club presale. The show was a warm-up to their headlining appearance at Lollapalooza on August 5. Among a set full of ultra-rarities, Pearl Jam covers Kiss’s “Black Diamond”, with Matt Cameron on vocals and drums. “Indifference” closes the show as a third encore with Ben Harper sharing lead vocals.

ADDED August 15, 2007

08/05/07 – Lollapalooza 2007, Grant Park, Chicago, IL
set: Why Go, Corduroy, Save You, Do the Evolution, Elderly Woman…, Severed Hand, Education, Even Flow, Given To Fly, World Wide Suicide, Lukin, Not For You, Daughter/(Another Brick In The Wall), State of Love and Trust, Wasted Reprise, Alive
first encore: Better Man/(Save it for Later), Crazy Mary, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
second encore: No More, Rockin’ In The Free World
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam headlines Lollapalooza 2007 – 15 years after the summer-long tour with the second Lollapalooza in 1992. The festival is webcast using AT&T services, and causes a stir when they censor Ed ad-libbing during the “Daughter” tag singing “George Bush, leave this world alone.” The issue becomes big news and AT&T later admits to past “mistakes”. More notes coming soon.

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