Europe / North America Leg 1

Added August 8, 2009

08/08/09: Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Canada Olympic Park – V-Fest
opening act: Festival
set: Why Go, All Night, Dissident, The Fixer, Got Some, Severed Hand, Sad, Unemployable, Even Flow, Rats, Save You, Given To Fly, Daughter/(W.M.A), Down, Elderly Woman…, Do The Evolution, Alive
first encore: Better Man, Brother, Black, Spin The Black Circle
second encore: Crazy Mary(Victoria Williams), The Real Me (Pete Townshend), Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes
: About 3 songs in Ed says (paraphrasing), “So usually we keep these things a surprise, but we’re feeling pretty good tonight so we’ll just tell you. We’re gonna play a song we’ve never played live before, and a couple of songs that are old enough to drive. This is a newborn.” Cue The Fixer. WMA tag in Daughter: Ed sings “White Male CANADIAN” Ed quote: “We picked a flight to Europe with a stop over in Calgary because we were told there would be a festival of Virgins. Virgin Fest and not a Jonas Brother in sight.” During Rats and Ben, Ed did a shoulder to shoulder cross over his heart. Regarding Real Me, Ed mentioned when he was a teen, the song was played as a closer at his first show First encore Ed comes out and says, “We’re at Olympic Park, and I have to say that we’d give you a gold medal for this evening. No, actually, we’d give you an Olympic Platinum”, some in the crowd wondering if that would be the ‘song they’ve never played before’. Ed comes on after the second encore and tells the crowd that they’ve been told they can break curfew and play the songs the way they want to play ‘em. Eddie stopped a few times to make sure the audience was safe. Comment around 9:00pm: To a dad holding up his son for two hours. “Hey Kid, You Got A Good Dad.” Taken from official message board posts from Scott/edwouldgocalgary and breathgal; Mike’s Bloggity Blog

Added August 22, 2009

08/11/09: Shephard’s Bush Empire, London, UK
opening act: Gomez
set: Sometimes, Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, The Fixer, All Along The Watchtower, Why Go, Dissident, Severed Hand, Given To Fly, Low Light, Even Flow, Present Tense, Save You, Down, Elderly Woman…, Brother, Do The Evolution, Got Some
first encore: The End, Inside Job, Better Man, Alive
second encore: Soldier Of Love, State Of Love And Trust, The Real Me, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam offered a Ten Club presale for this intimate show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a venue with a capacity of only 2000. Users who pre-ordered Backspacer from HMV.com were also provided a link to an exclusive pre-sale. The result was an energetic show packed with PJ fans. “Sometimes” opened following intro music “Metamorphisis Two” by Phillip Glass. “Corduroy” featured an “Interstellar Overdrive” intro that had a lot more flanged-delay soloing from Mike than in year’s past. Ed relishes the return to London and the old friends and new friends in the audience, as “The Fixer” is introduced as “new friend”. Only three songs into the set, things get interesting as the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood is introduced … “We worked together, I wrote some words for him. To return the favor, he’s going to pay this next song with us tonight. What’s really spectacular about it is, we ended up doing what they call ‘indian giving’ and we took the song and used it for our own record but he’s still going to play with us anyway”. A terrific version of “All Along the Watchtower” is performed, with Ron Wood adding his signature touch to the nearly 7-minute rendition. Mid-set, “Severed Hand” is played with the pre-recorded intro. “Even Flow” is introduced as a song that was written in 1793. After a raging Even Flow, Ed says that if he “could play the drums that well, then I have every right to be a complete fucking asshole prick (laughter), but not only can he play like that but he’s one of the better humans you’ll ever meet.” Like “The Fixer”, “Got Some” is age-referenced as a “newborn” and ends a great first set. Returning from a break, Ed plays “The End” solo, saying the “new record’s pretty upbeat, but this takes it down to really fuckin’ sad.” Ed revels in London’s music history, saying that “so much of the music we heard when we were kids came from this part of the planet” and names Billy Childish (painter, poet, musician) and his bands the Headcoats and Headcoatees as influences. Ed mentions that it was Billy that turned the band on to Arthur Alexander’s “Soldier of Love”. A stellar version of “Soldier of Love” is played for the first time since July 3, 2003 and includes the crowd “cha-cha-cha” at the end. Simon Townshend (Pete’s younger brother) joins the band for “The Real Me”. “Thanks for sticking with us all these years and thanks for your support and inspiration and … you’re fucking goddamn pretty handsome and good looking at the same time.” “Yellow Ledbetter” caps off a great night for 2000 lucky fans, most of whom will also enjoy Pearl Jam at the 02 Arena the following week.

Added August 22, 2009

08/13/09: Sportspaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
opening act: Gomez
set: Elderly Woman…, Last Exit, Animal, The Fixer, Given To Fly, Severed Hand, Why Go, Dissident, Brother, Gone, Even Flow, Wishlist, Nothingman, 1/2 Full, Black, Got Some, Go
first encore: Life Wasted, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Daughter, Lukin, Comatose, Alive
second encore: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Love Reign O’er Me, Do The Evolution, The Real Me, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes:
Sportspaleis Ahoy (10,000) was sold out within minutes, and hosted Pearl Jam for the third time in its history. It could have been the fourth, but the scheduled concert for 3 July, 2000 was canceled because of the Roskilde tragedy. Eddie Vedder mentions it’s the fifteenth concert of the band in The Netherlands. But at the same time, it’s only the third one since 1996 (excluding the 2000 Pinkpop festival participation) and they hadn’t played in The Netherlands until 2006. Although it’s only the third concert of the band in 2009, after the Calgary V-Fest and the one at Shepherd’s Bush Empire two days before, there’s no need for adaptation. “It’s good to be back”, Vedder claims. The show is loud and lively. After three songs, “Last Exit” and “Animal” already have set the tone. Backspacer‘s “The Fixer” and “Got Some” are played with much enthusiasm, but the band has a focus on the nineties’ material. Tally: four songs off Ten, five off Vs, three off Vitalogy, only one off No Code, three off Yield are played and add “Brother” and “Yellow Ledbetter” to this. No songs from Binaural are played and only one off Riot Act (“1/2 Full”) . Pearl Jam gets it share with four songs. Covers are “The Real Me”, “Love, Reign O’er Me” (both of The Who) and “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (Beatles). Vedder apologies for not having prepared some lines in Dutch, but adds that at least he doesn’t have “a Texas accent”. He’s talkative and in good shape. He jokes that, when the band stepped out of the hotel, they noticed two lines of people waiting and started to shake hands with them, but they appeared to be waiting for the bus. “Alive”, “Better Man” and “Black” get the crowd wild. The Backspacer songs fit in perfectly. “Wishlist” is performed superbly. “Daughter” includes a short jam but has no tag. During McCready’s solo in “Even Flow”, Vedder takes a smoke at the side of the stage. With the lights already on, Yellow Ledbetter gets every last person on their feet. Vedder gives a solo performance of “You Gotta Hide Your Love Away” and talks about acceptance of homosexuality. Before “Lukin” starts, Vedder asks the crowd how many of them have been to Seattle and have seen Mudhoney play. During one of the songs, Vedder claims he’ll settle in Rotterdam. He promises to come back within one and a half year, or ten days, and after a set of more than two and a half hour, the impressive show comes to an end.

Added August 22, 2009

08/15/09: Wuhlheide, Berlin, DE
opening act: Gomez
set: Why Go, Hail Hail, The Fixer, Corduroy, I Am Mine, Nothing As it Seems, Untitled->MFC, Gods’ Dice, Even Flow, Unemployable, Severed Hand, Light Years, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop), Got Some, Glorified G, Brother, Insignificance, Do The Evolution
first encore: Bee Girl, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Given To Fly, Hard To Imagine, Alive
second encore: , Angie, Elderly Woman…, Faithful, Sonic Reducer, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: This concert in the outskirts of the German capital was the only outdoor concert of the European tour. Besides, it was only the fourth concert of the band in 2009 for their Backspacer tour. But playing in Germany must have felt like playing at home, because this concert was the 24th of the band on German soil. The band and the country have a special relationship since 1992, the year in which the band played no less than 11(!) concerts in the country and established its fame.  Pearl Jam start their fourth concert at Wuhlheide on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the same period the 2009 World Championships in Athletics takes place in the city. But contrary to the crowded city centre, the Wuhlheide venue is situated in a forested area and breaths an atmosphere of music and relaxation. The summer day makes it an intense wait for many, and the crowd reacts relieved and excited when the band takes stage. “Why Go” kicks in, and the crowd goes nuts. It looks and feels like 1992 again! “Hail, Hail” keeps the crowd going, and “The Fixer” seems a well-known song already before Eddie shouts “Guten Abend!” towards the 20,000-strong crowd. The band continue with Vitalogy-classic “Corduroy”, after which Eddie salutes the crowd in English and says: “From here it looks very, very beautiful. For you, I don’t know… I’m very ugly”. He continues in German, by saying “at least we’re back in Berlin and we’re happy with this summer night!”. The band then plays several millenium-era songs: “I Am Mine”" (2002), “Nothing As it Seems” (2000), “MFC (1998)” and “Gods’ Dice” (2000). With the crowd pumped, Vedder checks the stands if everything is all right and warns the crowd to watch out:  “Keep your footing and an eye on your neighbor. I was out there earlier and it can get pretty tight at the front”. On his cue, the crowd takes three steps backs. They seem to get their reward with “Even Flow”, and Vedder introduces the band members. When the crowd seems to be booing, Vedder says “he’s not up here yet, but let’s bring him out on the keyboard”, and “Boom”  Gaspar appears. Vedder explains that “he must have been smoking something left over from Rotterdam.” “Unemployable” is the first song being described: “This is of the last record we put out, and it’s about having no jobs in the US. It’s about jobs, it’s about religion, it’s about a few things”. They are followed by “Severed Hand”", “Light Years” and “Daughter”, when Vedder gets interactive with the crowd, including The Ramones’ with “Hey Ho, Let’s Go”. Vedder calls Joey Ramone “a great singer”, and asks the crowd to sing along with the next song too: “Got Some”. “Glorified G” is played, and afterwards related to Dave Abruzzese: “That song was written by one of our former drummers … but he didn’t know he was writing”. “Brother” is introduced as “even older than the last one”. Meanwhile, Vedder checks on the crowd again and tells the men to take care of the women. “It’s part of what they do … and then the women … When you get home, they take care of you!”. “Insignificance” and “Do The Evolution” are the final songs before the band leaves the stage.  Vedder thanks the audience for their response and acceptance and suggests to take a breath with the next song. He refers to 1993 when Pearl Jam played at the venue with Bad Religion. He calls them ‘still a great band’ and adds that ‘religion is still bad’. Vedder admits that they haven’t practiced the next song in a while, which is a rare one: “Bee Girl”. Before playing “Better Man”, Vedder invites the crowd to take the first lines. “Given to Fly” is dedicated to a newly married couple. “Hard to Imagine” is also, like “Bee Girl”, a rare song to be played. The first encore is closed with the classic “Alive”. Vedder then teases the public by thanking it and hinting that the band is picking the next tour. He tells the crowd that he has just heard that a fan (Daniel) is in the crowd, who was critically injured before a cancelled concert in Italy three years ago. Vedder adds that ”this young man has a lot of guts”. A snippet of the Stones song “Angie” is played and followed by “Elderly Woman”. “Faithfull” is a request. The nights ends, with the sun already down, in a memorable way: three classics are played with “Sonic Reducer”, “Rockin’ In The Free World” and “Yellow Ledbetter”. Vedder adds that they never have played “Rockin’” at this venue, but it has a special meaning. McCready gets the crowd nuts again. Vedder wishes the crowd “a great, great summer” and thanks them for letting the band be part of it.

Added August 22, 2009

08/17/09: Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, UK
opening act: Gomez
set: Long Road, Last Exit, Why Go, All Night, The Fixer, Low Light, In Hiding, World Wide Suicide, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Even Flow, Present Tense, Save You, Grievance, Sleight Of Hand, Got Some, Given To Fly, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Go, Daughter, Do The Evolution, Alive
second encore: Smile, Black, Leash, The Real Me, Indifference
TFT Notes:

Added August 22, 2009

08/18/09: O2 Arena, London, UK
opening act: Gomez
set: Release, Animal, Corduroy, Why Go, Elderly Woman…, Immortality, The Fixer, Even Flow, I Got Id, Rats, Got Some, Whipping, Light Years, Insignificance, Black, Life Wasted, Blood/(Atomic Dog)
first encore: Supersonic, Hail Hail, Footsteps, Love Reign O’er Me, Do The Evolution, Alive
second encore: Better Man/(Save it for Later), Crazy Mary, Leaving Here, Porch, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes:  One week after the much smaller Shepherd’s Bush show, the boys were back in London town for their first show at the O2. The arena is huge, and is contained in an indoor resort with clubs, shops, exhibition halls. But the best thing (apart from the bars) was that the Ten Club queue was located inside the resort, no wind or rain for the faithfully devoted. “Release” opened the show and the sound was magnificent, especially for such a huge place. “Animal” followed, and tore the place apart. An out-of-breath Ed starts to address the crowd after a frantic “Why Go”, praising the supposed sound quality of the venue and then gets boos after saying they wouldn’t be back in Europe for quite some time. Fortunately, he would be proven wrong a few months later. He ends his first speech of the night by referring to their first London show ever (Borderline ’92), with an eight-song setlist. After that, “Small Town” gives the crowd a breather before “Immortality” raises every hair in the arena. They mess up the intro to the next song “The Fixer”, which prompts Ed to try to fix it and restart. Mike OWNED the “Even Flow” solo, but that’s nothing new. After “Even Flow”, Ed finally addresses the crowd and asks them to take three steps back to “relieve the pressure”. It was indeed pretty rough at times. Ed introduces “Rats” with Michael Jackson’s “Ben”, dedicating the song to him. Michael Jackson was supposed to stage his “This Is It” series of shows in this very arena. He messes it up, starts it again and then it was time for Jeff’s bass intro. A mid-set “Whipping” might have been a mistake – the song was great, of course – but Ed was pretty much out of breath again. He dedicated “Light Years” to his surfer friend Jeff Johnson, and the following “Insignificance” gave us a much too rare Binaural one-two punch, before “Black” takes the whole arena to… somewhere else, where we were all stars. “Life Wasted” is “about appreciating every second of every second”. “Blood” is dedicated to Ed’s “good friend Tim” (probably Tim Robbins, who was in attendance) does the job rather well, with a soaring Mike McCready solo.  The first encore starts with a surprise: the first-ever appearance of “Supersonic”, from the as-yet unreleased Backspacer. “Footsteps” didn’t get a lot of cheers at first, but those who cheered were the passionate ones. Ed introduces Boom, who kickstarts “Love Reign O’er Me” – what better place to play a Who song. Emotions turn to energy, with “Do The Evolution”, and “Alive” (“one of these eight songs we played seventeen years ago”) caps it all perfectly, with everyone standing, singing, fist-pumping, crying, or simply quietly enjoying the moment.  Ed introduces the second encore by saying the band still has more songs to play to make it complete. “Better Man” fits the bill, and starts with the crowd singing the first verse and chorus, before Ed and the full band take over, as usual. More crowd participation is required and delivered for “Crazy Mary”, while Boom and Mike play with each other perfectly. Ed introduced the band, then a song “by Holland-Dozier-Holland”, obviously “Leaving Here”, yet another Who reference. Jeff played the first two solos, with Matt filling in the third. Ed was waiting for a guitar, the band started jamming, and he had the bright idea of having them play a little bit of Jazz Odyssey (in G minor). Ed then gets a guitar, starts strumming the intro to “Porch”, and the place goes out of this world. “Yellow Ledbetter” ends it all, as usual, but do you really, really want it to end any other way? Lights out, smiles all over. The Pearl Jam experience is over for now… until, of course, the next time.

Added August 22, 2009

08/21/09: Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, CAN
opening act: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (cancelled)
Ed preset: Sugar Mountain, Needle and the Damage Done
Mike preset: Unknown song, Unknown song
set: Of The Girl, Corduroy, Severed Hand, Why Go, Brain Of J., I Am Mine, The Fixer, Given To Fly, Off He Goes, Even Flow, Unemployable, Faithful, Down, Got Some, 1/2 Full, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Do The Evolution
first encore: Inside Job, Wishlist, Black, Alive
second encore: Elderly Woman…, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Porch, Rockin’ In The Free World
TFT Notes:  Ed comes on stage early and introduces the pre-opener by explaining that Ted Leo had trouble at customs getting into Canada because he didn’t have his passport, so the band agreed to play some songs. Then he told a story about he and Neil Young going on a Ferris Wheel together before playing “Sugar Mountain”. Eddie gave a pre-emptive apology for “Needle and the Damage Done” and said that if he screws it up he would go into something else, but he hoped that it wouldn’t happen. Mike plays two acoustic songs, one he mentions is written about his daughter. Stone’s up next and plays the Johnny Thunder cover “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”. Ed explained that Matt was going to conserve his energy, before playing “bee girl” with Jeff, dedicated to “(the fans) and all the beautiful insects of the world”. He also mentions that after this song “you are going to see the debut of a new band “Eddie Vedder and the Pharmicists”. Since the Pharmacists *did* make the trip, they played a few of their originals, “Blitzkrieg Bop” and The Stooges’ “Search and Destroy” with Ed and Mike. All this, and Pearl Jam’s set hasn’t even started yet! As “Of the Girl” starts Ed jokes, “Its good to see you, its been a long time.” After “Brain of J.” Ed mentions they started late because fans were caught in traffic, and they there were granted permission to break curfew, to the audience’s delight. “I Am Mine” is introduced as a “song is about being safe.” “Given To Fly” is dedicated to “everything above sea level”, with lyrics changed to “Made it to Toronto, had a smoke in a tree”. Following “Even Flow”" Ed says, “He can play acoustic, he can play electric, he can fucking sing, Mike McCready on the Guitar”. Ed talks about how Canada must be watching the U.S.’s healthcare debates and it must be “like watching your dog chase its tail around, over and over… actually, worse its more like, and especially if you had guests over, lets say Uncle Neil, Neil Young came over to the house right…so you had some distinguished guest over at the home and then the dog sits right next to Neil and starts licking his own asshole, it must be like that right?” Pearl Jam drive their piont home with “Unemployable”, a song “about not only not having health care, but not even having a fucking job”, which Stone apologizes for “really fuck(ing) that one up.” “Got Some” is introduced as “a little song about sharing the wealth.” Ed, under his breath says, introducing “Lukin”, “This is about a guy who says he doesn’t like Canada, but I know he likes it, because he hates it, so he loves it, because you couldn’t love something without hating it” and changing lyrics to “Got a spot at Chelios’”. “Wishlist” has the sound of “50 million hands up raised and opened up to the summer sky”. “Black” has the extended tag at the end of black, “Did we belong, did we belong, together, together, We didn’t belong together”. During the second encore break, Ed says, “Recently I had the opportunity to play Mancy Hall and that was quite a beautiful experience and on that trip, a friend of mine and myself we went for a bit of a paddle on these boards that you stand up on and you paddle, and we ended up on … we got on the water, and we ended up at this little tiny village, this little, just out of nowhere, it’s the strangest thing, I guess they call it Toronto island, there’s a lot of people over there and I’m sure you’ve all been, but it was like a mirage and I’ve been told that they… that maybe that’s in jeopardy that maybe they want to get the people out of there, so I hope you hang on to that and provide that atmosphere, because its very rare…so we’d like to dedicate this song to Toronto Island”, introducing Elderly Woman”. Ed rocking out with the newish “Porch” intro… during the main jam, Ed came out and stood on the barricade holding onto some fan’s hand for support and sang the last verse. Lyric change for “Rockin’ in the Free World” is “A lot of people saying they’re Canadian…” and Ed thanks Toronto for “letting us be a part of your summer.”

Updated April 8, 2010

08/23/09: United Center, Chicago, IL
opening act: Bad Religion
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Why Go, Gods’ Dice, Dissident, Elderly Woman…, Sad, The Fixer, Given To Fly/(Happy Birthday), Come Back, Even Flow, Save You, In Hiding, Man Of The Hour, Insignificance, Got Some, Spin The Black Circle
first encore: Love Reign O’er Me, Life Wasted, The Real Me, Alive
second encore: The Needle and The Damage Done, Rats, Supersonic, Smile, Rearviewmirror, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam returned to Chicago for the first time in over two years, since closing Lollapalooza in 2007. This show featured three big covers of songs by time-honored PJ mentors, and poignant tributes to some friends who had recently passed on. The band took the stage with a warm “Good Evening” from Ed. Fashion roundup: Stone wore a purple T and blue jeans, with hair nearly reaching his shoulders; Jeff wore a black tee shirt and black jeans; Matt a blue tee shirt with army green shorts; Mike in dark long sleeve shirt and dark pants; and Ed in brown surf-style shorts with a black short sleeve shirt. There was a ton of interplay between Stone and Jeff at Matt’s drum riser all night. Telling the sold out crowd “we’ve got a lot of emotion to get through tonight; we’ll get through it together,” they launched into an especially meditative “Long Road”. During “Why Go”, the crowd is very loud in calling back “Why Go Home.” Ed interrupts Matt’s intro to “God’s Dice” to say: “Why go home? I am home. I gotta tell you, it feels fucking great to be home… If you’re born in Chicago, you’re always from Chicago. And even if you don’t live in Chicago, Chicago will always live in you… To come back here and see this many people assembled to take part in this kind of event means the world to us so thank you very much for being here.” … “God’s Dice” includes a maniacal “hahaha”. Ed closes “Dissident” by singing “Escape is never the safest path, but you gotta do it anyway.” Ed introduces “Small Town” by name checking a number of Chicago suburbs and other Illinois places before quoting Lou Reed: “the best thing about growing up in a small town is it really makes you want to get the fuck out.” Following “Sad”, Ed introduces “The Fixer”, saying, “This is the good news.” Backspacer is about a month from its US release, but “The Fixer” is out and the crowd greets its first US performance enthusiastically. “Cheers to all the singers out there.” Before “Given to Fly”, Ed says, “We thought these songs were gonna be played under a midwestern summer sky in the outdoors. We tried to set up these gigs for that little place called Alpine Valley up the road a bit. For one reason or another, or ten reasons, it didn’t work out as much as we tried. So the next song was supposed to be out in the outdoors. So I guess we can imagine this (the roof) isn’t here or imagine those Chicago Bulls championship flags are right behind us. There’s some magic in this room so think about that too, maybe. That’s what I’m thinking about.” After “Given To Fly”, Jeff Ament takes the microphone: “I’m gonna ask a small favor. Over the last 20 years, every time I came to Chicago, part of the fringe benefit of coming here was getting to see my best friend, Mike Richter. This is the first time that we’ve come to Chicago that he hasn’t been able to make it to the show and its his birthday, and I was hoping that you guys could all sing happy birthday to him. Jeff leads the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to his friend, who passed away earlier in the summer in Milwaukee. Richter is also honored in the night’s poster that shows his body on Michael Jordan’s legs. His initials, in reverse (RJM), are blacked out on the poster. Ed introduces “Save You”, saying it “was written for a good friend.” “I was high as hell” replaces “They were upside down” in “In Hiding”. “Got Some” also makes its US debut. Ed introduces “Spin the Black Circle”: “This one’s about records. Does anybody remember records?” Jeff and Matt really pound on it, closing out the first set. Returning to the stage, Ed says, “We just needed a minute to argue back there about what we’re gonna play next. That’s just what we do back there.” He goes on to talk about playing with Bad Religion for the first time in 13 years. Last time was “at a little place you might have heard of, Soldier Field.” “They’re still great, religion’s still bad. Very excited to be back on the same stage with them.” “Love Reign O’er Me” concludes with a hair raising “loooooove” from EV, finishing with “Thank you to Pete Townsend.” Ed is all over the map on the lyrics to “Life Wasted”, at one point saying, “I fucked up. I knew that.” Introducing the second Who cover, Ed begins “The Real Me” saying, “This is another song we got on loan.” After Jeff dominates on bass, doing John Entwistle proud, Ed says, “Thank you Roger. Those are the songs I … was listening to in the freezing cold on the L trains, waiting for that fucking thing to come at 2 in the morning, about 40-below (degrees). Riding my skateboard to work in Evanston…so that’s why we played them tonight.” “Alive” closes the first encore set. Back on stage, the band greets the crowd in the nether regions of the cavernous United Center. “At least we got screens so you can see our ugly fucking faces. That’s OK, I’ll be getting botox tomorrow.” The botox reference prompts a thought from Ed about Michael Jackson, who passed away a few months before the show. “When I was up in Evanston I have these big big memories of being a really little kid. I was in a house that had a lot of older brothers, like step brothers, brothers who were African-American kids and irish kids. They were all much older than me. I was 6 and they were 12. Down in the basement we had a turntable, and they turned me on to a lot of good music because they were much older. We listened to tons of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone and all the Motown stuff. And of course as a kid, the thing that i was attracted to because the singer was only three or four years older than me was this band called The Jackson 5. You know there’s been some sadness lately about that, but it feels like we lost him a long time ago actually.” That led into Neil Young’s “The Needle and The Damage Done,” for the first time ever in the US. The first notes of MJ’s hit “Ben” follow, the theme song to the 1972 horror film of the same name, about a killer rat before the band launches into “Rats”. Introducing “Supersonic”, Ed says, “This is for the nice young lady here who wants to hear more new stuff. I bet we’ll fuck it up.” This is its second live performance ever, first time in the US. Jeff and Stone trade instruments for “Smile”, and Ed tells how the song was written by Jeff and Dennis Flemion of the Frogs (who played with PJ in Chicago previously). Dennis, who is at the gig tonight, wrote the lyrics in Ed’s notebook and Ed stole ‘em. After “Rearviewmirror”, Ed says, “You did great. We did OK?” The crowd roars back. “If we knew all your names we’d thank you individually. Thanks for letting us be just a small part of your summer.” McCready says goodbye by tagging “The Star Spangled Banner” onto the end of “Yellow Ledbetter”.

Updated March 30, 2010

08/24/09: United Center, Chicago, IL
opening act: Bad Religion
set: Hard to Imagine, Corduroy, In My Tree, Last Exit, All Night, Nothingman, The Fixer, Even Flow, Present Tense, Whipping, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Daughter/(ABitWpII), Brother, Gone
Got Some, Do The Evolution, Alive
first encore: No More, Comatose, Grievance, Black, The Real Me, Porch
second encore: Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Crazy Mary, State of Love and Trust, Fuckin´ Up, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: On the second of two nights in Chicago, the band continued playing with high spirits, and Ed and was very talkative on this night. As the band takes the stage to Philip Glass intro music, Ed starts out the show announcing “Here we are once again, good evening. Yeah!” and the band eases into a rare opener of “Hard To Imagine”. During the Corduroy intro, Ed yells “Is Anybody Out there???”, and as “Last Exit” begins Ed yells “let’s get this fuckin thing going, come on, yeah!” – really trying to get the crowd revved up. During Even Flow, Ed notices a guy wearing a shirt saying “No Even Flow”, and starts a bit of an exchange with him, after the line “I can’t help when I’m happy, look insane.”, he yells “saw you too late, man”, then introduces Mike’s solo, “Once again, Mr. Mike McCready whether you like it or not”. After the song, Ed continues at the guy, “How’s that for Mr. Mike McCready on the right-hand guitar? He has to play that song or else he’ll fucking kill somebody. And I have a nominee, for ah… Mike, next time you don’t play that song, this guy right here, this guy.. he’s wearing a shirt that says “no even flow”, I suggest you kill him first. (rim shot) I know you can take him by yourself, but if you need help, I’ll help. You know the thing is sir, we take requests not orders, you should know better than that.” Then introduces Matt, “And how about this gentlemen behind me, this ain’t no Volkswagan engine, this ain’t no Ford Taurus, this ain’t no Subaru, the goddamn Lambourghini behind us, Mr. Matt Cameron!, vintage.” Ed precedes Present Tense with this introduction, “Alright this is about, ah… living in the moment which is what you’re forced to do up here. We force ourselves to every day, seems to be working.” Ed speaks fondly about Bad Reliion, “I watch them play not only today, but like they’re still 16, makes me feel like 16, it’s a powerful thing this music deal, and ah… we just wanna dedicate this one to them. July 11th was the last time we played with them, July 11th 1995, little joint called Soldier Field, I don’t know if anyone was there. I think we played this one that day too.” into “Not For You” (which “got so croweded, we better make room.”. Ed introduces “Brother” with some analogies about how old it is, “this is older than our oldest song. This song, it certainly can drive, and soon it’ll be able to drink.” During “Do the Evolution” Ed sings “admire my clothes.. (pulling at his boy scout shirt) cub scouts, go cubs!”. Ed talks about disabled war veteran Tomas Young (Body of War documentary) and that Tomas’s younger brothers are in attendance – one who did “2 different tours of duty and he made it back safe and I got to meet him yesterday for the first time, that’s is Mr. Nathan Young. He’s right there, Nathan Young everybody, can we get the lights stand right there, in the white shirt. and then his ah… youngest brother Timmy’s right there too, there’s Timmy. This is the first time Timmy’s ever been to a Pearl Jam gig, I believe. And ah.. if I can get you to sing this song, ah.. sing it with me, then maybe we can make sure that Timmy will never have to do, be asked to do what ah… his brothers signed up to do. ah… this is one called “No More”, and … when a soldier asks you to play this song, you play the fuckin song.” Then he starts the opening chords, and says, “Sorry Timmy, I didn’t mean to say ‘fuck’, sorry.” During “Comatose”, Ed changes up the lyrics with an anti-war message, “We’ll break the law, if it’s illegal, to not go to war”. After “Grievence”, Ed makes another Young family introduction, “You know I just realised one thing too, ah.. Thomas and Nathan, and Timmy who I introduced before, their mom Kathy’s here too, that’s a big, big deal. Ah, I think she’s over here, sorry Kathy, was thinking about you.” Ed dedicates “The Real Me” to … himself! “I’d like to dedicate this next one to me, when I was 14 years old.” Ed speaks fondly of Chicago during the 2nd encore break, “As beautiful as it looks, watching a day game, on television at Wrigley Field, there’s just nothing like being in the bleachers, but of all the times I wished I could of been in Chicago was recently that beautiful, beautiful night in Grant Park when Barrack Obama took that stage in front of those flags, holding our kids on our laps, and shedding a tear, Chicago looked so fucking beautiful. It’s like a dream come true, but I’m too based in reality to have dreams like this, so it’s beyond the beyond, really. Ed addresses the city of Chicago once again, “All right we’re here on hallowed ground, our last song, you got Phil Jackson’s flag right up there, we had many good, great, beautiful nights here with Phil, all the flags up behind us, Michael, Scottie, amazing shit happened in this room and ah. probably our best friend of all, we’re gonna dedicate this one to him, he couldn’t be here tonight, but this one’s for ah.. #91″, and they appropriately play “Fuckin’ Up” for Dennis Rodman, before closing the stand with “Yellow Ledbetter” and “Goodnight, goodbye, be safe, have a nice summer, cheers”.

Updated April 1, 2010

08/28/09: Outside Lands Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
set: Why Go, Animal, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Low Light, The Fixer, In My Tree, Elderly Woman…, Even Flow, Got Some, I Am Mine, Given To Fly, MFC, Down, Black, Save You, Do The Evolution, Go
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Daughter, The Real Me, Crazy Mary, Alive
second encore: Throw Your Hatred Down, Rockin´ In The Free World
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam headlined the first night of the 2nd Outside Lands Festival. A beautiful day in San Francisco with the sun starting to go down over the field as Pearl Jam takes stage. Ed says “Let’s get it on…” and the band rips right into “Why Go”, crowd is loudly singing along and they take the “fuck” lyric as Ed steps back and as they go into chorus Ed says “you got some??” and the crowd sings the rest of the chorus. Ed’s voice is slightly ragged as he addresses the festival crowd…”Alright, good evening everybody, everybody good out there? Safe and sound? All that kinda stuff? Looking after your neighbor, all that good stuff? You all got that under control…there’s a hell of a lot of you out there, it looks that way from here, so uh, most important just keep track of each other and make sure nobody goes down, ok? Thank you very much, it looks like you’re doing great…I’ve also been asked to tell you, don’t take the brown acid” (Woodstock reference) and as the song starts says, “but the mushrooms are fine” as the band goes into “Corduroy”. After the song there as a slight pause as the band changes the setlist. Mike sounds as if he’s going to play “Brain of J” as Ed says “Thank you very much, we’re gonna switch up Mikey, did you get that?…we were gonna play this one a little later but we’re gonna catch it now because the light is right…I’m a little pissed off that my throat ain’t what it always is so I will take any help that you offer…”and the band goes into “Low Light” as a beautiful sunset washes over the Polo Field. “Alright, fix me” is the intro to “The Fixer”. “Here’s a number that was written just north of here, in a tiny little room with no window, no not Seattle, not that far north,… apparently Stone heard it and thought it was worth keeping…”, which is the intro to “Small Town”. After “Even Flow” Ed introduces Mike, and a “Mike” chant breaks out. “I don’t know what the fuck he’s gonna do for the next 3 weeks off without being able to do that…” Lyric change in “MFC” “there’s a lot to be said for right here”. “Black” features a sing-along with the crowd helping Ed before Mike goes into the solo. Ed thanks “Built to Spill and all the other bands that were on this stage today”… and the set closes with “Go”. As the band takes stage for the encore Boom plays “Wasted Reprise” as Ed says “I don’t know why but for some fuckin’ reason, this brought memories back of 15 years ago, one of the harder days I remember…luckily we had a guy n called uncle Neil Young to come help us out…and I just want to thank him publicly again for putting himself in harms way…” referring to the ’95 Polo Field show. “ He also thanks the Bridge School and mentions many of the students and people they have met over the years. Ed thanks the crowd again as they sing the first verse of “Better Man.” And says “you got the job” as he starts singing. “Daughter” only has a short call and response as a tag. Ed asks for help from the crowd during “Crazy Mary” as his voice can’t quite get the high notes. Ed sings “I’m barely alive…” before Mike’s solo in “Alive”. “It looks like Amsterdam, it smells like Amsterdam, good on you San Francisco.” Ed says after leading the crowd in a quick call and response before the second encore. Second encore is a tribute to Neil Young featuring the rarely played “Throw Your Hatred Down” followed by “RITFW”. Lyric change to “there’s a thousand points of light for the American, there’s a kinder, gentler president…”.Ed closes the show by saying “Have a great summer, take all the credit, you guys were great.” There were fireworks after the set to close out the first day of the festival.

North America Leg 2

Added September 22, 2009

09/21/09: Key Arena, Seattle, WA
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Gonna See My Friend, Got Some, Hail, Hail, Amongst The Waves, Daughter, Even Flow, Johnny Guitar, Unthought Known, World Wide Suicide, Elderly Woman…, Off He Goes, Down, Save You, The Fixer, Life Wasted
first encore: Just Breathe, The End, Inside Job, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Given To Fly, Do The Evolution, Better Man, The Real Me, Indifference, Alive
TFT Notes: The first of two shows in the band’s hometown of Seattle occurs the day following the release of their ninth album Backspacer. “Gonna See My Friend”, “Amongst the Waves”, “Johnny Guitar” and “Unthought Known” (full band), and “Just Breathe” make their live debut. The stage setup includes new backdrops and Ed is very chatty throughout the entire show  (see here and here).  The beginning of the show is full of energy with “Corduroy”, “Gonna See My Friend”, “Got Some” and “Hail, Hail” all in top form.  After “Hail, Hail” Ed addresses the crowd: “It’s kind of the beginning of this whole tour and we’re trying to get this rocket ship off the ground here.  I see some friends and I think I see a couple of neighbors.  I don’t see any enemies though, not yet.  It’s good.  We’re a bit nervous not really about our playing but you know this is a bit of a different look and we’re worried that we … something might go wrong with the inflatable space needle.  But uh…we could always just tear the roof off of this fucking place and see the real one.  (About Backspacer) We don’t really care about what’s said in the press but a few people have been spreading the word that this is about surfing and it’s not. In fact it’s like one of two that isn’t…it’s called Amongst the Waves”. After “Amongst the Waves” Ed says  “It’s nice to finally be playing these songs for the first time.  We’ve played this one once before” leading into “Daughter” (which does not include a tag).  “Johnny Guitar” and “Unthought Known” blend in seamlessly with older material and afterwards Ed quips “We weren’t going to bring up anything up politically because we have these positive songs and all that but there’s something that … our president Obama right now he’s got a lot to deal with and he’s got an economy, continued strife in the middle east, he’s got this health care debate that will go on forever unless somebody takes the risk and does the right thing and there’s a lot on his plate.  But you know there was something that he said recently that the band as a whole we wanted to show our support for him and it’s something that we’ve had experience with and we’re gonna stand behind him on … We too think Kanye West is a jackass.” After “Elderly Woman” Ed notices a boy on his father’s shoulders about eight rows back, center stage.  “Hey will you do me a favor, there’s a kid he looks like he’s 6 or 7 years old will you give this guitar pick to him?  Just pass it….don’t steal from children!  He looks about 6 or 7 I think this is about his 14th show.  How many?  I’m gonna sing this one for some of my friends” leading into “Off He Goes”.  When “Save You” ends Ed says: “You know one of the things I did yesterday? I went down to Target and bought me a record – vinyl – it was this big (holds out hands). First time I ever saw a vinyl record in that store. Now if we can just get them to sell record players, it’s gonna be great.” At the beginning of the second set a group of people with string instruments join the stage.  Ed says:  “I heard you recognize Mr. Boom Gasper there.  I’m taking it that you’ve got some time for a few more there, yeah? I figure these gigs are like summer we should try to extend them as long as we can. You know there’s something really, you’ve probably seen it before – there’s something really special when you see a couple on stage playing music together. I think back to seeing Johnny cash and June Carter, and they look into each other’s eye. Or Kim and Thurston from Sonic Youth up there playing together. We have that happenin’ here tonight because we’ve got these strings that I think we’re only doing here in Seattle because we ‘know some people’ and that’s Chris, Natalie and Trevor over there.  The last woman I’ll introduce here Matt Cameron and she met back in 1984 and they’ve been together all this time. That’s Matt Cameron over there and Ms. April Cameron on the viola. So we’re gonna try this one for the first time.” Leading into “Just Breathe” and “The End”. After Inside Job Ed jokes: “Mr. Mike Mcready wrote that one (Mike plays Stairway) did you write that one too?  (Mike replies “No no no” laughing) We’ve done some press and one thing about when you read some articles and you learn a few things and I didn’t know when Stone gave Mike McCready a call that he was actually ready to hang up his guitar which is such a terrifying reality to imagine, so thanks Stone for giving Mike a call.  And while we’re at it 18 years later, I want to thank Jeff and Stone for giving me a phone call when they heard about some knucklehead in San Diego. As a matter of fact I’d like to thank Matt Cameron for picking up the phone when we called him! That’s all it took was four phone calls.” The third set begins with four horn players joining the stage with Ed saying: “We’ve got a few local friends that are going to join us.  Raise your hand when you hear your name called: Hans Tuter, Dave Carter, Craig Florey.  I’ve been wanting to play with on stage for years and years. he’s a genius.  Just call him Skerik.  We did this one before in L.A., flew down together, it was a song in celebration for this band called The Who, we did it there and we did it here and we’re saving on airfare” with the group playing “The Real Me”. Ed’s final rant of the evening comes while the band is playing the beginning of “Indifference”.  “There’s a band that played this room years and years and years ago.  I don’t know if any of you were here to see Nirvana play the Key Arena here.  Well, I wanna tell ya I got a phone call the other night from Krist Novaselic of Nirvana and he’s no longer playing rooms like this but he’s got a great life and he’s working incredibly hard to do great things for the state of Washington and for human beings in general.  We admire him a lot and respect him a lot and he asked me to tell everyone tonight about the local election coming up I think in November and he wanted me to tell ya who he thinks we should support and I heard his arguments and I absolutely believe he is right.  See and I told you we weren’t going to talk about politics right?  You know what if it’s something that’s good and could happen for our state if you’ve got a microphone you’ve got to say something I’m sorry.  Actually I’m not sorry, you should do it!  We all do it in our daily lives!  So when this vote comes up he is suggesting that in no way we should vote for someone called Susan Hutchinson and that for sure we should vote for a guy called Guy Constantine just so ya know.  There is trust here.” Great show with the new songs receiving an excellent response.  The band is on fire and all seem to be in good moods and happy to be playing their new material.

Added September 23, 2009

09/22/09: Key Arena, Seattle, WA
set: Sometimes, Why Go, All Night, The Fixer, Dissident, Johnny Guitar, Faithfull, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), No Way, Unthought Known, Unemployable, Comatose, Insignificance, Present Tense, Got Some, Go
first encore: Just Breathe, The End, Black, In My Tree, Spin The Black Circle
second encore: Supersonic, Do The Evolution, The Real Me, Porch, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: “No Way” makes its first appearance since 1998′s Yield tour and only its fourth appearance in the band’s live history. “Supersonic” lyrics are changed to reference the Seattle’s former NBA franchise the Seattle Supersonics. “Just Breathe” and “The End” is accompanied by the Octava String Quartet, including April Cameron. “The Real Me” is accompanied by the Syncopated Taint Horn Quartet. More notes soon…

Added September 28, 2009

09/25/09: GM Place, Vancouver, BC
set: In My Tree, Save You, The Fixer, Severed Hand, Johnny Guitar, Given To Fly, MFC, Even Flow, Amongst The Waves, Sad, Unthought Known, Light Years, Elderly Woman …, Grievance, No Way, Got Some, Rearviewmirror
first encore: I Got Shit, Love, Reign O’er Me, Breath, State Of Love And Trust, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Indifference, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes:

Added September 28, 2009

09/26/09: Clark County Amphitheare, Ridgefield, WA (Portland Area)
set: Gonna See My Friend, Last Exit, Why Go, The Fixer, In Hiding, Johnny Guitar, Green Disease, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Off He Goes, Unthought Known, Daughter, Supersonic, Present Tense, Got Some, Once, Life Wasted
first encore: Golden State, The End, Red Mosquito, Inside Job, Go
second encore: Do The Evolution, Not For You /(Modern Girl), Black, Porch
Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes:

Added September 29, 2009

09/28/09: E Center, Salt Lake City, UT
set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Hail Hail, Severed Hand, The Fixer, Low Light, Marker In The Sand, Even Flow, Unthought Known, Elderly Woman…, Got Some, Given To Fly, Immortality, Satan’s Bed, Amongst The Waves, Do The Evolution, Blood
first encore: Bee Girl, Just Breathe, Red Mosquito, Daughter(Sympathy For The Devil/W.M.A), Supersonic, Spin The Black Circle
second encore: I Believe In Miracles, Crazy Mary, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Although Backspacer tunes have dominated the setlists, Binaural tracks from Pearl Jam’s back catalog have been few and far between. This show saw two Binaural openers “Of the Girl” and “Breakerfall”. From all reports, this was a highly energetic show although the venue was far from sold out. Fans were treated to 2009 premieres such as “Breakerfall”, “Marker in the Sand”, “Satan’s Bed”, and “I Believe in Miracles”. Ed was aware of the band’s 11-year hiatus from playing Utah: “It’s been 11 years since we’ve been here. Time flies when you’re making records. You could go to high school, college, get a job and get fired in 11 years.” “Red Mosquito” is played again with Ben Harper and Ed sitting down (although animated and barely able to stay seated). “Daughter” tags include the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” and “W.M.A” (to be confirmed). A wedding proposal takes place on stage after “Bee Girl” and “Just Breathe” is played for the soon-to-be-married happy couple. During “Crazy Mary”, the “bottle passed around” is a Corona.

Added October 1, 2009

09/30/09: Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, CA
set: Why Go, Animal, World Wide Suicide, Got Some, Tremor Christ, Force Of Nature, Elderly Woman…, Unthought Known, Even Flow, Amongst The Waves, Insignificance, Rats, Present Tense, Big Wave, Down, The Fixer, Porch
first encore: Just Breathe, The End, Red Mosquito, Black, Life Wasted
second encore: State Of Love And Trust, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World
TFT Notes: This show marks the first of a four-show run at the Gibson Amphitheater. “Force of Nature” makes its live debut. “Just Breathe” and “The End” are accompanied by a String Quartet (TFT is confirming which musicians). More notes soon.

Added October 1, 2009

10/01/09: Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, CA
set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Severed Hand, Got Some, Do The Evolution, Dissident, Given To Fly, Johnny Guitar, Amongst The Waves, I Got Shit, Daughter, Jeremy, Unthought Known, Small Town, Driven To Tears, The Fixer, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Just Breathe, The End, Lukin, Red Mosquito, Jazz Odyssey, Better Man/(Save It For Later)
second encore: Gonna See My Friend, I Believe In Miracles (Ramone, Ray), Once, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: “Just Breathe”, “The End” and “Lukin” are played with a string quartet. “Jazz Odyssey” is played by the band as Ben Harper’s equipment is being taken down following “Red Mosquito”.

Added October 5, 2009

10/03/09: Austin City Limits TV Taping, Austin, TX
first set: Walking The Cow, Just Breathe, The End, The Fixer, Johnny Guitar, Amongst The Waves, Unthought Known, Army Reserve, Driven To Tears, Do The Evolution, Got Some
second set: Lukin, Red Mosquito, Inside Job, Better Man, Gonna See My Friend, Porch, Crazy Mary, Star Spangled Banner
TFT Notes: Ed and Jeff came out ahead of the band and played a nice rendition of “Walking The Cow”. Before starting the song, Ed gave acknowledgements to Austin musician, Daniel Johnston (wrote “Walking The Cow”, and performed on Day 1 of the festival). He jokingly mentioned that the ACL camera crew might be a bit upset because by adding this song they were already changing the set list. A string trio accompanied the band for the first two songs. Before starting “Just Breathe”, Ed seemed very nervous, wiping his palms on his pants and restarting the song a couple of times… in between restarts asking the crowd, “Does it sound good to you?” He had his eyes closed for the most of the song. The camera crew does a fabulous job at ACL; that said however, the cameras get very close to the musicians at times and perhaps Ed’s proximity to the cameras and the history of the venue accentuated his initial nervousness. After “Just breathe” and “The End”, the strings left and the rest of the band came to the forefront, Ed seemed to relax at this point and they launched into “The Fixer”. Before a fantastic version of “Johnny Guitar”, Ed introduced the band and told the audience about the inspiration for the song. Ed was very chatty and interweaved several jokes into the “Johnny Guitar” story… he related the spandex-clad women Johnny would hang around to Mike’s spandex wearing days in his band Shadow. The difference being that Mike was soooo skinny that the spandex he wore were loose and baggy. The gritty and energized version of “Do The Evolution” seemed to really get the crowd excited. After a break in the set, Ed came back out and reintroduced what he called “real musicians” (the string trio). “Lukin” was played acoustically and with the trio. Ben Harper joined the band for “Red Mosquito”. Ed mentioned that they felt honored to be on the same stage as Ben, as it was Ben’s fourth time to play ACL. Ed went on to praise Ben by adding that he was only 20 his first time playing ACL (with Taj Mahal). Inside job was introduced as a song written my Mike McCready… “music and words”. “Crazy Mary” didn’t appear on the set list but was played. Perhaps it was added for Boom, as Ed told a story about Boom and his father watching ACL long ago, and how Boom couldn’t believe he was playing ACL. Ed joked often with the crowd and the Iraqi war vets quite a bit. The performance closed with an especially rockin’ version of “Porch”. Ed started the song on guitar (slow version style). After “Porch”, Mike stayed on stage and gifted the audience with the “Star Spangled Banner”. The band really seemed to be enjoying the evening and gave thanks to the audience and the venue staff. Notables in the audience. Lance Armstrong, Meg Ryan, Luke Wilson.

Added October 5, 2009

10/04/09: Austin City Limits Music Fest, Austin, TX
set: Why Go, (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Got Some, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Elderly Woman…, Given To Fly, World Wide Suicide, Even Flow, Unthought Known, Daughter/(WMA), Hail Hail, Insignificance, Present Tense, State Of Love And Trust, The Fixer, Go
encore: Jazz Odyssey, Red Mosquito, Do The Evolution, The Real Me, Alive, Mountain Song, Rockin’ In The Free World
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam play the Austin City Limits Music Fest for the first time. Ed joined Kings of Leon the previous night during KoL’s headlining set for “Slow Night, So Long”. Ben Harper joins PJ for “Red Mosquito”. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell joins Pearl Jam for a terrific version of the classic “Mountain Song”.

Added October 8, 2009

10/06/09: Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, CA
set: Sometimes, Breakerfall, (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Save You, Elderly Woman…, Got Some, Unthought Known, Faithfull, Even Flow, Unemployable, Daughter, Johnny Guitar, Given To Fly, Off He Goes, Comatose, The Fixer, Do The Evolution
first encore: Just Breathe, The End, Lukin, Red Mosquito, Jazz Odyssey, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Once, Footsteps, Hunger Strike, Alive
TFT Notes: A string quartet accompanies the band for “Just Breathe”, “The End” and “Lukin”(!). Chris Cornell joins Pearl Jam for “Hunger Strike”, revisiting the California magic of their previous performance in 2003. To make the Seattle reunion complete, Mike McCready shed his guitar during the “Alive” solo and handed it off to Jerry Cantrell, as the band rocked an extended version of the song to round out the show. More notes to come.
TFT Kathy’s Pictures

Added October 8, 2009

10/07/09: Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, CA
set: Long Road, Animal, Hail Hail, Gonna See My Friend, Got Some, Alone, Nothingman, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Untitled, Unthought Known, All Those Yesterdays, Why Go, Wishlist, Present Tense, Force Of Nature, The Fixer, Spin The Black Circle, Porch
first encore: Just Breathe, The End, Lukin, Red Mosquito, Jazz Odyssey, Love, Reign O’er Me, Blood/(Atomic Dog)
second encore: State Of Love And Trust, Crown Of Thorns, Kick Out The Jams, Alive, Indifference
TFT Notes: After the warmly familiar “Animal” and “Hail, Hail” (lyric change: “I can only be as good as you let me – so why don’t you fuckin’ let me?”), Ed said “we have a setlist but…” we’re only gonna fuck with it… he spoke to the “head of this whole deal”, one of the higher-ups at Universal said you can “tear that place down on the last night…feel free”. Ed told us it felt less like an option and more like a responsibility. He told us the setlist was “requests”, however TFT Kathy later learned that the setlist was written by actor and big fan Patrick Warburton (“The Tick”, “Seinfeld” (Puddy) and currently “Rules of Engagement”), who was taking his son to his first Pearl Jam show. Only requests not played: “Black” and “Yellow Ledbetter”. What can we say but “well done Mr. Warburton“! Ed told us before “Amongst The Waves” that Jeff encouraged him to watch the movie about some activists trying to prevent the slaughter of dolphins in Japan called “The Cove“, and Ed watched it that morning. It showed “human beings at their absolute worst” and he thought he “couldn’t wait to get to the show and see us being better than that”. He dedicated “Amongst The Waves” to the dolphins. Ed said they were “going off script” before the seldom-played “Force of Nature”. Before “Just Breathe” Ed spoke about how the “music evolves from different places” and song he wrote for “Into The Wild” “helped me get to this”, and the man who wrote the book that launched the movie, Jon Krakauer was in the house tonight. Ed told us this was a “Pearl Jam Book Club moment”, because although Jon would never ask for it, Ed highly recommended we read his latest, about the life and times of NFL football player turned solder Pat Tillmand called “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman” which just came out. After “The End”, Ed said “this song was brought in acoustic”, and Brendan O’Brien “took it and made it better”, and he was here tonight or “at least he was here.” Pre-”Lukin”, he called the next song accompanied with strings “who knew this was a classical song?” and “Beethoven’s 60th”. Ed claimed they were originally aiming for “fucked-up-ed-ness” but it became something else, a “one minute opus”. The String Quartet stayed onstage – but did not play – during “Red Mosquito” (with Ben Harper), and was hanging around to join the band in turning “Jazz Odyssey” into “Classical Jazz Odyssey”. Ed introduced Jerry Cantrell, who joined the band for the MC5 cover “Kick Out The Jams” as his “first roommate in Seattle” in the basement. Being L.A., the stars were out: Sean Penn, Hopper Penn, Sasha Baron Cohen, Catherine Keener, Jason Thompson (General Hospital), Nancy Wilson, Tom Morello, Darryl Hannah.

Added October 20, 2009

10/09/09: San Diego State University, Viejas Arena, San Diego, California
set: Last Exit, Corduroy, Severed Hand, Brain Of J., Elderly Woman …, Amongst The Waves, Johnny Guitar, Even Flow, Unthought Known, Parachutes, Daughter/ (Blitzkrieg Bop), I Got Id, You Are, Force of Nature, Got Some, Do The Evolution, Rearviewmirror
first encore: The End, Red Mosquito, Happy Birthday to LuLu, Given To Fly, Last Kiss, The Fixer, Life Wasted
second encore: Why Go, Black, Better Man/ (Save it for Later), Little Wing, So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter/ (The Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: During Ben Harper’s set, Ed joined for Queen’s “Under Pressure”. Ed gets the crowd going by saying “it’s Friday night, in San Diego, and we have a shitload of guitars and amps, so lets blow the f*cking roof off this place” “Black” had an extended ending with a group clap by the fans, and the “doo doo doo doo” fading out. “Happy Birthday” to LuLu Wismar who is the daughter of former PJ crew member Keith Wismar (remember “Keith, put up the house lights”, now working with Ben Harper). Ed recalls a story of a time when he held her when she was very young, and she gets to blow out the candles of her cake onstage. Matt and Ed – who both lived in the San Diego area at different points in their lives – pay homage to their music teachers by dedicating songs to them. Later, “Little Wing” is peformed with the help of Matt’s drum teacher – San Diego Symphony percussionist Jon Szanto – and Ed’s guitar teacher – Bud Whitcomb. To quote a fan: “The numerous stories that were shared by Eddie made the show more personal. The setlist was great, but instead of just a concert, it felt more like a shared experience.”

Added October 28, 2009

10/27/09: Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
set: Corduroy, Whipping, Hail Hail, Supersonic, Dissident, Unthought Known, Faithfull, Parachutes, Unemployable, Immortality, Green Disease, Not For You/(Modern Girl tag), Rival, Nothingman, Ghost, Do the Evolution, Why Go
first encore: Bee Girl, Just Breathe, The End, All Those Yesterdays, State of Love and Trust, Mankind, The Fixer, Go
second encore: Daughter, Love Reign O’er Me, Black, Leash, Rearviewmirror, Rockin in the Free World
TFT Notes:

Updated April 8, 2010

10/28/09: Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
set: Animal, All NIght, World Wide Suicide, Elderly Woman…, I Am Mine, Johnny Guitar, Nothing As It Seems, Gone, Evacuation, Even Flow, Come Back (stopped), No Way, 1/2 Full, Down, Wishlist, Grievance, Given to Fly, The Fixer, Save You
first encore: Just Breathe, Lukin, Speed of Sound, Push Me Pull Me, Garden, Blood
second encore: Last Kiss, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save It For Later), The Real Me, Porch, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)
TFT Notes: Welcome to night 2 of the band’s historic four-night run to close the Spectrum. It also happens to coincide with the first game of the 2009 World Series between the hometown Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees. The combination of these two huge events created a palpable sense of excitement in the air. The band takes advantage of that by coming to the stage again with their “Rocky” intro before ripping through the first few songs, including an unusual opener, “Animal”. After “World Wide Suicide”, Ed greets the crowd with a “Good evening, Philadelphia! Nice to have you here on the Spectrum countdown as we try to end this thing in fashion.” It doesn’t take long for Ed to mention the baseball game and introduce the Philly crowd to “the score card lady”! The crowd erupts at the sight of Vegas-dressed woman prancing across the stage with a scorecard of the game, in this case, an early lead for the Phillies. Some really random songs make an appearance during the main set, including “Evacuation”, a messed-up and quickly-stopped “Come Back” and a rare appearance by “No Way” which sounds amazing and as if the band had been playing it for years! McCready is the hero of the first set, first with his transcendent lead work on “NAIS” and then he just absolutely shreds “1/2 Full” with Ed barking and howling the lyrics with even more intensity than usual. Mike Ness (Social Distortion) joins the band for “Down”, trading verses with Ed. Chants of “RRAAAUUULL” erupt before “Wishlist” in honor of the band’s friend (and Phillies player) Raul Ibanez. Ed changes one of the lines in “Wishlist” to “I wish I was a sailor with someone who waited for me…I was I was the one who beat the Yankees!” Other Phillies dedications includes “Given to Fly” (for Shane Victorino) and first set closer “Save You” for Phillies relief pitcher, Brad Lidge. The string quartet joined Ed for a beautiful, breezy version of “Just Breathe” before Ed challenged the musicians to “try to follow me on this one, fuckers!” leading to “Lukin”. “Speed of Sound” makes its debut and goes well, after only one false start! The crowd reaction to “Push Me, Pull Me” is surprisingly loud given that the song hasn’t been played live in its entirety since September 19, 1998! At the start of the second encore, Ed talks about the history of the Spectrum, about Dr. J “playing on this floor, showing us what it was to rise, bring yourself up to another level”. Lots of love for the city of Philadelphia tonight, obviously. Crowd carries entire first verse/chorus of “Betterman” leading Ed to remark, “That was fucking beautiful!” Before a brief “Save it for Later” tag, Ed again talks about the upcoming demolition: “They’re gonna take a wrecking ball to this fucking place…I say, Let’s start the destruction! Let’s raise the roof on this place! They’ll be thankful.” Ed seems really into “The Real Me”, saying that The Who had played it here in 1973. Before “Ledbetter”, Ed gets in one more reference to the baseball game, telling the roaring crowd, “Good luck tomorrow,…kick their fucking asses! (meaning the Yankees)”. McCready’s “Ledbetter” solo includes a snippet of “Little Wing”. Overall, the show is quick and powerful. A setlist that looks odd on paper translated into a great night in Philadelphia, with the rare songs sounding like nightly standards. Great crowd, great energy. After one day off, the band will be back for two more magical nights to close down the Spectrum.

Added October 31, 2009

10/30/09: Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
set: Gonna See My Friend, The Fixer, In My Tree, Given To Fly, Tremor Christ, Untitled/ MFC, Hold On, Unthought Known, In Hiding, Deep, Habit, Cropduster, Off He Goes, Force Of Nature, Present Tense, Got Some, Do The Evolution
first encore: Just Breathe w/string quartet, Parting Ways w/string quartet, Jeremy w/string quartet, Breath, Light Years, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Whipping, Crazy Mary, Footsteps, Once, Alive, Sonic Reducer, Baba O’Riley
TFT Notes: Coming soon…
TFT Review

Added November 1, 2009

10/31/09: Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
set: Why Go, Last Exit, Corduroy, Severed Hand, The Fixer, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, You Are, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Pilate, Unthought Known, Daughter/(ABitWp2), Johnny Guitar, Rats, I’m Open, I Got Shit, Glorified G, Out Of My Mind, Black, Insignificance, Life Wasted
first encore: Just Breathe, The End, Low Light, Speed Of Sound, Jeremy, Inside Job, Bugs, Spin The Black Circle, Porch
second encore: Whip It, Got Some, Crown Of Thorns, Satan’s Bed, Sweet Lew, Do the Evolution, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Smile, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/Star Spangled Banner
TFT Notes: Coming soon…

Australia / New Zealand Leg 3

Added November 14, 2009

11/14/09: Member Equity Stadium, Perth, Australia
opening acts: Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Liam Finn
set: Breakerfall, Why Go, Corduroy, Gonna See My Friend, Small Town, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Pilate, Unthought Known, Daughter/(W.M.A.), Big Wave, Force of Nature, I Am Mine, Grievance, Garden, The Fixer, Save You
first encore: Just Breathe, Red Mosquito, Love Reign O’er Me, Whipping, Got Some, Do The Evolution
second encore: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Given to Fly, Betterman/(Save It For Later), Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Notes soon…

Added November 18, 2009

11/17/09: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
opening acts: Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Liam Finn
set: Release, Why Go, Gonna See My Friend, Brain Of J, In My Tree, Severed Hand, Faithfull, Got Some, Even Flow, Johnny Guitar, Amongst The Waves, I Got ID, Small Town, No Way, Unthought Known, Lukin, Blood
first encore: Just Breathe, Red Mosquito, Indifference, State Of Love And Trust, The Real Me, The Fixer, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Smile, Life Wasted, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: Returning to Adelaide to play for the 6th time, the band put on a very tight, energetic show with plenty of song requests and quite a few surprises in the set. After opening with a strong version of “Release” and a “How you doin’?” from Ed, the band explode into a great trio of songs; an energetic “Why Go”, a very tight “Gonna See My Friend” – with Matt absolutely owning the kit -  and a fiery “Brain of J”, with some great guitar work from Mike & Stone. Ed praises the karma of the crowd for the good weather and describes the venue as “The most beautiful Oval we’ve ever played!” “In My Tree” is dedicated “to the birds” and sounds great, played in its original form. One of only two songs from Avocado played tonight, “Severed Hand” is dedicated to Nick Cave with Ed correcting a newspaper’s reference to something he said in Perth, claiming that Nick is “One of the greatest writers on the planet of our time”. The first crowd check of the night comes from Ed as “Faithfull” starts up, a great some to hear live which as tonight confirms, showcases Jeff’s exemplary bass work.  During the outro Ed calls out a guy in the crowd with “Hey, behave yourself down here, I got my eye on you asshole. Behave yourself.”, leading to the now infamous “Asshole Speech”:

“Uh, just one second, one second here. Can you give us some light here? Uh, you know in uh….yeah….well…you can make some noise and let me know if I’m correct in the assumption that most people here are getting along this evening, it’s all…you’re giving each other space and you’re looking out for your neighbour, yeah? Uh, y’know, we had a, we had a night to remember in Perth, everyone seemed to get along but then we found out after there was a few fights and a few disruptions here and there…uh…we can leave that shit in WA, right? We don’t need that here tonite, and I see you, you’re excited and I called you an asshole a minute ago…I’m not going to apologise becase I might be right, but I will tell you you’re about 2 feet taller than the 3 young women in front of you, so watch your fucking elbows bruda’ and ain’t no man gonna get no sympathy for bruising young women right in front of them, you saw what happened to Kanye right? You don’t wanna get fuckin’ Kanye’d. Are we showing him on the screen? Let’s show everybody the potential asshole that you might see on the train later on if you don’t mind your business (crowd boos) cos we got a long night ahead of us and we don’t wanna play fuckin’ slow songs all night just to keep the peace, so maintain yourselves please, thank you very much.”

As if to prove that slow songs are far from the band’s collective mind, another great trio of rockin’ songs follows; “Got Some”, “Even Flow” (with Mike absolutely going off on an extended jam leading Ed to ask “Is that a fuckin’ guitar player or what?!” to which we of course all know the answer), and “Johnny Guitar”, yet another super-tight song. Ed introduces “Amongst The Waves” nicely, mentioning how they all got in the water that day and it was beautiful. Then he completely fucks up the lyrics of the first two lines, reprimanding himself with an “Aww fuck”, followed closely by a “Fuck me, man!”. After another semi-rarity -  “I Got ID” -  Ed apologises with “Sorry I fucked up the lyrics, at least you know there’s no lip synching going on…although I’m dying to try it someday”. Having its 7th public play ever and its first ever in Oz, “No Way” is dedicated to “Julie” who Ed met in the pool hall the night before, although it’s not the song she asked them to play! The “Lukin”->”Blood” coupling brings the first set to a rapid close. Opening the second set, “Just Breathe” is dedicated to author Tim Winton, after which Ben Harper brings his slide talents to the band for “Red Mosquito” and lends vocal help on “Indifference”, before the band explode into a speedy version of “State of Love and Trust”. Another pool hall request is granted with “The Real Me”, which is yet another tight version. Before launching into “The Fixer”, Ed speaks about Mel Leckie, an athelete and Uni student from Adelaide and that the band received a letter that night about Mel’s fundraising to train and compete in the paralympic games in London and mentions that the band are donating a few grand to help her cause, raising a big cheer from the crowd. An eight-minute version of “Rearviewmirror” brings the first encore to a close, with some nice interplay in the extended jam. Another rarity “Smile” opens the second encore, with “Life Wasted” and “Alive” bringing the show to its familiar closer of “Yellow Ledbetter”. Overall a great show with some less frequently played songs putting in an appearance from No Code and Yield, yet no songs at all from Vitalogy, Binaural or Riot Act!

Added November 24, 2009

11/20/09: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
opening acts: Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Liam Finn
set: Elderly Woman…, Corduroy, Animal, Got Some, Brother, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Oceans, Lukin, Green Disease, Force of Nature, Present Tense, Gonne See My Friend, Given To Fly, Daughter/(ABitWpII), Glorified G, The Fixer, Do the Evolution,
first encore: The Needle And The Damage Done, Just Breathe, Red Mosquito, Indifference, Jeremy, Deep, Why Go, Porch
second encore: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Black, Spin The Black Circle, Alive, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter / AC/DC Medley
TFT Notes: Notes soon…

Added November 24, 2009

11/22/09: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia
opening acts: Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Liam Finn
set: Why Go, Hail Hail, (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Severed Hand, Small Town, The Fixer, Given To Fly, Dissident, Even Flow, Untitled->MFC, Unthought Known, Down, Garden, Whipping, Mankind, Got Some, Do The Evolution
first encore: Happy Birthday, Red Mosquito, Indifference , State of Love and Trust, Light Years, Last Exit, Porch
second encore: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Crazy Mary, Rockin’ In The Free World
TFT Notes: Notes soon…

Updated March 1, 2010

11/25/09: QSAC Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
opening acts: Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Liam Finn
set: Why Go, Animal, Got Some, Small Town, In Hiding, In My Tree, Save You, Even Flow, Amongst The Waves, Off He Goes, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Daughter/(Another Brick In the Wall)/(School’s Out), Rats, Unthought Known, Insignificance, If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It), Blood
first encore: The End, Just Breathe, Red Mosquito, Indifference, Gonna See My Friend, The Fixer, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Jeremy, Alive, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: With a quick “good evening” from Eddie and Matt Cameron beating out the opening drum beat to “Why Go”, the band started intense out of the gate. McCready is scorching on the solo and the crowd cheers their appreciation. After a solid “Animal”, which included a short crowd singalong, the band tore through “Got Some” marking the first of seven tracks from the Backspacer album to be performed tonight. Ed jokes “this would be their last show on this big beautiful green island surrounded by blue so lets vibrate this whole building by playing a slow song” followed by a reminder to the crowd of 35,000 strong to “take care of their neighbour” leading into “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter of a Small Town”. During “In Hiding” Ed changes the lyrics to “I was high as hell” and “In My Tree” is done in the original Jack Irons style. Ed asks “How’s the weather?” before the bands rips into “Even Flow” featuring some behind the neck guitar work from McCready. Ed mentions that “Mike has been surfing every day” and that he got a new tattoo that day. “Amongst the Waves” is introduced as “part love song, part surf song” Ed mentions his appreciation for the same faces down front from show to show and says they’re gonna take requests and leads into “Off He Goes” followed by “Not for you” during which mentions he had never heard the word “schoolie” before and that on the news they talk about them like they are “thieves and rapists and convicts”. Ed thinks they are “just some young men and woman who got through school and just want to have it and feel freedom for a few weeks.” Sleater Kinney’s “Modern Girl” is tagged at the end of “Not For You” which leads into “Daughter” which featured tags from “School’s Out” and “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2″. “Unthought Known” starts with Ed mentioning how he saw the sunrise that morning and he nails the throat-stretching “gems and rhinestones” lyric. “Insignificance” is followed by an cover “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” by Australia’s own AC/DC, introduced as “an experiment” by Eddie and leads into “Blood” as the closing track for the main set. Ed is very talkative tonight and mentions that he was going to invite a young man on stage to squeeze his testicles at the right times during the AC/DC cover. “The End” is played as Ed says “this next one has never been played on this continent before” and is paired, as per usual on this tour, with “Just Breathe”. “Red Mosquito” is accompanied by Ben Harper on the steel pedal guitar who sticks around to accompany Ed on vocals for “Indifference” The 1st encore picks up steam quickly with a solid “Gonna See My Friend” and “The Fixer” combo followed by encore closer “Rearviewmirror” which featured some excellent jamming between Ament, Gossard and McCready. Coming out for the 2nd encore Ed introduces Boom to the crowd saying “we bring him around so you can see what a big, Hawaiian, motherfucker looks like” and then brings out Liam Finn to help perform “Throw Your Arms Around Me”. An excellent “Jeremy” is followed by more Ed talk where he mentions that Fox News is “spewing bullshit non-stop” and that “for them it’s entertainment and I don’t even think they believe in what they are saying”. A textbook version of “Alive” leads into “Baba O’Riley”. Mike then starts into “Yellow Ledbetter”. Ed changes “make me cry” to “make like the oceans” and Mike takes over ending the song and show in style.

Added November 27, 2009

11/27/09: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ
opening acts: Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Liam Finn
set: Daughter, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Faithfull, Got Some, Hold On, Even Flow, Johnny Guitar, Elderly Woman…, Unemployable, Unthought Known, Black, Given To Fly, Grievance, Amongst The Waves, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save It For Later)
first encore: Just Breathe, Red Mosquito, Love, Reign O’re Me, Do The Evolution, Why Go, Porch
second encore: Not Given Lightly, The Fixer, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: “Not Given Lightly” – a 1990 song from New Zealand artist Chris Knox – was performed with Liam and Neil Finn. Notes soon…

Added November 30, 2009

11/29/09: AMI Stadium, Christchurch, NZ
opening acts: Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Liam Finn
set: Given To Fly, Got Some, Animal, Once, Unthought Known, Tremor Christ, Small Town, Worldwide Suicide, In My Tree, Marker in the Sand, Even Flow, Force of Nature, I Got Shit, Life Wasted, Garden, Do The Evolution, Go
first encore: The End, Happy Birthday Matt Cameron, Red Mosquito, Indifference, State of Love and Trust, The Fixer
second encore: Jeremy, Better Man, The Real Me, Better Be Home Soon, I Got You, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes:  The last show of the 2009 tour has an unusual opener in “Given to Fly”, Ed pauses to let the crowd sing “fuckers” in the second verse. Everyone is locked in and the band rips through the next couple, Ed only pausing to let the crowd sing the chorus in “Animal”, saying “it’s all you.” After “Once” Ed addresses the crowd, “Well good evening it looks like we have quite a gathering here tonight…Welcome to, not only our last gig in the Southern hemisphere but, our last gig on this tour on this last record. Certainly ah, not our last tour as a band but ah the last shows for quite some time, so uh, thanks for being a part of it…uh and for coming back and supporting us after all those years, because, uh, it’s been a while I believe. The one thing that marks the time since we’ve been back was uh, Matt Cameron on the drums joined us in 1998 and we’ve never played here with him before so…and also on the keyboards, Mr. Boom Gasper, his first time in Christchurch, NZ. And when we pulled in today it felt uh, it felt quite cold, almost bitter, but uh it feels like it’s heating up and I know body heat is a natural resource so hopefully it’s working for you, feels a bit cozier now, I think… another natural resource is love and respect please watch after your neighbors tonight, if you find any problems, ya know, look for the nearest security guy, but uh, you’re their lifeline to hope… so if somebody goes down, just make sure to get right on top of it, we’ll stop the show whatever, we’ll start it again, no problems, we ain’t got a curfew, we’ll keep playing, that all make sense? I read today that there’s 384,000 people in Christchurch and it looks like you all made it so thanks very much. ” “Tremor Christ” makes its 3rd appearance on this tour with the intro “This song is called Tremor Christ-church “. He also notes someone in the crowd saying “I’m watching you” and changes the last line of the song to, “puts his faith in love and Tremor Christ-church”. After “World Wide Suicide”, Ed again looks out for the GA crowd on the floor and asks for people to try not to push forward into the front, “like these poor folks in front who have nowhere to go except into themselves. So just this little group right here, I got you brothas, I’m watching you. Up and down great, on the side it’s like a big rock and it causes waves and ripples up to the front…The same goes to you guys too, it’s all good right? Thank you for listening.” “I’m not sure what we were thinking when we wrote this next song but the flight down here was so long that I read the bible on the way down, at least the first book of Genesis, and that’s what I think this next song is about…” before “Marker in the Sand” and after says, “I have to admit we’ve played that one better before once or twice, but maybe because we only played it once or twice, this song, I think we know this one…” and they go into “Even Flow”. He intros Mike and says “I think the clouds are trying to cool him off so he wouldn’t burn up his guitar…this next song wasn’t written about Mike McCready but the title applies to him, it’s called “Force of Nature”. “I should tell you I woke up this morning and there was violence on TV, as per usual… but this time it was Parisians getting their French asses kicked by the All Blacks (NZ Rugby team).” Before “Garden”, Ed notes the size of the crowd and says he wants to try his NZ accent at the risk of embarrassing himself but he only knows six words, and tries them out, saying “Liam Finn, Ben Harper, and Eddie Vedder” with a NZ twang. “You’re very, very, very, very, very kind and I don’t say that lightly. We’re getting close to the finish line and we’re not leaving this oval until we win the fuckin’ game, I’ll tell you that. In spirit of this being the last night of the tour, I’ll play this one on my own here, it’s called “The End.” After the song Ed says, “Joining me right here, uh, you know him as a musician he’s also a great father, great husband, great fuckin’ singer, us in this band we get to know him as a great friend, so happy to be on tour with him and his band the Relentless 7, welcome to the stage, Mr. Ben Harper. And before we get into this thing back in America (where it’s the 28th)… it is Matt Cameron’s birthday he’s our longest drummer, not to mention the genius of Soundgarden…” and Ed leads as the crowd sings “Happy birthday” to Matt. Ed notes, “That’s much better than the version we did backstage.” Ben sits in on slide during “Red Mosquito” which includes a long solo. “The first time we played this with Ben was sometime last century…and Ben’s gonna sing it with us, but we invite all of you too, jump in please…” as the band starts “Indifference.” Ben and Ed trade verses, than trade lines on the last verse before harmonizing the outro. The band takes stage for the 2nd encore and Ed address the crowd again, “I gotta tell you uh…you’re just being tremendous champions tonight throughout…it’s something we’ll remember…coming in today, you could see everyone’s faces, all the looks on your faces, handsome bunch of people I gotta say…handsome group of people… like you don’t even need to have 2 or 3 drinks to want to fuck ‘em…Sorry. Glad we didn’t bring the kids tonight…we want to thank you for your support over the years, it means a lot to us, you’re a hearty bunch.” “This is about a kid,” is the intro to “Jeremy” and he says “help me” on the high notes at the end as the crowd sings along. Ed says, “one last time” and sings the first line of “Betterman” and then lets the crowd take it. Ed introduces Neil & Liam Finn to the stage and thanks Liam for being on the road with him the last two years and for coming “on this rock n’ roll field trip.” They join for the Crowded House & Split Enz songs “Better Be Home Soon” and “I Got You” to the delight of the crowd. They thank Pearl Jam as they leave the stage and Liam thanks “Uncle Eddie”. During the breakdown in “RITFW”, Ed says, ” You gotta admit this is kinda fucking beautiful, yeah? It’s all you…” and adds few lyric changes, “we’re all a thousand points of light for the soldier man, let’s bring ‘em home while we can…we got no fuel, no fuel to burn.” Ed thanks all the bands again and the crowd and says we’ll see you next time, one year, two years, not…” and Mike starts “Yellow Ledbetter” to close out the show. “We’re going home, but it felt like home, thanks so much.” Ed names all the bands members and includes himself as “me, myself and I” before thanking the crew and one last goodbye, noting, “drinks on me.”

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