2010

03/13/10: “Saturday Night Live” NBC Studios, New York, NY, USA
set: Just Breathe, Unthought Known
TFT Notes: This is Pearl Jam’s fourth appearance on NBC TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, the others being 1992, 1994 and 2006. “Just Breathe” is played first, and at the time of airing is #10 on Billboard’s “Rock Songs” charts. Accompanied by a string quartet, the performance is stellar, with Ed performing acoustic guitar duties standing. Fan favorite “Unthought Known” is the second song, and Ed has replaced the Who target on his Fender Telecaster with a (Howard) “Zinn” sticker. The band even appears in an SNL skit, as extras in a spoof of the 1963 Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet”.
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03/16/10: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
set: The Fixer, The Real Me, Porch
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam play a surprise 3-song set at Target’s national manager’s meeting. “The Fixer” was the first single featured in a Target commercial, filmed live from the Showbox. The Who’s “The Real Me” is dedicated to Snowboarder Shawn White who as a Target sponsored athlete was also at the event. Ed spoke for a few minutes before “Porch” about how the partnership with Target came about, saying how before all the guys in the band got to play music for a living, they all just loved playing music and it was important to them that when it came to the business side of things that they wanted to make sure they conducted business ethically and Target let them do that. Continuing, Ed said the partnership only worked because there was mutual respect about how to work together and there wasn’t a focus on the bottom line, and that they each learned a lot from each other.

U.S. Midwest / Northeast

05/01/10: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
main set: So You Want to Be A Rock And Roll Star (The Byrds), Lukin, Corduroy, In My Tree, Got Some, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Severed Hand, Nothingman, Down, Unthought Known, 1/2 Full, Daughter/(People Have The Power), Comatose, Supersonic, Do The Evolution, Why Go
encore: Tremor Christ, Just Breathe, Better Man/(Save It For Later), The Fixer, Alive, Kick Out The Jams (MC5)
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam’s headlining appearance at this 10-day Jazz (and Rock) festival was announced in early 2010, and was the indicator that a 2010 U.S. tour was in the works. Pearl Jam’s set started in daylight at approximately 5PM. Opening with a once-in-a-career “So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Start” into “Lukin”, the band then went into high gear for “Corduroy”, “In My Tree” and “Got Some”, barely slowing down for “Given To Fly”. The festival crowd created the usual large gap between the stage and the crowd, but Ed promised that we “can’t get closer, but we can play louder.” Never one to forget his band’s local history, Ed says “There’s a lot of people here. I can’t be the only one who’s had the great pleasure of spending a night in a New Orleans jail”, making light out of his 1993 incident where he got into a fracas with former Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell and spent the night in jail. During the recording of 1994′s Vitalogy, Pearl Jam spent some time recording at Daniel Lanois’s Kingsway Studios, and “Tremor Christ” was one of those songs from those sessions, leading to it kicking off the encore. “Better Man” includes a verse/chorus tag of “Save It For Later”. In a special moment, a live satellite feed was set up between the band and U.S. Troops in Iraq, specifically the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat team consisting of Louisiana National Guardsmen as part of the Texas Roundhouse Live program “Homeland Salute to Our Troops.” Soldiers aEd had live dialogue through the video screens with the troops and thanked them for their “valiant work in extreme conditions. I wish you’d break down and have a beer. You’ve earned it.” Never one to avoid current events, Ed referenced the nearby BP oil rig disaster, addressing the (non-present) BP executives to “send your sons and daughters, to clean up your fucking mess.” The encore was a crowd pleaser, including four singles from three past albums, including “Just Breathe”, “Better Man”, “The Fixer” and “Alive”. Starting and ending with a cover, Pearl Jam finished Saturday’s events on the Acura stage with a blazing version of MC5′s “Kick Out The Jams”
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05/03/10 Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
main set:
Of The Girl, Animal, World Wide Suicide, Got Some, Unthought Known, Elderly Woman…, MFC, Johnny Guitar, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Gods’ Dice, Present Tense, Daughter, Wishlist, Insignificance, Do The Evolution
first encore:
Off He Goes, Just Breathe, Given To Fly, The Fixer, Life Wasted, Porch
second encore:
No More (w/Tomas Young), Black, Better Man, (Happy Birthday to Mark “Smitty” Smith), Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: coming soon

05/04/10 Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
main set:
Sometimes, Corduroy, All Night, Do The Evolution, Why Go, Small Town, In Hiding, Even Flow, Unthought Known, Save You, Down, Pilate, Severed Hand, Not For You, Glorified G, 1/2 Full, Daughter, The Fixer
first encore: Inside Job, Just Breathe, Jeremy, Got Some, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Garden, Alive, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)

05/06/10 Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Mike preset: Dead Flowers, Unknown Song
main set: Oceans, Given To Fly, Corduroy, Got Some, World Wide Suicide, Faithfull, Elderly Woman…, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Comatose, Marker In The Sand, Unthought Known, Grievance, Alone, The Fixer, Do The Evolution
first encore: Just Breathe, Black, State Of Love And Trust, Spin The Black Circle, Go
second encore: Come Back, Once, Hail Hail, Crazy Mary, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Mike McCready opens up with a preset – The Stones’ “Dead Flowers” and an untitled song about/dedicated to his son. Starting the second encore, “Come Back” is dedicated to Columbus-area Pearl Jam fan Brian Shaffer who has been missing since April 2006.
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05/07/10Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Noblesville, IN
main set: Release, Last Exit, Got Some, Why Go, In My Tree, Elderly Woman, Unthought Known, Even Flow, Supersonic, Down, Daughter/(WMA)/(Blitzkrieg Bop), Goin’ Back To Indiana (partial), Rats, Wishlist, Insignificance, Force Of Nature, Jeremy, The Fixer
first encore: Just Breathe, Off He Goes, Given To Fly, Lukin, Better Man, Do The Evolution
second encore: Garden, Whipping, Alive, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)
notes: coming soon
Kathy’s Krazy Notes

05/09/10 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
main set: Wash, Hail Hail, Corduroy, Got Some, In Hiding, World Wide Suicide, Force Of Nature, Immortality, Go, Even Flow, Army Reserve, Unthought Known, Daughter/(WMA), Sleight Of Hand, Johnny Guitar, Do The Evolution, The Fixer, Why Go
first encore: Just Breathe, Given To Fly, Leash, Porch
second encore: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Black, The Real Me, Smile, Alive, Indifference
notes: coming soon
Kathy’s Krazy Notes

05/10/10 HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
main set: Unthought Known, Severed Hand, Animal, The Fixer, Elderly Woman…, No Way, Given To Fly, Light Years, Even Flow, Amongst The Waves, Unemployable, Grievance, Not For You, Got Some, Do The Evolution, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save It For Later)
first encore: Just Breathe, Fatal, Last Kiss, Spin the Black Circle, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Once, Alive, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: “Fatal” makes its first appearance since September 9, 2006. More notes coming soon
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05/13/10 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
main set: Elderly Woman…, Worldwide Suicide, Got Some, Brain of J, Save You, Given to Fly, Present Tense, Down, Unthought Known, Insignificance, Even Flow, Comatose, Faithfull, All Those Yesterdays, Black, The Fixer, Do the Evolution
first encore: The End, Just Breathe, Garden, Why Go, Wasted Reprise/Life Wasted, Blood
second encore: Better Man/(Save It For Later), Spin the Black Circle, Alive, Sonic Reducer, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)
notes: Ed doesn’t officially address the crowd until “Given to Fly,” mentioning that the band and crowd are flying together: Matt being the engine, Stone and Jeff the pilots, Ed and Mike the “happy flight attendants,” and the crowd being the plane itself. After “Present Tense,” Ed mentions Howard Zinn, and how we can’t forget about our past, leading into “Down.” After “All Those Yesterdays,” Ed says the band is “paying attention… you like the weird songs, huh? After this song, we’ll go into the weird songs,” leading into “Black.” He follows “Black” with a rant about political lobbists who either need to “kill yourselves or do the right thing.” After the break, Ed comes out alone, gives a shout-out to the 9:30 club and PiL… says that no one threw anything at him or kicked him in the testicles, but if they HAD kicked him in the testicles, some of the songs would be easier for Ed to sing. He continues on to say that he’s going to play a song they haven’t yet played on this tour, leading to “The End.” “Just Breathe” is dedicated to a 2-year-old child. After “Why Go,” Ed thanks the fans, telling us that we make it possible for the band to come together and travel the country and the world. “If we decided to hop on a plane and just take a trip around the country, it would seem kind of weird.” “Better Man” is prefaced by a shout-out to Sean Penn and a plug for the website jphrodonate.org. “J-P… should be easy to remember… it’s P-J backwards!” “Alive” solo ends with the “War Pigs” riffs that normally end “RVM.”

05/15/10 XL Arena, Hartford, CT
main set: Unthought Known, Corduroy, Do The Evolution, Got Some, Severed Hand, Dissident, Low Light, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Nothingman, Johnny Guitar, I Got Shit, Jeremy, Daughter/WMA, Satan’s Bed, Lukin, Gonna See My Friend
first encore: Just Breathe, Speed of Sound, State of Love and Trust, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love, Porch
second encore: The Fixer, Crazy Mary, Alive, Indifference, All Along The Watchtower
notes: “Ain’t ‘Talkin ‘Bout Love” is a Van Halen cover. More notes coming soon
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05/17/10 TD Garden, Boston, MA
main set:
Release, Animal, The Fixer, In My Tree, Elderly Woman…, Force of Nature, Given To Fly, Sad, Unthought Known, Pilate, Hail, Hail, Push Me, Pull Me, Even Flow, Undone, Not For You / Modern Girl, Red Mosquito, Got Some, State Of Love And Trust, Why Go
first encore: Bee Girl, Just Breathe, Love Reign O’er Me, Rival, Save You, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Smile, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Soldier of Love, Crown of Thorns, Alive, Rockin’ in the Free World

05/18/10 Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
main set: Of The Girl, Brain Of J., Do The Evolution, The Fixer, Alone, Amongst The Waves, Immortality, In Hiding, Even Flow, Insignificance, Supersonic, Brother, Glorified G, Daughter / (Blitzkrieg Bop), Unthought Known, Leatherman, Lukin, Once
first encore: Just Breathe, Footsteps, Inside Job, Got Some, Go
second encore:
Jersey Girl, You Are, Whipping, Life Wasted, Alive, Indifference, All Along The Watchtower

05/20/10 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
main set:
Sometimes, Breakerfall, Last Exit, Animal, The Fixer, Severed Hand, Elderly Woman…, I Am Mine, Comatose, Force of Nature, Even Flow, Low Light, Down, I Got Id, Army Reserve, Insignificance, Unthought Known, Do The Evolution
first encore: The End, Lukin, Just Breathe, You Are, Love Reign O’er Me, State of Love and Trust, Once, Porch
second encore: Jeremy, Leash, Mankind, Crazy Mary, I Believe in Miracles, Alive, Indifference

05/21/10 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
main set:
Corduroy, Hail, Hail, Do The Evolution, World Wide Suicide, Got Some, Breath, Nothingman, I’m Open, Unthought Known, Grievance, Amongst The Waves, Present Tense, Not For You / Modern Girl, Push Me, Pull Me, Rats, Daughter / W.M.A., The Fixer, Why Go
first encore: The End, Just Breathe, Lukin (aka “Lukin II”), Black Red Yellow, Sweet Lew, Given To Fly, Spin the Black Circle, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Wasted Reprise, Better Man / (Save it for Later), Black, The Real Me, Hunger Strike, Alive, Kick Out The Jams, Yellow Ledbetter

Europe

06/22/10 The 02, Dublin, Ireland
opening act:
Ben Harper and the Relentless 7
main set: Long Road, Once, The Fixer, Why Go, Corduroy, Severed Hand, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Unthought Known, Nothingman, Lukin, Not For You, Down, Got Some, Comatose, Arms Aloft, Do The Evolution
first encore:
Just Breathe, Given To Fly, Of The Earth, Porch
second encore:
Elderly Woman…, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Kick Out The Jams, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter/(Cowboy Song)
notes:
Pearl Jam’s first show in Ireland since 2006 kicks off a 3-week run in Europe. Touching on eight of the band’s ten albums, the show includes two debuts – a cover and original. “Arms Aloft” is a song from Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, from the posthumously released Streetcore album. Introduced as “so new it’s not even a song yet”, the song “Of The Earth” – a barely-mentioned and previously unheard Avocado b-side – makes its debut in a memorable first set. Mike tag’s Dublin’s own Thin Lizzy with “Cowboy Song” riffs. On the setlist but not played: The End, Spin the Black Circle.

06/23/10 Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland
opening act:
Ben Harper and the Relentless 7
main set: Sometimes, Do The Evolution, Animal, The Fixer, Tremor Christ, Low Light, Even Flow, Unthought Known, No Way, Insignificance, Present Tense, Daughter/(The Real Me), Got Some, Save You, Given To Fly, Black, Rearviewmirror
first encore:
Just Breathe, Amongst The Waves, State Of Love And Trust, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save It For Later)
second encore:
Happy Birthday Brendan O’Brien, Jeremy, Leash, Crazy Mary, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Pearl Jam’s first ever show in Belfast showcased a strong setlist from the Backspacer tour. Starting procedings with a lovely version of “Sometimes” the expectant audience was in a jubilant mood. A storming “Do The Evolution” and “Animal” were played back-to-back before “The Fixer” which had an even bouncier reaction than in Dublin. Speaking of Dublin, Ed was quick to address the crowd firstly to point out that between all the band members none of them had ever visited the city, then a warning, “No jumping off balconies, that’s my job!”, obviously a reference to the fan who fell/jumped the night before in Dublin. “Tremor Christ” was a nice surprise early on and was a request from a fan from the previous night. Then right in the spot where “Elderly Woman…” so often appears, we were treated to a gorgeous “Low Light”. After “Even Flow” and “Unthought Known” we got another surprise with “No Way”, another fan request and it sounds like the band are really enjoying its recent resurgence. Ed was talking while tuning for “Insignificance” about comparisons between Ireland and Seattle and how “You gave us Michael Flatley (Irish dancer) and we gave you the Iraq war!” Followed by, “That was a joke, at least he went away.” Another war reference before “Present Tense” was about how Boeing made planes over there (the U.S.) and some were used to drop bombs on civilians and as taxpayers it made them crazy. “Present Tense” was sublime with a pretty intense outro. “The Real Me” (The Who) was the “Daughter” tag and it worked really well. “Got Some”, “Save You” and “Given To Fly” had the place jumping before dropping the pace for a very melancholy “Black”. Ed was singing, “So Long, so long, we didn’t belong together, together…” at the end instead of “We belong together.” A thunderous, strobe heavy “Rearviewmirror” brought the main set set shuddering to its close and it seemed to have flown past. “Just Breathe” was the first of the encores and before “Amongst The Waves”, Ed announced that the song was going to be dedicated to a couple who had just gotten married that day and had some of their wedding guests there with them. It was great to see them having a good time and Ed said “Amongst The Waves” could be their first dance which was an offer too good for them to refuse. After “State of Love and Trust”, Ed spoke about a love story which it turned out was his and how he planned to give his other half a new surname soon. He followed this up with a lovely “Wasted Reprise” -> “Better Man(/Save It For Later) which ended the first encore. On to the final part of the show and it began with the band pretending to be sending Brendan O Brien a 50th Birthday message from backstage with the help of a curtain to hide us and a very (pre-arranged) hushed audience. Once the curtain dropped the whole arena sang Happy Birthday holding up lights from phones and cameras which was a great moment. We were treated to “Jeremy”, and “Leash” followed before Mike and Boom jammed “Crazy Mary” and that only left the familiar ending of “Alive” and “Yellow Ledbetter” with house lights to end a really special night and hopefully not the last in Belfast. This venue was really suited to the occasion and special mention to Ben Harper for a really great support set.

06/25/10 Hard Rock Calling Festival, Hyde Park, London, UK
main set: Given To Fly, Why Go, (Brain Damage)/Corduroy, Got Some, Once, World Wide Suicide, Elderly Woman…, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Unthought Known, Nothing Man, Arms Aloft, Not For You, Of The Earth, State Of Love And Trust, Do The Evolution, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save It For Later)
first encore:
Just Breathe, Red Mosquito, Black, Porch
second encore: Go, The Fixer, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Coming soon

06/27/10 Rockin’ Park Festival, Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Holland
main set: Do The Evolution, Got Some, Save You, Given To Fly, Animal, Dissident, In My Tree, Even Flow, Just Breathe, Unthought Known, Whipping, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop/It’s Okay), Jeremy, Rearviewmirror
encore: Elderly Woman…, The Fixer, Life Wasted, Better Man, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Coming soon

06/30/10 Wuhlheide, Berlin, Germany
main set: Long Road, Got Some, Why Go, Given To Fly, Elderly Woman…, Push Me Pull Me, Immortality, In Hiding, Even Flow, Johnny Guitar, Corduroy, Light Years, Gonna See My Friend, World Wide Suicide, Low Light, Comatose, Do The Evolution
first encore: The End, Just Breathe, Spin The Black Circle, Public Image, The Fixer, Kick Out The Jams
second encore:
Unthought Known, Black, Comeback, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: “Public Image” is a debut cover of the original by Public Image Ltd. Pearl Jam are joined by Peter Buck (REM) and Scott McCaughey (REM, Tuatara) for “ Kick out the Jams”. Notes Coming soon

07/01/10 Heineken Open’er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
main set: Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, Do The Evolution, Hail, Hail, Got Some, Elderly Woman, Amongst The Waves, Unthought Known, Even Flow, Just Breathe, Daughter/(ABITW II), Given To Fly, Arms Aloft, Why Go, Jeremy, Rearviewmirror
encore: The Fixer, Better Man, Black, Alive, Rockin In The Free World
notes: Coming soon

07/03/10 Main Square Festival, Arras, France
main set: Unthought Known, Got Some, Given To Fly, State Of Love And Trust, Corduroy, Even Flow, Just Breathe, Of The Earth, Elderly Woman…, Porch
encore: Red Mosquito, Jeremy, Black, The Fixer, Alive, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Pearl Jam playing in France is a rarity, especially compared to other large European countries like Germany and Italy. It’s only the eighth time the band does so, and six of the previous visits were to the capital Paris (the other city was Marseille). The 2010 tour of the band is one with festivals, and this one is the Main Square Festival 2010 in the city of Arras (in the North of France). Contrary to previous years, the concert doesn’t take place on the city’s main square but at the Citadelle Vauban a few miles further away. Pearl Jam are the headliner on the second night, with The Black Eyed Peas and Rammstein occupying the previous night and the night after. In a month in which Europe has World Cup football fever, France (being knocked-out early) doesn’t bother. The country has always had a somewhat similar attitude towards Pearl Jam. Not even in the early nineties did Pearl Jam albums have much impact on the music charts. But on this summer night, the French fans are supported by many others from neighboring European countries. “Unthought Known” is the opener, a first in the history of Pearl Jam. “Of The Earth” gets its third performance ever. It is introduced by Vedder saying that it’s not on record and they’re still writing, and its “like yesterday”s wine”. But the band focuses on its more popular work with focus on the early days (“State of Love and Trust”, “Corduroy”, “Even Flow”, “Elderly Woman…”, “Porch”, “Jeremy”, “Black”, “Alive”, “Yellow Ledbetter”) and Backspacer (“Unthought Known”, “Got Some”, “Just Breathe”, “The Fixer”). “Red Mosquito” and “Given to Fly” cover the late nineties. “Baba O’Riley” is a well-received cover. McCready improvises on “Corduroy” after which Vedder salutes the crowd with: “Bonsoir! Ca va?” (“Good night! How are you doing?”) Before playing “Just Breathe”, he thanks Ben Harper for performing earlier that night and asks permission for speaking in English. Vedder says that playing at the Citadelle is “really like a dream” as “for hundreds of years it was for the military and this weekend it’s for music”. The trio of “Just Breathe”, “Of The Earth” and “Elderly Woman” relax the front crowd, where the focus of intensity is. “Porch” gets the whole crowd going again and the main set ends. Before the encore, Vedder tells that “our band just got bigger” and Ben Harper joins the band for “Red Mosquito”. Vedder not only talks about “bigger”, but adds that the band has become “stronger and more handsome”. “Black” gets into “The Fixer” by Vedder’s statement that things “don’t always stay broken”. “Yellow Ledbetter” is introduced as “this is how we say goodbye”. All-in-all a very decent performance of the band in an intimate and timeless atmosphere!

07/04/10 Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium
main set: Public Image, Do The Evolution, Corduroy, The Fixer, Elderly Woman…, Severed Hand, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Arms Aloft, Unthought Known, Porch
first encore: Of The Earth, Got Some, Given To Fly, Just Breathe, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Comatose, Why Go, Alive, Kick Out The Jams
notes: Pearl Jam are joined by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and Alain Johannes (Eleven, sessions extraordinaire) for “ Kick out the Jams”. Notes coming soon

07/06/10 Heineken Jammin’ Festival, Venice, Italy
main set: Given To Fly, Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, The Fixer, Elderly Woman, Breath, MFC, Even Flow, Present Tense, Do The Evolution, Unthought Known, Porch
first encore: Red Mosquito, Just Breathe, State of Love and Trust, Arms Aloft, Jeremy
second encore: Got Some, Once, Black, Public Image, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World
notes: Notes coming soon

07/09/10 BBK Live Music Festival, Bilbao, Spain
main set: Do The Evolution, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Why Go, The Fixer, Dissident, Elderly Woman…, Unthought Known, Even Flow, Arms Aloft, Given To Fly, Comatose, Porch
first encore: Got Some, Amongst The Waves, Black, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Just Breathe, Daughter, Alive
notes: Notes coming soon

07/10/10 Optimus Alive!, Oeiras, Portugal
main set: Release, Elderly Woman…, Animal, Given To Fly, In Hiding, Unthought Known, Nothingman, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop), Even Flow, Just Breathe, Wishlist, Black, Glorified G, Why Go
first encore: The End, Improv (Portugal, Portugal), Public Image, The Fixer, Wasted Reprise, Better Man
second encore: Smile, Once, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Notes coming soon

10/23/10 – Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
set: Last Kiss, Unthought Known, Santa Cruz, Nothingman, Dancing Barefoot, Better Man, Walk With Me, Just Breathe, Black

TFT Notes: This is Pearl Jam’s Eighth Bridge School Benefit appearance, and fourteenth performance. Although acoustic, all members are standing during their opener, “Last Kiss” dedicated to Bridge School Alumni – and current UC Berkeley Graduate School Student – Maricor. Stone is jumping, energized by “Unthought Known”, and Boom is with the band on grand piano. Ed acknowledges the band’s 20th Anniversary and says they “wouldn’t have made it past the first five or six (years) without Uncle Neil.” “Santa Cruz”, although played by Eddie Vedder before on his solo tours, is a full-band debut. Santa Cruz, CA is located less than an hour south of Mountain View. “Dancing Barefoot” is a Patti Smith cover from her 1979 album Wave. “Better Man” gets the treatment with a new arrangement. “Walk With Me” is the opening track on Neil Young’s latest album Le Noise. “Just Breathe” is played with a String Quartet, affectionately introduced as “four classically trained geniuses. “Black” also gets a new arrangement, this version at a faster tempo, ominous strings, and a new bassline. The band close to standing applause, Ed saying he feels “like the Bridge School is more of a school for us because the band have learned so much from parents and kids.” Ed and Jeff join Neil Young for the day’s finale, “Rockin’ in the Free World”

10/24/10 – Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
set: Daughter, Down, Driftin’, Other Side, The End, Walk With Me, Lukin, Just Breathe, Black, Elderly Woman…
TFT Notes: This is Pearl Jam’s Eighth Bridge School Benefit appearance, and fifteenth performance. On another rainy day, the set starts with the standard “Daughter”. “Down” features Mike and Stone on 12-string acoustics. “Driftin’” is introduced by Ed as a song he wrote “on the back of an airplane ticket in Neil’s driveway.” “Other Side” – the Jeff-penned B-side of the 2003 “Save You” single from Riot Act debuts, including terrific harmonies between Ed and Jeff, throughout. The Neil Young song “Walk With Me” is next, and Ed says”I think I’ll be vibrating the next few days”. “Lukin” is with strings, which Ed says they’ll “attempt and beg your forgiveness.” “Just Breathe” and the reworked “Black” are accompanied by strings. Ed tells us that “Buffalo Springfiield is gonna levitate you, here’s one more from us. Get ready to leave the ground.” Band members join Neil Young for the day’s finale, “Rockin’ in the Free World”.

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