June 29, 2012 – Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter Festival Park, Werchter, BEL

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 21
  • Show Length: 1:37


Main Set: Do The Evolution, Got Some, (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Given To Fly, World Wide Suicide, Comatose, Even Flow, Olé, The Fixer, Spin The Black Circle, Daughter/(Another Brick In The Wall (Pt. 2)), Just Breathe, Why Go, Jeremy, Better Man/(Save It For Later)

Encore 1: Unthought Known, Public Image, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter

Pearl Jam Show Notes 6/29/2012:

The show kicks into high gear with Do the Evolution to open. Ed addresses the crowd in Dutch before Got Some, and then the song has a false start. Ed tells the crowd that playing a big festival show is a lot of work and jumps into Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy. Another false start on Olé follows, with Ed joking after the false start that the song is called “O.” Spin the Black Circle is dedicated to Jack White (who was on the bill for this festival) for keeping vinyl records alive with Third Man Records. The crowd starts singing the first verse of Better Man before Ed and he stops, commenting “Normally, I…sometimes…some guys come up and they ask for too much singing, but goddamn if you don’t sound good!” before starting the verse. At the start of the encore, Ed gives a shout out to some of the other musicians that played the Festival: X, Mastodon, Jack White and Gossip. He continues:

“…for everybody out there who’s a musician, all I can wish for you, well I wish you a nice, healthy, happy, long life…don’t stay in school. Sorry…oh, my kids aren’t here…”

He also talks about the beautiful view and finishes off with “…red wine has never tasted better…” before Unthought Known. Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads joins on stage for Rockin’ in the Free World, and Jeff and Mike switch instruments. There’s a mini stage invasion as some fans make their way onto the stage and are led off by security. No “Little Wing” tag on Ledbetter tonight, that streak comes to an end.

Sean Rashkis

Concertpedia Writer & Horizon Leg Patron

October 1, 1994 sold me on my Pearl Jam fandom. Coming to the stage and playing Walking the Cow floored me. Not only was I sold on Pearl Jam when I first saw them almost a year earlier in 1993, seeing them come out and open with a pretty rare cover was just incredible. How many bands out there change their setlists as often as Pearl Jam, and show their fans new music experiences constantly. This band! This band!

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