July 4, 2012 – O2 World, Berlin, DEU

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 28
  • Show Length: 2:01


Main Set: Long Road, Why Go, Given To Fly, The Fixer, Faithfull, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Got Some, Corduroy, In My Tree, Even Flow, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop/It’s O.K.), State Of Love And Trust, Immortality, Lukin, Unthought Known, I Believe In Miracles, Rearviewmirror

Encore 1: The End, Just Breathe, Hard To Imagine, Once, Do The Evolution

Encore 2: Jeremy, Leash, Black/(We Belong Together), Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, Indifference

Pearl Jam Show Notes 7/4/2012:

A rare first song setlist scratch begins the show, with the band opting for Long Road instead of Release. The crowd doesn’t mind, as they execute a perfect call-and-response during the outro. Ray Cameron, becoming a semi-regular guest on this tour leg, joins on percussion for The Fixer. Ed greets the crowd and asks them to take care of each other and to “viel Spaß (have a good time). Faithfull makes its tour debut, a particularly rocking version in all of its quiet-loud glory. Ed toasts the crowd’s response to X and mentions having met a young boy named Andrew attending his first show, exclaiming “have a fucking blast, kid!” In My Tree is another highlight with Ed perfectly sitting in Matt’s unrushed groove before the song takes off. Mike’s mom Louise appears onstage and gets treated to ‘Happy Birthday’ by the crowd before Ed introduces Even Flow, joking “this next song is all her fault.” Mike tears the place down, with Ed stating after the solo “look ma, no hands!” Lukin leads into Unthought Known in a unique pairing. Ed says he visited the Ramones Museum for the first time yesterday and lauds the curators, locals Flo and Kathy, stating “It was always very important to [Johnny] that he be remembered” leading to a punchy I Believe in Miracles. Rearviewmirror includes the “I will forgive” lyric in the breakdown, with Ed asking the crowd to back up during the song. He opens the first encore asking the crowd to step back again, joking that “there’s good looking people here…we want to keep them that way.” A delicate The End and a surprise Hard to Imagine, brought back for the first time since 2009, highlight this section. It’s a throwback to the early days in the second encore, and an exuberant Leash is taken out of storage to the crowd’s delight. There’s an enormous banner in the audience calling for Rockin’ in the Free World (on July 4th), and the band obliges, this version bursting at the seams with a call and response section and Ray Cameron returning to help out on guitar. Indifference closes with the lights up, the crowd matching Ed’s volume at points. Lots of tour debuts and an enthusiastic crowd.

Tom Gregory

Horizon Leg Patron

Ed was once asked why he sings about such dark subject matter and his response, which I'm paraphrasing, was something like that if you give yourself a way to express these emotions, maybe you can make some sense of them. By giving them a name and a shape and a rhythm you can maybe even gain some perspective or even mastery over them. Or maybe at least you won't feel quite as alone. That's was this music does for us. And beyond that internal relationship to the music, you discover this giant, wonderful community of people that somehow loves them just as deeply as you do. First you connect with the songs, the heart, the musicianship, and then you connect with everyone else who feels that same way too. As Ed sang at Pinkpop while scanning that vast, mud soaked crowd during Porch "it's a beautiful thing".

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