October 27, 2013 – Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, MD, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 32
  • Show Length: 2:30


Main Set: Pendulum, Hard To Imagine, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Lightning Bolt, Lukin, Corduroy, Mind Your Manners, Given To Fly, MFC, Sirens, Habit, Daughter/(Walk On The Wild Side), Wishlist, Present Tense, Spin The Black Circle, Let The Records Play, Setting Forth, Unthought Known, Rearviewmirror

Encore 1: Yellow Moon, Man Of The Hour, Nothingman, I’m Waiting For The Man, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Do The Evolution, Blood, Porch

Encore 2: Once, Love Reign O’er Me, Black, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World

Pearl Jam Show Notes 10/27/2013:

The first show in Baltimore in the band’s history doesn’t disappoint! Pendulum, Hard to Imagine, and Small Town serve as a perfect soothing trio to open the show. Ed addresses the crowd, saying

“Twenty-three years. Twenty-three years. We have been a band for 23 years and this is the first time we have had the opportunity to say these three words: ‘Good evening, Baltimore!”

Lukin just howls and massive versions of Corduroy and Given to Fly work the crowd into a frenzy. A fan in a yellow shirt up in the rafters is noticed by Ed, who asks for the house lights and says “you made quite an impression…” Lou Reed passed away earlier in the day, and Ed pays tribute, the first of many, with the Daughter tag, “Walk on the Wild Side.” After soothing the crowd with Wishlist and bringing them back up with a cathartic Present Tense, the band breaks out the vinyl combo, Spin the Black Circle (dedicated to Dischord Records, with Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye in attendance) into Let the Records Play, and they sound perfect. Setting Forth, Unthought Known, and a frantic RVM close the first set. Before Yellow Moon starts the encore, Ed pours a drink of wine for a fan’s 21st birthday and continues, referring to Reed’s passing:

“…in some ways it’s been a hard day, we’ll talk more about that later, but so far music has been kind of healing, so let’s continue with that…

Following, the band plays 4 straight “man” songs (the ‘Man’ Quadrilogy?), including the first and only performance of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man.” Man of the Hour is dedicated to Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson. Do the Evolution, Blood, and Porch cap an absolutely raucous end of the first encore. The Who’s Love Reign O’er Me is a highlight of the second encore – the crowd is fully engaged and Ed delivers the goods on vocals. Black, Alive, and Rockin’ in the Free World end the show on a huge high note. Stone totally kills the Rockin’ solo, and the band is joined on stage by the fan from earlier in the yellow shirt.

Gabe Spece

Concertpedia Writer & Horizon Leg Patron

I’m fortunate to have been following Pearl Jam for 30 years. I love to study setlists and watch the band’s old late-night TV performances online. Some of the best times of my life have been at Pearl Jam shows, unforgettable nights with family and best friends. And with all respect to Mike, nothing grooves more than a Stone Gossard solo.

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