November 15, 2013 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 32
  • Show Length: 2:40


Main Set: Pendulum, Nothingman, Can’t Keep, (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Lightning Bolt, Mind Your Manners, Got Some, Brain Of J., World Wide Suicide, Given To Fly, Sirens, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Jeremy, Glorified G, Infallible, Unthought Known, Better Man/(Save It For Later)

Encore 1: Yellow Moon, Future Days, Footsteps, Daughter, Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns, Why Go, Porch

Encore 2: Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, The Real Me, Do The Evolution, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, Indifference

Pearl Jam Show Notes 11/15/2013:

After a two-week break, the band eases into the show with a gentle opening trio of Pendulum, Nothingman and Can’t Keep (making its first appearance since 2008!), perhaps hinting at a lengthy show to follow. Ed greets the crowd with a “Good evening!” during the intro of Lightning Bolt, which has the lyrical change “flying right towards Texas…” After Got Some, he mentions that the band have a lot of friends in attendance, “not just from Houston, Austin, Richardson, and Dallas but from Pittsburgh, Guatemala,” adding that it is the tenth time the band has played in the city, “not bad for twenty years, once every two years…that’s a fairly consistent relationship,” but it has been ten years since they’ve been back, adding “it doesn’t look like you’ve aged a day…we’ve got a lot to accomplish tonight.” Brain of J. passes with little fanfare, despite the upcoming 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, which happened a short distance from the American Airlines Center. Given to Fly is dedicated to “everyone in the top.” Sirens features the extended outro, the audience takes over the vocal harmonies which leads Ed to say “that was good, here’s another quiet singalong…I’d like to dedicate this one to Zonk, he knows who he is…” before the band tears into Lukin. Ed shouts “sing it for him, he was just a kid” during Jeremy, also based on a Texas event. Afterwards he addresses the crowd again: “…thanks for singing along with that one. We weren’t going to say anything about it, but there’s a famous tragedy that’s going to celebrate an anniversary in a week here.” Acknowledging that if he mentions the name it would sound “strange on the tape” if the audience cheered for it, he only says it as the “50th anniversary of a crazy tragedy in American history.” He continues:

 “…that kid we sang about was 23 years ago…that thing of a kid in a classroom with a gun keeps happening. At some point we need to come together and tell those that might be able to help to make some laws to protect us and our kids. We met some of the Newtown dads when we passed through Connecticut, I don’t know, it’s just something that’s on our minds. This song is called Glorified G, and thanks for listening.” 

The speech is met with loud applause from the Dallas crowd. During the intro of Unthought Known, Ed gives a shout out to opening band Midlake. Returning to the stage after the break and thanking the crowd, Ed jokes “if I don’t stop toasting soon, I won’t remember this day,” before toasting the crowd and Midlake once more. After Yellow Moon, Ed tells the audience “I’ve got a sister from Texas…sisters get you in touch with cool things like nephews, so I want to send this one out to nephew Garrett and momma Gina.” Following Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns, Ed states

“that one’s for Andy Wood, he loved Dallas. I think of Dallas and I think of him.” 

An extended Porch sees the crowd sing the first verse, to which Ed replies “oh, I didn’t know that. Do it again!” He begins again by singing the first two lines before letting the crowd take over. During the second encore break Ed teases “I’ll warn you, I’ve got a brand new bottle…it might be another ten years so we might as well keep going!” He then talks about a local club called Trees where the band played twice in 1991, and that they are now “going to play a club five times bigger than Trees…we’ll be right back!” Small Town is then played to those seated behind the stage. Alive has an extended War Pigs outro tag. Ed announces, “We’ve got two beautiful women here tonight, Carrie Brownstein and Annie Clark…” who come onstage to play on Rockin’ in the Free World. Prior to Indifference Ed introduces the band with added praise for Matt Cameron, “a busy man, whatever band he’s in, he makes it the greatest band in the world.” Before exiting, he again praises the crowd, adding “…much love to you Dallas, we’ll be thinking about you…see you soon, I hope.”

Alex Hoggard

Writer & Contributor

I knew it was a special moment when I first heard Alive as a teenager, but it would've been hard to imagine just how special. Having been fortunate enough to see the band, and Eddie solo shows, in several countries, I'll continue to ride the wave where it takes me.

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