November 21, 2013, Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 34
  • Show Length: 3:18


Main Set: Pendulum, Nothingman, Sometimes, Why Go, Lightning Bolt, Mind Your Manners, All Night, Given To Fly, Tremor Christ, In Hiding, Setting Forth, Swallowed Whole, Army Reserve, Even Flow, Insignificance, Sirens, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Spin The Black Circle, Light Years, Porch

Encore 1: Sleight Of Hand, Speed Of Sound, Just Breathe, Sleeping By Myself, Severed Hand, In My Tree, Rearviewmirror

Encore 2: Leaving Here, Black, Do The Evolution, Alive, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner), Rockin’ In The Free World

Pearl Jam Show Notes 11/21/2013:

“Ah, kind of like we are home, yeah?” 

For the first time since November 1995, there’s a general admission section at a San Diego show, which seemed to give the crowd a heightened sense of community that would show itself throughout the night. All Night appears for the first time since Wrigley, followed 2 songs later by Tremor Christ, added to the setlist in the moment because “it’s appropriate for here.” Army Reserve is dedicated to the local military heroes before a face-melting version of Even Flow. Ed then mentions that in addition to Matt’s mom, sister, and brother being in attendance, as well as Ed’s three brothers, Mike’s pop was also there and potentially inspired Mike to tone down his solo a little as to not freak out his dad. After Insignificance, another US tour debut, Rob, a fan from Manila, is brought on stage and told he’ll be sent home with a check for relief from typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines only weeks prior. Light Years returns for the first time since 2011. The main set closes out with a very charged version of Porch, complete with Ed coming down to the crowd, who supports him physically and vocally. Sleeping By Myself debuts in the encore, as Ed notes “I’m not sure how to start it!” When the band joins back on stage for the final encore, Ed employs the crowd in a trust exercise, handing a bottle of wine from the stage, through the crowd, and up into the seats to his mom. The crowd succeeds and once his mom has the bottle she takes a giant swig, to which Ed exclaims, “It’s genetic!” and the band crashes into Leaving Here. A gorgeous version of Black follows, with Ed taking a moment to introduce the band after a powerful Mike solo, adding:

“…what a great audience and a great room to play for…we should do this more often,”

He continues the song with a quiet, almost falsetto “We Belong Together” tag. Alive doesn’t disappoint, delivering an energy nearly impossible to cap off with just one closer, so the band, clearly not wanting the night to conclude yet either, pulls out all the stops and does the unprecedented; Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter into the Star-Spangled Banner, AND Rockin’ In The Free World (with Matt’s son Ray helping out on guitar) to close out the night! Ed’s final words are “…it’s an honor and a privilege to say these four words…thank you San Diego! Thank you very much…save the world, we’ll see you next time.”

Debra McMurtrey

Concertpedia Writer & Horizon Leg Patron

The person I am, the places I've been, and the people I love, are all connected to this band. Little 13 year old me had no idea what was in store for her after hearing Jeremy that first time. 29 years, 11 albums, and 34 shows later, do you think this is still "just a phase" mom?

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