January 31, 2014 – Bonython Park, Adelaide, AUS

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 27
  • Show Length: 2:20


Main Set: Why Go, Do The Evolution, Corduroy, Lightning Bolt, Mind Your Manners, Blood, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Got Some, My Father's Son, Eruption, Even Flow, Sirens, Daughter/(It's OK), Given To Fly, World Wide Suicide, Once, Red Mosquito, Better Man/(Save It For Later)

Encore 1: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Mother, Jeremy, Lukin, Porch

Encore 2: Alive, Kick Out The Jams, Baba O'Riley, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)

Pearl Jam Show Notes 1/31/2014:

Second to last Big Day Out show features seven tour debuts, and some rarities thrown in that had not been as prevalent in the earlier shows on this leg. The band opens again at full throttle from the get go, with Why Go opening, just like Melbourne, and the earliest Blood has appeared on a setlist for quite some time. Ed addresses the hot weather, saying “I’m not quite sure how you can be in the part of the continent that’s closest to the Antarctic and still have it be this fucking hot.” In a nod to the early days, Ed says “We’re in shorts and it’s not out of nostalgia, it’s because it’s really fucking hot.” Small Town is dedicated to the people at the front who had arrived very early in the day. Following Got Some, Ed describes the next one as “a Father’s Day card if your dad is a fucking asshole,” and My Father’s Son is played for only the 4th time. Ed needs to catch his breath afterward so he calls on Mike to “entertain” the crowd with Van Halen’s “Eruption” before Even Flow. Sirens is dedicated to the Seattle Seahawks, who are playing in the Super Bowl two days later. Daughter features the first ever Australian appearance of the “It’s O.K.” tag, and Ed and the crowd can’t seem to get on the same page. Prior to Given to Fly, Ed references the constant stream of planes flying over the event on their way into Adelaide Airport. Ed refers to World Wide Suicide as a song that used to be about war, but now is about climate change, yet this would be the last time they would play it to date. After a very quick encore break, Ed treats the crowd to an “Aussie song,”  the Hunters and Collectors classic Throw Your Arms Around Me. Low Light and Nothingman were listed on the setlist to start the encore but not played. Ed introduces Mark Arm as “one of the greats, if not the greatest” before a screeching Kick out the Jams. Mike closes out the show with Little Wing after a spirited Ledbetter.

Shane Jackman

Writer & Contributor

As I live in Australia, I saw PJ for the first time in 1995 on the Vitalogy tour and thought wow! Some 22 shows later including five separate trips to the USA, I can honestly say the band has made a profound impact on my life. (And I’m still chasing my first Parting Ways live!)

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