June 20, 2014 – San Siro Stadium, Milan, ITA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 34
  • Show Length: 3:00

Setlist

Main Set: Release, Nothingman, Sirens, Black/(We Belong Together), Go, Do The Evolution, Corduroy, Lightning Bolt, Mind Your Manners, Pilate, Untitled, MFC, Given To Fly, Who You Are, Sad, Even Flow, Swallowed Whole, Setting Forth, Not For You, Why Go, Rearviewmirror

Encore 1: Yellow Moon, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Thin Air, Just Breathe, Daughter/(W.M.A./Let It Go/It’s O.K.), Jeremy, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Spin The Black Circle, Lukin, Porch

Encore 2: Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter

Pearl Jam Show Notes 6/20/2014:

80,000 fans packed into San Siro, home of European soccer giants AC Milan and Inter. Ed comes out to play Porch solo before the start of the actual show. The crowd is in excellent form all evening, singing along loudly to almost every song, aided by a Release/Nothingman opening, the extended outro to Sirens, and a very early, powerful, rousing version of Black. After its conclusion, Ed addresses the audience in Italian before asking, “Are you ready?!” They immediately shift gears, tearing into Go and not letting up until after Mind Your Manners. Jeff gets some recognition after Pilate, and the crowd chants his name. Following MFC, Ed proclaims “I was very high when I wrote that song…but not as high as those people back there! This one’s for you,” leading into Given to Fly, which has Ed translating the “…fuckers” line into Italian. Mike solos for over 3 minutes on Even Flow, and Ed introduces him as “Michelangelo McCready” afterwards, adding

“I was watching Mike play…and watching this great crowd, and I was wondering, what would be easier…if you all moved to Seattle or if we just moved here? Maybe 6 months we try it. Almost all of the band, we have our wives and family here, I think we might just stay.”

Following Swallowed Whole, he addresses the crowd again:

“There is a young man out there, his name is Michael, it’s his first concert and I would like to totally ruin him by saying Happy Birthday Michael in front of all the people, and have a great birthday, he will be 13 in a couple days. See, other bands…especially the singer, he would never fuck up a song like I’m about to fuck up this song…that’s a guitar solo right there. And Michael, the next time I see you you will probably be 15. And next time, maybe your dad won’t be around and we smoke a little pot or something.”

After the break, he mentions the first time they played in Milan, at a small club called Sorpasso on February 18, he can’t remember the year but eventually lands (correctly) on 1992. Just Breathe is beautiful, just Ed and Boom. Daughter transitions into W.M.A, with Jeff laying down the full W.M.A. bassline and Mike adding some strummy guitar, and then when it sounds like It’s O.K. is imminent, Ed starts singing “Let It Go” (yes, the one from Frozen) before going into the Dead Moon tag, finishing triumphantly, a standout version. Prior to Better Man, everyone sings Happy Birthday to April Cameron, “‘cause I know it will freak her out,” adds Ed. The Porch jam is very guitar-heavy and less jammy, reminiscent of the early 90’s. Ed thanks the wonderful crowd before Alive, taking a few moments to add:

“I want to say before we leave… you have cities in this country that are eternal…we are now in the greatest age of science, and knowledge, and technology, and discovery, the greatest age our world has ever known. And at the same time, war, and people’s mental health, and corruption and the government, keep all the people from living in peace. And so, we agree on this, and again, it’s such a beautiful thing to go anywhere in the world and see this many people agree on anything. It’s fucking beautiful, so thanks for letting us witness this, because it gives us the hope that, as long as the sun keeps fucking burning, that we won’t keep trying and trying together to make this a world, where peace, and joy, and love, and health, that we can win, we will win, we can win!”

Scott Hetherington

Writer & Contributor

I bought Ten in 1992 from Blockbuster Music. It was the first album (CD) I bought with my own money when I was 11 years old. My friend's older brother worked at HMV in Lenox Mall when we were kids and he was able to get us tickets for the show at the Fox in 94. It was only my second concert ever but the first time I really cared about music and solidified that Pearl Jam was my favorite band. Fast forward 6 years and Yield came out 3 months before I graduated high school. Twenty years later I am still as big a fan as ever and will never stop listening.


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