October 14, 2014 – FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 30
  • Show Length: 2:35

Setlist

Main Set: Pendulum, Wash, Low Light, Why Go, All Night, Mind Your Manners, Even Flow, Improv, Lightning Bolt, Sirens, 1/2 Full, Garden, Alone, Wishlist, Given To Fly, Let The Records Play, Spin The Black Circle, Black, Rearviewmirror

Encore 1: Nothing As It Seems, Come Back, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Do The Evolution, Breath, Porch

Encore 2: Once, Crazy Mary, Better Man, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter

Pearl Jam Show Notes 10/9/2014:

Dave Krusen is in attendance. Early on in the night, Ed comments how he caught a cold at the Austin City Limits show a few days prior, but he’s “pretty sure it’s not Ebola,” hinting that if a bottle happens to get passed around later in the show, everyone who takes a sip is risking their lives. The band seems to make up for this by absolutely crushing it all night, with Mike in particular just on fire.

Pendulum and Wash pair beautifully in the opening sequence, it was raining all day before the show. After Mind Your Manners, Ed comments how the new venue is much nicer than the old Pyramid, and the crowd cheers in agreement. Prior to Lightning Bolt, Ed plays a short improv about getting someone who you’ve lost back in your life. Sirens has a nice extended outro singalong. Ed says Half Full is “about something we love but something that doesn’t give a fuck about us: the planet.”  Garden is dedicated to someone named Clinton. Ed tells a funny story about being in San Diego years ago and going outside a venue for a smoke, and the bouncer commenting how he looked like “the singer in that band,” to which Ed replied, “I met that guy years ago and he’s a total asshole!” The bouncer then proceeds to say “Yeah man, he’s a total dick.” Before he went back into the venue, he showed the bouncer his passport, and the guy said, “Oh man, it’s so nice to meet you!” Alone is played for the first time in 2014, “for all you serious collectors.” Wishlist is extended with several lines. Let The Records Play goes out to “Sun and Stax records, and vinyl,” followed by Spin The Black Circle. Ed improvs again during Black, and a stellar Rearviewmirror closes the main set.

After the break, Ed jokes that the band is more than happy to end early so folks can go to last call at the bars on Beale St. (which receives a lot of boos), and the encore opens with Nothing As It Seems. Come Back is dedicated to “Ikey” (Isaiah Owens, keyboardist for Jack White, Mars Volta, Long Beach Dub All-Stars), who passed away during the day. Mike highlights a scorching version of Breath. Ed tells a story about the band taking a tour of the Gibson guitar factory (which was very close to the venue), and the guide saying that the drummer of Pearl Jam had just been there, referring to Dave Krusen. Boom and Mike trade off solos on Crazy Mary and then join together at the end. Ed steps back and lets the crowd sing the Better Man intro, and the song builds to a crescendo ending jam. Mike has some really soulful, playful lines to end Yellow Ledbetter.

Brian Horwitz

Writer & Contributors

Winter 1991, 15 years old: I heard Alive on the radio and had to go out and buy the CD. I will never forget sitting on the floor in my room and listening to it for the first time. I skipped right to track 3 so I could hear Alive again, and my father walked in the room. He looked at me and proceeded to give it a thumbs down. I knew I was on to something. (He now likes the song, so it all worked out in the end)


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