October 16, 2014 – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 32
  • Show Length: 2:45

Setlist

Main Set: Release, Oceans, Nothingman, Go, Mind Your Manners, (I Wanna Be Your Dog)/Corduroy, Lightning Bolt, Amongst The Waves, Even Flow, Light Years, Got Some, Dissident, Black, Red, Yellow/(Stranglehold), Lukin, Not For You, Once, Rearviewmirror

Encore 1: Man Of The Hour, Imagine, Last Kiss, Comatose, State Of Love And Trust, Black, Better Man/(Save It For Later)

Encore 2: Do The Evolution, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, (Detroit Rock City), Spin The Black Circle, Alive, Kick Out The Jams, Baba O’Riley, Indifference

Pearl Jam Show Notes 10/16/2014:

Crowd is loud from the outset. Release and Oceans are played back-to-back for the first time, nearly 25 years into the band’s career! After the opening trio, Ed relents and states “Alright let’s do this,” leading into an energetic Go and a breakneck Mind Your Manners. The band jams on the Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog” as an intro to Corduroy, a nod to the seminal Detroit combo. Amongst the Waves is dedicated to couples. Ed promises to play more than 7 songs, “unlike our first Detroit show.” Just like in Memphis, Ed gives his condolences for the loss of Ikey Owens, this time before Light Years. During Dissident, Ed starts to show a little fatigue, drinks some water, and motions to Stone to cut the next song (would have been Swallowed Whole). Dennis Rodman gets a shout-out after Black, Red, Yellow. Ed makes a long-winded dedication of Lukin to Matt Lukin, who’s in attendance. Someone has a sign for Get RIght, and Ed says the band forgot it because it’s about smoking pot. No Modern Girl tag on Not For You, just a hybrid of the original outro with the Modern Girl chords. Ed breaks one of the hanging orbs with his guitar during RVM.

After the break, Ed jokes about Detroit being the “Paris of the Midwest” and paddle boarding to Canada. Band is seated for Man of the Hour. Ed plays Imagine solo, then the band returns to play Last Kiss to the back of the arena. Black has an improv at the end, including the lines “…all’s well that ends well…” and “…I hope I never have to see you again…” Ed and Mike roughhouse at the end of Better Man, and Ed smashes his guitar after some theatrical windmills. “Detroit Rock CIty” is teased before Spin the Black Circle. Ed has a Red Wings jersey during Alive, and Mike goes down in front to play the solo. Ed “collapses” during Baba and revives himself with push-ups. Many thank you’s and cheers to the crowd after Indifference.

Hillary Wood

Writer & Contributor

If you ever need a song to convey a feeling, a vibe, to bring you back to a place or a moment in time, it’s to be found in the Pearl Jam catalogue. It’s a band that mirrors the passion, the politics, the adventure, and the integrity that I try my best to live life with and their music is a perfect soundtrack to it all. You can get pumped, wallow, get angry, feel inspired or tilt and scratch your head on each album. Bugs?! What’s not to love?


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  1. This show was so fun and the Joe closed a short time later. Love the quick shouts to Detroit bands/songs and you can always count on the MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams!” Driving home a friend and I were commenting about how few No Code songs there were… little did we know.