October 17, 2014 – iWireless Center, Moline, IL, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 35
  • Show Length: 2:55


Main Set: Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Sometimes, Hail, Hail, Who You Are, In My Tree, Smile, Off He Goes, Habit, Red Mosquito, Lukin, Present Tense, Mankind, I’m Open, Around The Bend, Given To Fly, (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Mind Your Manners, Brain Of J., Infallible, Even Flow, Gone, Garden, Porch

Encore 1: Moline, Bee Girl, Imagine, In Hiding, Lightning Bolt, Do The Evolution, Jeremy, Why Go

Encore 2: Eruption, Alive, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter

Pearl Jam Show Notes 10/17/2014:

“We’re gonna do something a little different tonight”, says Ed as the band finishes up In My Tree. In a relatively small venue, after an Elderly Woman opener, the band proceeds to play No Code in its entirety.  Who You Are has an amusing start, as Jeff starts playing the bass line to In My Tree by accident before correcting himself. Off He Goes is gorgeous. Mike absolutely destroys Red Mosquito. I’m Open makes its first appearance since 2010. Around The Bend shuffles nicely, with a great melodic McCready lead.

After Given to Fly, Ed says they only have 2 songs left in the main set, which the crowd doesn’t like, so Ed says they’ll play a couple more and then “make some shit up.” He makes good on the promise, with a whopping 23-song main set, including a dedication to Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick, who lives nearby, after Infallible, with Ed teasing a little bit of Surrender after asking Mike if he was playing Rick’s guitar. Ed talks about Around the Bend again after Even Flow, saying that a fan in the front helped him with the opening lyric, and goes on to say that it was written for Jack Irons’ son Zach, but he didn’t want it to be just a lullaby:

“…you can hear it as a lullaby or you can hear it as a serial killer singing to the person he just killed…how I want your soul to keep, off around the bend…”

Gone is played for the first time all year, by request. After the break, Ed asks, “We were just in the back, as if it were a kitchen just cooking up the next course…is everyone still hungry?” Then he asks the crowd “Who actually lives in Moline?” and says “I came up with a dish just for you guys,” and plays a new song that he says he wrote 10 minutes before the show, explaining:

“it’s a similar song to Better Man…this woman is in a relationship with a complete and utter asshole, prick, abuser, misogynist motherfucker…unlike Better Man, this one leaves.” 

Bee Girl is played as a request for a young girl named Allie in the crowd who is at her first show. Ed changes the words in In Hiding to “it seems so fucking simple now…sorry Allie!” Jeremy features a very loud crowd singalong. Mike wails on Eruption, which leads right into a great version of Alive. Matt lays down a great groove on Fuckin’ Up with both Mike and Stone soloing during the ending jam, sometimes parallel. After Yellow Ledbetter, Ed takes some time to give some extra shout-outs and thank you’s.

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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