April 9, 2016 – American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 30
  • Show Length: 2:50


Main Set: Corduroy, Do The Evolution, Mind Your Manners, Save You, Pilate, Dissident, W.M.A., Even Flow, Infallible, Daughter/(It’s O.K.), Sad, Down, Tremor Christ, Wishlist, Jeremy, State Of Love And Trust, Rearviewmirror

Encore 1: Good Woman, Just Breathe, Sleeping By Myself, Comfortably Numb, Sirens, Once, Given To Fly, Porch

Encore 2: Soldier Of Love, Spin The Black Circle, Black, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World

Pearl Jam Show Notes 4/9/2016:

The night kicks off with a charging Corduroy. Stone and Jeff shine during the early set mainstays, Do the Evolution, Save You and Dissident. Ed welcomes the crowd and recognizes that this is the band’s first Miami show in over 20 years before launching into Pilate. Before the first full performance of W.M.A. since 2012, Ed apologizes for the late set start time due to “traffic”, but reassures the crowd that the venue’s curfew is set up for a “late night town.” Ed thanks Dead Moon for writing It’s O.K. A spirited Sad makes its tour debut, followed by Down, both songs making their first appearance in nearly 2 years.

The show takes a comical turn during the lead up to Tremor Christ, as Ed sees two fans in the front row with the song written on their foreheads and adds it to the setlist, joking

“no chance in hell these guys are getting laid tonight.”

High-flying rockers SOLAT and RVM close out the main set before Ed returns to kick off the encore with a solo acoustic rendition of “Good Woman” by Cat Power, the first time he’s performed it at a PJ show. Next up, Ed dedicates Just Breathe to a friend and community member who had just lost his wife to breast cancer. The crowd continues singing Sirens after the song is over and they play a little full band reprise of it. The intense Porch jam goes on for over 4 minutes, Mike soloing like a madman then Stone takes over and finishes it off. The band returns for the second encore with the first Soldier of Love since 2010 (performed for the audience situated behind the band). Ed brings out Kevin Shuss and has the crowd sing Happy Birthday to him.

Matt bashes through the end of the Black solo, adding some intensity, then Ed brings it down quiet with some improv lyrics, stretching the song past 8 minutes. Mark Zupan, captain of the U.S. Wheelchair Rugby Team, is brought on stage to share in the Rockin’ in the Free World jam with a tambourine, and Ed triumphantly concludes the show by slamming his microphone stand on the stage.

Jeff Benanto

Writer & Contributor

I've gone through many different music phases in my life, but the one constant is Pearl Jam. Through epics shows (State College '03, Philadelphia '09, Boston '10, etc), a thousand spins of the '00 bootlegs, and many a failed attempt to get Ed's parts on Off He Goes and I Got Id down pat on the guitar, the band is an essential part of my musical and cultural existence.

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  1. This show…. The yearly anniversary of this show day is an annual holiday in my heart. Met my forever touring partner in the GA line that day. We shared our first -time- ever spaces on the rail next to each other… Stone’s side. A Corduroy opener…. The most epic version of WMA …. An It’s OK tag…. I received an acknowledgment from Ed re: my “21” shirt ( I’d made a pilgrimage to the show from Pittsburgh)…. And just when I thought the night couldn’t possibly get better, Mike emerged from one of his laps behind the stage and jumped into our arms during his Alive solo. Best night of my life. Ever. My kids are well aware that their birthdays are tied for second ; )