May 5, 2016 – Centre Videotron, Quebec City, QC, CAN

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 35
  • Show Length: 3:00


Main Set: Of The Girl, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Once, Last Exit, God’s Dice, Even Flow, Pilate, Light Years, Severed Hand, Corduroy, You Are, Mind Your Manners, Whipping, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, State Of Love And Trust, I’m Open, MFC, Why Go, Better Man/(Save It For Later)

Encore 1: The Needle And The Damage Done, Thumbing My Way, Sleeping By Myself, Wash, Comatose, Lightning Bolt, Sad, Surrender, Porch

Encore 2: Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop/It’s O.K.), Do The Evolution, Jeremy, Black, Alive, Baba O’Riley

Pearl Jam Show Notes 5/5/2016:

Of the Girl opens, the first of 4 Binaural songs in the main set. Matt jumps the gun and starts Last Exit after Small Town but stops and Once is played first. Ed introduces Pilate by saying

“alright, this is going to be fun…”

Light Years is dedicated to a man and his family. Stone grooves on a powerful You Are. After the first NAIS since 2014, Ed makes a long speech about life and love and dedicates Given to Fly to Valerie and “her great man Jan, who’s still here in the next song.” I’m Open is a nice little gem to break up the pace and breathe after SOLAT, and takes the place of Untitled, flowing naturally into MFC. An almost 8-minute Better Man ends the main set, with Ed riffing on Save it for Later. After the break, Ed says,

“I’m going to play a song by Uncle Neil. And to sing like Neil, you gotta sing high, but you don’t have to sing perfect. So I’m going to keep that in mind, and you keep that in mind too in case you want to join in… Neil, one of the things he taught us, if it ain’t perfect, it’s perfect. I’m sure this is going to be a perfect version,”

and plays a solo version of The Needle and the Damage Done. The band then joins Ed on stage for an amazing Thumbing My Way. Wash comes out of nowhere to transition out of the mellow section.

After Lightning Bolt, Ed sees a kid with a sign in the front row and brings him up on stage, saying “I saw him play this song with his pop” (his mom had sent a video of him playing it) and introduces 10-year-old Noah Keeley. Noah plays along to Sad, and does a great job! Stone plays right next to him and Mike comes over to play the solo beside him. Noah gets a huge ovation as he leaves the stage, and Ed remarks,

“Noah, you are a badass. That took a lot of guts,”

then continues,

“We’re going to play one for Noah’s mom and dad”

before launching into Surrender. After the second break, Ed speaks about the Capitales, a local baseball team, and sports a jersey made for them to celebrate 25 years together. He then introduces Daughter, saying

“He is gonna start this next song. He wrote it. He wrote all the good ones…Mr. Stone Gossard.”

McCready is unreal on the Black solo, pure and powerful. Ed concludes the evening by saying

“We will never forget this one.”

Justin Goulet

Writer & Contributor

There is nothing better than PJ live (especially in the Northeast). I am still chasing It’s Ok and Red Mosquito after all these years ... one day they will happen.

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