August 10, 2018 – Safeco Field, Seattle, WA, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 35
  • Show Length: 3:30


Main Set: Oceans, Footsteps, Nothingman, Why Go, Brain Of J., (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Rats, In Hiding, Whipping, Even Flow, Missing, Daughter/(W.M.A./It’s O.K.), Immortality, I’m Open, Unthought Known, Can’t Deny Me, Do The Evolution, Lukin, Porch

Encore 1: I Won’t Back Down, Thin Air, All Or None, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Crown Of Thorns, Kick Out The Jams, Spin The Black Circle, (Fernando)/Rearviewmirror

Encore 2: Crazy Mary/(Paint It Black), Jeremy, Leash, Search And Destroy, Sonic Reducer, Alive, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter

Pearl Jam Show Notes 8/10/2018:

Night 2 of The Home Shows, a two-night fundraiser supporting the homeless in Seattle. Many references to Seattle and ‘home’ through the night, starting with an “I’ll be home once more” lyric change in Oceans. Ed speaks after Corduroy:

“Hello family, hello friends, hello neighbors, hello visitors, hello Seattle.”

Rats is dedicated to any “old Seattle residents that still might be residing.” After Whipping, Ed predicts that the world will be altered if people don’t show up in the elections. He then predicts that Mike will play out of his fucking mind, like always, but especially when he’s pissed off – he’s pissed off they are trying to tear down the Showbox, an iconic Seattle music venue. Later, during Even Flow, Ed starts a ‘Save our Showbox’ chant.

Missing, a song from Chris Cornell’s Poncier tape, is debuted with no acknowledgement of Chris before or after. After Immortality, Ed introduces Matt and allows him to take a bow. He then tells a story about being excited about being in Rolling Stone for Temple of the Dog for the first time, even though Madonna was on the cover, and then intimates that Madonna even slapped his ass in front of his wife, and then tried to slap her ass as well, “but it didn’t work out.” He then shows Stone on the cover of Real Change magazine, saying “I’d take him over Madonna, he’s my kind of guy.” Ed is out solo after the break for I Won’t Back Down, saying he  wants to play the song to get Tom’s attention, so he can tell Tom that he misses him.

Kim Thayil joins onstage prior to Kick Out the Jams. Kim shows his Chris Cornell t-shirt to the crowd and gets a huge crowd reaction. Spin the Black Circle is dedicated to Sub Pop Records. Rearviewmirror starts immediately after, and is aborted. Ed admits fault, saying he’s played the song “at least a couple times,” and drinks two huge pulls of the wine bottle, then continues: “I think I was playing the correct notes, but all I could hear is,” going into a few bars of Fernando by Abba. This seems to really amuse the rest of the band, all of them are seen smiling and laughing, as is most of the crowd. Before Search and Destroy, Kim Thayil is invited back, along with Mudhoney’s Steve Turner and Mark Arm. Lots of interaction between the guys during these two songs, the band all playing next to the guests, laughing and playing grab-ass. Lots of hugs as Ed acknowledges them again after Sonic Reducer. Before Yellow Ledbetter, Ed speaks again about local businesses contributing to the cause and giving portions of their sales, and again mentions homelessness, saying

”We want to be part of the solution…just don’t give up…this is not the time to give up, this is the time to rise up.”

Curtis Hames

Concertpedia Writer & Horizon Leg Patron

Like millions of others, I was introduced to Pearl Jam via the Jeremy video. 12 year old me was hooked, and that feeling never really went away. PJ has been the soundtrack to my life ever since. After getting some of the 2000 tour boots from Best Buy, I learned how powerful they were every night as a live band. I learned again when I first saw them live in Council Bluffs in 2003. Catch me on tour all over the midwest!

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  1. It was an absolutely beautiful night! Crazy things were going on around the Seattle area that night – it was the night an airport employee stole and Alaska Air airplane and went “Joy-Flying”. Lucky for all of us he didn’t buzz the field!

  2. Been awhile since I’ve been to a Pearl Jam show and had no idea the song being played. Only later did I find out it was Chris Cornell song. Such a great experience all around to see the band in their hometown and embracing their role in doing such good work for the community.