August 18, 2018 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL, USA

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 32
  • Show Length: 3:00

Setlist

Main Set: Wash, Low Light, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Breakerfall, Corduroy, Hail, Hail, Animal, Getaway, Leaving Here, Present Tense, Even Flow, Missing, Garden, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Can't Deny Me, Wishlist, I Won't Back Down, Porch

Encore 1: Just Breathe, Sleeping By Myself, Footsteps, State Of Love And Trust, Breath, Know Your Rights, Do The Evolution, Alone, Rearviewmirror

Encore 2: Rebel Rebel, Better Man, Alive, Rockin' In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter

Pearl Jam Show Notes 8/18/2018:

Ever conscious of the band’s relationship with the weather at Wrigley, the opening lyrics of Wash are changed to “oh please don’t let it rain today…this city’s so fuckin pretty.” Low Light is played as the sun sets, always a special moment. The Wrigley crowd belts out Small Town, and Ed remarks “you sound warmed up.” 2 songs in the up-tempo section make their 2018 debuts, Breakerfall and Getaway. Leaving Here early in the main set is a surprise, Ed asking everyone to “keep a high modicum of respect for your fellow man, and certainly the women.” After a fantastic Present Tense, Ed comments, “nice to play a song like that under the beautiful moon of Wrigley Field,” and continues, saying that he sees a sign that reads, “Play ‘Black, Red, Yellow’ you Evanston pussy.” Teasing, Ed responds “We played it two years ago…where were you? Mike, will you just rip his head off with the guitar during this next song?” and Mike obliges with a ridiculous Even Flow solo. Missing is played next, as a perfect and heartfelt tribute to Chris Cornell. Ed introduces Matt, saying, “it’s like being the greatest pitcher and the greatest hitter” (referring to Matt’s roles in PJ and Soundgarden). Not For You is extended, with a call and response section where Ed asks the crowd to “say hi to [Cubs manager] Joe Maddon,” and they go back and forth with “heyyyy Joe,” then talks about how he “sure found joy in this place as a 6/7-year-old.” After Wishlist, Ed talks about this guitar that he has never taken on the stage before, given to him by Tom Petty during his last tour and that the Wrigley stops meant so much to him. Ed asks the crowd to light up their phones so that “we can all see you..get Tom to come back and visit,” then treats the crowd to a solo electric version of I Won’t Back Down. In the encore, Dennis Rodman brings Ed a ukulele after Just Breathe and thanks Chicago for their support and for always believing in him. The two ‘Singles’ soundtrack songs are played back to back. Ed is giddy as he talks about the Cubs to open the second encore, giving a huge thanks to Tom Ricketts (Chairman of the Cubs) for saving the 2013 show. Ed brings Tom out to the stage with the World Series trophy as the video screens replay a dramatic Cubs walk-off. The celebration continues as Yellow Ledbetter closes the show. Ed switches the lyrics to “I want to come this way again” and signs off with “Thank you, Chicago…sure is nice being in centerfield.”

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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