May 12, 2022 – Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA, USA
Show at a Glance
- Venue: Oakland Arena
- Location: Oakland, CA
- Number of Songs: 24
- Show Length: 2:25
Pre Set: Needle And The Damage Done, I Won’t Back Down
Main Set: Rockin’ In The Free World, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Why Go, Corduroy, Quick Escape, Superblood Wolfmoon, Nothingman, Even Flow, Given To Fly, Wishlist, Black, Do The Evolution, Daughter/(Long May You Run), Not For You/(Modern Girl), Seven O’Clock, Jeremy, Porch
Encore 1: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Lukin, Animal, Alive, Baba O’Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
Pearl Jam Show Notes 5/12/2022:
The band opens with Rockin’ in the Free World, which has never been used as an opener before! The house lights are up, Klinghoffer is on drums, and after Small Town, Ed addresses the crowd, revealing that Matt Cameron tested positive for COVID the day before:
“Even his superhero status couldn’t prevent him from testing positive.”
He adds that they are lucky to have Josh, the “Shohei Ohtani of rock and roll,” filling in for him. During Corduroy, Ed references Cameron, saying “…everyfuckinthing’s changed!” Josh heads back over behind Mike’s amp, and Ed introduces RNDM drummer and longtime friend Richard Stuverud, saying they called him yesterday,
“He was in the middle of teaching a music class, we said, ‘Hey, do you want to come play with Pearl Jam tomorrow?’ He said ‘I’ll call you back, I gotta go change my pants.’”
After Superblood Wolfmoon, Ed tells a story about Jeff and Richard doing some writing and demoing in between Vs. and Vitalogy at Reciprocal Recording, they invited Ed down and he drove down in a ‘64 Plymouth, they played Nothingman and he got a cassette of it afterwards, saying he drove home listening to it, screaming along at the top of his lungs, and asks for the crowd’s help to scream along tonight. Stuverud takes a short drum solo during Even Flow and Mike is extra flashy during the outro. Ed points out a sign that reads “Last time I saw Pearl Jam, I wasn’t born yet,” then mentions a recent story about a woman giving birth on the side stage at a Metallica show during Enter Sandman, joking that they almost ended up naming their child James Ulrich or Sandman. Klinghoffer is back on the kit for GTF. After Evolution, Ed makes mention to the Bridge School benefit, and says
“…NEXT time we play the Bridge School…I hear rumors…good ones…”
He gives a shout out to the families and teachers and artists who all put in their time playing the Bridge School, and mentions Amber Jean Young, who just had her first art exhibit and is raising money for ovarian cancer. She named her gallery after Pegi Young. Ed calls Daughter a “dark” song, and Neil’s “Long May You Run” is tagged for the first time. He makes a reference to a show back in 1973 where Keith Moon passed out twice at a Who show, and they asked if anyone could play. Ed asks anyone in the crowd if they can play drums and a fan is spotlighted, everyone around him pointing at him. Ed sees him, and says they are going to test him and bring him back in the encore. He continues, saying the Oakland A’s were the coolest team in the 70’s, and names just about every member of their World Series roster. Stuverud joins the band again during Seven O’Clock. Jeremy has a little bit of a funky guitar riff before the bass comes in, and Stuverud plays it a little slower than usual.
In the encore, Ed asks for another bottle and passes it into the crowd, mentioning that they can’t share the bottle together, “we’re not going to make this a wine tasting superspreader event,” but solo cups are broken out and everyone can enjoy a drink. Ed gives a nod to the audience, calling them the best crowd yet on the tour. Klinghoffer is back on drums for Better Man, and Ed messes around in the tag, speaking somewhat unintelligibly, but compliments the entire band. Tons of Townshend windmills from Ed. He references the Metallica story again and says:
“If you’re having a baby now, you’d have to name it… Lukin!”
Stuverud returns for Animal, making its tour debut. There’s a massive ending build at the end of Baba that gets wild, and Ed holds out a lengthy note at the end. He says his goodbyes afterward, making a point to thank Josh and Richard, and then says “we have one more drummer tonight…,” inviting out the fan from earlier, Josh Arroyo, to play Yellow Ledbetter. He’s wearing the “Krusen&Chamberlain&Abbruzzese&Irons&Cameron” shirt, and Ed jokes that he’ll have to add his own name to it. The lucky fan lives out a dream, doing an excellent job on the drums. Ed even looks back, visibly impressed, and Arroyo gets to take a bow with the band at the end.
Share Your Memories
Well, this instantly just becomes the story of the tour — and there is such a duality to it.
On one hand, I think that any remaining doubters of MFC’s importance and superhero status got proven wrong with this show. There is no way to understand someone’s presence more than having the context of their absence, and that’s what we got here. Hope he gets better soon so we can give him more love than ever.
On the other, Josh(x2!) and Richard did an AWESOME job and it was so cool to see them have this spotlight. Though they obviously were gonna simplify some things considering how fluid and quick their replacement was, it was fun to see the drums breathe a little more and have us hanging on the edge of our seat about it for the whole show.
There are gonna be a lot of San Francisco/Red Mosquito show comparisons (especially with the poetic RITFW opener), but I think this band member absence due to sickness ultimately carries a notably different response from the fans (though fuck those fans for booing Neil Young). In a way this is a really cool experiment to see play out, because suddenly the surface-level talk about set length and song selection fades into the background — EVERY song, no matter how monotonous, becomes interesting to watch when they’re trying to fill in for a band member.
I’m excited to see how this changes the trajectory of what the band chooses to do with this tour! I think it’ll only make for a more enticing experience for us fans.
In getting ready for going to the Las Vegas gig, I was trying to “What-If” Richard getting the spot instead of Cameron. I love all the stuff he’s done with Jeff and, controversial take, I hope he plays Vegas🤞
Rocking as the opener?? Really? Like Wtf is with this tour. Absolutely amazing. This is what I want from PJ. Unpredictable setlists where anything can happen. Stuff like this makes me forget that they haven’t played Rearview.
Thanks for the recap- laughing at the “name your kid Lukin” comment because that’s exactly what we did, he is now 12 years old! 😂😂
After the Metallica story Ed also mentioned that if anyone needs to have a baby during the show, the merch tent is equipped to deliver cesareans for an extra $20, lol