May 13, 2022 – Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA, USA
Show at a Glance
- Venue: Oakland Arena
- Location: Oakland, CA
- Number of Songs: 25
- Show Length: 2:24
Pre Set: Throw Your Arms Around Me
Main Set: Long Road, Given To Fly, Once, (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Throw Your Hatred Down, Quick Escape, Dissident, W.M.A., Mind Your Manners, Brain Of J., Low Light, Even Flow, Immortality, Do The Evolution, State Of Love And Trust, Seven O’Clock, Rearviewmirror
Encore 1: Bee Girl, Smile, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Porch, Alive, Baba O’Riley
Pearl Jam Show Notes 5/13/2022:
Night 2 without Matt Cameron opens with Klinghoffer on drums and a deliberate Long Road, Ed gives a quick dedication “to Gretchen.” Following Once, Ed calls Matt a “legend” and we learn that he’s still in Arizona after his positive COVID test, Ed says that this show is dedicated to him. No new intro for Corduroy here, it’s Interstellar Overdrive instead. All the uncertainty of the previous night seems to be gone, they look confident and charged up. Richard Stuverud again joins on the kit for Throw Your Hatred Down, with a very cool breakdown at the end, even throwing in a little Ziggy Stardust. Before Quick Escape, Ed says “this one’s about life on Mars too…,” and it also has an extended solo section. Dissident is introduced as an old one, “one we haven’t played in a while, so let’s see if we get it right.” Stuverud begins the W.M.A. intro and to everyone’s surprise it’s full W.M.A., the first time since Greenville 2016! There’s an extended drum outro as well, pounding drums, a standout performance. Ed is visibly angry, pacing around in a circle, he kicks over an amp and hurls his wine bottle across the stage. A 17-year-old drummer named Kai Neukermans is introduced and joins for Mind Your Manners before Josh returns to the kit for Brain of J. After Even Flow, Ed is still worked up, saying
“I’m still mad that we were divided at the beginning [of the pandemic], not united…fuck you…fuck you…FUCK YOU….FUCK YOU!”
Seven O’Clock is only the second Gigaton song of the night and third post-2000 song, this is a heavy 90’s set, perhaps reflecting Ed’s frame of mind. Rearviewmirror FINALLY makes an appearance on the tour, Ed talks about Steve Gleason beforehand. Smile is played to the back. Boom gets a shoutout leading into Crazy Mary, which has a killer back and forth Mike and Boom duel. Ed is pacing around the stage again during Porch. Stuverud is absolutely rocking out on Baba, standing up at the kit and pounding away. Ed closes the show with “…love to Matt, we love you…goodnight, goodbye, until next time. Shaka.”
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Well, one of my main takeaways from the previous night was how refreshing it would be to not be so hung up on setlist nerd-ery for a couple nights. Of course they then do a show like this. Holy shit.
There were so many awesome moments, from the grand return of RVM to a smile-worthy Bee Girl, but to me THE unquestionable moment of the whole show is W.M.A. Fucking FULL W.M.A. Fucking FULL W.M.A. with the drum part.
First of all, from an instrumental/musical perspective this is such a pleasant shock. Who would’ve guessed that the first time they do this in its true form in years be with a replacement drummer? Though this show was dedicated to Matt, to me this night is all about Richard Stuverud. Now that he got a chance to get settled in the role, the pure jolt of life he brought to the stage all night was so refreshing and cool. But this took things to another level. I didn’t at all think he needed a more permanent role in the band after Night 1, but this performance has pushed me to thinking that conversation isn’t a silly one.
Now for the bigger thing: the use of the song from a topical perspective. At the end of the day, when the element that these are rescheduled 2020 dates is considered it goes from unexpected to a long time coming. The summer of 2020 was such a cultural moment that you knew they were gonna have to encapsulate those emotions in some performance at some point, and unsurprisingly it was through the return of this song in its full form. Not to mention what happens to have gone down in Buffalo less than 24 hours after this night. With that in mind though, rewatching the emotion Mike gave out onstage during the jam at the end almost drove me to tears.
Best show in a long long time, and it was without a band member. It just confirms that no matter how much time goes by, this band will always continue to find ways to blow minds.
Drum outro was both Richard and Josh, was great.
They night they finally play Rearview they also play WMA. If you predicted this then you need to go buy a lotto ticket.