May 30, 2024 – Seattle, WA, USA

Show Notes:

The last show of the first leg of the 2024 tour starts with a powerful opening, as Black opens a show for the first time since Detroit 11/23/1991! Mike’s solo is tremendous, soaring into the stratosphere. Ed has on a…

Show Notes: 

The last show of the first leg of the 2024 tour starts with a powerful opening, as Black opens a show for the first time since Detroit 11/23/1991! Mike’s solo is tremendous, soaring into the stratosphere. Ed has on a guitar, and with the stage still dark, he starts Immortality next. Mike throws his head back for another soulful, intense solo. There’s a short, focused jam at the end with the band turned towards Matt, just riding on the tension. Ed says “Where are we? Oh, Seattle!” and mentions that the show is being broadcast live on SiriusXM radio. After Wreckage, Ed talks about the formative days of the band, saying that when he first met Jeff, he lived in a studio apartment “about 100 steps from the entrance to this building, on Johns Street…when I think about how long it took him to get 100 steps to this stage,” laughing and adding that Jeff’s family is there from Montana. He continues, talking about Mike’s job working at a restaurant across the street, teasing “…is this better than fuckin’ cutting pepperoni or whatever?” Mike responds “…it’s a little better, but [the restaurant] was pretty fun…we had a good time…I like this job better though.” Ed then mentions how Matt worked at Kinko’s, joking that “no wonder he never plays the same thing twice…he hates making copies!” He talks about his own job, working at Long’s Drugs, saying he would have ended up as an assistant manager, getting prescriptions for cost plus 10 percent. He calls Stone a “nepo baby” for working at Gossard Hardware, and says the point is to “be nice to your barista, because someday you might be asking them to get on the guest list…” Small Town has the “…glad I saw this place, thank you all for taking us…” lyric change and Ed compliments the crowd on their singing. After Jeremy, he points out that Ray McCready, Mike’s dad, is in attendance, to which Mike interjects “…hi dad, I’ll be home late tonight,” and Steve Gleason is there as well, Ed says “I see you smilin’!” He mentions that Mike has been playing through some pain, his friend Kenny Down had recently died of cancer, leading into an emotional Come Back. Ed dedicates Pilate “for the Seattle Pilots,” the original Seattle baseball franchise. Jeff shines on In My Tree. Over the intro to Love Boat Captain, Ed asks for the lights up and starts to speak:

“Let me tell you that this right here, this is something that we could never, for a second, take for granted, and we’re so grateful…to look around and see you all, this crowd, our town, our neighborhood, our city…”

He then mentions how it’s funny when he’s driving around and sees someone rocking out in their car to their music and tries to get their attention but they’re too busy, laughing as he adds “…oh well…see you next time.” He changes gears, talking how in this room our commonality is “music…but every day, our commonality is life…a roof over our head, food for our kids, ourselves, the ability to raise and educate a child, the freedom to love any gender, any identity…we are so very much the same in our needs…we are unified tonight in music but every day we are unified with the simple things…” At this point, he starts to get a little more animated, adding:

“…and let me scream this out…we cannot let ourselves be divided. To have the ability and the microphone to communicate, it’s not a gift, it’s a responsibility, and we would like to use it to say damn it, we’re being DIVIDED, and we should not be…we should not be…with all this chaos, we need to come together, amongst all the chaos, it’s insidious, and we should be refused to be used by a desperate politician, any politician, and we should remind ourselves that people have the power, thank you Patti Smith, never have truer words been spoken…if we let ourselves be divided, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, any kind of apathy will be taken advantage of, we will be divided be fear…driven apart…we cannot let that happen…there is no them, there is us…and let’s not get trapped in this game of division, things are pretty fucked up right now…but it’s 2024, man, we are living in the future…we have to demand that our human needs are being looked after, and if you’re someone who is dividing us, we divide from YOU. We can’t not say anything…thanks for letting us say something…but we’re not gonna apologize for being hopeful…I see, I witness, I feel love…let love and unity win the day.”

Love Boat Captain has the lyric change “…20 years ago today…” Still energized by the speech, Ed gives Porch an energetic intro. He comes out solo after the break, saying that “there’s no other guest list bigger than the one we have when we’re in Seattle…San Diego, Chicago…nope. Seattle.” He says that he wishes it were longer, getting emotional as he adds “there are certain names that I so deeply wish were on the guest list tonight, but we lost ’em too early and in ways that we could never imagine, and dammit if I can’t stop thinkin’ about them, but that’s a good thing too.” It’s the first time Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” is played at a Pearl Jam show, Ed on acoustic, similar to the Johnny Cash cover. After the song ends, Ed takes a moment and puts his head down on the guitar, mournful. The band returns for Inside Job, Matt’s wearing a Chris Cornell shirt which is shown on the screen and gets a nice cheer from the crowd. The visualizer for Inside Job is an outer space galaxy, similar to the new songs. Spin the Black Circle is dedicated to Easy Street Records. Afterwards, Josh comes up front and starts Something Special, and Ed interjects “..no, nope!” Josh starts it again, seemingly confused at the delay, and Ed exclaims “No! No! No, no, that’s the right song…” and then jokes “…new guys, you know.” He says “…we might not play in Seattle again for a while, I’m gonna have a drink and enjoy it…” and then says the people who run the arena said they could play anytime they want, joking “Tuesdays at Climate Pledge!” He says the first time he played Something Special for his girls, “I did cry a little bit…they’re both here tonight, but they’re not gonna see my cry on the radio tonight,” and he dedicates it to all the kids of the band members. Mike again throws in a little of War Pigs during the Alive solo, the crowd sounds great as well. Ed says “we’ll bid you adieu with this one on a historic day,” and Deep Sea Diver joins for RITFW, which has the lyric change “…a thousand points of light for democracy…” Ed says “see you in the car next time” and Setting Sun closes out the west coast leg.


May 28, 2024 – Seattle, WA, USA

Show Notes:

The first hometown show in nearly 6 years opens with Release, the crowd is loud and welcoming. Thin Air is a surprise, the first since 2022. After Low Light, Ed says “it’s about time we played this damn place,” and…

Show Notes: 

The first hometown show in nearly 6 years opens with Release, the crowd is loud and welcoming. Thin Air is a surprise, the first since 2022. After Low Light, Ed says “it’s about time we played this damn place,” and talks about how they were in the building a month ago getting the tour ready, saying they had thought about starting the tour here but decided to end it there “because it’s Seattle.” After Wreckage, he mentions “every street in this town is full of memories…wrote this song there, recorded that song there, broke up that fight there,” adding that he takes his daughters to school and will say “see that little apartment building, that’s where they filmed Singles,” joking that they act interested. He continues, saying “it’s always been a point of pride to be part of the musical community in this city, the artistic community…I hope we represented this town well…it really has been like a dream,” and then changes gears, talking about Trump and wondering when he’s “asleep in the courtroom, is he dreaming of being a rock star?” I Am Mine is one of the highlights of the night, Mike does so much in a short time. During the Even Flow solo, Mike runs over to the other side of the stage, and Jeff goes up to Mike’s pedal board and starts adding effects and hitting pedals with his feet, while still playing the bass line! When Mike runs back to his side after, Jeff gives him a playful shrug, as if to say ‘I did the best I could.’ After Even Flow, Ed mentions a 10-year-old drummer who’s in attendance. Ed goes down front and sings Daughter to a young girl, and the tag features him repeating the line “rise up,” a debut tag of Springsteen’s “My City of Ruins”, which has been done by the band and Ed, but not as a tag. Waiting for Stevie continues to be the breakout new song that we thought it would be, Ed prefacing it with “this is about a young woman who finds her calling.” He sits down and talks about Bill Walton, who recently passed, and a picture of him at a PJ show is shown on the screen. Ed calls him a “big man with a huge heart, a wide path of peace and love behind him,” and they dedicate Man of the Hour to him. Following that, Ed says he’s “nervous to play the next one…what would you call that, Satanic Panic?” and they break into Satan’s Bed. Jeff drives a propulsive RVM to close the main set. Ed dedicates Just Breathe to “our wives who used to be our girlfriends…who became moms,” then he jokes “now that we’re older…we’re excited they’ll be our girlfriends again.” The spotlight moves over to the pump organ, where Ed starts River Cross and the band gradually joins in and it gets heavy at the end. Ed dons a Kraken jersey during Alive and goes down to pour wine for the front row, and Mike adds the “War Pigs” tease. Deep Sea Diver comes on stage for Watchtower, Ed says “whoever knows how it goes…starts the song!” Stone points at Jessica from DSD, and she starts it, played at a slower tempo. Jeff’s sitting on the drum riser for Ledbetter, and as Mike is coming out of the first lead, he transitions into Little Wing, and the whole band follows, with Mike going back into the Ledbetter outro at the end. Ed says “you’re gonna make us want to make this a more usual occurrence…not just Thursday, but again and again and again…”


May 25, 2024 – Bottlerock Festival, Napa, CA, USA

Show Notes:

The band comes out under daylight, and with a quick survey of the crowd, Ed starts Lukin, which opens a Pearl Jam show for the first time ever! After the Corduroy call and response, Ed adds “…it’s a beautiful day,”…

Show Notes: 

The band comes out under daylight, and with a quick survey of the crowd, Ed starts Lukin, which opens a Pearl Jam show for the first time ever! After the Corduroy call and response, Ed adds “…it’s a beautiful day,” and the rest of the band gathers around Matt while Mike scorches a solo. After Why Go, Ed says “…why go home, we’re in Napa,” then asks if anyone actually lives here, adding “…lucky fuckin’ bastards.” He mentions the recording of Vs. took place close by “many moons ago,” and says that they’ve never played the next song “as close to where it was written and recorded…until tonight,” leading into Small Town. They don’t have the full screen for this festival show, but the visuals are still shown for the Dark Matter songs. Ed takes a swig from a wine bottle after Scared of Fear and says “…oh Jesus….that’s really good…why haven’t we played here before?” Stone rocks out during React, Respond. Ed sees someone in the crowd with a crutch, saying “there’s always one,” and then another person holds theirs up, to which Ed asks “…you were in the accident together, I see…do you guys know each other? No…you’re crutch buddies!” Ed sees a sign in the crowd, someone was at the Limelight show 4/12/92, Ed jokes “…was that the night we played? We were there too!” Then his memory seems to be jogged and he exclaims “Oh my god, I remember now! How are ya? You look great! That was a long time ago…what’s that? You got work done?” He adds that he doesn’t remember if they played the next one that night, “…but we may have…” leading into Daughter. Lyric change to “the sun goes down…” as Daughter transitions into the tag. Before Even Flow, Ed introduces Mike and Matt, saying that Mike responds to energy, “but don’t we all…see what you can make him do on this next one.” Ed adds some lines to Wishlist after looking out and seeing the sunset:

I wish I lived in wine country

And all my friends would wanna visit me

and drink wine starting at noon o’clock

sounds a lot like Bottlerock

play like I’m sober but I’m not

actually I am…but maybe not…

He adds “I won’t be…” to the end. He talks about the meaning of Waiting for Stevie, saying it’s about a young woman “who maybe hasn’t found her tribe yet, and finds herself in a crowd much like this one, exactly like this one…and feels community with the people around her.” He jokes that what we’re really waiting for is the chance to vote for Steph Curry for President. The Black solo is again a thing of raw, impassioned beauty. Ed improvs “search the sky…search the sky” at the end of the We Belong Together tag. Ed comes out and talks about Maricor, his friend from the Bridge School shows, saying “she’s in my heart every day…we don’t get to talk that often, but I’m playing this one for her.” He plays Last Kiss solo electric, a light fun version, and adds “love you Maricor!” at the end. Afterwards, he talks about A Star Is Born, calling it “absolutely beautiful…very powerful and very moving,” and Bradley Cooper joins on stage for Maybe It’s Time. Prior to Crazy Mary, Ed introduces Boom, “bringer of mana everywhere he goes…we’ve played this a few times before, but never has this song been more appropriate…it’s called Maria Loco.” The band is all over the place during Alive, Mike goes over to the right side and Jeff and Stone are way over on the left side in front of the video screen. Mike adds the War Pigs riff into the end. They waste no time getting into Rockin’ with the curfew looming, and Bradley Cooper comes back out to play tambourine and sing backups. Ed takes a drumstick and hits his tambourine with it, then breaks it and it rides up his arm. His hat does come off temporarily as he attempts to wear the broken tambourine. Ed leaves with “…have a great day tomorrow, say hi to the Queens of the Stone age for us, toast to My Morning Jacket, love us some Stevie Nicks too…I’m gonna come next year just to watch…”


May 22, 2024 – KIA Forum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Show Notes:

Midway through Long Road, Ed starts to talk as the band continues to play, getting more emotional as he goes on: “Um, my….[takes a deep breath]…I was going to tell you about my…sorry. There’s a guy in my life called…

Show Notes: 

Midway through Long Road, Ed starts to talk as the band continues to play, getting more emotional as he goes on:

“Um, my….[takes a deep breath]…I was going to tell you about my…sorry. There’s a guy in my life called Uncle John…John Vedder…he took me to some of my first concerts, he taught me how to play baseball, he took me to early Cubs games. He…he kinda shaped me from an early age and, um, it’s been ten years since he passed away…today. So, um, and it’s been a long ten years, because the days got longer, because I appreciated every day. I appreciated every day and I wanted to live every day in his name. And, the days got longer, and then, because I missed him, the days got longer. So anyways, before I felt, um, I just had to get it out of my system before we played tonight. So, with your help…”

He continues the song, a powerful version, Matt pounding out an almost funereal march beat. The crowd steps up on Nothingman, with the lights up. Jeff is prominent on Present Tense, lots of fluid bass runs. Afterwards, Ed talks about the previous night, saying “it was quite a crowd, but you think you can beat it? Convince me!” Go is played with a noticeably slower tempo, and with the silhouettes on the screen. Before Wreckage, Ed says “this love song…it’s got a happy ending. If it was another 30 seconds long you’d hear it…” and dedicates it to “Benmont [Tench, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers] and Alice” and their daughter. The line in Untitled is changed to “…34 minutes or so” (Ed’s wearing a #34 Walter Payton jersey). All Those Yesterdays is a superb version, led by Stone. Afterwards, Ed asks Mike “Whatcha got tonight?” and they tear into Even Flow. Following, Ed says “Can we talk drummers for a second?” He mentions that Chad Smith and Jack Irons are in attendance, and that he saw a picture of Taylor Hawkins backstage. Prior to Won’t Tell, he asks Jeff “Who’s #33? Kareem? Sweet Lew?” Mike is inspired during Black, almost knocking over his amps during the solo, a roadie has to come stabilize them. Ed sings a little of Petty’s “The Waiting” during the outro. There’s no projector action during the encore break tonight, Ed comes out and talks about taking requests, adding that “I feel like I’m a waitress at Denny’s and I need to check your ID before you get your free meal.” He sees a sign that it’s Rich’s 250th show, joking “I feel like I’ve only been to 250…” There’s another sign for someone named Jasmine who’s turning 40, adding “I hope all your dreams come true…except if you want Trump to be President,” and then says that since she’s been to so many shows he doesn’t have to worry about that. He continues, telling the story of picking his guitars for the tour and how Petty’s guitar stood out, leading into I Won’t Back Down. He asks for the last chorus one more time and the crowd obliges. Stone shines on Do the Evolution. After Alive, Ed says his mom is in the crowd tonight. Andrew Watt again joins for Rockin’, along with Chad Smith and the members of Deep Sea Diver. Ed prefaces Setting Sun with “…we wouldn’t be here without you…”

 


May 21, 2024 – KIA Forum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Show Notes:

Three more tour debuts to start, Oceans being no surprise to anyone. Ed starts a call and response after Off He Goes with the lights up, saying after “…well goddamn it’s the Forum…lookin’ fabulous tonight for sure.” Mike owns Why…

Show Notes: 

Three more tour debuts to start, Oceans being no surprise to anyone. Ed starts a call and response after Off He Goes with the lights up, saying after “…well goddamn it’s the Forum…lookin’ fabulous tonight for sure.” Mike owns Why Go, another good crowd tonight too. The Dark Matter first 3 are back tonight, after Wreckage Ed talks about being at a Lakers game as a kid and meeting some people, one of which is at the show tonight. Got Some is the first Backspacer song of the tour, lively and energetic. During the Daughter tag, Ed throws in “politicians leave women’s bodies alone…religions leave women’s bodies alone!” The Pink Floyd tag is no coincidence, as following the song Ed talks about trying to see them in LA in February 1981, telling a story about getting the money to his friend for the tickets, and then his friend forgetting the tickets at home but using Ed’s money to scalp a ticket and get inside to see the show while Ed had to sit in the parking lot. He jokes at the end, “Did I get him tickets for tonight? Forgot ’em at home…” He adds the line “…when I was 15…thought I knew everything” to In My Tree, aided considerably by Josh pounding away on extra drums at the end. Waiting for Stevie has a little different feel tonight, the ending is a little darker. After Even Flow, Ed talks about seeing a sign up front, someone has their 83-year-old father in the GA pit tonight. Ed asks them if he can do anything and they joke “a better place to see the show…” Ed dedicates Faithfull to the friends of Michele Castrellon, who had recently passed after the Vancouver shows, and her picture is shown on the screens. He adds the lyric “…Michele what are we to do?” Andrew Watt joins on stage, playing Ed’s part during RVM. After being used during Porch so far, the rear view mirror visual on the screens finally comes together. Another quick projector message tonight, Ed draws the Kansas City Chiefs logo and then simply writes:

Go Chiefs

He adds a smiley face, no doubt a reference to his comments about Harrison Butker the other night. He comes back out solo, praises the “phenomenal” crowd, and for the first time this tour it’s not a cover, it’s a PJ song, Just Breathe. He then talks about the crew, bringing out “Tommy LBC,” who’s wearing what looks to be a Golden State basketball jersey. Tommy says he lost a bet with Jeff, the Lakers won and that’s why he’s wearing it. Ed jokes that Jeff’s punishment would have been to wear a Lakers jersey in LA, saying “let me handle your bets from now on.” State of Love and Trust finally makes its tour debut and gets the crowd going. Ed sees another sign held by a girl, saying “5th show: 4 were in the womb,” referring to the Spectrum 2009 shows. He talks about how his daughter Olivia and his wife are both there, and makes another dig at Harrison Butker, saying:

“In the future, there will be a woman in the NFL…and she’ll be the kicker…”

After Something Special, he says this is another one about “not being under anyone’s control,” and they tear into Leash. Ed goes down side stage at the end, the 83-year-old from earlier is there watching, and they talk for a moment. Mike goes down front for Alive, and Baba O’Riley is a big singalong before Setting Sun closes out the show once more. 10 more tour debuts tonight, with Vs. finally breaking through, but no Vitalogy.


May 18, 2024 – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Show Notes:

The unique opener streak continues with Of the Girl tonight, Ed is in a great mood and dancing all around. He holds the last note of Low Light beyond the song’s ending, and then afterwards talks about he had some…

Show Notes: 

The unique opener streak continues with Of the Girl tonight, Ed is in a great mood and dancing all around. He holds the last note of Low Light beyond the song’s ending, and then afterwards talks about he had some vocal issues after the last show and had to get some drugs for it, adding “I’m gonna sing my ass off…I’m gonna have some fuckin’ fun too…” praising the Thursday night crowd and asking for help tonight. Garden is heavy, the crowd takes the last chorus, Ed is out on his platform conducting. After Mind Your Manners, he says “spotlight on Mr. McCready please…” and the silhouettes are out for the 5th song tonight, Given to Fly. The Dark Matter songs are mixed up tonight, breaking out of the formula we saw at the first few shows. Running has a fast and furious ending, Ed yelling “fuck off!” at the end. Before Dark Matter, he says if you called Matt Cameron “one of the greatest drummers on the planet, he’d still be underrated.” Following, he goes through a list of birthday acknowledgements, including a woman named Christina, who, along with her husband Pedro, are given an upgrade in seats from Ed. Wreckage has a false start but they quickly get back into it. Before Severed Hand, Ed says “here’s one we don’t play often,” and talks about the EDM festival that’s in town for the weekend, joking that there’s “more DJ’s that homeless people in Seattle” and that people out on the streets are “high as fuck,” quoting the late comedian Bill Hicks, “…not all drugs are good…some are great.” Mike rips the Severed Hand solo, one of the best of the night. Ed takes a piece of paper from a fan up front with a request for Gone, saying “we absolutely have to practice that.” Won’t Tell returns for just the 2nd time. Mike starts the Even Flow solo with his teeth, another showstopping performance. Ed then tells the story from 1993 when they had “Terry” Presley on stage to sing “My Way,” and Ed saw something coming toward the stage and grabbed it, it turned out to be an AA battery, he says “…someone was trying to kill Terry Presley!” He continues, asking “Who’s winning? Who’s losing?” and then remembers the woman from night 1 who he had given the $500 to, asking how it turned out. She hands over a thick envelope with a note on it, saying that she had lost the money but her and her friends had decided to go all in for EB, they have sheets of paper with the EB research logo on it, and Ed pulls out a significant amount of money. He says “…that I did not expect…now you’re choking me up” after reading the note. Out Of My Mind is played for only the 6th time. Spin the Black Circle has some vertical bar visuals, showing the band playing. The Porch jam is hypnotic and focused, another Mike highlight. Just a quick projector note from Ed tonight, including a U2 reference:

You up for a few more?

Uno mas?

dos, tres, catorce?

He comes out with a guitar, but then asks for the gold guitar, which is brought out, and he thanks Deep Sea Diver and talks about women playing music, referencing the Harrison Butker story from this week, and starts Throw Your Arms Around Me, but stops after a few seconds, taking the gold guitar off and asking for the red guitar, Tom Petty’s guitar, and plays I Won’t Back Down instead. You Are is played for the first time since 2018, with blue spotlights and psychedelic purple and green visuals. After Once, Ed says his daughter Harper is in attendance and finds her up front, and Josh comes up to the front of the stage again for Something Special. Mike has a shiny gold jacket for the encore, and Ed has his on as well for Alive. Jeff pretends to throw dice during the band intros, and they end the same way they did night 1, with Yellow Ledbetter into Setting Sun.

 


May 16, 2024 – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Show Notes:

Ed ramps up the intensity on the build in Sometimes, adding “…wouldn’t that be amazing if you were here, god…” before the outro. The crowd is fantastic, singing along early. Hard to Imagine is a surprise early, Jeff, Stone, and…

Show Notes: 

Ed ramps up the intensity on the build in Sometimes, adding “…wouldn’t that be amazing if you were here, god…” before the outro. The crowd is fantastic, singing along early. Hard to Imagine is a surprise early, Jeff, Stone, and Mike getting into the slow groove. Ed puts on a guitar halfway through, making it a 4-guitar assault with Josh also helping out in the back. Mike falls to his knees during a powerful, emotive Black solo, all Ed can do it just point over at him as it winds down. Ed then asks for the lights to come up, and toasts “everybody who came from somewhere else to join us in the desert,” pointing out that this is the smallest venue of the tour leg. Hail, Hail is the first non-Yield song to be in the 4th spot, two No Code this early is great to see. Daughter breaks up the Dark Matter 1st 4 set that had been played at every previous show on the tour. Ed thanks Andrew Watt afterwards, and says the next one is “for all the dreamers…” and Wishlist follows. He adds some lines at the end:

“I’m only betting on what’s important to me

my one true love and my family

I don’t need Vegas to feel lucky…”

He then adds in a quick line about losing $500 at blackjack, and then talks about how tonight’s setlist wasn’t written before the show or this afternoon, but at 4 am a few nights ago. Breakerfall follows, the only acknowledgement of Binaural‘s anniversary on the show date. Before the Even Flow solo, Ed exclaims “…alright, rip it up!” Upper Hand is another standout Dark Matter track so far on this run. Afterwards, Ed says the next song is about Stevie Wonder, then adds “…no, it’s about Stevie Nicks….no, it’s about Steve Gleason…or Stevie Ray Vaughan…it’s about the power of music,” leading into Waiting for Stevie, which is becoming a staple after being the last Dark Matter song to debut. After Tremor Christ, Ed says he “wants to experiment real quick” and pulls out $500 and gives it to a woman in the front row after making sure she’ll be attending the next show. He asks her to try and double it at the casinos by Saturday, “if you lose it, that’s the experiment, and if you win, we split it…” and then jokes that he took it from Stone anyway. Tonight’s projector message is:

Well Thank You Las Vegas!!!

Louder??

After the break, Ed tells a story about playing a solo show at the Pearl, a benefit for EB, and a woman came up with a wad of cash and asked him to play Black. He explained that he doesn’t do that, it’s a Stone song, but then more and more people came up with money, about $3000, and he said “I gotta fuckin’ do it.” The solo cover tonight is the Pearl Jam debut of “Maybe It’s Time,” the Jason Isbell-penned song from A Star is Born. Ed changes the lyric to “I’ve seen hell in Vegas” (instead of Reno). More tour debuts as Inside Job follows. Stone and Mike trade sides of the stage during Evolution. Ed plays a little of U2’s “Bad” as an intro to Corduroy, which has a long, great call and response, the crowd was in great form all night. Breath gets a huge reaction as always. Andrew Watt comes on stage for Alive, taking over the solo and going around to each band member. Ed says “sometimes it doesn’t even feel real…very, very grateful and we love you,” and once again, Ledbetter feels like it’s closing the show but then the lights go out and Setting Sun continues its run at the end. Best show of the tour so far.

 


May 13, 2024 – Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA, USA

Show Notes:

I’m Open is an early surprise as the band finally returns to Sacramento after the cancelled 2022 date. After Small Town, Ed acknowledges their absence, “…in 30-plus years, we’ve only said these next three words like three times…good evening Sacramento!”…

Show Notes: 

I’m Open is an early surprise as the band finally returns to Sacramento after the cancelled 2022 date. After Small Town, Ed acknowledges their absence, “…in 30-plus years, we’ve only said these next three words like three times…good evening Sacramento!” Faithfull is either downtuned or out of tune, sounding nothing like we’re used to, but they push through it. Ed is very animated during React/Respond, he has a small platform that extends off the front of the stage closer to the crowd. Matt really shines on the Dark Matter songs, especially the title track. Garden has a blue/green visualizer, and Ed takes someone’s phone and sings into it at the end of the song. Afterwards, he notes that it’s been 33 years, “33 1/3 actually,” he adds, since they played Sacramento for the first time, and talks about how the club they played at, the Cattle Club, is still there. He mentions their name was Mookie Blaylock at the time, and that they were opening up for Alice in Chains, at which point Mike starts playing the “It Ain’t Like That” riff, and the band picks up on it for a few seconds, teasing like they’re going to play it, causing the crowd to erupt, and Ed even sings a little “Man in the Box,” changing the lyric to “I’m the man wearing Crocs.” He continues, talking about how Steve Buscemi was recently assaulted in New York. The stage and screen are all pink and purple and green for Dance of the Clairvoyants, and then red for Even Flow, Mike thrashing around his area during the solo as the color changes to yellow. Before Waiting for Stevie, Ed mentions that it’s Stevie Wonder’s birthday and gets the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to him. Just like the first performance, this second one is highlighted by Mike. Ed says that the next one “came to Jeff in a dream…we were being chased,” leading into Running. He says they received an “important dedication” recently, that we lost someone about a month ago, Tom Pugh, the founder of Given to Live, who had passed away unexpectedly. Ed praises his “powerful energy” and mentions they would like to keep the organization going in Tom’s name, adding “Tom, we love you, miss you already,” as he starts Light Years, but can’t get the rhythm right. He stops and says “emotional…” and then they start the song again. Tonight’s projector message:

How you doing Sacto?

Any song requests?

Oh shoot…one at a time?

I dunno just text me 1 206 337 816…oh fuck I forgot

How about this request? More laws regarding access

to guns and gun safety and less laws

regarding women’s bodies

He comes out again solo after the break, mentioning that Josh had said this was one of their favorite arenas to play, it feels small. He talks about a woman named Margaret, who was his daughter’s nanny, showing a picture of her and one of his daughters on screen, and how she left the Vedder family and had moved to Sacramento, she’s in the audience with her fiancé, and they’re shown dancing during Picture in a Frame. Speaking of Josh, he’s up in the crowd filming this performance. It’s a Ten-fest in the encore, starting with Jeremy. Ed’s over on Mike’s side of the stage watching the solo, which is spectacular as usual. Ed mentions Stone and Jeff’s 40-year musical partnership, and they share a hug before Evolution. Mike teases a KISS song at the end of Alive. Ed talks about all the friends they have at the show, including his uncle Freddie Vedder, and asks “would you like to hear one more song?” After the crowd responds in the affirmative, he adds “…love to Uncle Freddie” and starts Porch. He goes way out behind the GA section during the jam and shakes hands before making his way back for the end. Goodbyes are said but it’s the fake-out again and the lights go out for Setting Sun, which keeps getting better and better. Dark Matter and Ten dominate the setlist, with 14 of the 25 songs played.


May 10, 2024 – Moda Center, Portland, OR, USA

Show Notes:

After opening sets by Matt’s Wipers tribute band Is This Real? and Deep Sea Diver, the familiar strains of Release open the show. Ed sings “…dear Chris…” for his brother. Nothing As It Seems gives Mike a chance to go…

Show Notes: 

After opening sets by Matt’s Wipers tribute band Is This Real? and Deep Sea Diver, the familiar strains of Release open the show. Ed sings “…dear Chris…” for his brother. Nothing As It Seems gives Mike a chance to go off early. Jeff is stellar during the Present Tense jam, quick fluid bass runs all over the place. Ed says “Good evening…don’t worry about a curfew, we’re not really paying attention to that tonight,” which elicits applause from the crowd, and then praises Is This Real?, saying he was worried Matt might be tired, but it seems to have energized him, so “look out Portland, here we come!” The silhouettes are up again for the 4th song, and just like the tour opener it’s Given to Fly. Ed goes high on the first verse and changes the line to “made it to P-town,” letting the crowd take the “…fuckers!” line. The Dark Matter opening mini-set follows, looks like this will be a mainstay of the tour. After React/Respond, Ed talks about Gerry Lopez, a surfer who moved to Oregon from Hawaii, known for his Lightning Bolt brand of surfboards. He says they named Lightning Bolt after him, and that about 6 months ago they played him the new record and the next one was his favorite, leading into Wreckage. Following Dark Matter, Ed jokes that there’s “no slouching up on stage” because all their wives are there and they’re trying to impress them. He gives special recognition to Mike and his wife Ashley, who just celebrated their 19th anniversary, and teases that “she went home after the last solo.” The W.M.A. tag is funky, Ed adding some angular guitar and Jeff transitioning into the actual W.M.A. bass line at the end. Stone has a fantastic solo on Not For You and the Modern Girl tag returns, perhaps due to Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney’s role in Portlandia (the setlist also has “Portlandia” at the top”). Before Even Flow, Ed mentions the Satyricon, a small club they played back in the early days and talks about the inspiration for the song, and Mike takes another opportunity to put on a clinic. Seven O’Clock is a request, dedicated to Connie Kellar. Waiting For Stevie makes its much-anticipated debut, Ed goes down to a small platform down by the rail to sing the second verse and Mike absolutely crushes the solo, taking it into the stratosphere. After Last Exit, Ed is strumming chords on his guitar and talks about grief, mentioning that 2 days ago was the 9-year anniversary of his brother Chris’s accidental passing while climbing in Africa, almost breaking down in tears talking about it. He adds that he’s given a lot of advice to other people about grief, but “all that advice…I could not hear it myself.” A somber moment. During the break, Ed gets on the overhead projector once again:

Keep Portland WEIRD-ER

than Seattle

ANY SONG REQUESTS?

LOUDER, CAN’T HEAR

WAIT, ONE AT A TIME

We love Sleater-Kinney

We love Quasi

We love Mudhoney

We love Steve Albini [who had passed just days prior]

How about this for a request…?

more reasonable laws about gun access & safety…

AND LESS laws about a woman’s body!!!

C’mon!!

Ed comes back out and has Tom Petty’s guitar again, telling a story of how Tom traded it to him, and I Won’t Back Down is dedicated to Dr. David Gunn. Do the Evolution has the alternate video again tonight, just like Vancouver night 1, and Ed adds “…same old shit…” after the “admire my clone” line. Crazy Mary is less folksy and more anthemic tonight, the band adding some arena rock accents to it, Mike has his guitar pointed up at the sky. A reworked Mamasan trilogy follows, Once then Alive into Footsteps, only the third time it’s been done in this order and the first since Pittsburgh 2003 (The first was Reno 1993). Ed intros the band and says goodbye, but then the lights go out and Setting Sun again closes the show.


May 6, 2024 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC, CAN

Show Notes:

Night 2 in Vancouver kicks off with another 4-song set of 90’s material, Ed commenting during Nothingman “…good singin’,” and the house lights are up for the ending. Immortality is an early surprise, with an extended jam at the end…

Show Notes: 

Night 2 in Vancouver kicks off with another 4-song set of 90’s material, Ed commenting during Nothingman “…good singin’,” and the house lights are up for the ending. Immortality is an early surprise, with an extended jam at the end and Jeff, Mike, Stone, and Ed all gathered around Matt. The silhouettes are up on the screen for the 4th song again, another Yield one tonight, In Hiding. After a uptempo Scared of Fear, Ed says “…like that one? That’s Mr. Stone Gossard.” Before Wreckage, he talks about all the one-word song titles on Ten, mentioning a few, and says the next one follows that tradition. Following Dark Matter, Ed says Mike “makes it look easy, even when it’s not” and hears someone make a comment about Mike, causing him to utter “fuck you” teasingly, pointing out a crowd member with a “sexy hat and glasses…don’t fuck with my man Mike McCready…” He talks about a 14-year-old girl named Hannah, who has “a bit of a medical thing,” but the doctors were able to move her surgery to next week so she could attend the show. After Wishlist, Ed says they’re “switching the list for a second” and Down is cut and Even Flow is moved up. Mike puts on a clinic again during Even Flow, and continues with a soaring solo on Quick Escape, which still has plenty of post-Gigaton energy. Got to Give makes it debut, with a fiery visual behind it. Ed explains afterwards that the Red Mosquito flub from night 1 was his fault, even though he tried to blame it on Jeff, and adds “accountability feels so good…feel free to boo me as well,” and there’s a smattering of boos, and he encourages more, and by the third time there’s a decent boo from the crowd. An extreme closeup of Jeff’s hands is shown during the end of Jeremy, and Ed points out a young boy named Ryan who’s been rocking out on his dad’s shoulders all night, teasing that the pot smell is coming from his direction. Ed gets on the overhead projector again during the break:

So…last week in Seattle

We hung out with Stanley

THE STANLEY CUP

May it arrive here NEXT

GO COACH TOCCHET

AND the CANUCKS!

1st PJ show ever OCT 91 in Seattle

1st PJ show in Vancouver Jan 11 91!

As he’s writing the Vancouver date, he realizes his mistake and erases the 1 in OCT 91 and changes it to a zero for 1990, then continues:

3 mos old!

1st show Town Pump

1st show w/Neil Young

here in ’92?

our favorite B.C. show

Commodore Ballroom 2000

Here, he goes back and puts an up arrow in between “our” and “favorite” and adds “new” and finishes it off with:

Rogers Arena 2024

Coming out on stage again solo, Ed talks about loss, and mentions that on April 21st, Jerome Rothenburg had passed away, calling him a poet, and that he had been married for 74 years, and that he had known Jerome’s son Matthew when he was young. Keep Me in Your Heart is dedicated to their family. Do the Evolution has more of the original video tonight, none of the extra footage that was in the previous performance. Ed does add in the “admire Stone” line, though. Afterwards, he says that they “played this one at the Town Pump…and then we didn’t play it for a long time,” leading into Alone! Alive follows, the first time those two songs have been played consecutively since 2/28/92 (the first time was, of course, at the Off Ramp in 1990)! Setting Sun closes out the show again, with a very cool eye-based visualizer. 10 of 11 Dark Matter songs played over the two nights, but we’re still waiting for Waiting For Stevie.

 


May 4, 2024 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC, CAN