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

Show at a Glance

  • Number of Songs: 22
  • Show Length: 1:55


Main Set: Lukin, Corduroy, Why Go, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Given To Fly, Scared Of Fear, React, Respond, Wreckage, Daughter/(Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2), Dark Matter, Even Flow, Wishlist, Waiting For Stevie, Black/(We Belong Together), Running, Porch

Encore 1: Last Kiss, Maybe It's Time, Crazy Mary, Do The Evolution, Alive, Rockin' In The Free World

Pearl Jam Show Notes 5/25/2024:

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…”

John Farrar

Content Editor & LO4L Host

I was obsessed with Pearl Jam in the early 90's, and then became a collector of their live bootlegs in the 2000's. I’ve seen them 12 times in 8 different states. I’m continuously blown away by their ability to create transcendent moments in concert. I owe them for my love of vinyl, live music, and so much more. I’m happy to have the podcast and this website as an outlet for that obsession.

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