July 3, 2018 – Tauron Arena Kraków, Kraków, POL

Show Notes:

Of the Girl and Present Tense makes for an interesting open. Ed first greets the lively crowd after Do the Evolution, recounting their first Polish show, Warsaw in 1996, and remarks it’s their first time in Krakow. Other Side is…

Show Notes: 

Of the Girl and Present Tense makes for an interesting open. Ed first greets the lively crowd after Do the Evolution, recounting their first Polish show, Warsaw in 1996, and remarks it’s their first time in Krakow. Other Side is played for only the 3rd time, and the first since 2013. Green Disease is requested in an unusual fashion by a couple of girls: “not normally do we get requests on the forehead,” Ed says. Later, playing Garden, he shares “it was written a long time ago, but still has a lot of meaning to us.” You Are and Given to Fly pair well together near the end of the main set. After the break, toward the end of Just Breathe, the front of the house sound console fails, and the crowd finishes the song singing it a capella, transitioning into the outro of Black. Under the bed of Wasted Reprise, Ed discusses the importance of various protests in the country, including pro-gender equality and LGBT rights demonstrations, the protest for the rights of people with disabilities, and the threats in the country to limit peaceful protests. The crowd is engaged in some call and response during the Better Man jam with Ed improvising off of Save it for Later, stretching the song out to 8 minutes. Alive completes the show’s Mamasan trilogy, Once and Footsteps having been played earlier in the encore. Show heavy on Riot Act-era songs and Ten songs, an unusual juxtaposition.


July 3, 2014 – Open’er Festival, Gdynia, POL

Show Notes:

After some much-needed days off, the night kicks off with a fury of light and sound as Go roars to life. Ed welcomes the crowd with a safety check and some ground rules for front-row moshing. With these instructions, he…

Show Notes: 

After some much-needed days off, the night kicks off with a fury of light and sound as Go roars to life. Ed welcomes the crowd with a safety check and some ground rules for front-row moshing. With these instructions, he reminds the crowd to…Mind Your Manners. He shows off his (lack of) Polish speaking skills before Given to Fly, translated as “It’s a beautiful night…it’s a beautiful night…It’s getting chilly…let’s warm up…to each other…bless you.” Afterwards, he dedicates the next song to the promoter Nicolas, saying:

“He had to call someone in Warsaw because one of us didn’t have his passport and couldn’t get in.  But as you can see, we are all here and we are very grateful for them trusting us. Thank you, authorities. Usually you like to say, like, “fuck the police,” “fuck the government,” but every once in while you gotta think…like, oh god we will suck their cocks if they just let us get in to play the goddamn show…”

Ed pauses for some creationist criticism around Do the Evolution. After Jeremy, Ed takes a moment to introduce Matt Cameron on the drums and informs the crowd he will be back again the following night playing drums with Soundgarden. Shout outs to MGMT, Jack White and Faith No More (all performing at the festival) as the band begins Unthought Known and blends it into Public Image. After the break, Ed begins listing places in Poland they have played. After mentioning Gdynia twice, he quips:

“…this guy, we saw him four years ago and he still hasn’t put on a fuckin’ shirt! I am not sure….you are either going to get laid tonight…or you are definitely not getting laid, I’m not sure how it’s going to go. What the fuck, you must have a huge…ego. And maybe a small…town.”

And with that, the band moves into Small Town, Better Man, and reaches a crescendo with Porch. Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT) joins for a closing Baba O’Riley, with Ed telling the fans “Goodnight, ciao…let’s do it again sometime…”