Nothingman opens for only the second time ever (Telluride 2016). The arena sounds great and Ed comments on it early, saying “I think it might have been made for music.” The stools are kicked to the side during Present Tense.…
Main Set: Nothingman, Buckle Up, Black, Present Tense, Last Exit, All Night, Who Ever Said/((I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction), Corduroy/(Blitzkrieg Bop), Rats, Wishlist/(Improv/Waiting On A Friend), Even Flow, Dance Of The Clairvoyants, Spin The Black Circle, Immortality, River Cross, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Porch
encore 1: Last Kiss, Go, Smile, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
Nothingman opens for only the second time ever (Telluride 2016). The arena sounds great and Ed comments on it early, saying “I think it might have been made for music.” The stools are kicked to the side during Present Tense. Who Ever Said is high-energy, they’re really loving this one right now, it has a little sped-up flourish at the end. Ed says that yesterday was the anniversary of the passing of Johnny Ramone and tells a story about seeing his daughter and Johnny asleep in the same room and thinking about the circle of life, leading into what Ed calls Johnny’s favorite Pearl Jam song, Corduroy. Rats is a request from…Jeff Ament! Prior to Wishlist, Ed jokes about Mike having to break into the Gibson factory and replacing one of his guitars with one of their originals, and that he’ll need Grumpy’s Bail Bonds (a sign they had seen coming into town) to get him out, and then says that Pete Townshend once played the Les Paul he’s using. The improv part of the tag has lyrics of
“If you’re lucky, if you’re lucky…your wishes, they’ll come true,
if you’re lucky, if you’re lucky…if you’re lucky you’ll marry your best friend,
if you’re lucky it’ll last to the end, if you’re lucky you’ll marry your best friend, if you’re lucky…”
Being in a town with the most musicians, Ed says they must be in the town with the most crew members and techs and acknowledges them, adding “no musician here or anywhere in the world would be anything without them.” River Cross is played for Ukraine in the hopes that they’re turning the war around. After the break, Last Kiss is played to the back and then they kick into Go. Ed sees a sign for someone who’s at their 185th (!!) show requesting Smile, and then jokes that maybe the sign said 18.5. Ed points out former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ray Burris, who’s in attendance. Vitalogy is the most-played album of the night, with 6!