November 7, 2015 – Estadio Unico La Plata, Buenos Aires, ARG

Show Notes:

Ed flubs the lyrics of Low Light a bit at the end, but makes up for it with a very extended hold on the last line. The crowd is in full swing with the “Ole” chants following the song and…

Show Notes: 

Ed flubs the lyrics of Low Light a bit at the end, but makes up for it with a very extended hold on the last line. The crowd is in full swing with the “Ole” chants following the song and are full-throated during Small Town. The crowd continues, belting out the opening notes to almost every song. This can be heard even during the rather short intro to Mind Your Manners, and Ed joins in. Prior to Stone’s solo in Do the Evolution, Ed tells the crowd, “…you got it, I think you wrote this,” and has the crowd singing back his “yeah, yeah,” pitching his voice high and low to test the crowd’s quality. Following Dissident, the crowd sings “Olé, olé, olé, hola San Diego” prompting Ed to respond “wow, thank you, gracias, gracias.” Even Flow is introduced as “one we played at our first show, which was 25 years ago and one month, and we are here to prove we play it better now than we used to,” with Mike nodding in agreement. Mass chanting along to the beat throughout, and even after the song finishes, causing Ed to offer “I think this crowd is our favorite band.” Grievance is introduced as “this one’s for Seattle.” Throughout the encore break, the crowd continues their own show, chanting and singing. When the band returns, Ed addresses the crowd during the intro of Footsteps: 

May I share something with you? For some of us on the stage and probably some of you out there, it’s just part of life, but for some of us it’s been an incredibly difficult year. With all the many things we are blessed with, each other and the crew, and all the people we know and work with, we lost some people very dear to us this year. There have been times this year when some of us had a very difficult time figuring out even how to live and how to keep living in the absence of these people we cared about so much. I just can’t tell you that to come here you bring such great energy, strength and support…I just can’t tell you how much we appreciate it and never more than now.

Jeff emerges at the end of the show wearing a Fabricio Oberto Argentine National (basketball) team jersey. Before Leaving Here, Ed has the camera show a sign which reads “Ni Una Menos,” which translates to “Not One Less,” a grassroots feminist movement to end gender-based violence which began in Argentina. Ed continues, ”…obviously it’s not a problem here, but if you take this message to other people it is sure something that we support…I mean we support the end of gender-based violence…we call on you to stand up for the women in your lives and everywhere.  Not one less.” To no one’s surprise, the crowd takes over Better Man from Ed. Red Mosquito is introduced as ”Mosquito Roja.” Black is spectacular, an emotional singalong, Ed clapping and bowing to the audience for their effort, they take over the outro of the song, Matt drives Baba O’Riley home before the Indifference finale, with rhythmic clapping as well as the crowd singing the “I will scream my lungs out” line. Before exiting, Ed intimates “It’s changed our lives to get to play for you people.” One of the loudest and best crowds the band has ever played for, a night filled with energy.


April 3, 2013 – Constanera Sur, Buenos Aires, ARG

Show Notes:

Headlining the Pepsi Music Festival, the energy reaches a fever pitch early as Even Flow and Lukin make rare early appearances, the second and third songs in the set. After Even Flow, the crowd keeps doing the ‘whoa’s, emulating the…

Show Notes: 

Headlining the Pepsi Music Festival, the energy reaches a fever pitch early as Even Flow and Lukin make rare early appearances, the second and third songs in the set. After Even Flow, the crowd keeps doing the ‘whoa’s, emulating the guitar parts with the band looking on in amazement. Inspired, during In Hiding Ed sings along to the guitar melody of the pre-chorus. The crowd continues to take over the show, stretching their voices for Jeremy, Hail, Hail, and Given To Fly, with the latter needing some crowd control as Ed implores everyone to take two steps back. Daughter is tagged with It’s O.K., but with a new spin on it as Ed changes the lyrics to “Esta Bien” and sings the entire part in Spanish. The moment is not lost on the crowd, as they express their appreciation loudly and repeatedly. Their participation on Better Man causes Ed to pause mid-song, taking the moment to thank them: “It sounds great up here. It means a lot that you would respond like this. We all grew up very small, and none of us thought this would ever happen in our lives. We would’ve been happy to come here and share this kind of music with you. I can’t tell you how much it means.” Rearviewmirror has a new twist to the intro and ends the set on a massive adrenaline rush. The encore kicks back in with the quintessential South American song, Do The Evolution, as the crowd keeps up the momentum from the main set. Ed takes a pause during Just Breathe as well, sending condolences to those who’d lost loved ones during a recent natural disaster:

“Right before we came here there was a big storm. We heard there were some people who were lost. I know a lot of lives changed and power was lost. Just seems like a big old fucking mess that no one deserved, you know? I forgot to say before, I know some of them are your neighbors and it might’ve affected you or might’ve affected your family or obviously parts of your community. We’ve been through some stuff ourselves and that’s just a part of growing up and getting old, the only alternative is not getting old. You have to get through it and you will get through it. We’re thinking about you as you get through it, I hope it goes smooth and by summertime you’re good to go.” The night finishes off with an impassioned Black, I Believe In Miracles, and the end of set bread and butter, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World, and Yellow Ledbetter, sending everyone home happy. A fan’s wallet is tossed up on stage during Ledbetter, Ed has some fun skimming through credit cards (and possibly a prophylactic), as everyone has a big laugh to end one of the most dynamic South American shows in their history.