March 24, 2018 – Lollapalooza, Autódromo de Interlagos, São Paulo, BRA

Show Notes:

Livestreaming on SiriusXM and local television in Brazil, the final night of the South American tour kicks off with a slow-driving Wash. Early Do The Evolution gets the crowd going. Can’t Deny Me includes an intro referencing the youth-led, gun…

Show Notes: 

Livestreaming on SiriusXM and local television in Brazil, the final night of the South American tour kicks off with a slow-driving Wash. Early Do The Evolution gets the crowd going. Can’t Deny Me includes an intro referencing the youth-led, gun control-focused “March For Our Lives” demonstrations. Ed’s subsequent introduction to Even Flow asserts that the only weapon a young person needs in this world is a “fucking guitar, and a big ol’ fucking amp…like Mike McCready.” Speaking in his trademark broken Portuguese, Ed welcomes friend and original Lollapalooza creator Perry Farrell to the stage, serenading him with a “Happy Birthday” singalong, leading into a pounding cover of  Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song,” with Farrell sharing lead vocal duties with Ed. Pulled Up is played for the first time since 1992, brief yet poignant. Ed dedicates Better Man to Stone for his conservationist work in the Amazonian rainforest. Hold On is played for only the 5th time and the first since 2014. Ed introduces his new, Brazilian-made green guitar before Lukin. Short encore after a long main set. A rushed Ledbetter concludes abruptly to meet the local curfew.

Written by: Jeff Benanto


March 21, 2018 – Estadio Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Show Notes:

Band is in a great mood for the 3rd show of 2018. Release, Low Light and Small Town set the early tone, but after Ed’s brief greeting they kick into high gear with Go, All Night, and Animal. This show…

Show Notes: 

Band is in a great mood for the 3rd show of 2018. Release, Low Light and Small Town set the early tone, but after Ed’s brief greeting they kick into high gear with Go, All Night, and Animal. This show is filled with extended jams and many songs are played longer than normal. 1-2-3 punch of Jeremy, Corduroy, and Even Flow punctuates the middle section, giving Mike the spotlight. Jeff leads the outro jam on Immortality. Chad Smith (RHCP) joins the band for the third live performance of new song Can’t Deny Me. The South American crowd puts their stamp once again on Do the Evolution. Ed goes on a delicate improv after We Belong Together during an almost 9-minute Black, with the lyrics:

You’re still in my heart

You’re still here in my heart

I keep you, keep you

Not in a box, not in a box

In my heart

Jeff takes the first 3 solo breaks on Leaving Here, leaving the 4th to Matt. Blood is dedicated to the opening band Royal Blood. It’s all fan favorites to finish off the night, starting with a crowd-heavy Better Man, with some call and response and a snippet of the Ramones “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” before Save it for Later kicks into high gear. Josh Klinghoffer, also from the Chili Peppers, takes Mike’s guitar for Alive and shreds. Chad Smith returns for Rockin’ in the Free World, and Josh gets a little lost on his solo but finds his groove. A Ten-heavy setlist, with 7 songs featured.

Written by: David Ritter


November 22, 2015 – Estadio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Show Notes:

After an hour delay, Oceans begins but abruptly stops. Ed points to Stone, they converse for a moment, then the song begins again. Matt’s bass drum skin has a picture of the Eiffel Tower in homage to Paris and the…

Show Notes: 

After an hour delay, Oceans begins but abruptly stops. Ed points to Stone, they converse for a moment, then the song begins again. Matt’s bass drum skin has a picture of the Eiffel Tower in homage to Paris and the victims of the mass terrorist attacks that took place a week earlier. The crowd embraces Corduroy and sings the bridge back to the band. The crowd offers some assistance to Ed with pronunciation as he speaks after Amongst the Waves. Even Flow wraps up and Ed introduces Mike, Matt and Stone, noting that “Stone wrote that part you are singing along to.” I Want You So Hard by Eagles of Death Metal is played for the 2nd time. Comatose kicks in with a rough start, prompting the band to stop playing, Ed telling the crowd “and then that just happened,” and the song is restarted. Small Town ends with a joyous crowd singalong. Ed notices a man in the crowd holding a sign stating, “It’s my birthday, let me sing a song with you,” and he responds “I saw you three days ago and you had that sign…and four days before that! I wish I was you and everyday was my birthday.” The crowd laughs and cheers as Ed tells the man he will buy him a drink and “discuss this whole singing thing.” Ed then addresses the crowd again in Portuguese, naming couples having anniversaries, and gives a special nod to Jeff and Stone, who have been together longer than anyone. Ed speaks to the crowd about the attacks in Paris and how music can bring joy and help you deal with anger, saying “the fact that this happened during a concert with a great band and great Parisian fans, it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core.” Ed tells the audience about a long time Pearl Jam fan, Pierre-Antonie Henry, who lost his life during the attack on the Bataclan Theater, “and it broke our hearts even more deeply when we heard someone, a really good man, father of two, great husband, brother, a great son, was always in the front row when we played in Europe,” and dedicates Imagine to him. Ed brings up the birthday guy from earlier to sing the opening of Porch and share his bottle of wine. Better Man ends with Ed tossing his white Gibson guitar into the air and then proceeding to smash it several times on the stage. As the show wraps up with Yellow Ledbetter, a fan tosses a pair of red speedos to the stage. Ed asks if they are for him and places them on his head, then pulls them over his shorts to finish out the performance. 


November 20, 2015 – Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, BRA

Show Notes:

After a long day of rain, most concertgoers were soaked, or at least prepared to be, while donning rain gear. Rumors of the stage being struck by lightning earlier in the evening,but as Pearl Jam enters the stage, the rain…

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After a long day of rain, most concertgoers were soaked, or at least prepared to be, while donning rain gear. Rumors of the stage being struck by lightning earlier in the evening,but as Pearl Jam enters the stage, the rain stops. As an acknowledgment (or maybe an offering, considering), a cover of the Beatles’ Rain opens. Ed seems playful tonight and begins the set playing his vintage Martin 000-15. They transition seamlessly into Sometimes, with impassioned vocals. Playing off the crowd energy after Small Town, Ed rips off his overshirt, and the band throws it down literally and figuratively with a bass-heavy Go. Matt’s drum kit is lit up with an image of the Eiffel Tower as a tribute to the Paris terrorist attacks that took place a week prior. Ed’s voice cracks on Once, but makes up for it by belting out the rest and throwing his mic into the crowd for help on the final chorus. Unusual early Rearviewmirror, with a very short jam and some fumbled lyrics by Ed and impeccable drumming. Stone gets a spotlight and the volume turned up for his groove in Even Flow, Ed making shadow puppets on the side-stage wall, then after the song, grabs a piece of paper and attempts a longer speech in Portuguese bringing attention to the local dam/mining tragedy near Bento Rodrigues, stating “It’s tough when these large companies use and abuse the land just for profit, with no respect for the environment. Accidents that take lives and destroy rivers so they can still profit. We hope and expect them to be punished harshly and never forget the sad disasters they caused.” Before I’m Open, Ed grabs a custom green sparkly guitar and tells the crowd it was a gift “made by one of your countrymen in Brazil…one of my favorite things”. The guitar is inspired by Ed’s black holoflake Telecaster, and made with local wood and hardware by a man dubbed “Sergio Vedder.” Satan’s Bed is “about somebody that I don’t believe in, but it makes for a good song…one thing Satan’s been good for is music like Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, and Robert Johnson.” Sirens” has some echoing notes at the end and inspires a vow from Eddie to get a fund going for the toxic mine/dam disaster (PJ donates $100,000 to the cause shortly after the show). The mood is lifted from somber to scathing with Do The Evolution, Stone getting the literal spotlight on this and Ed accenting the vocals with guttural bits, high notes and screams. A cover of “I Want You So Hard” by Eagles of Death Metal is debuted as a tribute to the Paris attacks, one of which was during the Eagles of Death Metal performance days prior. Comfortably Numb appears again, having debuted in Porto Alegre. Mike’s solo is tight and Ed salutes the heavens. Ed ties up Black with an eerie, repeated whisper of “hey, hey, it’s okay, it’s okay.” Mike throws in a short tease of Little Wing into the Yellow Ledbetter ending, and the crowd serenades the band with the Ole chant as they exit the stage. Pendulum and Wishlist are on the setlist but not played. 


November 17, 2015 – Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia, BRA

Show Notes:

The third of five shows in Brazil begins with the combination of Release and Wash, incredibly played back-to-back to open a show for the first time since THIS DAY in 1991! Mike’s lyrical solo on the new, extended Corduroy kicks…

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The third of five shows in Brazil begins with the combination of Release and Wash, incredibly played back-to-back to open a show for the first time since THIS DAY in 1991! Mike’s lyrical solo on the new, extended Corduroy kicks the show into high gear. After a couple of Lightning Bolt selections, it’s back to the 90’s for a rare triplet of Brain of J., Tremor Christ, and a soaring In My Tree. Matt shows out near the end of the Even Flow solo, thrashing and pounding away. Some bad weather early in the day means that the Beatles’ Rain makes an appearance, and for only the 6th time. Habit is a standout, Ed growls “speaking as a child of the 90’s…,” fitting for a show heavy on their 90’s output, and the frenetic outro leads Mike to manhandle his guitar to the ground and wrench some otherworldly sounds from it. Ed emerges after the break to comment on the prevalence of mosquitos swarming the stage and audience, saying “I’ve never eaten so many bugs in my life while I have been singing tonight…fuckers!” Interestingly enough, neither Red Mosquito nor Bugs are played. He does proceed to play Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, accompanied by Boom. The Eagles of Death Metal song “ I Want You So Hard” is on the setlist, but scratched, and instead Ed opens the floor to requests, and the band responds with a driving Why Go. Leash follows, also by request, and Ed prefaces it with “you might not know it…WE might not know it…” An expansive Porch closes the encore before they quickly return with Last Exit, Ed exclaiming “Don’t go to bed yet!” over the iconic drum intro. South American favorite Do The Evolution is saved for late, following the crowd-friendly Small Town and Better Man. Boom takes over Crazy Mary, he and Mike trading off playfully until they meet up for a few riffs of Paint It Black, leading to an epic showdown before the song crashes out past the 8-minute mark. 24 of the 35 songs are from the 90’s, with only 6 from the 2000’s.


November 14, 2015 – Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, BRA

Show Notes:

The band takes the stage less than 24 hours after the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris during an Eagles of Death Metal concert where 89 were killed. Ed is wearing his traditional peace sign shirt, Jeff’s shirt reads…

Show Notes: 

The band takes the stage less than 24 hours after the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris during an Eagles of Death Metal concert where 89 were killed. Ed is wearing his traditional peace sign shirt, Jeff’s shirt reads “Unfuck the World” and there’s a picture of the Eiffel Tower drawn with a sharpie on Matt’s bass drum. They open with a soaring version of Long Road that sets the tone for an emotionally charged evening. Following Of the Girl, Ed addresses the crowd in Portuguese. Although later claiming his Portuguese sounds like “pieces of shit,” his words loosely translate to “love goes out to the people in Paris right now, there is healing we need to do together.” A powerful Love Boat Captain follows, with the lyrics being changed to “lost many friends we’ll never know, just only yesterday.” At the end of the song, the crowd sings along with Ed, repeating “love” back and forth. The crowd does a tremendous job of singing the lead guitar parts on Do the Evolution. Ed remarks on the incredible crowd size, saying if the entire band went into the crowd to shake their hands, it would take a few years to complete the job. During Lightning Bolt, the harsh wind and rain and wind forces the GA area to be evacuated. With the conditions being so poor, the crew gets the band to briefly exit the stage so they can lay tarps over the equipment. Ed makes sure the crowd is okay and blames himself for the incident. Without the rest of the band on stage, Ed calls an audible, picking up an acoustic guitar and playing a version of Elderly Woman with a beautiful intro. As the crowd sings along with every word, the rain dies down enough for the band to come back on stage, with Ed saying “come on Mikey, fix this shit!” before a blistering Even Flow. Come Back is another emotional dedication to the Paris attacks. The rain pours down again during Better Man, but the crowd and band play through it with a strong performance. The RVM jam is short but stellar, Matt leading the way. After the break, Imagine, Sirens and I Am Mine continue the theme of healing. During the intro to Porch, Ed plays a bright green guitar that depicts the Brazilian flag, and then later makes his way into the crowd. The crowd sings the guitar melody at the end of Black, and it’s “We didn’t belong together” tonight, Ed adding in the “hey hey, it’s ok” lyrics from Sonic Youth’s Androgynous Mind. Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World and Yellow Ledbetter seemingly end the night, but after the band leaves the stage, Ed calls them back out for one more song, and they treat the crowd to All Along The Watchtower in a 3rd encore to officially close this emotionally charged evening.