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.