March 16, 2018 – Lollapalooza, Parque O’Higgins, Santiago, CHL

Show Notes:

Corduroy opener sets the tone for a festival-friendly set, headlining the first evening at Lollapalooza. Crowd is phenomenal, jumping and clapping throughout. I Am Mine is on the setlist but Even Flow is played instead. Ed dons a Trump clown…

Show Notes: 

Corduroy opener sets the tone for a festival-friendly set, headlining the first evening at Lollapalooza. Crowd is phenomenal, jumping and clapping throughout. I Am Mine is on the setlist but Even Flow is played instead. Ed dons a Trump clown mask during the Another Brick in the Wall tag, subbing out the word ‘teacher’ to shout: “Hey! Gunman! Leave those kids alone,” an allusion to the Parkland massacre. After Got Some, he speaks in Spanish, reading from a notebook: “We’ve spent a week in Chile and we’ve met a lot of cool Chileans, people with smiling eyes, faces and souls. We’re going to play a new song, ‘Can’t Deny Me,’ about united people who have more power than the government. We’ll record during this song to show my country how a large group of very united people with good energy looks like.” Ed comments on the recent nuclear bomb false alarm in Hawaii after Porch, saying “after 20 minutes, they realized it was a false alarm. Our friend Casper was there with his family. It was crazy. I wish for a new leader. Someone we can trust during these crazy times!” Ed improvs during the Sirens ‘reprise,’ singing: “‘Cause’ every one of you/every one of you/is loved in this world/got love in this world/got love to the world.” An array of fireworks are set off during RITFW, highlighting a set full of 90’s favorites.

Written by: Lila Barzegar


March 13, 2018 – Movistar Arena, Santiago, CHL

Show Notes:

The 2018 tour kicks off with an arena show in Chile, serving as a warmup for the Lollapalooza gigs that would follow. The band takes the crowd on an early tour of almost every album, with the first 8 songs…

Show Notes: 

The 2018 tour kicks off with an arena show in Chile, serving as a warmup for the Lollapalooza gigs that would follow. The band takes the crowd on an early tour of almost every album, with the first 8 songs coming from 8 different albums. Ed holds the last line in Low Light for a long time to the delight of the crowd. Animal gets the entire floor pogoing and singing along. An extended jam leads into Love Boat Captain. Corduroy has the new middle section and builds to a stellar ending, tons of energy. Ed speaks to the crowd in Spanish, saying that even after all this time his Spanish is still “shit.” Before Mike takes over Even Flow, Ed exclaims “Vamos, Miguel, vamos!” The crowd is on fire during Given to Fly. Eruption is introduced as “a gift for you from Mike…and Eddie.” Can’t Deny Me is debuted, having been released just 3 days prior, and is dedicated (in Spanish) to the Parkland survivors, and Emma Gonzalez in particular. Rare appearance of Around the Bend to begin the encore. After Come Back, a roadie brings out a cake for Jeff’s birthday and ends up getting it in his own face, Jeff only just taking a finger of it. Ed takes a couple of pieces and tosses them into the crowd. Boom and Mike duel back and forth many times during the Crazy Mary jam. Cool moment as the crowd sings the guitar intro to Better Man along with Ed. Mike absolutely wails on an 8+ minute Black and Comfortably Numb. Ed takes a Chilean flag with “Pearl Jam” written on it and drapes it over his monitors during Alive. Last Kiss is for the back, with Ed up on the drum riser behind Matt and the rest of the band making their way behind the stage during the song. After a closing Indifference, Ed thanks the crowd “for being a great wave…we got to surf.”


November 4, 2015 – Estadio Nacional, Santiago, CHL

Show Notes:

The band returns to South America to a vociferous welcome, as the crowd screams and chants through Pendulum, Release, and Nothingman. Ed briefly stops after Corduroy to ask the band’s head of security, Pete, if everyone in the crowd is…

Show Notes: 

The band returns to South America to a vociferous welcome, as the crowd screams and chants through Pendulum, Release, and Nothingman. Ed briefly stops after Corduroy to ask the band’s head of security, Pete, if everyone in the crowd is okay before continuing into Lightning Bolt. Following the song, Ed addresses the crowd in Spanish, explaining that it is the fifth time they have been to Santiago and talks about the crowds singing outside the band’s hotel. He also mentions a local radio station and gives his best impression of their call sign, to much laughter from both the audience and band. More hilarity after Even Flow, as Ed comments that Mike doesn’t speak Spanish, but can play guitar, before Mike makes a small gesture with his hand, to say he knows some Spanish. Upon seeing the hand gesture, Ed says, “I don’t want to know about the size of your penis. Oh, you speak a little Spanish?” Mike then says “Un poquito [a bit]…it covers both things,” which is met by cheering from the crowd, and Ed replies “un poquito is muy bueno” [a bit is very good]. Ed then takes a serious turn by stating many people in Chile have had a difficult year and that “it’s nice to have so many people together so we can try to heal a bit together.” Light Years is dedicated to a couple who had tickets to the show but sadly passed away after a road accident, and to “anyone else who needs it.” Daughter is tagged with an improvisation, with Ed singing “She said no” several times. RVM stretches out to almost 8 minutes. During the break, Ed addresses the crowd in Spanish, thanking the crowd for the invitation to play in Santiago. Returning to English, he dedicates the next song to a couple who met at a show and have now had a baby, offering “…apparently after the show there was a little bit of fucking…enough to have a baby,” and that the band will now play their wedding song, Just Breathe. The audience illuminates the stadium with the lights on their phones for Imagine. U2 deep cut “40” (from 1983’s War) makes its PJ tag debut during Black, Ed repeating “how long…how long to sing this song…” It’s all fan favorites to close out the night, the crowd spurring the band on with “Olé” chants. Before the band leaves the stage, Ed shouts “Viva Chile!” and once again thanks the crowd: “We’ll see you again, thank you so much for coming…thank you.”