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PEARL JAM setlist, highlights and lowlight.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Eddie, Jeff, Stone, Mike, Matt and Boom gave a great Saddledome crowd 2 and half hours of classics, album cuts and cover tunes Wednesday night.

Highlights: the crowd.

One fan tossed up a Flames jersey to Eddie with ‘Vedder’ on the back and the #10 (in salute of the bands debut album). That’s a pricy gift. Nicely done.

Another fan tossed up a mask and on that mask was Gene Simmons classic face paint design for KISS. Later in the show, bassist Jeff Ament put it on, rocked out and sang back ups vocals with it. Awesome.

A 3rd fan who has been traveling at least a few shows across Canada with the band was holding up a sign requesting a b-side (Parachutes). Eddie brought the fan up on stage and said, “I need help remembering the lyrics,” and had the fan sit by the mic and hold the lyric cheat-sheet throughout the tune. Eddie even let the fan have a gulp from his bottle of wine.

The music. I remember buying the Ten album on cassette for $5 in Vancouver a couple months before the band catapulted into immediate stardom. I’ve been a fan ever since. While I dig hearing the hits just to hear/see the crowd lose their mind, it’s the album cuts that really get me charged and thankfully PJ plays a lot of ‘em in every show.

Lowlight: only 1; a tribute to R.E.M.

With news breaking the morning of the show that R.E.M. had disbanded after 31 years together, Eddie expressed PJ’s sadness and paid tribute by covering a R.E.M. song (It Happened Today).

This would be considered a major highlight for a lot of people including my friend Dawn who is a huge R.E.M. fan. Not me. I commend the band for doing the tribute.  It makes me recall Jimi Hendrix doing a similar gesture back in ’69 when the supergroup Cream split.  Jimi’s tribute became my favorite performance of his.  With that said, I didn’t pay $$$ to hear a Michael Stipe song. I would have preferred the worst Pearl Jam song in the catalogue over that buzz kill. Again, that’s just me. Oh, and my wife felt the same as well. But the other 27 songs rocked.

The setlist =

Last Exit
Given to Fly
Big Wave
Unthought Known
Even Flow
Deep *STELLAR (from the 1st album & they don’t play it often)
Light Years
It Happened today (R.E.M. cover)
Setting Forth
Corduroy *WICKED
Brain of J *AWESOME

Just Breathe
Parachutes (fan request)
Rats (Eddie dedicated it to Alberta for being rat-free)
The Fixer
Rearviewmirror *LOVED IT

Crazy Mary (Victoria Williams cover) *INCREDIBLE (McCready and Boom trading off solos b/n guitar and keys respectively)
Search and Destroy (Iggy and the Stooges cover w/ 2 members of Mud Honey)

F’n Up (Neil Young cover)
Yellow Ledbetter

Final thoughts: there will always be songs you wish they had played simply because they have so many songs to choose from. I would have loved Oceans, Black, Indifference, State of Love and Trust, Do the Evolution, and so on and so on and so on. The trick is to not focus on what they didn’t jam, and appreciate your favorites that they did jam. That’s Pearl Jam.

Onward to Edmonton.

Hard Rock that puts you to sleep… on purpose.

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The Beatles, Queen, U2, Guns N’ Rosies, Zeppelin, Nirvana, Green, Metallica, Radiohead, AC/DC and, now, Pearl Jam.

Eddie Vedder and the boys are the latest to have their songs spun into Lullaby Renditions - a series of albums from Rockabye Baby. 

Release date = Oct 26th.  

13 songs that used to feature guitars, bass and drums will now showcase instruments such as glockenspiel, vibraphone, Mellotron, harps and bells.  Those 13 songs are: “Just Breathe,” “Last Kiss,” “Betterman,” “The Fixer,” “Yellow Ledbetter,” “Daughter,” “Even Flow,” “Jeremy,” “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town,” “Given To Fly,” “Black,” “Corduroy” and “Alive.”

To check out the Pearl Jam lullaby album or other albums featuring Rock artists, visit