Live Last Night: Pearl Jam, Song-By-Song


Eddie Vedder (shown here at Bonnaroo) led Pearl Jam through a nearly three-hour, 31-song show.

I won't waste time with pleasantries because Pearl Jam played a whopping 31 songs last night and it's my job to say something about all of them. It was a very good show, with definite highlights and only a few missteps. Pearl Jam's appeal is that they play solid rock-and-roll very well, so expecting a truly revelatory performance is unfair. The band's appeal is in its lack of frills. Hardcore fans, "Ten" devotees and casual fans all had plenty to like on Sunday night. Were you there? Let us know what you thought of the show in the comments.

1. Hard to Imagine: This was my fourth "proper" Pearl Jam show (Tibetan Freedom Concert being the other) and the first time "Release" wasn't the opener. Like that "Ten" classic, this one sort of eases you into the set, with some fine Vedder bellowing to start things off.

2. Severed Hand: A by-the-numbers, charging rocker by a band that manages to make by-the-numbers, charging rockers sound particularly vibrant. This one was no exception.

3. Hail Hail: This "No Code" single was the first one to really get the crowd hyped, and with good reason. The first two songs were a bit relaxed; there was more urgency to this one. I even like the bridge in this song, if only because of the "Are you woman enough to be my man?" lyric, which is so silly but delivered with such sincerity that it works.

4. Do the Evolution: Set list arrangement is such an important aspect to a show and this is a good example of how to do it right. Each previous song brought a little more energy to the table and we got the first peak of the evening here. Stone Gossard gets a rare spotlight solo but it's Vedder's howl that is the highlight, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that his voice remains the band's best instrument.

5. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town: "This one's for Mt. Pleasant," Vedder said before starting into the folky sing-along from "Vs." It was the closest he got to making an Ian MacKaye reference all night. This is one of those songs I heard a thousand times 15 years ago and have heard only a handful of times since then. But the lyrics stayed with me and it was hard to keep my reporter's cap on and not sing along with the rest of the 15,000 or so. When everyone put their arms in the air and the house lights went on at the "I just want to scream ... hello!" line, it was a give-you-chills moment.

6. Evacuation: If Robert Christgau were writing this review, all you'd see here would be: [bomb icon that very clearly didn't paste in like I hoped it would]. The band tried to fight through the first batch of guitar problems but after they resurfaced, they didn't try again.

7. Corduroy: My favorite Pearl Jam song and clearly a crowd favorite, too, as evidenced by the enthusiastic (read: too fast and offbeat) clapping during the intro. It serves as a prototype for a great PJ tune, with a slow-build beginning, some serious riffage and singing and screaming by Vedder. Mike McCready, king of unnecessary hand gestures, broke out the jumping index finger twirl during this song.

8. I'm Open/9. I Am Mine: I couldn't tell if this was one song or two that flowed into each other. The setlist tells me it was the latter. They fit together pretty well, although they both gave off some weird British folk vibe. "Was that a Gordon Lightfoot song?" asked Dave McKenna, Official Reviewer of Record (check tomorrow's paper), who was sitting next to me. (Yes, they put all of us writers together; there were two other people with pads in the same row.)

10. I Got Id: One of the clear highlights of the night and another example of good setlist writing. After the weird meandering of the last two songs the band delivered one of its most ragged and rugged songs. This song has the perfect Eddie Vedder sing-along chorus. It starts out with "Ohhhhh I" and then you can't really tell what he says after that, but he's going up and down and it's fun to growl whatever words you want.

11. Daughter: Jeff Ahment breaks out the stand-up bass for this one ... but plays it sitting down. Whatever. Like "Elderly Woman" this song is given a mid-tempo rock makeover which takes away a bit of its charm but makes sense for an arena show. The band has been known to segue into various covers from this song but tonight it was just a few minutes of Eddie Vedder chanting stuff like "Hey-o!" and the crowd echoing him. It didn't really add anything to the song and just made me wonder why the Wizards don't use "Minnie the Moocher" on the Jumbotron anymore since they moved away from the Cap Centre.

12. Light Years: A nice and pleasant rock song written by a band of adults. It has one of those brief pauses that would maybe get a big reaction, but since it's from "Binaural," not too many people know it. It's not quite a sit down song, more of a sit on the top of your chair song.

13. Even Flow: One of the only times of the night that it felt like the band was pandering to the crowd by including a song that nobody in the band seemed to want to play. Except, of course, for Mike McCready. Man, that guy. He certainly has never met a long, pointless solo he couldn't make longer and more pointless. Eddie let him have at it and disappeared to the back corner for a cigarette and some wine. Dude loves his wine. The crowd didn't even seem to be that into this one, although maybe it was just the superfans up front that made me see it that way. I'm sure there are dozens of songs they'd rather hear than "Even Flow," and the percentage of superfans (as in, multiple shows per tour) only seems to be increasing lately.

14. Green Disease: The inevitable political preaching moment came before this song, although Vedder came at it from an interesting angle by talking about offshore drilling. Right after mentioning the topic he was greeted with some boos, although I couldn't tell if people were booing offshore drilling itself or simply Vedder talking about offshore drilling. He threw a bunch of numbers at us, 60 million something, 70 million something. "Too much math!" I yelled, far too pleased with myself, while some woman in front of me gave me a weird look. He ended his spiel by saying it will be "great to get some color in the White House." So there you have it: Pearl Jam endorses Alan Keyes. The song itself was fine, but given its placement and preceding lecture, it was the most popular bathroom breaker of the evening.

15. You Are: The echoy, processed guitar riff on this one made me think for just a split second that it was going to be a cover of "How Soon Is Now?" But nope, just another "Riot Act" tune. More good setlist construction, making sure the bathroom people don't miss anything they'd be too upset about.

16. U: The most pleasant surprise of the evening. Only post-show research helped me find out this was an extra track on the "Wishlist" single; I really thought it was a cover because it sounds nothing like your typical Pearl Jam song. It's the closest thing to a jangle-pop song in the band's catalog. There aren't many Pearl Jam songs that make you want to bop your head and just kind of shimmy, but this one does, and does it well. It was like a great, lost Lemonheads track and I'm going to have to track this one down for my iTunes.

17. Who You Are: Releasing this tribal, rhythmic, Eastern-influenced song as the first single of "No Code" signaled the beginning of the end for Pearl Jam as big unit movers, but that doesn't mean it's not a great song. Matt Cameron kept the rolling rhythms steady throughout and Vedder got to show off the range of his vocals. It kind of petered out at the end, but that actually fits with the song.

18. Why Go: A very stark contrast to the preceding song, this set closer (or, in Pearl Jam land, halfway point) is Pearl Jam at its most arena rock. Like most of the "Ten" songs, McCready seemed to be enjoying himself more than anyone else and proved it by playing a behind-the-head guitar solo. Neat.

19. Comatose: The first encore began with this punky tune, which has a three-chord riff that really reminded me of Tom Petty's "You Wreck Me." Not a bad thing at all.

20. Sad: It seems this one was a bit of a rarity, which might explain why the girl in the row in front of me was freaking out about it. It couldn't have been the song itself, which was another solid-but-ordinary PJ rock.

21. Given to Fly: Now here's one was anything but ordinary. It's a very aptly titled song because this one simply soared. It's got all the ingredients of a classic Pearl Jam tune, from the big riffs to Vedder wailing "Oh, oh." Blame the Pearl Jam fatigue that was setting in by 1998 as the reason this one wasn't a big hit. My #1 highlight of the evening.

22. Come Back: A nice comedown after "Given to Fly," this one had the feel of a different era. It reminded me of "Donna" by Richie Valens or maybe one of Otis Redding's mellower songs.

23. Grievance: One of those mostly indistinguishable chugging riff rockers. Nothing wrong with it, but it didn't hold my attention. My eyes drifted to the retired Capitals jerseys in the rafters and I wondered: 1) Does any team have a more pathetic trio of retired jerseys than the Caps' Yvon Labre, Dale Hunter and Rod Langway, and 2) Who had the better mustache, Labre or Langway?

24. Black: Of the "Ten" hits this is the one that I find the least annoying these days. That's a backhanded compliment right there. As expected, it was a massive sing-along and Mike McCready ripped off a few solos.

25. Rearviewmirror: Another personal favorite. They jammed on it for a bit too long but since it was the end of the first encore, I'll forgive them. Up until the end it was an expertly done propulsive rock song, constantly gaining a bit of momentum, leading up to the call-and-response ending. Vedder played guitar for about half the songs tonight and I've always thought the guitar looked more like a decoration on him, but he had the rock star moves down pat here.

26. No More: The second encore kicks off with Vedder coming out alone with an acoustic guitar, greeted by chants of "Edd-ie! Edd-ie!" Written in tribute to a soldier who had been seriously injured in Iraq, this was a pretty straightforward folk/protest song.

27. Last Kiss: The little fan club Christmas single that could. The band performed this one early-'60s cover"for the back," those thousand or so folks seated behind the stage who can tell us if the guys in the band have any bald spots. A pleasant enough throwaway.

28. Crazy Mary: The strange encore continues with this brooding, folky Victoria Williams cover. It was the first song of the evening to prominently feature organist Boom Gaspar, and the long jam gave Vedder yet another chance to grab a smoke.

29. Alive: They have to play this one pretty much every night, and you can tell by the way they play it. Not that it was bad, but how excited can you get for a song that's 17 years old and doesn't really represent what you sound like these days? Still, the guys in the backwards hats near me were loving it. And good for Pearl Jam for giving it to them. If it wasn't for those guys in the backwards caps, they wouldn't be in this position in the first place.

30. All Along the Watchtower: The house lights went on, which usually signals the last song. And it's not "Yellow Ledbetter," but instead a hard-charging version of the Dylan classic. Perfect! Some young kid from what seems like Darnestown gets to come up on stage and play guitar with the band. It's cute, if a bit distracting.

31. Yellow Ledbetter: Can't escape it. What a terrible way to end an enjoyable evening. Simply put, this song is terrible. Please guys, retire this one.

(Note: Since this is already 2,000+ words I'll leave Ted Leo out of it but I'll just say this: Ted Leo + "I'm Stranded" by the Saints + ¼ full Verizon Center = totally surreal and great.)

By David Malitz |  June 23, 2008; 12:26 PM ET Live Last Night
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FWIW, I'm pretty sure that "Come Back" was played due to a request. From my vantage point from in back of the stage, I could see someone holding a "Come Back" banner in about the 20th row on the floor for almost the entire show.

Also, I thought McCready's Star Spangled Banner (Hendrix style) at the end of Yellow Ledbetter was pretty awesome. Why no mention?

Posted by: JKO | June 23, 2008 1:19 PM

Yes, a thoroughly solid and fun evening. Plenty to keep all PJ era fans satisfied. I too took a song or two break to scan the rafters and wondered why don't Mike Gartner and Peter Bondra have their Caps jerseys hanging. What were they, too good? We also appear to have gotten 4-5 more songs from PJ than they've been giving the other tour stops. I guess Eddie needed the extra songs in order to play and then break and give away his inventory of tambourines (I counted about 16). More perks for sitting in the first couple of rows. A good night indeed.

Posted by: GSM | June 23, 2008 1:21 PM

I bolted during the middle of "Yellow Ledbetter," that's why no mention of the "Star Spangled Banner." But if there's one song that I dislike even more than "Ledbetter," it's the national anthem, so no big loss for me!

Posted by: David | June 23, 2008 1:49 PM

Agree with most of the review, particularly with the highlights being Do the Evolution and I Got Id. But hopefully no one from the band's message board links to your comments about McCready. While a lot of them may be pretty accurate - the "king of unnecessary hand gestures" is spot on and hilarious - we love him for them.

Posted by: floor | June 23, 2008 1:51 PM

I was lucky enough to have front row seats last night for what was just an incredible show; the amount of energy onstage was amazing. One nice touch was seeing Luke Russert rocking out side-stage during Alive.

Posted by: srv | June 23, 2008 2:19 PM

The Star Spangled Banner actually closed the night, with Revelry mixed in between. Quite fitting to end the show there in DC. Agreed that Ledbetter didn't do much - but its one of those St. Stephen type songs, you want to get to hear it live once.
Agree with you on Rearview Mirror - a highlight - and it told an interesting story following Black -from "captured all that I am, all that'll ever be" in Black to "I took a drive today, time to emancipate. I guess it was the beatings made me wise. But I'm not about to give thanks or apologize."
As for Alive, I also agree - when the houselights came on, it had this Springsteen Born to Run feel - which as a Springsteen fan doesn't do much for me (give me incident or thundercrack any day). What occured to me last night, is Vedder is quickly becoming part of a lineage of "folk heroes" which include Dylan and subsequently Springsteen. I wouldn't be (surprised or bummed) to see Vedder and Pearl Jam continue to be active in the community. Your "too much math comment" was made in my section too, albeit less intelligent ("sing a song") - but there's only a difference between music and politics if you have a passion for one but not both. I did enjoy your Alan Keyes line. All in all nice review.

Posted by: check out into the wild | June 23, 2008 3:15 PM

After careful consideration, I have decided that Yvon Labre had the better mustache.

Posted by: shf | June 23, 2008 3:18 PM

The show was rolling thunder at just under 3 hours and they played a lot of odds and sods which was refreshing.

Posted by: Casey - Philadelphia, PA | June 23, 2008 3:20 PM

Yellow Ledbetter is actually pretty good. I think David is just burnt out on the song, and I guess I don't blame him.

The Touring Band 2000 DVD has an excellent montage of video clips of European fans from the 2000 tour, with Yellow Ledbetter as the soundtracks. Nearly brought a tear to my eye, the first time I saw it.

Posted by: Late Night with Yellow Ledbetterman | June 23, 2008 3:22 PM

definitely Labre..

Posted by: harrisburg, pa | June 23, 2008 3:32 PM

Speaking as a superfan (my 9th time seeing them): I think you're being a bit harsh. Yes, I can just put my bootleg from the 06 concert on and have pretty much the same experience, but it was far from the worst show I've seen from them (see: Tampa '00...low energy, boring setlist). I was very happy to hear Light Years and Hail Hail and especially No More. Black, live, is an incredible experience.

And the boos were TOTALLY against offshore drilling. Not against his speech.

Next time I'll probably seek out amphitheater shows for better acoustics, but I will still be stoked to see that Ten Club presale announcement.

Posted by: rallycap | June 23, 2008 4:24 PM

Is David Malitz a full time reporter for the Post? The undercurrent of sarcasm throughout the review reeks of unpaid blogger.

Posted by: Brandt, Silver Spring | June 23, 2008 4:39 PM

This review reminds me of a war zone:

bombed out and full of garbage.

Posted by: Eric-Herndon, VA | June 23, 2008 4:45 PM

Mr. David - Move to Canada if you don't like the Star Spangled Banner. People who don't like the SSB are probably the same ones who are plenty fine with hearing soap-box Eddie spew uneducated, non-sensical political banter when he should be playing songs. To lash out at corporations for drilling oil is silly. Who do you think will rake in huge amounts of money for hydrogen cars or wind turbines or solar arrays - you guessed it, corporations. I thought the show was fine, but acoustically, the Verizon Center is turr-i-ble.

Posted by: Loyal American | June 23, 2008 4:52 PM

This was my first time at the Verizon Center and, personally, I spent most of my free time admiring the WNBA "Attendance Record" banners in the rafters.

Posted by: Steve | June 23, 2008 5:47 PM

Posted by: leafblower | June 23, 2008 7:30 PM

If you dont want to hear Yellow Ledbetter....you are not a true Pearl Jam fan. Seriously.

Posted by: Amanda | June 23, 2008 8:13 PM

Seriously, the Editor should do a simple test and ask his staff before they go out if they have a bias against their subject. David obviously has an indie hatred for music that doesn't make the top 10 on Pitchfork.

Posted by: Christina, Adams Morgan | June 23, 2008 8:30 PM

I agree that this author isn't a real Pearl Jam fan, b/c if he was he'd appreciate a lot of the songs that he negatively commented on; i.e: Green Disease. He'd also appreciate Eddie for his intelligence and political stance. A true fan doesn't take a pee break until they've nearly pissed their pants and they do it b/w encores!

Posted by: Karen | June 23, 2008 8:36 PM

Loyal American - you think your news source is that more reliable? Soap box Eddie? Ever hear of the first amendment? Yeah, I guess people probably said the same thing about Dylan during during the civil rights movement.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 8:39 PM

I saw them play Bonnaroo and was impressed by their energy. One of the best shows I have seen in a long time.

http://youtube.com/davidnc76

Posted by: David (from North Carolina) | June 23, 2008 9:28 PM

I hate when Eddie gets up and spouts off about his political views (this is my 30th show and he always does it)... I was hoping McCready would use one of his unnecessary hand gestures to shut Eddie up...

LOVE THE MUSIC, but b/c you can rock doesnt mean you know anything about politics... I dont base my music decisions on what Obama says...

By the way, I was the one booing when he talked about drilling...

Song of the night, without a doubt, Given to Fly...

david, nice review; dont listen to the haters they dont understand that a reviewer has to seem smarter than everyone else and is based on a childlike insecurity...

Posted by: Rodman | June 23, 2008 11:12 PM

You suck and should be banned from ever writing about Pearl Jam again. I am beginning to question whether or not you were actually even at the show last night.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:25 PM

You suck and should be banned from ever writing about Pearl Jam again. I am beginning to question whether or not you were actually even at the show last night.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:25 PM

You suck and should be banned from ever writing about Pearl Jam again. I am beginning to question whether or not you were actually even at the show last night.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:25 PM

What a waste of my time from such a great newspaper. The Post should be ashamed of themselves for sending a hack like this to write about such a great live band like Pearl Jam.

Give the credential to someone who can actually write next time. You don't have to like the band, the show, or the setlist, but can't a first-rate paper do better than this guy?

Posted by: Scott | June 24, 2008 12:46 AM

you are an idiot

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 12:58 AM

i was at the show and thought it was one of the most incredible concerts ive ever been too. eddie sang every song with such passion it was hard not to get into it,, the hightlight had to be Rearviewmirror,, not one of my favorite songs, but the way they did it last night was something i will prob. talk about the rest of my life. great crowd, sound was pretty crisp, and all and all a great night,, and dont listen to this writer about yellow ledbetter,, something just seems right about PJ ending their show with this song

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 1:07 AM

Umm, Dave is a full timer around here and, as he said, he's been to a total of 5 Pearl Jam shows in all, so I think he knows what he's talking about.

Can someone please explain to me the booing of musicians who make political comments? It's not like it's unexpcted, and someone booing isn't going to make them stop. It will, however, make the booer look like a douche bag.

Dave, you're dising the retired jerseys? Did you ever see Dale Hunter play? 100% pure Washington Capitals hockey. Heck, they eveb gave him the penalty box from the Caps Center when they raised his banner.

Posted by: EricS | June 24, 2008 2:04 AM

Yeah, this reporter doesn't really seem to know what he's talking about. There is a feeling at a Pearl Jam show that maybe he is incapable of grasping, or perhaps just lacks the talent to put it into words. Inaccurate and without imagination.
Sad.

Posted by: kevin | June 24, 2008 2:13 AM

David - Please stop expressing your opinion about anything. It appears some people might not agree with it.

Folks - The man said he has seen Pearl Jam several times and is clearly familiar with the band's catalog. He had a positive reaction to many of the songs during the show. How can you say he hates the band or doesn't know what he's talking about? Cool out.

Also, Mudhoney is better.

Posted by: Schneid | June 24, 2008 8:13 AM

Even Flow and Daughter are my "pee break" songs.

Great show overall. I guess I fall in the die hard category, so I could always go for more rarities. Having said that, it was darn cool to get the "I" and "U" trilogies. Have they ever done that live?

Vitalogy is getting seriously hosed this tour...so far, none of the following: Spin The Black Circle, Last Exit, Immortality, Nothingman, Satan's Bed, and Tremor Christ.

Posted by: PC3 | June 24, 2008 9:58 AM

I saw them for my 22nd and 23rd time in W. Palm and Tampa. They were a lot more fun when Eddie wasn't preaching politics between every damn song. They're no longer the best live band around...That honor goes to WEEN!!!

Posted by: Boognish | June 24, 2008 10:03 AM

My my my, some vengeful folk out there. Imagine that, not everyone prays at the altar of Pearl Jam. Unbelievable. As for me, I'd be glad to charge Pearl Jam fans only $15 to come to my house and watch DVD's of shows and sing along to their hearts content. They save money, I make a few bucks, and next time I see Pearl Jam maybe I can actually hear Eddie sing standing next to me. I am not paying to hear fans sing every word during a concert. We've banned smoking in arenas, let's ban karaoke.

Posted by: T.D. | June 24, 2008 10:05 AM

I agree, you are an idiot. If you don't understand the band or the music, don't review it.

Posted by: EV | June 24, 2008 11:57 AM

Well, there's too much to respond to here so I'll just concentrate on the important stuff.

Yes, EricS, I saw Dale Hunter play a whole lot. As a vengeful child I was even happy when he sent Pierre Turgeon flying that one time. But at his best he was a really good checking line center best known for getting what at the time was the longest suspension in NHL history. And that makes him the most decorated forward in team history, which is kinda sad. Next thing you'll tell me Kelly Miller's #10 should be up in the rafters!

I saw Mudhoney open for Pearl Jam 14 years ago. PJ was better. And the lack of "Vitalogy" songs was definitely disappointing, as that's my fave PJ album. Would've loved "Tremor Christ," "Not For You" or "Better Man." But you can play that game with any band with a deep discography.

Posted by: David | June 24, 2008 12:05 PM

"I am beginning to question whether or not you were actually even at the show last night."

Yeah, man, scan your ticket and post it here, or else we'll storm the Washington Post's offices, pitchforks in hand, to demand that you be fired effective immediately! HOW DARE YOU STATE YOUR OPINION. What do you think you are, some kind of a music crit --- oh....

Posted by: Not For You | June 24, 2008 12:47 PM

you're ridiculous..

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 2:17 PM

Seriously, what's so ridiculous?

And, there won't be any cooling out as far as I'm concerned. Pearl Jam was weak, much weaker than they were when Ten came out. If you want to see Pearl Jam, find Doc Brown and tell him to set the Delorean for 1994. They've never been as good as when Cobain was still around and that's indisputable.

And remember this, it's called freedom of speech and if you don't like my take, try listening to quality bands like Coldplay.

Posted by: David | June 24, 2008 2:54 PM

I didn't bother to read all the comments to see if this was already pointed out, but the 'stand up' part of 'stand up bass' refers to the bass itself, not the musician. A stand up bass is always played seated. Anyone that doesn't know that probably shouldn't be reviewing music.

That aside, the review was decent coming from somebody that obviously knows the band but isn't a big fan. Most of the people that were there were fan club members, and as one of them, I thought it was a great show. Who else is playing 2 1/2 hour, 31 song performance with that much energy?

Posted by: PJ Fan | June 24, 2008 2:55 PM

For the record, that comment a couple up from "David" isn't from me, it's from someone who already commented as "Casey - Philadelphia" and "Brandt, Silver Spring" who obviously has some issues with my review and isn't completely informed about IP addresses.

Posted by: David | June 24, 2008 3:01 PM

Ouch! Quite a defensive bunch these Pearl Jam fans; almost as rabid as the Jimmy's Chicken Shack fans that flamed PostRock a month back.

Posted by: mikef | June 24, 2008 3:17 PM

That was my 38th PJ show, and I enjoyed your review. I thought it was pretty accurate (I don't like Green Disease either). I was just getting ready to print out the article to save it; I only do that when I think it's a good review. (BTW PJ fans do NOT take bathroom breaks. We would rather stand there and hear Betterman for the 685th time than risk missing a rarity.)

Posted by: GivenToFy | June 24, 2008 4:49 PM

Miller? Nahh. Good player, but not that good. Dale is still one of the most recognized players in Capitals history, so his number dang well deserves to be up there. At any rate, the next numbers going up are 12 and 37.

Wow, who thought Pearl Jam fans would be as cluless as the Hannah Montana fans?

Posted by: EricS | June 24, 2008 5:41 PM

I agree with David's review also. I've seen them a bunch of times, and he nailed the feeling I had for this show. The first night in Philly 4 days before was much better in my opinion. Things seemed somewhat stale in comparison.

That being said, the outro for Come Back was still worth the price of admission alone.

Posted by: Dan | June 24, 2008 6:50 PM

Um, this isn't going to do anything to improve the fastidious reputation of the 'superfans' but it's spelled Ament, not Ahment.
Also, I have to say, it sounds like a fairly prosaic set list. I agree with David that someone needs to tell them they don't have to play Even Flow every damn night. How about more tracks from the new album? Life Wasted sounds pretty sparkling live and I don't think they've even tried Big Wave, which is killer.

Posted by: Daenalus | June 24, 2008 6:53 PM

If you've been to five Pearl Jam shows, you would know it's 'Ament', not 'Ahment.

Posted by: Scott | June 24, 2008 8:33 PM

I agree with (David) Malitz's opinion, although I did not attend the show, nor have I ever heard any Pearl Jam song to my knowledge. It's just my general policy to agree with Malitz unless I have a good reason not to.

Posted by: Lindemann | June 24, 2008 10:35 PM

I think you must be a complete jackass or a wannabe fan if you don't appreciate Yellow Ledbetter - period. Also, you may want to get the song titles right if you're going to "review" the set. Keep off the commentary tip or we'll revoke your Ten Club ID card...

Posted by: GW | June 25, 2008 12:36 PM

and almost as nuts as the constantine maroulis fans, mikef.

for what it's worth, i enjoyed the show. definitely more so than the one in 2006.

Posted by: hre1979 | June 25, 2008 1:18 PM

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