Setlists; Londres, UK

Pearl Jam
O2 Arena
London, UK
Show Two
July 17, 2018
Set List

Band Onstage: 8:24
Band Offstage: 11:21
Walk On Music: Metamorphosis #2-Phillip Glass

01. Oceans
02. Nothing As It Seems

(“Here we go…”)
03. Go
04. Corduroy
05. Save You
06. Do The Evolution

(Asks for lights to come up so he can see everybody.  Points to sections of the audience and drinks to them.  He singles out a guy with a beard and a tank top.  Ed asks the crowd to be careful because there is no middle barricade.
This has been weighing on my mind for the last three weeks.  I just want to offer my deepest apology to all of you, and thank you guys, the band and crew.  The energy you gave me helped with the recovery.  I look forward to paying it back all night so in the immortal words of Marvin Gaye, “Let’s Get It On”.)

07. Given To Fly
08. In Hiding
09. I Am Mine
10. Green Disease
(Ed notes that they are taking some requests tonight.  The long time monitor tech is giving Ed a fresh vocal mic when Ed decides to introduce the normally reserved tech to the audience.  Ed describes him as being a local boy.  Asking Peter the tech where he is from Peter replies Cornwall.  Ed can’t believe he is from there because Pearl Jam don’t pay him nearly enough to live there.  He asks the audience to cheer for Peter from Cornwall and says that they do give him occasional raises.  Peter manages to escape the bright, hot lights with the worn out mic and Ed gets the next song going)
11. Even Flow
(Let’s hear how loud you can get for Mr. Mike McCready on the guitar.  Ed says he is glad to see that Baby Trump was outside.  He also comments that they saw stories saying that if you were traveling abroad as an American that there going to be protests and if protesters find out you are American you might get hurt.  “We have never found and neither has our crew any sort of animosity directed towards us.”  He says in a weird way that Trump is bringing people together because they are joining together in protest.  He goes onto read some of his favorite signs he saw during the protests.  “Perhaps the best was ‘a girl’s place is in the resistance’, so women of the world, take over)
12. Daughter/It’s OK-(Cole)-tag 3:14

(Matt and his wife April were the first of the band to have children and Ed says we have all learned so much from them.  He praises Matt’s daughter Josie for being such a trooper on the whole tour and is sure she is ready to get back to her friends but he has loved having her around.  This next song is for the great Cameron family)
13.  You Are
14.  Satan’s Bed
15.  Can’t Deny Me
(Ed says “The people have spoken, and they said (sotto voce) “Sweet Lew,” no, “Let Stone sing!”  So, ladies and gentlemen, Stone Gossard.  Stone thanks Ed and says, I really want to thank Ed for leading this band for all these years. Now it is my turn to sing (this is close but not 100%).
16. Mankind
Towards the end the song falls apart and Stone gives up.  “This is probably why Ed doesn’t let me sing..)  Eventually the crowd starts chanting “Let Jeff sing.” Jeff seems interested but Ed says  “Jeff won’t be singing tonight.” Jeff pipes up, “I have a sore throat!”  Ed says “that is a dig at me isn’t you fucker?” (with a laugh).  “Look, Matt has released his own records, Mike can sing.  If I let you hear these guys sing then I am out of a job. It is all I have…”)

17. Whipping
18. Lukin
19. Rearviewmirror
(Because of the press of the crowd Ed asks Kille to turn up the lights so he can see and asks the band to slow down.  The band slows and gets quiet. EV implores the audience to take three steps back on the count of three.  For me it would be a beautiful thing and for you.  He counts it off and the audience does as he requests.  When things are calm the band finishes the song at full speed and volume)

Encore Break One
(Ed says the next song is by someone who was a friend of the band that they lost recently.  We seem to be losing a lot…. well, that is life I guess.  I think of this song as political as well.  He talks for a bit about life and loss and says Jeff heard a story about a women who came to the first few shows but for health reasons didn’t think she would be able to see anymore.  The good news is she is here tonight. Andrea Oaks.)

20. I Won’t Back Down-(Lynne, Petty)-Ed solo vocal and electric guitar
21. Fatal (full band)

(There is a group of people that have been to about 203 shows or something and I think outside of Sweet Lew we would play anything for them so this is for them)
22. Around The Bend

23. Jeremy
24. Mind Your Manners

25. Breath
(During song Ed asks Big Pete to keep an eye on a certain section of the audience)

(Ed wants to acknowledge a couple of birthdays.  One is the bands chef, Sam, who is brought on stage and the other is Stone Gossard who is having a birthday shortly after the tour.  Ed gets the audience to sing them Happy Birthday and the cake is mashed into Stone and Sam.  Stone is temporarily blinded and struggles a bit. Ed has to help him wipe cake off.  Ed tells us, “There were two candles and one went into his left eye and the other went into his right eye, can you carry on Stone?  Getting old is a bitch!  This song is about sharing wine and cake)

26. Crazy Mary-(Williams)Paint It Black-(Jagger/Richards) instrumental tag in jam approx. 30 seconds
(Mike comes over to Boom so they can solo together.  Stone goes to Jeff’s side where it looks like Jeff asks Stone about his eyes)
27. Porch

Encore Break Two
(Ed reminisces about playing the club Borderline and other places in the early days.  “We just gotta play one song to the back.)
28. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town-(played to audience behind the stage)
29. Wasted Reprise
(Ed talks about how hard Matt Cameron works and says the hardest working people are these folks down in the front.  He says the band has been together for a long time and we love each other and are brothers.  And our crew are brothers and sisters. Give them a hand, they have been with us for 20 plus years.  But really it is you (the audience) who have supported us and given us all of these years.  Thank you)
30. Alive
31. Baba O’Riley-(Townshend)
32. Yellow Ledbetter
(After the goodbyes and the rest of the band has left the stage Ed has Rob Skinner, the band photographer, take a picture of him in front of the audience holding bottles of wine and standing on his monitors.  Although the band had left minutes ago they come back to play one more song.)
33. All Along The Watchtower-(Dylan)

 

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Setlists; NOS Alive Festival, Lisboa

Pearl Jam
Nos Alive Festival
Lisbon, Pt
July 14, 2018
Set List

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Walk On Music: Metamorphosis #2-Phillip Glass

Band Onstage: 11:30
Band Offstage: 1:38

01. Low Light
02. Better Man/Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling)-1:40 tag
03. Go
(Chats in Portuguese.  Wishes them good evening and talks about the festival)
04. Mind Your Manners
05. Do The Evolution
(Chats in Portuguese and introduces Mike)
06. Given To Fly
07. Interstellar Overdrive-(Barrett, Mason, Waters, Wright)-instrumental 55 seconds
08. Corduroy
(Ed checks on the audience to make sure they are safe and lists things that he is drinking to.  Fernando(?) this one’s for you)
09. Rats
(22 years ago we played this song in Cascais.  We are going to play it again for you)
10.  Even Flow
(You know, Mike isn’t the only one playing a mean guitar up here…Mr. Stone Gossard!  “We call upon the author to explain”-quote is a reference to a Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds song.)
11. Daughter / WMA-30 seconds / It’s OK-(Cole)-2:30 min  Ed has the audience sing the line “It’s OK” in Portuguese while he sings the rest in English)
12. Unthought Known
( name? this ones for you)
13. Down
14. Jeremy
(We played this place a few years ago and the best part about it was the White Stripes played on the same stage and tonight is as good or even better because tonight we have Jack White.  Ed segue’s into a discussion of violence against women in Portugal and what can be done to reduce or prevent it.)
15. Can’t Deny Me
16. In My Tree
17. Black (if I had the chance to do it all again I would probably make the same mistakes because I’m a stupid man, If I had a chance to do it again..because we belong together))
18. Lukin
19. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break One

Hey we’d like to play one and see if we can get you to light this place up. I played it at a festival and I would love to have you hear it with the whole band.  There are people out there that think more about their own profit than they do for the environment, gay marriage (etc.) They are holding onto old ideas and they are going away but we should expedite this process.
20. Imagine-(Lennon) w/ full band
21. Comfortably Numb-(Gilmour, Waters)
22. Porch (during song the band jams on Seven Nation Army by Jack White who played before Pearl Jam and is watching the band from the side of the stage)
23. Alive

24. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young) w/ Jack White playing guitar.  (Stone plays tambourine. Eventually Jack’s bass player takes Jeff’s instrument and Jeff played piano with Boom)

Setlists; Mad Cool Festival, Madrid.

Pearl Jam
Mad Cool Festival
Caja Mágica, Madrid ES
July 12, 2018

 

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Set List

Band Onstage:11:23
Band Offstage: 1:29
No walk on music.  Band just comes out

01. Release
02. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
(Hey Lily, this one’s for you)
03. Given To Fly
04. Lukin
05. Corduroy
06. Why Go
(Ed addresses the audience in Spanish.  Happy to be playing the first night of the festival.  Seems to say the audience is loco etc.)
07. Animal
(introduces Mike in Spanish and talks about playing in a club called Revolver in Madrid)
08. Even Flow
(Intros Matt in Spanish)
09. Mind Your Manners
10. Lightning Bolt
11. Eruption-(Van Halen)
12. Jeremy
(Introduces El Jeffe on bass guitar.  He then introduces a video with Javier Bardem about domestic violence in Spain)
13. Can’t Deny Me
14. Do The Evolution
15. Wasted Reprise (Ed asks if he can speak in English because his Spanish is shit.  He talks about tough times in life that we get through and look at us now in this beautiful place with great people.  Getting fueled up with positivity and that we can all get along no matter race, religion, sexual orientation.  Those that say we can’t are wrong and those ideas will die with the people that hold them.  Those old ideas are dying)
16. Better Man (sings “going hungry” a few times referencing “Hunger Strike”-Temple Of The Dog, Improvs lyrics-“I may not have told you lately but if I haven’t if not them I am a fool men don’t have a clue..”-loose/incomplete transcription-/Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young)
Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling)-Tag 1 min
17. Porch (The stage doesn’t have accessible wings so Ed looks for the stairs to the barricade.  He passes a note to a person in the audience and off mic tells them to put it in their pocket and not to to open it until after.)

Encore Break
(This one goes out to someone..gets interrupted.  This song is about love but not any kind of love.  The big love.  The one you didn’t think existed.  It is as big as the ocean, as big as the Spanish summer sky.  He asks the audience to hold up their lights so we can see how big the audience is.  He wants to play this for his friends who got married to this song and it looks like it is going to last a long, long time.  “Javier and Penelope this is for you”)
18. Just Breathe
19.  Sirens
20. Black (Lo siento, lo siento, lo siento…)
21. State Of Love And Trust (“I’ll do this one myself, Mike help, Mike help..”-Mike roams the stage while soloing
22. Reaviewmirror
23. Alive

24. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young)

Oceans para Israel

No último dia 10/07 o Pearl Jam se apresentou na Arena Palau Sant Jordi, em Barcelona. Durante o show a banda fez uma homenagem das mais lindas ao fã mexicano Israel Barrales, que recentemente perdeu a vida em uma cirurgia cardíaca.

Muitos amigos de Israel do México e do mundo todo fizeram uma grande campanha para que a banda tocasse Oceans (música favorita de Israel) nesse show. Israel tinha programado ir à essa apresentação para tentar ouvir pela primeira vez sua música favorita.

 

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Durante o show, Eddie Vedder tomou a palavra e lembrou do significado da banda para muitas pessoas, assim como para Israel.

“Muitas pessoas nos ouvem há tempo suficiente para se conhecerem nos shows, casarem, terem filhos, e depois trazerem os filhos aos shows… Há uma linda comunidade e quando temos a notícia de que perdemos um membro é legal ver todos se unindo para apoiar uns aos outros e aqueles amados pela pessoa que morreu. Como banda, nós gostaríamos de participar, dando suporte à sua família e sua memória”.

“Achamos que seria legal tocar em homenagem a um jovem chamado Israel, que deveria estar aqui nesta noite. Ele passou por uma cirurgia que acreditava que daria certo, mas devido a algumas complicações, tivemos uma triste notícia. Ele gostaria de escutar esta música, então vamos nos unir por ele, seus irmãos e seus amigos”.

 

Análise: Help Help

Os cenários propícios para um álbum amado e odiado por boa parte do público do Pearl Jam estavam pavimentados ao longo da estrada de 2000 até o segundo semestre de 2002. A angústia, a falta de esperança, e também a desilusão política vivida no início da nova era criaram uma catarse musical das mais complexas e ao mesmo tempo palpáveis de se ler em um disco. De todos os caminhos adotados a cada álbum em particular na história da banda, o Riot Act é o que me emite a maior verdade, a maior e mais evidente entrega de sinceridade com o resumo da ópera; mundo, fãs e banda.

Todos esses ingredientes resultaram em um álbum cru, raivoso, as vezes desproporcional e íntimo ao mesmo tempo. Há excessos em todos os campos, o que fez de Riot Act um disco oito ou oitenta na carreira da banda. Por ser um disco pouco polido e ‘enfeitado’, e por abordar questões direta e indiretamente conectadas à banda, suas músicas não aparecem com frequência nos shows do Pearl Jam nos últimos anos. Há quem diga que essas músicas não fazem mais sentido hoje em dia (próprio Eddie já citou isso explicando porque a banda não toca mais a música Get Right).
Toda essa introdução precisava ser colocada para contextualizar a música que será analisada, Help Help.

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Help Help é a décima primeira música do disco, é uma música de Jeff Ament e Eddie Vedder, porém quem rouba toda a cena nela é Matt Cameron com sua bateria totalmente fora de tempo (assim como em outras músicas do disco), e Mike McCready que conseguiu entender o sentimento que Jeff e Eddie tentaram captar para a música.

Help Help é uma música com uma sequência de power chords que se repete do início ao fim de maneira cadenciada seguindo o baixo. Jeff (assim como Stone) é um compositor bastante imprevisível em suas escolhas dentro de uma música. Ao analisar suas composições, você consegue entender o quão sensacionais são os rumos que cada música toma quando precisam expressar aquilo que eles querem transmitir. Em Help Help, a linha de baixo e a bateria fora do tempo, juntamente com o vocal sempre perfeitamente colocado de Eddie Vedder nos transmite um senso de ruínas, desmoronamento. A música começa calma, e vai seguindo de uma maneira onde tudo parece que vai desmontar a qualquer momento, pela forma como a bateria é levada principalmente. Junto a isso temos um vocal sereno, tranquilo e conformado de Eddie, que nos dá uma falsa sensação de que tudo está bem, até chegar ao refrão onde a guitarra de Mike desenha a real situação de desespero em que a música se encontra. Mike dá poder à Help Help, e sua entrada eleva a bateria e o vocal que antes estavam desconectados totalmente. É insanamente incrível o trabalho de Mike nessa música em termos de composição musical.

A música volta ao começo em sua metade, como se precisasse acontecer tudo de novo para que algo mudasse. A única mudança é no pré-refrão, que dessa vez é repetido duas vezes antes do refrão principal.

Liricamente Help Help se enquadra junto de Get Right como uma música que faz pouco sentido a ser analisada fora de contexto. Porém se você olha para o entorno, para o disco, ela cumpre seu papel de forma irreparável.

A letra nos faz pensar que o protagonista não quer mais lutar, nem resistir… Ele apenas quer as mentiras, já acostumado com elas. Se no início houve uma calma em sua forma de apresentar suas palavras, essa calma era de conformidade. Se um dia ele lutou, essa luta o esgotou e em Help Help ele apenas quer ser mais um conformado que grita por ajuda desesperadamente. Essa ajuda pode ser interpretada de várias formas, mas eu creio que, pela conformidade apresentada na letra e na forma de cantar, ele pede ajuda em relação a si mesmo, para que ele não se torture com a realidade apresentada e sobretudo para que resgate algum fiapo de esperança que se perdeu. O protagonista é seu pior inimigo e crítico, e isso o fez desistir de tudo e se conformar com os cenários ruídos.

Mais para o final a música encorpa e o coro de outras pessoas (restante da banda) pedindo ajuda e isso ascende a fagulha que precisava no protagonista, onde ele vomita toda sua raiva motivada pelo grito em socorro de outras pessoas. Aquele protagonista alienado à situação deixa de existir, e passa a expor uma liderança em relação as demais vozes pedindo socorro. Tudo isso entrelaçado ao aumento de volume ao máximo da banda em todos os instrumentos. Mike entra com seus solos furiosos, a bateria fica raivosa, o coro, tudo ganha força como se aquele discurso final mostrasse que juntos eles podem, além de pedir socorro, protestar!

Help Help cumpre seu papel no Riot Act. Não é uma das melhores composições da banda, não há brilhantismo e nem muitos fãs que gostam dela. A esquisitice criada é difícil de ser engolida, mas quando se começa a perceber a verdade impregnada dentro dela, você começa a entender o Riot Act inteiro.

Como eu disse no início, considero o Riot Act um disco verdadeiro e singular na discografia do Pearl Jam. Help Help jamais funcionaria em outro àlbum, ou de outra maneira. Dentro do Riot, ela é fundamental para, além de reafirmar a derrota implícita no disco, ascender uma das poucas fagulhas de esperança que ainda existiam no disco, na banda e até nos Estado Unidos naquela época.

Tradução de Help Help

Texto: Cristiano Feix

Setlists; Barcelona, Espanha

Pearl Jam
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona, ES
July 10, 2018
Set List

Band Onstage: 9:41
Band Offstage: 12:32
Walk On Music: Metamorphosis #2-Phillip Glass

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01. Long Road
02. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
03. Corduroy
04. Hail, Hail
05. Mind Your Manners
06. Do The Evolution
(Ed addresses the audience in Spanish.  He starts with the local accent even.  He says something about playing here and says what appears to be not flattering things about the Russian football team and tauntingly says goodbye to Russia, I think)
07.  Ghost (most of the band gathers around the front of Matt’s riser to end the song)
08. Nothing As It Seems
(Ed talks about all the nice people from various locations around the world that they have met here.  “Sergei from Russia is one of them, oh sorry for insulting you earlier Sergei.  We are playing a lot of requests. This is one of them.”)
09. Setting Forth
10. Given To Fly
(This one is called “Tiny Penis Orange Man”)
11. Even Flow (Mike has guitar issue at the top of the song.  He switches out before the first chorus and continues on.)
(It’s a good night for music on Friday the 13th.  Prophets Of Rage are playing.  I wish I could be there.  Ed tells the audience that Prophets are here so let them know how you really feel.  He also talks about long time fans who meet up and form a community and it is difficult when you lose somebody.  Ed mentions a fan named Israel Barrales who passed away unexpectedly after a surgery. )
12.  Oceans
13. Light Years
(Ed speaks in Spanish. Something about equality or strength of women and introduces the song)
14. Daughter / It’s OK-(Cole) tag sung in Spanish and English lasts about 2:40)
15. Jeremy
16. Go
17. State Of Love And Trust
18. Porch

Encore Break One
(Praises Barcelona. Some balls drawn to look like basketballs prompts Ed to say Barcelona has balls.  Big orange ones.  Which leads to some talk about how awful Trump is and how important it is to vote him and others like him away.  He also talks about going to Sagrada Familia and seeing the works of a great man, Gaudi.  It has been a long time since I went to church but we found out that just by paying to get in our sins had been forgiven.  So Matt and I are feeling a lot better right now)

19. Sleeping By Myself
(EV has the camera point out a shirt that goes back to Gordie from The Tragically Hip and Ed recently lost a friend named Ken and wants to play this for them)
20. Come Back
21. Lightning Bolt
22. Black
23. Once
24. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break Two
(Matt’s drum tech is showered with praise and Ed gets the audience to sing him Happy Birthday in Spanish.  Pretty sure they referred to him with a pejorative nick name.)
25. Smile (Jeff guitar/ Stone Bass)
26. Wasted Reprise
27. Better Man / Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling) 2 min
28. Alive
29. Baba O’Riley-(Townshend)
(Mike starts Yellow Ledbetter but Ed stops him to read a letter from 9 yo Miguel who wants to meet Ed and to have them play Yellow Ledbetter.  Miguel made a drawing showing him down front at the concert.)
30. Yellow Ledbetter

Setlists; Rock Werchter, Bélgica

Pearl Jam
Rock Werchter Festival
Werchter, Be
July 07, 2018
Set List
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Band Onstage:11:09
Band Offstage: 1:02
Walk On Music: Metamorphosis #2-Phillip Glass

01. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
02. Animal
03. Mind Your Manners
04. Do The Evolution
05. Interstellar Overdrive-(Barrett, Mason, Waters, Wright) (instrumental about 1 minute)
06. Corduroy
(Ed addresses the audience in Dutch.  He is pretty excited about the line up for the festival.  Pearl Jam has played it five times but Matt has played here seven times including Soundgarden.  Ed then introduces the great guitarist and philosopher Kim Thayil as well as the legendary Wayne Kramer.  The rest of the band gets introduced.
07. Kick Out The Jams-(Davis, Kramer, Smith, Thompson, Tyner) w/ Wayne Kramer-guitar, Kim Thayil – guitar, Dug Pinnick – bass, Brendan Canty – tambourine, Marcus Durant – vocals.) Ed and Marcus share vocals.  Jeff, Mike, Stone and Matt all played their normal instruments.
(Jack White played one dedicated to Trump and I don’t want to give Trump too much attention but we have one for him as well.)
08. Even Flow
09. Habit
(Ed talks about being positive and the light from the young that will hopefully grow)
10. Given To Fly
(This one was written in the streets of Seattle and is for people in the streets everywhere)
11. Can’t Deny Me
12. Wishlist
(Dedicated to the great Jack White and his band)
13. Spin The Black Circle
14. Why Go
15. Jeremy
16. Lukin

17. Porch (EV climbs down to the barricade)
(Ed makes the point that the people hanging out at Werchter for a few days camping together shows that people from all sorts of countries and communities can get together.  With all the horrific things going on Ed wants to remain positive and remind people that love is the most important thing.  He asks Jack Johnson to join him. Trump is always bragging about his crowd size.  Ed asks the audience to light up their phones so we can show the video and show what a really big crowd is.)
18. Imagine-(Lennon) full band w/ Jack Johnson

19.  Once
(Ed congratulates the Belgian football team in Dutch.  Apologizes for pronunciation.  Wants to play the Ramones for the team)
20. I Believe In Miracles-(Ramone, Ray)
21. Black
22. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break
(Thanks one more time for being back.  Such a pleasure, like surfing big waves.  Some might see an impressively large group but we see individuals and we want to thank you as individuals.)
(Ed wants to dedicate the next song to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.  Ed admires him as an author, artist and song writer and he got meet him for the first time in a hallway)
23. Alive (Mike goes to the barricade and rocks out)
Mike starts Yellow Ledbetter but Ed wants to play another song first
24. Baba O’Riley-(Townshend) (Ed puts on a Belgium football team jersey)
(He thanks the audience and wishes the Belgium team well.)