Pearl Jam in Toronto, Night Two

Another night at the Air Canada Centre, another solid show from Pearl Jam. Tonight’s concert didn’t reach the same peaks as yesterday’s–the absence one Neil Young might explain that–but that’s not to suggest it wasn’t its equal in virtually every other respect. Plus, we got a world premiere tonight…and I’ll never complain about a show that includes “Baba O’Riley.”


  • Go
  • Animal
  • Olé (new song; it debuted the other night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but tonight was its concert premiere. “Olé” will have to grow on me.)
  • Hail, Hail
  • In My Tree
  • Sad!
  • Dissident
  • Setting Forth
  • Corduroy (this, incredibly, was my first time hearing “Corduroy” in this latest batch of shows)
  • God’s Dice (which featured a wonderful f***-up by Mr. Vedder)
  • Deep
  • Garden (which featured yet another wonderful f***-up by Mr. Vedder; he apologized after the first one, saying they’d only made “three or four mistakes in twenty years,” then promptly doubled the tally by the end of the night. This was the album version of “Garden,” not the weird, plodding version of 2006 vintage.)
  • Wishlist
  • Even Flow (Mike! Mike! Mike!)
  • Present Tense (which featured a wonderful f***-up by Mr. Vedder)
  • Rats!
  • State of Love and Trust
  • The Fixer
  • Porch (another killer “Porch”–that’s four in a row now)

1st Encore:

  • Last Kiss (performed facing the fans behind the stage; the band actually stood behind their amplifiers, with Matt playing a mini bass/snare/hi-hit/crash drumkit)
  • Just Breathe
  • I Got Shit (which featured another wonderful f***-up by Mr. Vedder)
    • Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]
  • Light Years
  • Jeremy
  • Why Go

2nd Encore:

  • Do the Evolution (“Admire me, admire my home, admire my son, admire Stone!”)
  • Alive
  • Kick Out The Jams [MC5] (with Mark Arm and Steve Turner)
  • Baba O’Riley [The Who] (a far less perfunctory version than what we were getting in 2005; it’s no longer a setlist regular–and that, I think, will help make it awesome again)
  • Yellow Ledbetter (which ended with Mike lying against his monitor two rows in front of where Mr. Sherkin was seated this evening)

I don’t know who was sitting in front of me–but whoever it was had better be in Ottawa Wednesday night. Until then.


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