Pearl Jam in Toronto, Night One: The Binaural Show/PJ40

Set:

  • Go
  • Do the Evolution
  • Mind Your Manners

Binaural:

  • Breakerfall
  • Gods’ Dice
  • Evacuation
  • Light Years
  • Nothing As It Seems
  • Thin Air (only my second time hearing this; the first was at the infamous Hershey concert in 2003)
  • Insignificance
  • Of the Girl
  • Grievance
  • Rival (only my second time hearing this one, too; the first was PJ2 at the former Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantaugh, NY on the Binaural tour)
  • Sleight of Hand
  • Soon Forget
  • Parting Ways (only my second time hearing this one, too; the first was PJ10 in Boston in 2004)

Set (continued):

  • Corduroy
  • Once
  • Rearviewmirror

1st Encore:

  • Imagine [John Lennon] (stunning; I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this if/when I heard it, but it ended up being one of the highlights of any Pearl Jam concert I’ve seen)
  • Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time) (oddly, I’d seen this performed once before)
  • Comfortably Numb [Pink Floyd]
  • Even Flow (Mike’s solo ended with him in full Hendrix mode, on his knees in front of his speaker stack)
  • Down
  • Better Man
    • Save it for Later [The English Beat]
  • Porch

2nd Encore:

  • Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
  • Given to Fly
  • State of Love and Trust
  • Black
  • The Real Me [The Who]
  • Alive
  • Donna [James Rado/Gerome Ragni/Galt MacDermot] (Ed sang a line from “Donna” introducing Donna Grantis, who joined Pearl Jam on guitar for…)
    • Rockin’ in the Free World [Neil Young]

That’s my fucking band.

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