Pearl Jam at Wrigley, Redux


Night two I didn’t attend night two

Just a setlist for Saturday night for now…but more later I promise, because I wanna write about “Corduroy.”

Set (intro music: “Aye Davanita”):

  • Wash
  • Low Light
  • Small Town
  • Breakerfall (tuned down)
  • Corduroy (epic, absolutely epic)
  • Hail, Hail
  • Animal (slowed down! finally!)
  • Getaway
  • Leaving Here [The High Numbers] (the first time I’ve heard this since Toronto 2005, when Carrie Brownstein sang back-up vocals)
  • Present Tense
  • Even Flow
  • Missing [Chris Cornell]
  • Garden
  • Not for You
    • Modern Girl [Sleater-Kinney] (snippet)
  • Can’t Deny Me
  • Wishlist
  • I Won’t Back Down [Tom Petty] (Ed solo)
  • Porch

1st encore:

  • Just Breathe
  • Sleeping By Myself
  • Footsteps (!)
  • State of Love and Trust
  • Breath (at this point in her career Sam had a 100% record hearing “Breath,” which is…I mean it’s astounding is what it is)
  • Know Your Rights [The Clash]
  • Do the Evolution
  • Alone (at this point in her career Sam had a 100% record hearing “Alone,” which is…I mean it’s astounding is what it is)
  • Rearviewmirror

2nd encore:

  • Rebel Rebel [David Bowie]
  • Better Man
    • Save it for Later [The English Beat] (tag)
  • Alive
  • Rockin’ in the Free World
  • Yellow Ledbetter

(Pearl Jam played Wrigley yesterday, too. I bet that would’ve been something, huh? The set looked good. Set: Given to Fly, Why Go, Go, Last Exit, Mind Your Manners, Do the Evolution, Rain [The Beatles], Throw Your Hatred Down [Neil Young], Even Flow, U, In My Tree, Immortality, Daughter/It’s OK [Dead Moon], Unthought Known, Jeremy, I Am a Patriot [Steve Van Zandt], Lukin, Porch; 1st encore: We’re Going to Be Friends [White Stripes], Come Back, Corduroy, Black, Lightning Bolt, Rearviewmirror, Smile, Evil Little Goat (?!?!?!), Leash (!!!!!), Alive, Baba O’Riley)


Gaslight Anthem in Toronto

I was worried I’d never see them again. Hearing The ’59 Sound front-to-back was sublime.

Now: enough with the hiatus and get back to work, gentlemen, if you please!


  • Stay Vicious
  • Handwritten
  • The Spirit of Jazz
  • Mae

The ’59 Sound:

  • Great Expectations
  • The ’59 Sound
  • Old White Lincoln
  • High Lonesome
  • Film Noir
  • Miles Davis and the Cool
  • The Patient Ferris Wheel
  • Casanova, Baby!
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Meet Me By the River’s Edge
  • Here’s Looking at You, Kid
  • The Backseat

Set, continued:

  • Mulholland Drive
  • Boomboxes and Dictionaries
  • Helter Skeleton
  • Underneath the Ground
  • 45
  • Howl
  • 1930
  • National Anthem (with Matt Mays; Sam and I walked out on Matt Mays when we saw him with Kathleen Edwards in May and we got to REBEL with about thirty seconds left in his opening set Friday)
  • American Slang

Friday was my first time at REBEL, which is a renovated, expanded and douched-out version of the Sound Academy (which itself I hadn’t visited since the Soundgarden shows in January 2013). I didn’t like it: it’s a nightclub, not a rock club, and if it was hard convincing me to travel out to the Docks for a show before the reno it’ll be almost impossible now. Having said that, I’d have flown across borders to see Gaslight Anthem again.

Next up: Pearl Jam at Wrigley.

Smashing Pumpkins in Toronto

37-year-old me was really happy with yesterday’s show. 20-year-old me was having a f*cking aneurysm.


  • Disarm (Billy solo) (yup, “Disarm” opened! It simultaneously electrified the room and set a weird tone for the evening – but that’s for another time)
  • Rocket
  • Siva (which, oddly, was the first Gish song I’d ever heard live)
  • Rhinoceros
  • Space Oddity [David Bowie]
  • Drown (…which I long believe would be the last Smashing Pumpkins song I’d hear in concert: it closed their set at Summersault 2000 in Winnipeg which, coincidentally, was 18 years ago today)
  • Zero
  • The Everlasting Gaze
  • Stand Inside Your Love (…and now a whole bunch of bolded songs, which means ones I’d never heard before)
  • Thirty-three
  • Eye
  • Soma (Holy Sh*t Moment #1)
  • Blew Away (James on vocals)
  • For Martha (Holy Sh*t Moment #2; I cannot believe they played this)
  • To Sheila
  • Mayonaise
  • Porcelina of the Vast Oceans (Holy Sh*t Moment #3; my life will henceforth be divided into its pre-hearing “Porcelina” live and post-hearing “Porcelina” live phases)
  • Landslide [Fleetwood Mac]
  • Tonight, Tonight
  • Stairway to Heaven [Led Zeppelin] (I mean sure, why not?)
  • Cherub Rock (preceded by “Fly by Night” and “YYZ” teases)
  • 1979
  • Ava Adore
  • The Beginning is the End is the Beginning (I mean sure, why not? I’d actually joked about hearing this earlier in the night.)
  • Hummer (I mentioned this to Saj yesterday: as good as the entire show was there was a just different vibe whenever a Siamese Dream song would appear. I don’t actually like “Hummer,” but it was electrifying to hear.)
  • Today
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings
  • Muzzle (first time hearing it with Jimmy Chamberlin who, in case you were wondering, remains the frigging greatest)


  • Solara (…which I don’t like as a song but which sounded positively monstrous last night)
  • Baby Mine [Betty Noves] (from Dumbo, which…I mean sure, why not?)

Metric, meanwhile, delivered one of the best opening sets I’ve seen in ages. More later.

Foo Fighters in Toronto

Stadium rock show! And no mention of antidepressant withdrawal beyond this introductory paragraph! Progress!




  • All My Life
  • Learn to Fly
  • The Pretender
  • The Sky is a Neighbourhood
  • Rope
    • Drum Solo (which was spectacular)
      • Sunday Rain
  • My Hero
  • These Days
  • Walk
  • Under My Wheels [Alice Cooper] (Chris Shiflett on vocals)
    • Another One Bites the Dust [Queen]
      • Imagine [John Lennon]/Jump [Van Halen] mash-up (“Imagine” music, “Jump” lyrics; it worked oddly well)
        • Blitzkrieg Bop [The Ramones]
  • Under Pressure [Queen] (Taylor Hawkins and Luke Spiller from the Struts on vocals, Dave Grohl on drums – which, though I’ve seen it a few times already, will never get old)
  • Monkey Wrench
  • Run
  • Breakout
  • Dirty Water
  • This is a Call
  • Best of You


  • Big Me
  • Times Like These (alas, not the acoustic version)
  • Everlong

Robert Plant


  • New World…
  • Turn It Up
  • The May Queen
  • Rainbow
  • That’s the Way [Led Zeppelin]
  • All the King’s Horses
  • Please Read the Letter [Page & Plant] (the highlight; sadly, no Alison Krauss)
  • Gallow’s Pole [trad.]
  • Carry Fire
  • Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You [Joan Baez] (in which a young lady, seated to our left, had a meltdown when she apparently realized she wasn’t actually at a Led Zeppelin concert)
  • Little Maggie [trad.]
  • Fixin’ to Die [Bukka White]
  • Misty Mountain Hop [Led Zeppelin] (brilliant reworked version)


  • In the Mood
  • Bring it On Home [Led Zeppelin] (opening riff)
    • Whole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin]
      • Santy Anno [trad.]
        • Whole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin] (continued)

Arcade Fire in Toronto




  • Everything Now
  • Signs of Life
  • Rebellion (Lies)
  • Here Comes the Night Time
  • Haiti
  • No Cars Go
  • Electric Blue
  • Put Your Money On Me
  • Neon Bible
  • My Body is a Cage
  • Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
  • The Suburbs
  • The Suburbs (Continued)
  • Ready to Start
  • Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  • Reflektor
  • Afterlife
  • Creature Comfort
  • Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)


  • We Don’t Deserve Love
  • Everything Now (Continued)
  • Wake Up

Win dedicated the show to Gord; ditto Kevin Drew from Broken Social Scene, who opened (Drew produced both the Hip’s Man Machine Poem record and Gord’s posthumous solo album).

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in Toronto


  • Rockin’ Around (With You)
  • Mary Jane’s Last Dance
  • You Don’t Know How It Feels
  • Forgotten Man
  • I Won’t Back Down
  • Free Fallin’
  • Walls
  • Don’t Come Around Here No More
  • It’s Good to Be King
  • Crawling Back to You
  • Wildflowers
  • Learning to Fly
  • Yer So Bad
  • I Should Have Known It
  • Refugee (which, alas, didn’t really turn into a Mike Campbell firework display; his playing last night, while brilliant, was understated)
  • Runnin’ Down a Dream


  • You Wreck Me
  • American Girl

Next up: Blondie (with Garbage!) and X.