This is the setlist from Pearl Jam’s first gig in three years
Like so many bands who are only just returning to the stage now, Pearl Jam made their long-awaited live comeback over the weekend, welcoming new touring member Josh Klinghoffer and debuting songs from latest album Gigaton for the very first time.
Eddie Vedder and co. headlined Asbury Park’s Sea.Hear.Now Festival for their first show since September 2018, delivering a 20-song setlist that leaned on plenty of Gigaton newbies, plus covers of Bruce Springsteen’s My City Of Ruins and their customary rendition of Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World, as well as hits like Corduroy, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town and Better Man, and Ten classics Porch and Alive (understandable given the record recently celebrated its 30th anniversary).
Speaking to Kerrang! in August about Pearl Jam’s then-impending live return, Jeff Ament enthused of performing new material following the pandemic break: “I just haven’t been thinking about anything Pearl Jam for so long that I’m sort of nervous. But, man, I can’t wait to play Dance Of The Clairvoyants and Quick Escape. Both those songs are gonna be really fun. When Ed wrote the lyrics to Quick Escape, there was an instant visual to that track. It was a brand new thing – he wrote from a perspective I’d never heard him write from with Freddie Mercury and Zanzibar and all that stuff which is just so fantastic. It’s almost like a little tip of the cap to Andy [Wood, the late singer of Jeff’s pre-Pearl Jam band Mother Love Bone], because Andy was such a Freddie Mercury fan. Seven O’Clock is gonna be good, too. I think there could be some journeys that those songs go on.”
Check out the full setlist:
1. Dance Of The Clairvoyants
2. Quick Escape (Live debut)
3. Seven O’Clock (Live debut)
5. Present Tense
6. Never Destination (Live debut)
7. Even Flow
9. Superblood Wolfmoon (Live debut)
10. Red Mosquito
12. Take The Long Way (Live debut)
13. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
14. Given To Fly
15. State Of Love And Trust
16. Better Man
18. My City Of Ruins (Bruce Springsteen cover)
20. Rockin’ In The Free World (Neil Young cover)
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