Two encores, two and a half hours of music, and a rotating setlist incorporating everything from their debut album to their most recent widely forgotten and obscure b-sides that hardly saw a physical release- Pearl Jam is one of the world’s leading live events.
The group is widely known for a lot of different things, and a decent majority of that has to do with their live show. For one, they encourage bootlegging and sharing of their live shows, and it has become a culture all its own. Secondly, the band is popularly known to change their setlist on a nightly basis, often not even playing a core set of songs back to back.
A few Pearl Jam staples can be somewhat expected. There is a main set of material that is comprised of about 10 songs, and Pearl Jam will play about half. For one, they do not want to play a Greatest Hits set, so they leave off a few bigger singles instead of jamming them all in. “Better Man” will sometimes replace “Black,” and “Evenflow” is not a guarantee when “Jeremy” is on the setlist. The most common song the band performs is “Alive” followed immediately by “Evenflow,” so you can bank on either of these two appearing.
There is a wide selection of high-tier Pearl Jam songs that are not necessarily the biggest tunes of the 90’s and 2000’s, but are still extremely popular. “Yellow Ledbetter” is not always a setlist standard, and both “Given to Fly” and “Elderly Woman Being the Counter in a Small Town” are rotated out often.
The only standard for this tour is the closing song, which is a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin in the Free World.” It is performed at nearly every show, but it is not always the closer. The band has also chosen to close with a rendition of “Baba O’ Reilly” from the famous 60’s rock group, the Who.
The band gets around to nearly all of their major studio releases, often only with two songs. They ignore their era from 2000 to 2006, which spans from Binaural to their 2006 self-titled release. This is not a very popular era for the band. Aside from that, the band dips into Vitalogy’s “Nothingman,” Backspacer’s “Get Some,” and Yield’s “Do the Evolution,” to name a few.
The below is not the entire setlist and it by no means remains close to the same, but it is definitely a solid start.
Mind Your Manners
Do the Evolution
Nothing as It Seems
Given to Fly
Let the Records Play
Spin the Black Circle
I’m the Answer
Crown of Thorns
Anything from the new album?
Pearl Jam has such a massive catalog, the band can omit the best material from a new album and keep the fans more than satisfied. 2013’s Lighting Bolt earned rave reviews, and is represented with about four songs on any given night, with the most common single, “Sirens.” The title track is also a safe bet and the band often adds “Getaway” and “Mind Your Manners” to the setlist.
How long is a Pearl Jam concert?
Pearl Jam is no slouch as far as their live show goes. You can expect a full setlist at close to two and a half hours in length.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Pearl Jam’s tour?
Pearl Jam has an extremely active community of fans on their official website, and the band and their promoters stay engaged with the official website on a daily basis.
The site includes a one-stop-shop for presale access and passwords. Presales are most definitely best harnessed through the official Pearl Jam website. You can find free presales through common drawings, which is Pearl Jam’s fairest way to make sure everyone has an equal chance to get into shows. These presales often include impeccable seating in front sections.
Who is Pearl Jam’s publicist and press contact?
Pearl Jam is no stranger to frequent media requests, and fortunately they are transparent. Email email@example.com for general inquiries, or firstname.lastname@example.org for press requests. The official Pearl Jam website contact page lists many ways to reach out to the group.
“The final stage of any concert worth remembering comes when the performers and the audience agree to set the rulebook on fire, which is what happened at Pearl Jam’s Saturday concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The house lights went up but the band kept playing as singer Eddie Vedder poured wine from his stage supply for lucky front-row fans and the audience heard possibly the most committed and feral performance of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” that’s been done since the days when Keith Moon was still alive.” – George Lang of News Oklahoma
“With age 50 breathing down his neck, Vedder no longer dives into the crowd from atop scaffolds like a man with a death wish. But he’s still a captivating performer, scissor-kicking through the air, windmilling at his guitar and filling the arena with a rich, melancholy baritone suitable for a Wagner opera.” – Thor Christenson of The Dallas Morning News
“The set roared through hits and album cuts, with a Lou Reed cover (“After Hours”) for good measure. Through it all, the band rocked and appeared to have a great time doing it. McCready showed he is one of the best rock guitarists around, attacking solos with skill and obvious glee. Ament, Cameron and Gossard kept things tight; even when the band launched into an extended jam, it sounded so good. So right.” – Carolyn Lamberson of The Spokesman-Review