Eddie Vedder Talks Recent Painful Losses & Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ Tour


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At Pearl Jam’s show in Tampa Bay last night, Eddie Vedder discussed some painful losses he has gone through recently. Vedder noted that that everyone goes through that. It is part of living. Things can swing from bad to good and back again. The band then performed an emotional version of “Pendulum.”

On a lighter note, Vedder also saw a sculpture of a cow in the audience that he asked to be brought on stage. He said a sculpture of a cow sat on Stone Gossard’s amp for the band’s first two years of touring. He also remembered occasionally taking fast cars for drives when working security in San Diego, but said they didn’t compare to being driven by Matt Cameron playing drums.

Read John’s full recap and setlist of the show posted on the PearlJam.com forums by Sea.

Pearl Jam
Amalie Arena
Tampa, FL
April 11, 2016
Set List

Walk On Music: It Happened Today-R.E.M. (starts at 8:27)
Band On Stage 08:30
Band Off Stage 11:14

01. Why Go
02. Mind Your Manners
03. Animal
04. Got Some
05. Corduroy
06. Love Boat Captain (with jam intro)

(Ed says hello to the audience saying had no idea they had so many friends and family here. He spots a young girl in the audience. He tells her not to go to sleep even though it is late. He is happy to see she is wearing headphones. He then teaches her that thumbs up is okay but extended middle fingers are for when you are older. Referring to the next song “This one is especially for our friends from Cocoa Beach.”)

07. Low Light
08. Red Mosquito (for Sean and Nash)
09. Hard To Imagine (for a gentleman named Bill who is a brain cancer survivor and for his wife and daughter)
10. Even Flow (during the solo Mike goes to the barricade and plays with his guitar behind his head)
(“This one is for the father’s, don’t get too excited. This is about the shitty ones…”)
11. My Father’s Son
(“you learn something for the shitty ones. This is for the daughters of the shitty fathers.”)
12. Daughter/Another Brick In The Wall-Part 2-(Waters)
13. Getaway

(Ed talks about his time as security guard in San Diego. In the early morning hours he was occasionally able to borrow a Ferrari or Lamborghini from the hotel valet parking and take it out for a very fast drive. While those cars are not something he would want to own he says they were fast and powerful. They still didn’t feel as good as being driven by Matt Cameron playing drums.)
(this is for all the folks that like to go surfing at midnight. I am one of them)

14. In The Moonlight
15. Jeremy
16. Do The Evolution

(Ed spots something in the audience. He tells the person that he will give it back to them but he asks if he can have it for minute. The object is a sculpture of a cow that sat on Stone’s amps for the first two years that the guys toured. Ed is delighted to see the cow again and puts it back on Stone’s amp for the next song.)

17. Blood

Encore Break One

(Ed starts talking about some painful losses he has had lately and notes that everyone goes through that. It is part of living. Things can swing from bad to good and back again.)
18. Pendulum
19. Off He Goes
20. Come Back

(Ed lists a number of sports franchises like the Red Wings, Black Hawks, Bruins etc but “we’ve never named an album after them. Cue the special effect!” At that moment the Tesla Coil in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s arena starts arcing much to Ed’s delight)

21. Lightning Bolt
22. Lukin
23. Porch

Encore Break Two

24. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town (played to the audience behind the stage)

(Ed talks for awhile about the veterans the know and have known. He talks about Tomas Young and the film and book about him and about how VA has systemic problems and hasn’t been forthcoming about the how they have been letting the veterans down. He talks about and finds Mike and Mike Jr. who run something called “Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch”. Ed says they will be donating money to the ranch from the show tonight. He sends a shout out to Pete Logan and his friends in the Navy.)

25. Imagine-(Lennon)
26. Wasted Reprise
27. Life Wasted
28. Better Man/Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling)
(at the end of the song Ed obliterates his white Gibson SG and his mic stand. He starts the next song with “C’mon you fuckers!”)
29. Sonic Reducer-(Bators, Blitz, Chrome, Magnum, Thomas, Zero)
30. Alive
31. Baba O’Riley-(Townshend)
32. Little Wing-(Hendrix)