Pearl Jam were scheduled to play at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater in March 2020. However, the plan was altered after the pandemic. It was last night September 10 that the band finally performed the gig and it was broadcast live on the band’s SiriusXM channel Pearl Jam Radio. It was open only to contest winners.
Pearl Jam had problems with PA during the performance
As has been the case on the first four shows on this leg of the band’s current tour, the show started with band members seated and playing more down-tempo material. “Footsteps” opened the show and was followed by the infrequently performed “Pendulum,” “Sleight of Hand” and “Parachutes.”
It seemed that something was not working quite right with the PA, however, and the band stopped while the system was reset. Vedder killed time with a solo rendition of Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me in Your Heart,” and within a few minutes, the other members returned to showcase seven songs from the 2020 album Gigaton, the release of which was meant to be celebrated at the original Apollo show.
The newer material sounded excellent, with guitarist Mike McCready providing multiple highlights thanks to his solos and manic energy on “Take a Long Way,” “Retrograde” and “Quick Escape.”
Pearl Jam Apollo Theater Setlist:
Sleight of Hand
Hard to Imagine
Keep Me in Your Heart
Who Ever Said
Dance of the Clairvoyants
Spin the Black Circle
Take the Long Way
Do the Evolution
Tonight, Pearl Jam will play Madison Square Garden on a night that will have extra significance on the 21st anniversary of 9/11.