Pearl Jam performed a pair of shows at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands to a sold out crowd. After speaking with fans in line to get into the show, we realized people traveled from all over the globe including Australia, United States, Romania, and Russia!
The consensus among fans was that night 2 would surpass night 1 in terms of deep cut song selection and overall energy. That turned out to be accurate! The band opened with Ten’s “Release” then went into “Present Tense” and the hard hitting “Animal”. The sound at the Ziggo Dome is tremendous and the new light show Pearl Jam has on the road is impressive! It has bright LED lightning and balls that light up and lower throughout the performance. At one point, Eddie Vedder did get political which is not unusual at Pearl Jam shows. He spoke about gun laws and children being safe in schools before going into the tune “Glorified G”.
Check out the video below of PJ performing “Alive” then going into their famous cover of “Rocking in the Free World” with the Ziggo Dome house lights on. It’s a unique way to end the show seeing everyone singing along and catching tambourines that Eddie throws out to the fans.
02. Present Tense
04. Last Exit
(Ed greets the audience and tells them that while practicing backstage he was holding his guitar and touched the metal door and received a very intense shock. “It is a once in a lifetime experience that I have had about three times.”)
05. Lightning Bolt
06. 1/2 Full (during the outro Ed shines reflected light from his pick guard into the audience)
07. Untitled (Ed’s lyrics for this version are about wanting to catch a train but the people he is with are staying their rooms. He mentions (presumably nearby) towns and that he doesn’t want to go alone)
(Ed says that when Mike was very young he told his mother “I want to be a guitar player when I grow up.” Mike’s mom replied, “Now Mike you are going to have to choose…” Ed says, “I love that one. You can’t play guitar and be a grown up! Well, Mike is all grown up and he plays guitar. Thanks for having us in your band.”)
09. Even Flow
10. Light Years
(EV says his hotel is by a school and every morning he gets awakened by the sound of kids playing. The best sound to wake up to. He goes on saying that in America he would be wondering if the kids are safe. He continues with the problems and solutions the United States are having with guns. )
11. Glorified G
(“I just want you to know that this next song has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump…But I do find it strange that he insults our allies but he gets along with dictators and despots. That is really strange. And I don’t think he is crazy like a fox but crazy like a narcissist motherfucker. But as I said this song has nothing to do with him. I wouldn’t waste my breath” – heavily paraphrased)
12. Can’t Deny Me
13. Mind Your Manners
14. Unthought Known
15. Inside Job
16. State Of Love And Trust (Ed goes to the barricade to sing)
17. Do The Evolution
(While Ed is downstage someone throws a shirt to him and he pitches it back and laughs. He then dances on the speakers for a bit checking out the audience in the sides. Pushes a few globes and heads to the barricade again to sing.)
Encore Break One
(Ed talks about favorite wines and beers. He mentions it was his daughters 14th birthday and he misses her so much. She is also graduating the 8th grade. Ed will be staying up late to watch the ceremony on his phone live early in the morning.
19. Bee Girl (Ed and Jeff Only)
20. Man Of The Hour
21. Just Breathe (Ed and Boom Only)
24. Rearviewmirror (at outro Ed goes and rocks out with Stone)
26. Rocking In The Free World-(Young)
(Ed thanks the audience and introduces the band. He says Stone and Jeff have been playing together for about 40 years. I think Jeff says 37.)
27. Yellow Ledbetter
(While Mike solos Ed goes into the crowd and does a little surfing)