Pearl Jam are currently touring in celebration of their twenty fifth anniversary, and some lucky fans have been treated to something incredibly special.
Following the recent news that the grunge legends played Vs in its entirety at a concert in South Carolina last month, the band have now treated their Philadelphia fans with a complete performance of their game-changing 1991 debut, Ten. This is the second time they’ve done so, the last being back in Munich way back in 1992. The only two other occasions they’ve played whole albums took place in October 2014, when they played Yield in Milwaukee, and No Code in Illinois.
The performance occurred on the second night of their shows at the Wells Fargo Centre. Coincidentally as Rolling Stone reports, this was the tenth time the band had sold out that particular venue, which was celebrated by a banner as well as the performance.
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While a majority of the album’s tracks, including Jeremy, Alive and Even Flow are fairly common among typical Pearl Jam set lists, this is only the second time ever that the entire album has been played from start to end.
Following Ten, the band performed a huge selection of tracks across two extensive encores. As well as classics including Given To Fly, Daughter and Better Man, they covered Pink Floyd‘s Comfortably Numb, Throw Your Hatred Down by Neil Young and more.
It’s an interesting shift in perspective from bassist Jeff Ament, who recently told Rolling Stone that he’s not to keen on full-album performances. “I saw Cheap Trick do three albums and that was amazing. But for the most part I haven’t been a fan of that. When we did those albums, we were on the plane going to the show and Ed said, ‘Hey, what do you feel about doing No Code tonight?’ And then we basically scrambled and learned the five songs we hadn’t played in 10 years right before the show. And it created, like, a good tension. By the second or third song, the fans started realising what we were doing. We could sense that. I think the fact that we did it in Milwaukee and Moline was awesome. That was the greatest thing ever.”
Here’s the setlist. Below, watch fan-captured footage of the special night.
Who You Are
Let the Records Play
Spin the Black Circle
Do the Evolution
All or None
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd cover)
Mind Your Manners
Given to Fly
Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)
Throw Your Hatred Down (Neil Young cover)
Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys cover)
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
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