Pearl Jam play debut 1991 album “Ten” start to finish in Philadelphia

Band perform all 11 songs from "Ten" in its entirety, coinciding with tenth consecutive host arena sellout

Pearl Jam perform all 11 songs from “Ten” in order at Philadelphia concert, coinciding with tenth consecutive host arena sellout

After playing “Vs.” start to finish at the Greenville, SC, show on April 16, rumors were [with hope] flying that Pearl Jam would play another complete album, maybe even several before the tour concludes at Wrigley Field on August 22. Those wishes were at least partially answered tonight when they opened with “Once,” followed by “Even Flow.” The fever picked up as people realized what they might be doing, and as they lit into the first  immediately recognizable guitar and bass riffs of “Alive,” it was clear what was going to happen on this night. (A leaked setlist – quickly removed either by official site moderators, various Facebook group admins, or through shouts of GTFO from other fans – had already confirmed what they were doing, but a relatively small number of fans saw it. Especially not the ones at the actual show, unless they were bizarrely spending more time on their phones than watching history unfolding.) It’s a shitty thing to reveal a band’s setlist in advance. Especially when it’s a special undertaking of a setlist. It’s like telling your kid what Santa has brought for him. In November. It’s an insult to the band and a dirty move on the fans. Not cool.

Prediction or coincidental, the Wells Fargo Center had just put up a banner today stating that the band’s appearance on 4/29, after another jam-packed performance on 4/28, was their tenth consecutive sellout of the arena’s capacity of 19,500.

“When we woke up this morning, we had no idea this was gonna happen. Then we saw the banner they made for us and said alright let’s do it.” -Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam setlist Philadelphia 4/29/16

Pearl Jam setlist from Philadelphia, 4/29/16, playing their 1991 multiplatinum debut album “Ten” in its entirety. Photo: @PearlJam (Twitter)

Pearl Jam Philadelphia 10th sellout banner

Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia banner showing Pearl Jam’s 10th consecutive sold-out performance. Photo: @PearlJam (Twitter)

Pearl Jam has at least twice before Greenville played albums in their entirety: “No Code” in Moline, and “Yield” in Milwaukee, both in 2014. I was also told that they played “Ten” completely once before, in 1992, but that is unverified. Another source said all the songs were played, but not in order. Which, let’s face it, doesn’t really count. (Update: have received confirmation that they did play Ten in full in Munich, 3/13/1992. -Ed.) The three-hour 32-song set closed with Yellow Ledbetter and McCready’s solo Star Spangled Banner, fittingly also played at the final show at Philadelphia’s Spectrum on 10/31/09.

“Ten,” the debut album by the Seattle-based group consisting of Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, several drummers (currently Matt Cameron who also plays for Soundgarden) and fronted by baritone-voiced social activist-antihero Eddie Vedder, spent more than 250 weeks on the Billboard charts and was by 1993 the eighth best-selling album in the US – an utterly impressive feat for a band’s first release. It has currently sold more than 10 million copies in the US alone and has consistently been named in many “Best Albums of All Time” lists by numerous critics.

Pearl Jam continue their tour at Madison Square Garden for two nights on May 1 and 2. See for information.  Good luck getting tickets – both shows are sold out, as is every other non-festival show on the tour.

Tonight’s setlist for those who can’t read Vedder’s handwriting:

01. Once
02. Even Flow
03. Alive
04. Why Go
05. Black
06. Jeremy
07. Oceans
08. Porch
09. Garden
10. Deep
11. Release

12. Breakerfall
13. Corduroy
14. Who You Are
15. Let The Records Play
16. Spin The Black Circle
17. Do The Evolution

Encore 1
18. Bee Girl
19. Just Breathe
20. All Or None
21. Comfortably Numb (Gilmour, Waters)
22. Mind Your Manners
23. Given To Fly
24. Daughter/WMA
25. Rearviewmirror

Encore 2
26. Last Kiss (Cochran)
27. Better Man
28. Leash
29. Throw Your Hatred Down (Young) {song from Mirrorball}
30. Sonic Reducer (Bators, Blitz, Chrome, Magnum, Thomas, Zero)
31. Baba O’Riley (Townshend)
32. Yellow Ledbetter / Star Spangled Banner







Some excellent-quality audience-shot videos, embedded via YouTube. Click the video to be taken to the original page where you can view in 1080p HD.

“Black” – credit: mfc1972

“Release” – credit: mfc1972

“Garden” – credit: mfc1972

Photos and article for 10 Wire Up. © 2016 Maryelle St. Clare, all rights reserved.

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