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Published: 2013/10/16

Pearl Jam Busts Out Rarities In Worcester

Pearl Jam kicked off their first two-night run of the tour with the first of two shows at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Starting the show with “Release,” the band moved through a set full of new and old as they worked in cuts from their latest release Lightning Bolt as well as some bustouts.

The first surprise came in the middle of the set when the band worked in the Jeff Ament composition “Nothing As It Seems” which rarely shows up in setlists. Towards the end of the set, the band delivered another rarity, busting out “Leash,” a long sought after cut. The first encore featured acoustic versions of “Man of the Hour” (written for the soundtrack to Big Fish) as well as the Lost Dogs track “Fatal.” Released in 2003, “Fatal” ranks as the biggest bustout of the evening. The tour continues tonight in Worcester, MA.

Be sure to check out Fifteen Essential Pearl Jam Studio Tracks over on

Here’s a look at the full setlist:

Pearl Jam, October 15, 2013, DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Long Road
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
Hail Hail
Even Flow
Nothing as It Seems
Swallowed Whole
Red Mosquito
Got Some
Save You
Let the Records Play
Do the Evolution
Better Man/Save It For Later

Man of the Hour
Yellow Moon
Just Breathe
Spin the Black Circle
Unthought Known

Second Encore:
Last Kiss
Crazy Mary
Sonic Reducer


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Mr Random October 16, 2013, 10:52:41

Appreciate that PJ rips off 31 songs in a show but a 12 song encore?? Wouldn’t it make more sense to have two sets and a 2 or 3 song encore? Just curious since this is certainly not the norm.

Tom October 16, 2013, 11:15:02

This is the common structure for a PJ show. A more regular length is something like 17-song main set, 5-song 1st encore, 2-3 song 2nd encore . I like the 2-set structure for a lot of bands, not sure it’s right for PJ, but maybe that’s just because I’m so accustomed to this template from 17 years of seeing them.

Mr Random October 16, 2013, 11:37:47

Thanks for the insight Tom. Been out of the loop with live PJ.

me October 16, 2013, 11:50:08

Wilco tends to do that too. A long set followed by 2 lengthy encores leaves you with what could have been a 2 set show with a short encore. While I prefer 2 sets for Phish, WSP, Dead, etc., it doesn’t bother me when other non-jambands stick with the single set and long encore.

Mr Random October 16, 2013, 12:16:08

Just makes it harder to pick your moment to take a leak and grab another beer

dk70 October 22, 2013, 10:59:30

I like 2 set shows, as long as the break isn’t an hour long.

Whitey October 24, 2013, 22:06:43

1 song encore is bad LUCK

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