Eddie Vedder Surprises Crowd in Italy Prior to World Cup Match
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder surprised the early-arriving crowd in Milan yesterday with a quasi-soundcheck that morphed into a pep rally for the Italian National Team.
As they prepared to face Costa Rica at the World Cup in Brazil, Vedder appeared decked out in a Francesco Totti jersey, a member of the 2006 World Cup winning Italian team, he performed “Porch” solo on his acoustic guitar, leaving the stage with some kind words for the home team. Italy would go on to lose to Costa Rica 1-0.
As for the actual show, the band delivered one of their more expansive sets of the young European tour, as the band tore into 35 songs, with eight coming from their debut album Ten. They offered rarities such as “Pilate,” “MFC,” “Who You Are,” “Sad” and others throughout and even gave “Porch” the full-band treatment at the end of the first encore.
Another snippet of note, with reports of the band’s families in the audience, Eddie Vedder worked in a snippet of Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from the popular Disney movie Frozen towards the end of “Daughter.”
Next up for PJ is a show in Trieste, ITA at Stadio Nereo Rocco tomorrow night.
Here’s a look at the setlist from last night:
Stadio San Siro, Milan, ITA
Do The Evolution
Mind Your Manners
Given to Fly
Who You Are
Not For You
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Spin the Black Circle
Rockin’ in the Free World