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Pearl Jam at Los Angeles Sports Arena
Written by Brittany Woolsey   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 21:37

The Los Angeles Sports Arena was filled with middle-aged men dressed in flannels and jeans Saturday night as Pearl Jam took to the stage for a three-hour set.

"There's a big, old clock back there but I'm not going to pay attention that damn thing," singer Eddie Vedder said to the roaring crowd.

Opening with "Pendelum," Pearl Jam played a set of 33 songs, full of crowd favorites since their start in the early '90s.

Vedder recalled when the band first played the venue in 1993, and acknowledged the Red Hot Chili Peppers for taking them under their wing.

Vedder shared feelings about incidents that have happened over the year.

"2013 has been a real fucking son of a bitch," he said. "If you've avoided any challenges, you're in the minority and you're probably next."

He then poked fun at George Zimmerman.

"We thought about hiring him to be security in Florida," he said. "You know he has a weapon, and he could be watched 24/7. He's going to do something again."

Appropriately, the band broke into "Jeremy," which recalls the story of a boy who brought a gun to school after being bullied. The song caused the audience to cheer as the opening guitar chords played.

"I'm sure we played that song 23 years ago," Vedder said. "You guys have the same amount of energy you did back then."

Vedder then continued to talk some more about Zimmerman.

"We can have a few more gun laws on the books," he said before playing "Leatherman." "This is also a mental health problem."

Vedder also gave a shout out to a fan in the crowd who traveled from the Phillipines to see the band perform. He said some of the proceeds from ticket sales would go to the victims of the typhoon.

A particular beautiful moment happened when Pearl Jam played "Given to Fly," which inspired a mechanical art piece on stage to flap its wings.

Later in the set, Vedder dangled from a swinging bulb, playfully pushing other bulbs.

As some of the crew tried to help him down, he said, "I got this," which caused the audience to chuckle.

Vedder proved that he was down-to-earth as a crowdsurfing fan made his way onto the stage. Instead of kicking him out, Vedder invited the fan to slow dance with him.

Pearl Jam ended its set with a cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" and "Indifference."

Pearl Jam Set List:
Long Road
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
Why Go
Got Some
Do the Evolution
I Got Id
State of Love and Trust
(Van Halen cover)
Spin the Black Circle
Yellow Moon
All or None
Come Back
I Believe in Miracles
(Ramones cover)
Given to Fly
Encore 2:
Unthought Known
Baba O'Riley
(The Who cover)


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