Pearl Jam

Live: 10-11-00 - St. Louis, Missouri

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In a series of 72 concerts there are bound to be some unusual ones, and Pearl Jam's October 11, 2000, concert in St. Louis may be the most unusual in the whole bunch. Most notably, "Corduroy," a song which is normally guaranteed to be at or near the top of the band's set lists, is omitted for the only time all year. However, that is just the start of the odd occurrences this night. "State of Love and Trust," from the 1992 Singles soundtrack, most often played as an encore, is played early on. After the song, singer Eddie Vedder spots a woman signing the concert for the hearing impaired on a platform lower than the main stage, and he invites her to come on the main stage for the rest of the show. She agrees, to the band's delight, and the two do a little dance together at the end of the next song -- the band's 1998 single "Given to Fly," as the crowd roars in excitement. Later on, "Footsteps," the infrequently played B-side of the "Jeremy" single, is performed. Then during the encore, things get even stranger as the band plays "U," the B-side of the "Wishlist" single, for the first time ever in concert. To top it all off, the band also covers the Dead Boys' '70s punk classic "Sonic Reducer" for only the second and final time all year. All this by itself is plenty to make this show an essential collectible, but add to it the fact that the group is in very good form musically at this point in the tour. Also add to the mix some classic examples of Vedder teasing the crowd with his strange sense of humor (which will not be given away here), and the result is undoubtedly one of the best and most interesting concerts of the series.

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