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05/10/2010 Pearl Jam (Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena)

By Eric | May 13, 2010 10:22 am

[Band Of Horses was the opener, but we didn’t see them.]

It had been 7 years, almost to the day (5/2/03), since Pearl Jam had been in Buffalo, and thus, that long since I’d seen them live. After some day-before scrambling for people, Tom and Nikki took my original 300-level tickets, and I joined Dave down wherever his fan-club lottery tickets would place us. Which turned out to be Sec. 117, Row 13. Which was two rows lower, and three seats over from where Tiff and I were in ’03. So essentially, I saw the two shows from the exact same spot! We got in during set change, so no Band of Horses for us. The capacity crowd roared as the guys took the stage, and then opened with Unthought Known, which according to setlist.fm was the first time they’d ever opened with it. My first real highlights were Animal, the Small Town singalong, and then No Way (8th time ever!). Needless to say, the crowd was loud and proud the whole way through the show, which continued with a good spread, including Not For You, Got Some, and they closed the first set with Betterman.

The first encore included a take on Fatal (4th time ever!), which was one of my favorite b-sides from Lost Dogs, so I was thrilled to hear that, followed not soon after by Spin The Black Circle, and an awesome take on Rearviewmirror. The second encore was fantastic from start to finish, with Once, Alive, Fuckin’ Up and the traditional closer Yellow Ledbetter. While nowhere near as long or as epic of a show as in ’03, Pearl Jam gave us a pretty good setlist, a great time, a great show, and hopefully it won’t be seven years before they come back again!

Set List: Unthought Known, Severed Hand, Animal, The Fixer, Small Town, No Way, Given To Fly, Light Years, Even Flow, Amongst The Waves, Unemployable, Grievance, Not For You, Got Some, Do The Evolution, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/Save It For Later. 1st encore: Just Breathe, Fatal, Last Kiss, Spin the Black Circle, Rearviewmirror. 2nd encore: Once, Alive, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter.

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