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setlist : Sometimes, Breakerfall, Corduroy, God’s Dice, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, Given To Fly, Evacuation, Alive, Pilate, Better Man, Insignificance, Daughter/(Hold On), In Hiding, Wishlist, Grievance, Even Flow, Rearviewmirror

enc 1: Hail Hail, Go, Once, Light Years, Elderly Woman, Black, Fuckin’ Up

enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter

notes: A dull crowd, lots of chanting and singing along and enthusiasm, but a rough, packed pit. The puny Bercy security drag crowdsurfers over people’s heads as big Pete tries to tell them how to lift people over instead. It seems like Ed’s voice is hurting. He keeps motioning to his throat and asking the crowd to help him sing the chorus of ‘In Hiding’ (after singing “seeing visions and cracks along the walls, they were upside down” Ed mimes smoking a joint and says, “I was tripping!”). Before ‘Pilate,’ a fan on the barricade gives Ed a harmonica and he plays a second of ‘Footsteps’ on it and says, “I just got a musical instrument as a gift either from the people of France or that guy right there. Is this something that you all pitched in for? Either way I’m very moved. Thank you very much.” (Ed had given his harmonica to a fan in Cardiff right after playing ‘Smile’.) After a particularly hardcore ‘Rearviewmirror,’ Mike grabs his guitar (an orange-red Strat) by the fretboard with both hands and smashes it to bits gleefully. He even jumps up and down on it. He throws the strap and whammy bar out to the crowd and hands a chunk of the body to someone on the barricade. Returning for the encore, Ed steps on a skateboard and makes a round on stage. “Merci beaucoup! A toast,” he says and throws some wine over his head. “Let’s play some more.” Before ‘Once,” Ed thanks The Vandals and then starts to say, “the other people I really want to thank … what’s that?” Some people are screaming something to Ed that he couldn’t seem to understand. He replies with “Fuck you!” The crowd cheers! He continues, “Everyone in this whole first three rows getting their heads knocked to shit all night and they have been so fucking tough. Everyone give them a big applause. SURVIVORS!” After ‘Black,’ Ed introduces each member of Pearl Jam in French (“Monseur Mike McCready,” etc) to loud cheers and then says, “And I’m Madame Bovary.” He intro’s ‘Fuckin’ Up’ with, “This is a good one to raise your arms and middle fingers and feel like you’re number one.” For the finale, Ed and Mike stay on stage, the others left and returned to do ‘YL.’

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