First Pearl Jam show in August. What should I expect?

I'm sorry if this is question is often repeated, but I have tickets to both of the Chicago shows. I've never seen Pearl Jam before and I've never really been active in any Pearl Jam communities. What should I expect? Do they usually have an opening act? What are some songs they'll probably play? How different do you think the two sets will be?

I'm well aware that Pearl Jam is a fantastic band that understands how to put on a great show. I'm not worried about it at all, I'm just wondering what to look forward to. 
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  • ConorKavanaghConorKavanagh 27Posts: 522
    I would guess that there'll be a few songs played on both nights, but not so many that the show seems identical. They usually mix it up a bit like.
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  • nothingman44nothingman44 Posts: 1,487
    fun
  • Ray J. T.Ray J. T. Posts: 3,520
    Allow me to be the First to say welcome aboard. Wow. Where to begin? Definitely expect to become addicted moving forward after your first 2 shows. Your life will never be the same again! Since you are going to Chicago, let me advise you to start being active here on the forums and by starting to get to know as many members as you can. Stay active on all the meet up threads, and things to do threads, etc... because in Wrigleyville you are going to see all the 10c members and fans from all over the place getting together hanging out at all the bars getting ready for the best experience of their lives. I don't anticipate any opening acts for any of the shows, as there really hasn't been any opening acts for the band in quite some time now. As for the songs to expect, you can count on classics like Evenflow, Alive, Corduroy, RVM, DTE, Betterman, GTF, etc... just to name a few. You can absolutely count on the setlists to be completely different between each night. They never play the same list on any given night of any given tour. Aside of all that, you can look forward to the best experience of your life. 

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  • treestrees Columbus OHIOPosts: 587
    It will be epic .and i seen them alot .and its just a great community of folks .have fun and welcome home


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  • JojoRiceJojoRice Atlanta, GAPosts: 1,243
    Make sure to check out the Wishlist pre-parties too!  They'll be at Sluggers bar nearby.  
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  • ZodZod Posts: 5,891
    Expect to have fun.  PJ rarely has opening bands these days as they play around 3 hours.  Last time at Wrigley they only repeated 7 or 8 songs between the two nights.    It was pretty amazing, and one of the sole reasons you see both shows when they play the same place twice :)


  • Not usually an opening act. If you're new to all this you may not be into merchandise but if you are I'd recommend that you get to the venue very, very early as some items (Posters, venue/show specific shirts, etc) go very fast...
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  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 12,513
    Expect a great time with great people.  Hell, night two of Wrigley 2016 I was just walking down Waveland and folks were like "come drink with us" so I did.  Don't remember any of them and the 8 hour drive back to Maryland the next day was a bit rough.  But it's just one big, good time. I got to meet a few good folks from this board at Wrigley in 2016 from selling my extra ticket each night and even more waiting in the merch line.  (And what Caught A Bolt said is absolutely true - PJ merch is insane!) But you're gonna be in line for a while so you may as well make some friends.

    I love that your first show is a stadium show outdoors.  I've always loved outdoor venues (mostly amphitheatres such as Star Lake, Merriweather Post, etc). In my opinion, a ballpark lends to a great crowd.  Twice as big as an indoor arena but only half the size of a football stadium. It's like the third little pig of sports stadium shows  - just right.
  • rummyrummy Ontario, CanadaPosts: 2,379
    Expect a great time with great people.  Hell, night two of Wrigley 2016 I was just walking down Waveland and folks were like "come drink with us" so I did.  Don't remember any of them and the 8 hour drive back to Maryland the next day was a bit rough.  But it's just one big, good time. I got to meet a few good folks from this board at Wrigley in 2016 from selling my extra ticket each night and even more waiting in the merch line.  (And what Caught A Bolt said is absolutely true - PJ merch is insane!) But you're gonna be in line for a while so you may as well make some friends.

    I love that your first show is a stadium show outdoors.  I've always loved outdoor venues (mostly amphitheatres such as Star Lake, Merriweather Post, etc). In my opinion, a ballpark lends to a great crowd.  Twice as big as an indoor arena but only half the size of a football stadium. It's like the third little pig of sports stadium shows  - just right.
     I think Goldilocks hung out with bears but otherwise a great post! ;-)
     I might have to dump my extra ticket for both Seattle shows so I hope my experience will be as good as yours was (aside from the eight-hour drive, of course!)
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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 16,996
    After wrigley expect your saving/checking account to take a hit.
    I'll ride the wave where it takes me......
  • Hi!Hi! Posts: 518
    mcgruff10 said:
    After wrigley expect your saving/checking account to take a hit.
    Lol, no doubt. I hope I can get the 2016 Wrigley expenses paid off before this years shows. 
  • stuckinlinestuckinline Posts: 2,384
    Expect a fantastic show with a great group of people.

  • lolobugglolobugg BLUE RDGE MTNSPosts: 7,751

    in the words of the great John Lennon:

    "A splendid time is guaranteed for all!"

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  • NinetytworulesNinetytworules BostonPosts: 365
    Bring a trash bag so when your brains are all over the ground from your mind being blown you’ll have somewhere to put them. 
  • helplessdancerhelplessdancer Posts: 4,485
    be prepared to talk about the shows for days and days and days later after the fact
    the shows will keep coming up somehow and other things will become much clearer in life
    so, welcome to the machine
  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 12,513
    rummy said:
    Expect a great time with great people.  Hell, night two of Wrigley 2016 I was just walking down Waveland and folks were like "come drink with us" so I did.  Don't remember any of them and the 8 hour drive back to Maryland the next day was a bit rough.  But it's just one big, good time. I got to meet a few good folks from this board at Wrigley in 2016 from selling my extra ticket each night and even more waiting in the merch line.  (And what Caught A Bolt said is absolutely true - PJ merch is insane!) But you're gonna be in line for a while so you may as well make some friends.

    I love that your first show is a stadium show outdoors.  I've always loved outdoor venues (mostly amphitheatres such as Star Lake, Merriweather Post, etc). In my opinion, a ballpark lends to a great crowd.  Twice as big as an indoor arena but only half the size of a football stadium. It's like the third little pig of sports stadium shows  - just right.
     I think Goldilocks hung out with bears but otherwise a great post! ;-)
     I might have to dump my extra ticket for both Seattle shows so I hope my experience will be as good as yours was (aside from the eight-hour drive, of course!)
    Yep totally got my children’s lit mixed up! Oh well, I knew it was three of something. :tongue:
  • Tonitex7Tonitex7 Posts: 4
    Hello all!  Does anyone know when Ten Club tells you where your drawing tickets are located?  Also, where can I find where the pre concert parties for the Chicago and Boston shows are on the Wishlist?  Thank you!
  • PJNBPJNB New BrunswickPosts: 4,135
    Tonitex7 said:
    Hello all!  Does anyone know when Ten Club tells you where your drawing tickets are located?  Also, where can I find where the pre concert parties for the Chicago and Boston shows are on the Wishlist?  Thank you!
    They will be sent to your mobile phone in early July and I believe the preparties are still be organized. 
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  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 12,474
    rummy said:
    Expect a great time with great people.  Hell, night two of Wrigley 2016 I was just walking down Waveland and folks were like "come drink with us" so I did.  Don't remember any of them and the 8 hour drive back to Maryland the next day was a bit rough.  But it's just one big, good time. I got to meet a few good folks from this board at Wrigley in 2016 from selling my extra ticket each night and even more waiting in the merch line.  (And what Caught A Bolt said is absolutely true - PJ merch is insane!) But you're gonna be in line for a while so you may as well make some friends.

    I love that your first show is a stadium show outdoors.  I've always loved outdoor venues (mostly amphitheatres such as Star Lake, Merriweather Post, etc). In my opinion, a ballpark lends to a great crowd.  Twice as big as an indoor arena but only half the size of a football stadium. It's like the third little pig of sports stadium shows  - just right.
     I think Goldilocks hung out with bears but otherwise a great post! ;-)
     I might have to dump my extra ticket for both Seattle shows so I hope my experience will be as good as yours was (aside from the eight-hour drive, of course!)
    Yep totally got my children’s lit mixed up! Oh well, I knew it was three of something. :tongue:

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  • PJNBPJNB New BrunswickPosts: 4,135
    LMAO!
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  • manitoumanmanitouman In My HeadPosts: 823
    They usually start off slow with a few mariachi classics...
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  • RS65573RS65573 Posts: 878
    I’m 43, married, no kids. 

    My first Pearl Jam show I was 18. 

    There isn’t a single thing I’ve seen or done in my life that feels as good as being part of a Pearl Jam show. 

    You truly help build the intensity with whatever energy you bring in. 

    A PJ show is consistently the best feeling on earth.

    Help Eddie stoke the fire and don’t fuck it up! 
  • ZodZod Posts: 5,891
    RS65573 said:
    I’m 43, married, no kids. 

    My first Pearl Jam show I was 18. 

    There isn’t a single thing I’ve seen or done in my life that feels as good as being part of a Pearl Jam show. 

    You truly help build the intensity with whatever energy you bring in. 

    A PJ show is consistently the best feeling on earth.

    Help Eddie stoke the fire and don’t fuck it up! 
    That's how I feel.  Pretty much the same situation.  First real show was when I was 20.. now it's 20 years later and going to a PJ show is still my most favourite thing to do.  Nothing quite like it.   I love going to other shows, but obviously I hold them all up against a pretty high bar :)
  • Lost In OhioLost In Ohio Posts: 4,709
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    Don't drink too much, lest you spend all that time in the bathroom during the show!
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  • Gingerlou77Gingerlou77 Posts: 422
    Don't drink too much, lest you spend all that time in the bathroom during the show!
    Top tip! Drink a bit in the day, enjoy the show then have a couple after 
  • PJForceofNaturePJForceofNature Posts: 3,069
    Expect to have a fantastic time!
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  • my2handsmy2hands Posts: 15,999
    Show up late and leave early
  • ZodZod Posts: 5,891
    Don't drink too much, lest you spend all that time in the bathroom during the show!
    Especially if your in GA.  Dehydration is key :)
  • DeadmanDeadman Posts: 623
    Expect the biggest circle pit youve ever seen.
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