Pearl Jam pay tribute to Chris Cornell at first concert of 2018: Video + Setlist

The Seattle rock legends also offered the live debut of their new single, "Can't Deny Me"

Pearl Jam, photo by David Brendan Hall
Pearl Jam, photo by David Brendan Hall

    Pearl Jam returned to the stage last night at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. As it marked the band’s first live performance in nearly two years, the 30-song set featured several notable moments.

    For the first time as a band, Pearl Jam paid tribute to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who passed away in May 2017. The band memorialized their longtime friend and bandmate with a somber performance of “Come Back” from their 2006 self-titled album. “This is for Chris,” Vedder said in introducing the song.

    Last night also marked the live debut of Pearl Jam’s new single, “Can’t Deny Me”. Speaking in Spanish, Vedder dedicated the performance to “the incredible students in Florida, and the United States, who survived a terrible tragedy. We will all be protesting tomorrow throughout the United States,” he said, referencing the nationwide school walkout in protest of gun violence. Vedder singled out Emma Gonzalez, the Parkland survivor who has emerged as a vocal advocate for gun control. “We support you all, and Emma Gonzalez, we love you. We’d like to play this for them, and us,” he concluded.


    Of the Girl
    Low Light
    Mind Your Manners
    Hail Hail
    Love Boat Captain
    Even Flow
    Present Tense
    Given to Fly
    The Fixer
    Eruption (Van Halen cover)
    Lightning Bolt
    Can’t Deny Me (Live debut)

    Around the Bend
    Come Back (Dedicated to Chris Cornell)
    Crazy Mary (Victoria Williams cover)
    Do the Evolution
    Better Man
    Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd cover)

    Encore 2:
    Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)
    Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)

    Pearl Jam’s South American tour continues tomorrow night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They’ve got further shows scheduled this summer and by then, they may have released a new album. See the full itinerary below, and grab tickets here.


    Pearl Jam 2018 Tour Dates:
    03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
    03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
    03/21 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Maracana Stadium
    03/24 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
    06/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    06/15 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival
    06/18 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    06/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
    06/22 – Milan, IT @ I-Days Festival at Area Expo
    06/24 – Padova, IT @ Stadio Euganeo
    06/26 – Rome, IT @ Stadio Olimpico
    07/01 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
    07/03 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
    07/05 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne
    07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    07/10 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau St. Jordi
    07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
    07/14 – Lisbon PT @ NOS Alive Festival
    08/08 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field
    08/10 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field
    08/13 – Missoula, MT @ Washington Grizzly Stadium
    08/18 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
    08/20 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
    09/02 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
    09/04 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park