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Thursday, February 26, 2009

2006-11-19 Newcastle, Australia

After two previous tours in Australia, Pearl Jam plays for the first time in the city of Newcastle. "Alive" starts the show, which doesn't happen often (Dallas '03 and a handful of times in 1991. Newcastle is the home of World Champion Surfer and Ed's friend Mark Richards. Ed first thanks Mark's family who "let this guy come to all but three of our Aussie shows." He continues, saying that Mark's "inspired us each night as he's done for about 25 years or so. We are going to name this concert after him, the 'Third Annual Newcastle Mark Richards Invitiational'. (Cheers) Please welcome Mark ... the mayor of Newcastle, the prime minister of all things ocean, Mark Richards. We've stayed in touch over the years and he knows our music well, and we offered him the opportunity to put together a setlist, so this was his setlist tonight. But if we were gonna play his setlist he was gonna have to do something for us." Ed then hands mark his wine bottle and Mark starts vigorously chugging to a chant of "Skull! Skull" (the Australian equivalent of "Chug! Chug!"). Mark hops on the microphone and makes the whole band blush by asking the crowd "Is this the best fucking band on the planet or what?" to huge applause. Ed recognizes the great atmosphere at show's close "I don't know if it's gonna get better than this. Take care of your town, take care of each other. Bring our soldiers back." "Yellow Ledbetter" contains a long "Little Wing" tag.

Set: Alive, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Save You, Insignificance, Unemployable, Brain Of J, Red Mosquito, Given To Fly, Last Exit, Hail Hail, Elderly Woman..., Better Man, Daughter/(War), Whipping, Leatherman, Down, Do The Evolution, Undone, Rearviewmirror

Encore 1:
Thumbing My Way, Masters Of War, Footsteps, Crown of Thorns, Alone, Even Flow

Encore 2:
Corduroy, Fuckin' Up, Rockin' in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Little Wing)


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