Nils Lofgren Plays “Rockin’ in the Free World” with Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam made their return to Phoenix, AZ count, as the bandâ€™s first performance in the Valley of the Sun in 10 years featured some of their rarest tunes as well as a special guest spot. Opening with the somber â€śLong Roadâ€ť and ultra emotional â€śRelease,â€ť the band plowed through a 35-song set (one of their longest of the tour) that mixed new cuts from their latest release Lightning Bolt with older fan favorites.
Among those fan favorites were a few that havenâ€™t received much play this tour, such as â€śDown,â€ť â€śWishlistâ€ť and, surprisingly, â€śJeremy.â€ť Pearl Jam also managed to include a cover of Pink Floydâ€™s â€śInterstellar Overdriveâ€ť early on in the set. The first encore, which features the group taking a seat and playing some acoustic tunes, included the second â€śBee Girlâ€ť of the tour. The Lost Dogsrarity was played for just the 15th time ever. Even more rare than that, â€śAround the Bendâ€ť came next, its first performance since 2006 and just the tenth play ever. â€śFootsteps,â€ť â€śAloneâ€ť and â€śDownâ€ť also made rare appearances in the first encore.
The final surprise of the show came in the second encore when E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren joined Pearl Jam for a performance of â€śRockinâ€™ in the Free World.â€ť Recently, actress/musician Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent joined PJ for a performance of the very same song. After a rocking second encore that included â€śSpin the Black Circleâ€ť and â€śAlive,â€ť the show closed with the powerfully mellow â€śIndifference.â€ť