The first song that Eddie Vedder wrote after the Roskilde Festival tragedy where nine fans lost their lives at a Pearl Jam performance. At a show at Madison Square Garden in 2003, Vedder introduced the song thusly: ‘This song’s about personal safety, and the feeling of being secure, and even free.’

Hello Pearl Jam fans –

17 years ago on July 14th, 2003 a CLASSIC Pearl Jam show happened right here at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.  This was an “add-on” show to the super popular/super sold out 2003 “Riot Act World Tour”.  It was also the LAST show of the US tour and the hype was real!  Eddie Vedder surprised the early crowd with a solo rendition of the b-side “Dead Man” before opening act, Sleater Kinney.

The real surprise happened during the encore when Pearl Jam covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Growin’ Up” off of “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.”   According to (and they should know), this was the one and only time Pearl Jam covered “Growin’ Up”.   The show was later released on CD as part of Pearl Jam’s bootleg series. Check out a video of “Dead Man” and the set list below.

-The Coach

Pearl Jam – Holmdel, NJ (7-14-03) – set list courtesy of

  1. Dead Man (pre-show)
  2. Wash
  3. Once
  4. Even Flow
  5. Go
  6. Dissident
  7. Corduroy
  8. Nothingman
  9. I Got Id
  10. In My Tree
  11. Present Tense
  12. Given to Fly
  13. Wishlist
  14. Evacuation
  15. Insignificance
  16. 1/2 Full
  17. Save You
  18. Porch
  19. Growin’ Up
  20. Do the Evolution
  21. Daughter
  22. Alive
  23. Hunger Strike
  24. Leaving Here
  25. Fortunate Son
  26. Rockin’ in the Free World
  27. Yellow Ledbetter