STONE GOSSARD TALKS PEARL JAM’S ROTATING SETLISTS, SAYS BAND ISN’T AFRAID TO FAIL

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard was interviewed today on WMMR in Philadelphia and had this to say regarding Pearl Jam’s live shows and their rotating setlists:

“We do fly by the seat of our pants, I think that’s one thing you’ll never get from a Pearl Jam show is an overly rehearsed event. That’s kind of always been our thing and I think our fans have really grown to appreciate that we’re ready to fall on our faces out there. Most shows and most tours you see it’s the lights and the click tracks and the setlist is all the same, it just runs like a clock and there’s really not any jeopardy up there ever because it’s all so much programmed and there’s so little that can go wrong. For us, not doing that has been a real blessing for us, because we get a change any time we want and fall on our faces and our fans still think that’s cool. ‘They’ll play good tomorrow, they rehearsed it now.’ [laughs]”

  • lol

    LOL, PEARL JAM FUCKING AWESOME 😀
    Stone amazing 🙂

  • Sean

    I wish more bands had that attitude when playing live.

  • Evenflow82

    The sameness of STP and RHCP sets is always a letdown for me. I love the uniqueness PJ brings to each set while still keeping many classic songs in the ‘every night’ list.

  • No Coder

    I find it hard to see other bands regularly if the set list doesn’t chamge. Take ACDC as an example. They can start their world tour and 1 year later the show you see is the exact same as the one at the start of the tour. Doesn’t mean they aren;t a good bane, but I want suprises and ad-libbing. Long live PJ

  • Jack Irons

    PEARL JAM IS A JOKE!!!!!

    PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH, HIPPOCRITES!!!

    Keep up the smoking, Ed!! Your voice sounds awesome!!(sarcasm)
    At least have respect for your fans spending hundreds of dollars to come see you sing…

  • GenXLady

    This is cool. Along these lines, I don’t know why people rag on Chris Cornell so much for his Timbaland stuff. He is a really talented guy who really didn’t need to prove that anymore. Is it my favorite of his stuff? Ummm….no. But he wasn’t afraid to try something new even it failed. Isn’t that what creating is really all about? I think it is PJ or Cornell owning their own talent, and doing what they want, and not always what is expected by the music business and fans. If you can’t take a few chances, even though you might fall flat on your face, how can you step out of the box to score a big home run? Kudos to PJ for mixing it up!