10 Best Pearl Jam Live Shows Ever Played

Here's a curated collection of the TEN (10) best Pearl Jam live shows over its 33 years.

  • October 22, 1990: played very first show, labeled as Mookie Blaylock, at the Off Ramp CafĂ© in Seattle.
  • January 11, 1991: first show outside of the United States. Pearl Jam opened for Alice in Chains in Victoria, British Columbia.
  • September 20, 1992: played a free concert for 29,000 souls in Magnuson Park. Aptly called a Drop in the Park, as a voter registration effort for the 1992 election, it was initially scheduled to be at Gas Works Park.
  • June 30, 2000: One of the band's most famous shows was at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Sadly, nine people died, trampled to death during Pearl Jam's performance.
  • April 29, 2005: performed a surprise show at Easy Street Records in Seattle.
  • August 5, 2007: headlined Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. 
  • October 4, 2009: headlined the Austin City Limits music festival in Austin, Texas. 
  • November 18, 2011: played in my hometown Lima, Peru. It took Pearl Jam Twenty frigging years to come to my country.
  • April 9, 2016: played at the former American Airlines Arena, later called FTX Arena, and now called Kaseya Center.
  • July 8 & 9, 2022: Pearl Jam performed two shows at Hyde Park in London. Those events had been postponed for two years due to the pandemic.

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