Pearl Jam Recruit Superfan to Create Setlist for Amsterdam Concert
Pearl Jam superfan Brian Farias was recently given the opportunity of a lifetime. Farias, who has attended 108 Pearl Jam concerts in his lifetime, was given the honor of personally creating the setlist for one of the band’s shows in Amsterdam.
The superfan has been a Pearl Jam fan club member before the band were even called Pearl Jam. He began as a fan club member for Mother Love Bone, the band which would eventually see its members form Pearl Jam.
Farias recently spoke with Rolling Stone regarding the opportunity to create the band’s setlist, which was bestowed upon him by frontman Eddie Vedder. Although Farias relished in the honor, the fan admitted that the job made him more than a bit tense. “It was really stressful,” says Farias, “because it’s something you know is never gonna happen again. You’re only getting one shot at it.”
After powering through an estimated 40-50 setlists for the band, the superfan finally handed in his final draft for the Amsterdam concert, about 90 to 95 percent of which ended up being played by Pearl Jam. The set was filled with tracks that surely many Pearl Jam fans believed that they would never get to hear live, such as ‘Alone,’ a b-side from the ‘Vs.’ single ‘Go,’ ‘Crowd of Thorns,’ which is a vintage Mother Love Bone track and even ‘Bugs,’ an obscure track from ‘Vitalogy,’ which has only been played once before then.
At the end of the Amsterdam concert, Farias was invited onstage to take the closing bow with Pearl Jam, a moment that according to the setlist craftsman, “doesn’t seem real.” Farias adds, “It’s better than winning the lottery. All the money in the world, I couldn’t bribe Eddie Vedder to let me make his setlist. It was like programming your iPod and then Pearl Jam show up in your yard and play it for you.”
Check out the once-in-a-lifetime setlist below:
Brian Farias’ Pearl Jam Setlist:
‘State of Love and Trust’
‘I Got S–t’
‘Nothing As It Seems’
‘Crown of Thorns’
‘Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing’