Have a drink, they’re buying: On Tuesday night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Pearl Jam played the entirety of the band’s 2000 album Binaural front to back.
Released on May 16, 2000, Binaural was the group’s sixth studio album, and includes the singles “Nothing As It Seems” and “Light Years” as well as live favorites like “Grievance” and “Breakerfall.”
This is now the third full album Pearl Jam has played on its current North American tour. The group previously ran through Vs. and Ten at earlier shows. (In 2014, Pearl Jam played all of No Code at a concert in Illinois, and almost every song off Yield in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.)
Earlier this year, bassist Jeff Ament explained to Rolling Stone that the album gimmick was not one he initially thought would work for the group. “I saw Cheap Trick do three albums and that was amazing. But for the most part I haven’t been a fan of that. When we did those albums, we were on the plane going to the show and Ed said, ‘Hey, what do you feel about doing No Code tonight?’ And then we basically scrambled and learned the five songs we hadn’t played in 10 years right before the show. And it created, like, a good tension. By the second or third song, the fans started realizing what we were doing. We could sense that. I think the fact that we did it in Milwaukee and Moline was awesome. That was the greatest thing ever.”
Albums remaining for Pearl Jam to play in full: 1994’s epic Vitalogy, 2002’s Riot Act, 2003’s bootleg and B-side collection Lost Dogs, 2006’s self-titled record, 2009’s Backspacer, and 2013’s Lightning Bolt.