10/01/04 - Sovereign Center: Reading, PA [140m] (Vote for Change Tour)
Set: Love Boat Captain, Animal, Brain Of J, Do The Evolution, Nothing As It Seems, Insignificance, The American In Me, Gimme Some Truth, Given to Fly, 1/2 Full, Sad, Go
enc 1 (acoustic): Soon Forget, Elderly Woman, Masters Of War, Nothingman, Crazy Mary
enc 2: Last Kiss, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop), Bleed for Me, The New World (w/Tim Robbins), Alive
enc 3: Baba O'Riley, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: After Ed finishes his preset, he says he's going to read a statement, opens up a piece of paper and talks about bringing a conservative senator for Pennsylvania on stage to give the conservatives fair time. An old man with his legs draped in a flag comes out in a wheelchair and he begins to play a song while the crowd boos. He takes hold of the microphone and seems to be electrocuted and he falls and the lights go down. But when the lights return, it was all an act by Tim Robbins and the Gob Roberts set begins. Poor acoustics at this venue and a stack blows to make it worse. A big highlight is 'Sad' (a Binaural outtake appearing on the Lost Dogs release), played at a live show for the first time tonight. The acoustic set begins with Ed saying, "Anybody who is undecided, if you think about it, being undecided is really dangerous, and I have a perfect example: people with mullets. That's indecision. "Do I want it short? Do I want it long? I just can't take a stand.'" Then he introduces 'Soon Forget': "This is for the rich guys, the really rich guys, who love it when you don't vote." Ed later teases that will play 'Bushleaguer,' but instead play a "love song" ('Nothingman'). Tim Robbins helps out with 'The New World' again. Mike totally misses his solo in 'Baba,' then realizes he needs to play (with Stone and Ed both looking his way) and botches it.
10/02/04 - Sports Arena: Toledo, OH (Vote for Change Tour)
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Save You, The American In Me, Cropduster, I Am Mine, Wishlist, Better Man, I Believe In Miracles, Even Flow, Bleed For Me, Alive
enc 1 (acoustic): Thumbing My Way, Elderly Woman, Black, Harvest Moon (Ed and Neil)
enc 2: All Along the Watchtower, Act of Love, Cortez The Killer, Rockin' in the Free World
notes: Big, big show with Neil Young heard soundchecking with the band. Toward the start of the show, Ed quote some statistics: "Four percent of the whole US population is in Ohio. You account for 25% of the jobs that have been lost in the last four years. That's staggering. And this is a swing state?" At the end of the acoustic set, Ed says something about a friend "... who came a long way, I thought to see us, but really I think he came out to see you" and Neil and Pegi Young take the stage. 'Harvest Moon' ends the acoustic set and is just Ed and Pegi on vocals with Neil playing acoustic guitar. The encore songs include Neil (obviously) and the final three songs also include Neil's wife Pegi, plus Peter Frampton For 'Act of Love,' Ed and Pegi stand to one side providing vocals, with Neil fronting. Neil tells the crowd to get friends registered to vote and "... maybe we can turn this whole thing around."
10/03/04 - Delta Plex: Walker (Grand Rapids), MI (Vote for Change Tour)
set: Breakerfall, Last Exit, Save You, Do The Evolution, Even Flow, Light Years, Sad, Not For You, Whipping, 1/2 Full, Bleed for Me, Blood
enc 1 (acoustic): Millworker (Ed solo), Elderly Woman, Footsteps, Masters of War, Crazy Mary
enc 2: Given To Fly, Daughter/(Song X)/(War), Insignificance, The New World, Kick Out The Jams
enc 3: Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Show begins with a great run of high energy songs. 'Light Years' is dedicated to Johnny Ramone and 'Sad' is dedicated to Linda. A new cover, 'Millworker' is by James Taylor, and starts the acoustic set with Ed playing solo. 'Masters Of War' includes the changed lyrics,"... for threatening my daughter, just born and just named." The 'Song X' tag is particularly appropriate given the times and the cause. Tim Robbins helps out with 'The New World' again. The second encore concludes on a high note with another new cover, 'Kick Out The Jams' by the radical, Michigan-based band, the MC5. Solid show and setlist.