Pearl Jam Dress Like Devo for Massive Halloween Set in Philly

November 2, 2009 2:49 PM ET

Pearl Jam capped their four-night, sold-out stand at Philadelphia's Wachovia Spectrum — the final concerts in the arena before it's razed — by dressing up in Devo's famed jumpsuits and "energy dome" hats and launching into the band's hit "Whip It" Halloween night. Seeing Eddie Vedder and Co. pick up the Ohio band's robotic dance moves (and whips, of course) might have been treat enough, but fans at the historic show also got one of the longest and most diverse PJ sets in the band's history.

Get a look at more rockers in Halloween costumes.

The gigantic set list — which, according to Pearl Jam's official Website, contained 40 songs spread across a main set and two encores — featured the first ever live performance of Vitalogy's "Bugs" and the first performance of "Not For You" B side "Out of My Mind" since April 1994. Lost Dogs track "Sweet Lew" also made its live debut Saturday.

The band didn't skimp on hits from its debut, Ten, tracks from all of their albums from Vs. to Backspacer and the non-LP tracks in between. Covers included Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," Mother Love Bone's "Crown of Thorns" and Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." The entire stand was wrapped up with perhaps the band's best encore, "Yellow Ledbetter."

Pearl Jam in posters: track the band's history in their illustrated tour art.

Check out all the set lists for Pearl Jam's Philly residency at the band's official site.

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