Welcome to In The Present Tense!------------------------------Celebrating 20 Years of Pearl Jam

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

This show from Amsterdam '92 is super awesome. The video footage, for 1992, is very good but the audio, which is a mix of pre-FM and VHS, is superb! This performance of "Once" is so intense!

Three other songs from this show are already up on my channel and the rest should be up later today or the next day. Show details follow...

02/12/92 -- Melkweg: Amsterdam, Holland [70m]
attendance: 500
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, State of Love and Trust, Alive, Black, Deep, Jeremy, Why Go, Bad Mouth improv/Porch
encore: I've Got a Feeling
notes: The stage diving at this show is out of control, with Ed asking, "So who taught this guy to stage dive feet first?" and "Is this the stage diving Olympics or something?" He lifts Mike atop his shoulders during 'Alive.' After 'Deep,' Ed asks for Chris Cornell to come out onstage (he doesn't). The improv is based on a few lines from the beginning of Fugazi's 'Bad Mouth': You can't be what you were So you better start being just what you are You can't be what you were Time is now and it's running out

On the final notes of 'Porch,' Ed falls into the crowd and, in an unusual move, Jeff jumps into the pit! Ed helps Dave out on drums toward the end of 'I've Got a Feeling,' which is an incredibly cool, extended (more than 10 minutes!) version. Part of this super show was broadcast on radio.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Given to tube...

Have about half of the Rio 2011 show up on the channel now. Should have the rest up over the weekend... maybe :) All of London 2009 is up now too.

GTF (Rio 2011)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Thanks to many of you for the kind words in support of the effort in keeping this blog going with bootlegs. I WILL find a way to keep this thing going at some point for a Pearl Jam bootleg archive. For now however I've decided to have a little fun with YouTube and created a channel to upload some of the PJ footage I've acquired through the years. I hope you'll join over there and enjoy some videos.

My channel is

And here is a sample of one I uploaded a few weeks ago from the kids are 20...

I'll post updates of videos on this blog whenever I get new stuff uploaded or you can just follow the channel and get notified of updates that way. Hope oyu enjoy this new project for a while and I'll be looking into getting the audio uploaded again... somewhere.

"We're faithful!"


Monday, January 23, 2012


Well it was a fun ride but sadly this blog, at least as it once existed as a Pearl Jam bootleg haven, is now effectively dead. With Megaupload being taken down and many other file sharing sites also biting the dust the many, many hours that have gone into this site are all wasted now.

I enjoyed sharing shows with everyone and hopefully you found some stuff here that you needed before it was taken down but as of right now I don't have it in me to jump start this thing again. Maybe after some time passes I look into finding a reasonable way to bring this thing back to life.

Thank you to those that have commented and been supportive throughout this project. I know I didn't always reply to everyone but please know that it's not because I didn't want to. I never really had the time that I WANTED to put into this thing so something had to give somewhere.

I hope to be back with the Pearl Jam shows sometime in the near future but until then...

"makes much more sense, to live in the present tense"


Thursday, November 17, 2011


Pearl Jam Toronto, ONT., CA. 09-11-2011 320kbps

This has SBD audio :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

EV Bridge School

Hey everyone! Been a few days since I've updated anything here but I do have several things lined up including updates to the 2003 page with more shows in FLAC and I may try to upload EV's Bridge set in DVD format to megaupload. I think it's a manageable size to work with as far as DVDs go. As many of you probably know his set from 10/22/2011 was webcast so the DVD is pretty nice. We'll see how it works. And while you wait for that you can watch the entire thing on Youtube. What would we do without Youtube?! Links to download the audio in FLAC and MP3 formats are below the video. Enjoy!

Eddie Vedder - Bridge School Benefit 10-22-2011

1. Don't Cry No Tears (stopped)
2. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
3. Don't Cry No Tears
4. Rise
5. Without You
6. Tonight You Belong To Me (with Regine Chassagne from Arcade Fire)
7. Just Breathe
8. Porch
9. Sleepless Nights (with Beck)

10/23/2011 should be coming soon. I know it's out there but I haven't found it in FLAC yet and I like to convert to a high bitrate whenever possible for MP3s.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Random Bootleg Review Vol. 1: Hamburg, Germany 11/04/1996

So I decided to try something new recently. I figured, "I have all these bootlegs, why not actually listen to a few here and there?" And then " why not write something about the ones you listen too?" Grand idea.

Then the task was choosing a bootleg to listen too out of the hundreds of shows. How do i do that? So I just decided that since I'm in the midst of uploading all of the shows from 1996 and 2003 to just choose one of those while i get it uploaded and throw some remarks out there about the show and the recording. I'll do my best to judge the quality of the recording because I do realize that not everyone will want to download EVERY show like I just HAD to do :) Maybe a review will help you decide.

So the first show I chose, sort of at random, is Hamburg, Germany 11/04/1996. This was the show the night after the widely talked about and circulated Berlin show which was broadcast on FM radio. Personally, although the quality of the Berlin recording is very good, I've always felt there was something missing from the feel of that show. I think it's almost over hyped because it's an FM broadcast. If you're into collecting and listening to bootlegs you know there's much more to a good show than just the quality of the sound. Not to belittle the importance of sound quality but there has to be a certain FEEL or emotion to a recording as well to make it a truly great bootleg.

Okay, so Hamburg 1996. Yesterday morning I was out mowing lawns and got this show queued up on my iPhone. A quick look at the setlist and things look pretty interesting right off the bat with a "Wash" opener. A couple more songs into the set and I'm beginning to really feel this show. "Last Exit" gets my blood flowing followed by a very powerful "Animal". Getting further and further into teh opening set and I'm finding myself really paying attention to this show. Sometimes a show can just be background music when you're in the middle of something else and you're not really hearing yet but this show grabbed my attention all the way through. More highlights in teh opening set are "Betterman" with "Save It For Later" tag, "Black" with an excellent solo, and a blistering "Alive" to close out the main set. Mike just absolutely is given to wail and that song. Still, after 20 years, get chills almost every time I hear that song but this one stood out.

One of the things that really makes this a better show than the Berlin show is just the wway it seems to flow better. I felt like the Berlin gig just kind of plodded along where as this one just keeps momentum from start to finish. In this sense I would compare this show to some of the more current shows in the mid to late 2000's to current where the sets are just very well crafted and keep the pace throughout the evening. Ed has become exceptional at putting a set together.

The encore is just as kick ass as the main set. Opening with a beautiful version of "Off He Goes" and then starting to slam it home with a raging "Not For You". They close it all out with "Smile" and "Rockin' In The Free World".

This is a very solid audience recording. My own personal rating would be B+/A-. It's got a very consistent sound all the way through. The volume doesn't fade in and out at all. I've listened to this show in a few different places including, as already mentioned, on the iPhone, in my car, and in my wife's car. The sound definitely varies a bit with the system you're listening on. I noticed in my wife's car that the treble seemed a bit high. Jack's high hat was a little much but a quick adjustment to treble and bass and it was back to solid. You can find source info for this show here.

I've really come to admire a good audience recording of a show. If you get a good one you know it immediately. It takes you, virtually, inside that arena in the middle of that crowd. You can close your eyes and smell the sweat, the smoke of a cigarette, and feel the kick drum in your chest. No matter how good a soundboard recording you're not going to ever get that same feel in my most humble opinion.

So thanks to the taper for an excellent recording of an excellent show. Thank you for standing so still for 120 minutes and not singing into the mic :) And thank you for sharing with a community that just eats this shit up. Thanks to you and all those that record shows for our ears to hear and our souls to feel.

You can get the Hamburg '96 show on the 1996 page in both FLAC and MP3 formats. I highly recommend it. Sit back with a set of headphones and journey back to Germany 1996 and soak up the No Code tour in all it's glory!

11/04/96 – Sporthalle: Hamburg, Germany [120m]
support act: The Fastbacks
set: Wash, Hail Hail, Once, Last Exit, Animal, Dissident, Who You Are, Corduroy, Elderly Woman (short), Better Man/(Save it for Later), Whipping, Mankind, Even Flow, Black, Jeremy, Sometimes, Rearviewmirror, I Got Shit/(Cinnamon Girl), Alive
enc: Off He Goes, Not for You/improv, Glorified G, Daughter/(ABitW)/(Noise of Carpet), State of Love and Trust, Smile, Rockin’ in the Free World

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Closing out '05...

The 2005 page is done for the most part. All fresh links have been added and the layout is all set. I still have to get the Pittsburgh show which was not an official bootleg release. I think they opened for the Stones or something that night and I know I have and audience recording of it some place but haven't been able to locate it yet.

I've probably mentioned it before but this is one of my favorite tours to listen too. I really can't think of a bad show from this round of bootlegs. Lots of great set lists and really mixing it up quite a bit. Enjoy the shows! The '03 tour is up next so get your hard drives ready for more FLAC files!

One of the best songs played on the '05 tour:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Well... That's it. The biggest single day update of bootlegs in the history of this blog. Thirty two shows were added this morning to the 2000 bootleg page completing phase 1 of the In The Present Tense overhaul of bootleg links.

There are a ton of very solid shows in this final bunch. Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Seattle II,... The list goes on and on. I wish I had time to review each and every one of them and over time I just may do that. But, for now I would just say sample as many as you can.

Here is one of the finer moments from PJ10 (Las Vegas October 22, 2000):

Next I'll be moving on to the 2005 tour and updating all of those links. I actually started this process already and have the page formatted in the same way as the 2000 and 2006 tours. All of the links that are up on the '05 page are active. The others will be added very soon. One thing to keep in mind for the '05 tour is that the shows are all in MP3 format because that is all that was offered that year from the 10 club. It's a shame there were no lossless files distributed for this tour but these are some great shows regardless of the format. Lots of rarities and lost dogs!

Monday, September 26, 2011


There will be another post later in the week also with the number 40 in it but we'll get to the details on that in a few days. This 40 is in reference to where we are with the uploads of the 2000 Binaural tour. With this morning's update we are up to show number 40 of that tour. With any luck I hope to complete these shows this week but we'll see how that goes. I think I can get it done.

A few of the shows added today are some of my favorites to listen to. They include the New Orleans show which opens with Long Road and is a great version. Then they blast right into Grievance which I may have mentioned before but I feel this is one of the best rock songs ever. Later they play Sonic Reducer, one of the best covers they do in my humble opinion.

Also, really enjoy the Columbus show. Two of my favorite songs ever played in the same show, "In My Tree" and "Present Tense". The Noblesville (Indy) show is also quite good. Ed does a solo performance of "Throw Your Arms Around Me" in the encore. Love that song so much. We had it played at our wedding and was on our wedding soundtrack.

Here is the opening of the Noblesville show! Love this combo to open a show. So much energy!

Enjoy the shows! More on the way...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

They Make Me Smile

We've been having a lot if fun lately. We baked a cake for Mommy's birthday. Started dance class. Started school. Made homemade pizza. Made a scarecrow.

Oh and the 2000 bootleg page has been updated again too.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

And that's it for Europe 2000

The last few shows for Pearl Jam's 2000 European tour have been added to the 2000 download page. As many of you know, Oslo, Norway, wasn't supposed to be the final stop on the Euro tour that year. In fact, Pearl Jam played on June 30th at the Roskilde festival in Copenhagen but the show was cut short due to a tragic accident which took the lives of 9 fans. The European tour ended on that note and the bands future was in question for some time after that.

The band would continue on, as you know, with a full blown US tour but there is know question that the band was forever changed form that incident. The entire tone of the tour was a bit down from that point on. It's hard to describe but you get a sense of "heaviness" when you listen to some of the shows.

The next album release after all this would be Riot Act which by the name alone you get the sense it would be a touch aggressive. Fueled I'm sure by may things but mostly the political scene of the time. Wars, George W. Bush, etc... There was room for some love though in the tune "Love Boat Captain" which aside from it's horrible name, is a very good song. Included is the line... "lost 9 friends we'll never know, two years ago today" paying tribute to the fallen fans at Roskilde two years prior.

It's something the band has never forgotten and neither have the fans in this wonderful community. Last year in Berlin, Germany the band played on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and again made mention of the friends they lost that day.

May they rest in peace and hear the music of this great band in heaven.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Another 2011 audience recording...

On Sunday an audience recording of the 2011 Ottawa show surfaced. The show has been added to the 2011 page and is available in FLAC and MP3 (320kbps)formats.

09/14/11: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON, CAN
main set: Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Last Exit, Do The Evolution, MFC, Unthought Known, Low Light, Given To Fly, Setting Forth, Whipping, Corduroy, Even Flow, Grievance, Lukin, Breath, Wishlist, Olé, 1/2 Full, Better Man(/Save It For Later)
first encore: The End, Inside Job, Just Breathe, Off He Goes, Why Go, The Fixer, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Come Back, The Real Me, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter

Also, check out the 2000 page for an update as well. Added 4 more shows there all in FLAC format. Shows made available today are Verona, Milan, Zurich, and Berlin. The Milan show is exceptional and I have a soft spot for Verona because of the "Long Road" opener. One day I'll see it in person.

And just for shits and giggles and because I've just been loving the shit out of this band lately I decided to upload a Foo Fighters show. This is their performance from the Pinkpop festival back in June 2011. This was an FM broadcast so the sound is quite good.
Foo Fighters - 2011-06-13 - Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf

Friday, September 16, 2011

6 more shows added

Added six more shows to the 2000 bootleg page this morning. Up to show #18 for the Binaural tour and this update includes, what I consider, two of the best bootlegs from the 2000 series. Katowice, Poland June 15th and 16th. Both great sets and very well performed. June 16th is probably considered one of the best shows in the bands history.

Enjoy the shows! Lot's more on the way for this tour. One of my favorite sets of bootlegs to listen too.

Blood (Mt Smart Stadium - Auckland, New Zealand 3/25/1995)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011 Tour Page Added

Figured it was time to make it official and just create a page for the current tour. I have added both Alpine Valley (PJ20) night 2 and the Montreal show to the 2011 page. Both shows are available in FLAC and MP3 and both are audience recordings. Alpine Valley night 1, which was previously posted, has also been added to the 2011 page.

With any luck this page will continue to grow as the tour unfolds. I'm on the look out for both Toronto shows, both of which had killer set lists, and will post them as they become available.

While we wait for more audience recordings to surface from the 2011 gigs I will contuniue to update the links for the 2000 page as well. Currently up to show #12 and will have more shows to add later today or tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PJ20 Alpine Valley Night 1

Here are download links for night one of the historic PJ20 destination weekend! I'll have night two up later tonight or tomorrow morning. FLAC and MP3 formats are available. I converted the FLAC to MP3 at 320kbps. Highest quality available for MP3s. Enjoy the show!


main set: Release, Arms Aloft, Do The Evolution, Got Some, In My Tree, Faithfull, Who You Are, Push Me Pull Me, Setting Forth, Not For You/(Improv), In The Moonlight, Deep, Help Help, Breath, Education, Once, State of Love and Trust, Better Man, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted
first encore: Rearviewmirror, Stardog Champion, Say Hello 2 Heaven, Reach Down, Hunger Strike, Love Reign O’er Me, Porch
second encore: Kick Out The Jams

Also, the Montreal show just became available so I'll get that downloaded and then uploaded to Megaupload later today as well.

I am also in the process of updating the links and the look of the 2000 bootleg section and have added several shows this morning. Check it out and get your collection completed :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Yeah ummm... I'm gonna need this bootleg!

Dropping Chloe Dancer/ Crown of Thorns in Toronto last night. Oh and Uncle Neil Young joined the boys for Rockin' In The Free World!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Have you heard...

...Chris Cornell's new song "The Keeper"? Damn fine tune and he even posted it on youtube for us to listen to.

You can make a donation to a cause to help save children in East Africa and get a download of he song that way or of course you could just get it for free using KeepVid or something along those lines ;) Check out Chris Cornell Dot COM for details. Or you can just check this out.

Take care all,


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

With A Little Help

It's been long. Too long since this blog has seen any kind of update. I love this blog and wish I had more time to put into it. To share all that I have with all of the other crazy Pearl Jam fans around the world. The fact is that I sometimes find the task of getting everything in order and uploaded and posted a bit daunting. The other fact is that this is not the most important thing in my life that requires my time. There is my career, my family, a small side business, a garden, a home to maintain and relationships that I try to not let get too far away from me. Most importantly there are these two:

Now that I have my priorities out there I'm happy to say that yes, finally, there is a bootleg update! With some major help from far, far away a friend (who I met through this place) has uploaded and provided rapidshare links for the complete 2006 tour in FLAC format. Actually, he provided the links probably a month ago and I have finally gotten around to updating the 2006 page with the new links. I will continue to upload the shows to Megaupload as well since it's always nice to have several download options. I know some people prefer Rapidshare and some people prefer Megaupload so in the case of the 2006 tour we'll have links from both. There is know difference in format or quality of the downloads it's simply a matter of where the file is being downloaded from.

So hit up the 2006 page and get some more shows and enjoy! I plan on coming back and updating frequently so stay with me on this all encompassing trip and we'll explore the present tense together.

Best wishes to those that have been impacted by hurricane Irene. My thoughts go out to all of you. This one goes out to you.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Vitoria, Lisbon I & II Added to 2006 Bootleg Section

Three more shows have been added to the 2006 bootleg section today. I'm going to do my best to keep getting several shows uploaded each week and hopefully get through the entire '06 tour within the next several weeks. I think I have 14 more Euro shows to go and then it's on to Australia and Hawaii.

Shows added today:
9-02-2006 Vitoria, Spain
9-04-2006 Lisbon, Portugal
9-05-2006 Lisbon, Portugal

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BMX at Trilogy Park

My nephew was in this national race at age 7 and kicked some serious butt!

Pic of him winning in the semi here and later went on to win the main:

Monday, May 30, 2011

What? A bootleg update?

Yes, yes, yes... a LONG over due update to the bootleg vault has finally taken place. I don't have time to go into details but my world is beyond busy these days so getting shows uploaded hasn't been as easy as I'd hoped in this PJ20 year of celebration. But that's just what the present tense has in store for me right now. My world is my family and everything that keeps that going but I hope to keep this passion updated as much as possible too. So here is what has been added today to the 2006 bootleg section:

7-20-2006 Portland, OR (North American Tour finally completed!!)
8-23-2006 Dublin, Ireland
8-25-2006 Leeds Festival, UK
8-27-2006 Reading Festival, UK
8-29-2006 Arnhem, Netherlands
8-30-2006 Antwerp, Belgium
9-01-2006 Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy then shows!

My world

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


This is what I'm up to lately. I'll get back to the bootlegs soon but for now here's a pic of my muddy boots :)

By the way I here there are a few new EV uke songs floating around the interweb. Anyone got them?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Almost There

Okay 5 more shows added from the 2006 tour. One more left to round out the 2nd leg of the North American tour. Next up I'll get right into the European tour and try to get the entire tour up by the middle of February. Not sure what the plan is yet after that. Maybe hit some older stuff or just get right into 2005.

For now enjoy the '06 tour! Here are the shows that were added this morning.

07-10-2006 Los Angeles
07-13-2006 Santa Barbara
07-15-2006 San Francisco
07-16-2006 San Francisco
07-18-2006 San Francisco

This is a clip from the 07-16 gig in San Fran. Looks like there may be a DVD floating around for this one too but I don't have it at this time.