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

Friday, December 21, 2007

1994 Update!!

The 1994 bootleg section has been updated with the 4/12 show at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, Mass. This was third of three shows in Boston that year! As usual those fuckers up there are very lucky when it comes to legendary PJ performances! The Two Feet Thick notes are below. Enjoy and visit again soon! More from 1998 on the way shortly!!

04/12/94 - Orpheum Theater: Boston, MA [130]
set: Oceans, Even Flow, Sonic Reducer, State of Love and Trust, Hard to Imagine, Immortality/(Hey Hey, My My), Go, Animal, Glorified G, Daughter/(Suck You Dry), Alone, Not for You, Better Man, Rats, Blood
enc: Release, Tremor Christ, Once, Fuckin' Up, Dirty Frank, Yellow Ledbetter, instrumental jam, Rearviewmirror, Elderly Woman, I've Got a Feeling/jam
notes: The crew created this setlist, full of new songs and b-sides. Mark Arm joins PJ for 'Sonic Reducer.' Standout version of 'Immortality.' Ed's comments: "This is the second to the last night of this fucking tour. Play New York and we are going home. We would like to thank our crew, speaking of 'Rats.' You should also thank the one who made the setlist tonight, cause somebody else made it. This is a fucking awesome place you live in. Lots of history. It is definitely one of the places I want to live." Mike pretends to hide during the appropriate 'Dirty Frank' lyrics. Having a rather cheerful night, Ed quips, "I really shouldn't let you all see me this happy ... people might expect it all the time." During the extended (20+ min.?) 'I've Got a Feeling' jam, Ed lifts a young female attendee from the crowd and puts her on his shoulders, dances a bit and returns her to her seat, giving her some roses.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

1998 Bootleg Update

The 1998 bootleg section has been updated this morning with the 9/19/1998 Voters For Choice show in Washington, DC. A fabulous concert with a cause! I can't say much more than the Two Feet Thick notes below but this definately one of the must have shows for any collector out there. Hope you enjoy the show! Much more coming to In The Present Tense!
set: I Am a Patriot (before Hovercraft); Long Road, Act of Love, Hail Hail, Dissident, Given to Fly, Corduroy, Wishlist, Not for You, All Those Yesterdays, Daughter/(Roc kin' in the Free World)/(WMA), Whipping, Immortality, Push Me Pull Me, Faithfull, Present Tense, Rearviewmirror, Black, Do the Evolution
enc 1: I Got Shit, Better Man, Alive, Soldier of Love
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Ed says, "Hi, it feels like we're in the White House ... we haven't played a place with carpet in a while; I think this place is the last bastion of sanity in town. Music is the choice; we're here tonight, you're gonna hear words and entertainment, not in any particular order; Hovercraft's gonna come out (applause ... someone shouts 'Ed for President') ... It's not gonna happen, unless you agree to release the tapes that say, 'Ed was sitting in his hotel room smoking pot out of a bong (applause)" and he goes into 'I Am a Patriot.' Several speakers follow from Voters For Choice, and then Gloria Steinem speaks: "I pledge to you that I will go to jail before I tell Ken Starr anything that goes on here tonight ... These guys live their beliefs; they're smart and good-hearted; they use their heads and their minds, they started out, they had tough times, but they weren't broken by them, and it's rare that any other group that they've remained themselves with their success ... they look after their true selves and your true selves" and then she introduces the band, making mistakes on Stone and Mike's names. =) The band comes out and Ed says, "You know why we're here; we'll talk later." During 'Not for You,' Ed comments: "We want to dedicate this next set of lines to the CC" before the "all that's sacred line" (referring to the Christian Coalition, who are meeting in DC this week). Ed's delivery during 'All Those Yesterdays' is particularly notable and distinct. 'Push Me Pull Me' is a little rough, and Ed shrugs at the end, and then says, "This one we'll do better ..." leading to 'Faithfull.' Somebody passes up a big sign, and he reads it: "Dear PJ: word up, dogs ... you guys fucking kick it. Look us up when you're back in DC, we're in the book; Bill, Hillary and Chelsea." (That was not what the sign really said =)). And then in a Clinton voice, Ed says, "He just needs to go on TV and say, 'Shoot, it's no big deal'...but I guess he already did that a couple of weeks ago." Someone shouts "I love you Eddie," and he replies, "Watch it, keep it consensual ... this isn't about issues." Then someone yells, "I love PJ" and Ed says, "Well, so do I ... this just is bipartisan politics in motion, that's what's ruining the country, ruining the office of the President ... people are playing king of the hill while there's people with lives, families, debts and injury who really need help," before starting 'Present Tense.' Mike's solo during 'Black' is right on, and Ed applauds him, and notes him when the song is over. "The last time we played here was with L7 and Young Neil ... he gave me a song writing lesson at a half-price rate; this is what I came up with ... on my final, he gave me a B+ I think" leading to 'I Got Shit.' Mike sings with Ed during 'Better Man' during the "she dreams in color" line! Ed has a bunch of VFC condoms inside his tambourine and starts handing them out toward the end of 'Alive.' Ed thanks the VFC people, "They're not up there to lead any one astray; don't let the funny business down the street think that voting isn't worth it. Vote for what you believe." 'Soldier of Love' is dedicated to "people on the other side of the issue." Gloria comes out with roses before 'YL,' and says, "There's history here tonight; this is the first time Hovercraft has played Voters for Choice; Pearl Jam's third; Sadie 7 is really Beth Liebling, Ed Vedder is Ed Vedder; these are two artists, married to each other, here tonight, both for this cause, and dedicating their time. I want to thank Stone and Mike for not getting pissed at me for messing up their names. I don't know if I can get Beth out here .. (the audience chants 'Beth, Beth') ... this is the crew's bread and butter, I want to thank them for donating their time tonight." Then Beth comes out, takes a rose, she and Ed do a little dance; Beth leaves, and Gloria says, "Democracy comes to those who vote," and the band goes into 'YL.'

Saturday, December 15, 2007

1994 Update

The 1994 bootleg section has been updated with the 3/20 show in Ann Arbor, Michigan!! Enjoy!

03/20/94 - Crisler Arena: Ann Arbor, MI [115m]
attendance: 8,000
set: Jeremy, Go, Animal, Dissident, Even Flow, Glorified G, Daughter/Improv/WMA, Breath, State of Love and Trust, Last Exit, Garden, Why Go, Deep, Alive, Porch
enc: Nothingman, Three Little Birds, Yellow Ledbetter, Black, Rearviewmirror, Not for You, Blood, Indifference
notes: PJ required that 2,000 tickets be set aside for students. A fun show, with the band playing "Name That Tune" with the audience. To "keep each show different," PJ encores with a "few mellow song." This is the first time 'Nothingman' has been played live. 'Three Little Birds' is a Bob Marley song. Ed jokes about a bomb threat in Indiana and then, "... they tell us that there's escapees from the insane asylum. They can be identified by the yellow wristband." The floor audience holds up their arms, displaying their yellow wristbands. Ed ends the show by pleasing the crowd with: "Detroit rock city, we'll come back again."

Friday, December 14, 2007

Verona 2000!!

The 2000 bootleg section has been updated with another stellar show!! Verona, Italy 6/20/2000!! The setlist pretty much speaks for itself but as you know the Italian shows always have a little something special about them. This is a must have from this tour in my opinion! Enjoy!!!

06/20/00 - Arena: Verona, Italy [139m]
attendance: 15,000so
set: Long Road, Grievance, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Animal, Nothing As It Seems, Pilate, Given To Fly, Even Flow, O' Sole Mio, MFC, Habit, Wishlist, Daughter/(Beautiful Way), State of Love and Trust, Once, Lukin, Immortality, Insignificance, Rearviewmirror
enc 1: In the Coliseum improv, Black, Breakerfall, Do The Evolution, Elderly Woman, Better Man, I Got You (Split Enz), Alive, Last Kiss, Porch
enc 2: Soon Forget, Yellow Ledbetter

MP3s Added for Miami '94

The 1994 bootleg section has been updated with 320kbps MP3s of the Miami show from 3/28/1994. More updates coming soon!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

2007 Section Added

That's right. We've added a section for the 2007 bootlegs and the first update to that section us the Copenhagen show from 6/26/2007!! This show has been talked about frequently on the Message Pit and some folks were looking for a FLAC version to download. If you are one of those people... got get here!!

06/26/07 - Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ed pre-set: Throw Your Arms Around Me
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Why Go, Do the Evolution, In Hiding, Love Boat Captain, Love Reign O'er Me, Severed Hand, Light Years, Marker in the Sand, Given to Fly, Breath, I Am Mine, Elderly Woman..., Hard To Imagine, Life Wasted, Porch
first encore: No More, World Wide Suicide, Down, Once, Black, Alive
second encore: Better Man/(Save it for Later), Rockin in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Hartford 1996

Another update to the 1996 bootleg section today!! I haven't listened to this one yet either so I don't what to say about accept that it's fuckin' Pearl Jam from 1996 so go get it!! Peace. Enjoy the show. Notes from Two Feet Thick are below:
set: Long Road, Hail Hail, Animal, Last Exit, In My Tree, Corduroy, Better Man, Not for You, Jeremy, Red Mosquito, Black, Rearviewmirror, Lukin, Elderly Woman, State of Love and Trust, Footsteps, Alive, Blood/(Fame)/(Noise of Carpet), Porch
enc: Who You Are, Even Flow, Daughter/(The Real Me)/(WMA), Leaving Here, Present Tense, Yellow Ledbetter (with Little Wing lick)
notes: Great long show with a very talkative Ed. During 'Not For You' Ed talks about the meaning of the song, saying it's not directed towards fans, but "a different entity ... someone who thinks they're more important than the people making the music; the people listening to the music; or the music itself. And this is just a reminder that they're not." 'Alive' is started and stopped, because of technical problems. Ed sings 'Footsteps', while everything is straightened out. Part of the fence comes down during 'Blood' and a near riot ensues. (In reality, when the barrier came down, security guards began using pepper spray. The wind was blowing into the pavilion, forcing people with seats to venture nearer the stage to escape it, making it seem like there was a mad rush to the stage.) During 'Porch' Ed tries to calm the crowd down while Mike plays a little part of Chicago's '25 or 6 to 4'. Ed says, "It's like swimming on coral ... there are chairs and people below you, settle down!" "Darlin' you don't want to be up there. That's for the people up front. The people up top you guys go fuckin' nuts! But the people up front settle down." Before they start 'Who You Are', Ed tries to calm the crowd: "It's a little crazy up here. You can sit down, it's cool. I can see you all if you sit, or stand, you can see me too. Ok, the next three words for the next five minutes are Peace and Love." He changes the second line of the second verse saying, "fuck the stage divers." After the song he reiterates, "This is all good. We're going to keep playing but I want to change the policy in the front row here. Security, you listening? Usually you come over the top you get two, three chances. You guys, anybody who comes over the top, you're going out. Just stay on the floor, you got it, ok? You look good where you are. Just stay where you are." For the 'Daughter' tag, Ed gets the crowd to sing along, "like in New York" to 'The Real Me.'

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

1992 Update

Well it appears that several of you have already noticed this update that was made a couple days ago to the 1992 bootleg section but here is the official announcement. The 1992 bootleg section has been updated with the 9/26/1992 show in Honolulu, Hawaii!! I've listened to this show several times now and it's awesome!! Sweet little improv to the tune of "Hard to Imagine" and a very rockin' "Rockin' in the Free World" to close it out! Enjoy the show!!

Two Feet Thick Notes:
09/26/92 - Andrew's Amphitheater: Honolulu, Hawaii
set: Release, Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Breath, Even Flow, Improv, State Of Love And Trust, Black, Improv/Jam (based on Hard To Imagine), Alive, Porch
enc: Improv/Jam, Sonic Reducer, Rockin' In The Free World
notes: After a nice 'Release' opening, Ed says, "We're in a beautiful place. Why go home?" leading to guess what song? After a few opening licks of 'Breath' are played, the song is announced as 'A Breath and a Scream,' as it frequently was called then. Later Ed asks, "Did we meet some of you guys last night? Cause the tickets were good for both nights, right? That's how I wanted it to work out." After repeating, "I'm not crazy, I'm not crazy," they launch into 'Even Flow.' A few 'Hard To Imagine' riff are played after 'SOLAT,' and an improv based on 'Hard To Imagine' follows 'Black.' Ed tells the crowd, "You're all gonna die some day; you're all gonna die fat and old ... it's true," leading to 'Alive,' followed by some guitar noodling. Ed compliments the "pit" likening it to a "Norelco razor" with the three spinning heads. The second set opens with a jam with lyrics based loosely on 'Throw Your Arms Around Me.' Ed thanks everyone who they've met and says it makes them want to move there and "I wanna have your baby." After 'TITFW,' Ed says goodbye and then asks the lights to be turned back up: "I wanna get a picture of these guys."

Friday, November 30, 2007

Hartford 1998

This show was a request from someone over on the Message Pit and I happened to stumble upon it in my never ending search for Pearl Jam shows. This one certainly sounds like an interesting show as far as the crowd and security guard interaction. Any way the show notes from Two Feet Thick are below with the details. Go get Hartford, 9/13/1998 in the 1998 bootleg section!!
support act: Ben Harper
capacity: 35,000 (although capacity is 30,000)
set: Corduroy, Animal, Hail Hail, Given to Fly, I Got Shit, Go, Dissident, Tremor Christ, Daughter, Jeremy, Even Flow, Faithfull, MFC, Spin the Black Circle, Wishlist, Do the Evolution
enc: Brain of J, Breath, RVM, Better Man, Alive, Porch
notes: The security staff at this venue are horrible and pepper spray is smelled during the show. Ed messes up the 'Even Flow' lyrics in the exact same place for the fourth straight performance, asking the crowd for the lyrics. 'Faithfull' intro: "The next song is about belief. Don't get a tattoo of a guy's face unless he's dead so he can't fuck up. I was really proud of that Clinton tattoo ... Everyone raise your middle finger and yell, 'Get on with it!.'" At the start of the encore, many people in the crowd raise "thank you" signs (the thank you for PJ playing 'Breath the previous night) and Ed says, "Ah, so you all were in New York?" and makes a joke about how all of the Connecticut people must be in the back of the venue. 'Breath' is introduced as "one we haven't played in a while but it sounded pretty good last night" and they seem to really enjoy playing it. During, 'Alive,' the show takes a dramatic turn when Ed notices asshole security fucking with someone in the crowd (who is holding up a flashlight?) and Ed grabs Eric Johnson's flashlight and puts it on the security staff, displeased. He tells everyone to go dance in the aisles, and everyone rushes forward. There is a crush toward the front that continues through 'Porch.'

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Charlotte, NC 1996

Ok here it is. Another update from the awesome No Code tour. This is Charlotte, NC from 10/04/1996!! Got get it in the 1996 bootleg section!!
set: Long Road, Last Exit, Animal, Spin the Black Circle, Hail Hail, In My Tree, Corduroy, Lukin, Not for You, Jeremy, Better Man, Red Mosquito, Black, State of Love and Trust, (MFC riffs), Habit, Rearviewmirror, Immortality, Alive, Porch
enc 1: Who You Are, Even Flow, Whipping, I Got Shit, Leaving Here, Daughter/(The Real Me)/(Noise of Carpet)/(The Real Me)
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: With the election less than a month away, this show had a definite cause: Jesse Helm's going away party (it didn't work). Gloria Steinem spoke in an effort to get people to think and register to vote (Rock the Vote). Concerned about the barriers breaking, people getting crushed, and the fire marshall threatening to cancel the show, someone on the crew pleads with the crowd to back up and chill out. After the first song, Ed says, "... we're about 30 seconds from kicking in here and I just want to make sure that everybody watches their neighbor ... that everybody keeps up. Don't do too much of this spinning pit stuff or someone's going to get hurt, and that would suck." Then later: "...I would like the audience myself to just take two steps back. Can we all do that? On the count of three ... one, two..." (crowd steps back and cheers). Ed says something to the effect of, "I knew this was an intelligent crowd." The crowd does listen and the show continues without further problems. The mirrorball is set into motion during a cranked 'Better Man' and drops down midway through 'RVM.' Ed is into a lot of Townshend windmills and jumps and tags 'Habit' as "speaking as my own bad self." Brendan O'Brien helps out on bass on 'I Got Shit.'

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Two More Shows!!

Jumping back into the "Riot Act" and "Pearl Jam" tours with updates to both the 2003 bootleg section and the 2006 bootleg section!

We had a visitor from Japan request several shows from the 2003 tour and today we are delivering one of those shows for your downloading pleasure. Mountain View, CA 6/01/2003 is now available and this looks like a sweet show!
Notes from Two Feet Thick:

preset: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Ed solo)
set: Long Road, Do The Evolution, Animal, Save You, Green Disease, Grievance, I Am Mine, You Are, Even Flow, Not For You, Corduroy, Habit, Daughter/(It Rains On Me), Thumbing My Way, Present Tense, 1/2 Full, Insignificance, Go
enc 1: Love Boat Captain, Elderly Woman, Better Man, Crazy Mary, Alive, Porch
enc 2: Know Your Rights, Bushleaguer, Fuckin' Up
notes: Ed offers a toast to those who participated in the February 15th protests prior to 'Grievance.' 'Not For You' is dedicated to Michael Powell (FCC chairman appointed by Bush and son of Colin Powell). 'It Rains On Me' (a Tom Waits song) is tagged on 'Daughter,' with Ed inviting the crowd to sing. He introduces 'Present Tense' as a rarely played song that starts out with just "me and Mike." The rest of the band is off stage and they gradually join in. Returning for the encore, Ed screams out, "All right everybody. Can I hear it for a Sunday night in San Francisco?!" in his best Steven Tyler scream. He mentions how the band thinks the energy seems a little low and it might be because it is a Sunday night but then takes personal blame for it. He speaks of how often they've played at Shoreline and jokes about waking up sweating after having dreams about Mike in the Village People outfit. He continues, "Unless Neil stops playing here, we'll never get to be the house band ... and I think we're coming back in October to play with Neil." He mentions that the Dixie Chicks will be there, too and there is a mix of cheers and boos. "Anybody who boos the Dixie Chicks ... you're a fucking pussy and I'll kick your ass." 'Crazy Mary' brings the energy level up, with a huge jam at the end (featuring dueling solos between Mike and Boom). An incredible 'Porch' features Mike wandering the stage, Ed running up the aisle to the 200 section and an interlude where Ed does some political speaking, including: "... music is a weapon of mass construction ... let's have a preemptive strike against another four shitty years." At the end of 'Fuckin' Up,' Mike goes to get another guitar but that's the end of the show.

Also added today to the 2006 bootleg section is night one of two in Boston on 5/24/2006. As usual Pearl Jam busts out some awesome shows in Beantown!!

set: Release, Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Corduroy, Animal, Red Mosquito, Love Boat Captain, Better Man, Unemployable, Even Flow, Sad, Wishlist, Gone, Green Disease, Down, Jeremy, Life Wasted, Why Go
first encore: Forever Young, Masters of War, Crazy Mary, Inside Job, Alive
second encore: Spin The Black Circle, Do The Evolution, Whipping, Rats, Comatose, Rockin' in the Free World
TFT Notes: Ed talks about how much they love the Boston crowd, and mentioned the seating snafu in Grand Rapids (some higher-number Ten Club members had better seats than lower-number members) and that they thought they got the seating right in Boston. Prior to "Unemployable", Ed dedicates the song to recent college graduates in the crowd; before "Even Flow" he tells the same graduates that "this song is gonna be your future". Ed and Jeff start the first encore with Bob Dylan's "Forever Young", followed by a full-band "Masters of War", performed in honor of Dylan's 65th birthday. Prior to "Forever Young", Ed says he doesn't mean to be cynical, and dedicates it to the college graduates as well. For "Do The Evolution", Ed and Jeff don orange T-shirts that read "Stone" in black upper and lower case letters (similar to how they are printed on Stone's guitar picks), and Ed changes the lyrics to "admire Stone". A raucous "Rockin' in the Free World" features Jeff jumping off amps and Ed rolling around on stage; toward songs end while Ed bashes on tambourines, Jeff and Mike play "pat-a-cake".
Enjoy the shows! Peace.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Portugal 1996!!

Back again with another show from the No Code tour; 1996! This is the first of a two show romp in Portugal and is hailed as "a very on show"! Hail, Hail to the lucky ones who got to witness it. Now here, for all to hear, in all it's glory in the 1996 bootleg section is the Cascais, Portugal show 11/24/1996! Download it and play it load!! Enjoy!
Thanks to Two Feet Thick for the Notes:
11/24/96 - Dramatico: Cascais, Portugal [120m]
support act: The Fastbacks
pre-set: I Can't Explain, The Kids are Alright, My Generation, Young Man Blues (Not included in download)
set: Release, Last Exit, Animal, Hail Hail, Once, Dissident, In My Tree, Corduroy, Elderly Woman, Whipping, Habit, Off He Goes, Even Flow, Daughter/?, Jeremy, Portugal chant and jam, Present Tense, Black Red Yellow, Rearviewmirror, Alive
enc: Smile, Black, State of Love and Trust, Porch
notes: Ed (wearing a mask) plays three Who songs with Kurt and Mike from The Fastbacks, introduced as "The What." (This was actually their second appearance ... the first being the 11/5/96 Vera show.) Jeff (introduced as Ed's brother, "Willy What"), joins the group for 'Young Man Blues.' During The Fastbacks' set, Stone joins them for 'Mankind." Ed again does the fast speaking or nursery rhyme (whatever it is) like the Berlin show during 'Habit.' The crowd starts a very spirited Portugal chant, which PJ picks up on and turns into a cool jam. After 'Smile,' Ed acknowledges Stone for playing bass guitar, and thanks Stone's parents (who are at the show) for having Stone. During 'Porch,' Mike inserts a few of the Rolling Stones' 'Can You Hear Me Knocking' riffs into the jam, and Ed climbs the speakers and dives. The (excellent!) crowd goes wild and Ed emerges with his shirt ripped up in back. He pulls it off and tosses it to the crowd, drapes himself with a towel and that's it. A very on show!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Back With a 2006 Update!

Been a while since we had an update to the 2006 bootleg section so I figured it was time to continue to upload what will eventually be the complete 2006 tour! If you didn't already know both the complete European and Australian legs of the '06 tour are available now. I will try to have the North American tour completed within the next few weeks. Today we continue the journey with the 5/22/2006 show in Detroit! Enjoy!

05/22/06 - Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI, USA
soundcheck: Alone, Breath, In Hiding, Breakerfall, You Are, Gone(acoustic), Garden, All or None, Faithfull (partial and out of order)
set: Long Road, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Severed Hand, Animal, Marker in the Sand, In Hiding, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Army Reserve, Insignificance, Garden, Wasted Reprise -> Life Wasted, State of Love and Trust, Come Back, Jeremy, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Man of the Hour, Elderly Woman..., Nothingman, Inside Job, Alive
second encore: Whipping, Do The Evolution, Comatose, Given To Fly, Why Go, Porch, Indifference, Kick Out The Jams, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings was side stage, as Ed made numerous mentions of him, and even shared his wine with him during the latter portions of the show. During the "Alive" solo, Mike left the stage and ran through the crowd and up the aisles all the way up to the top of the lower level, then back down again without missing a beat. During "Comatose" Ed used a megaphone for the "High above..." bridge, then smashed it hard to the stage. Ed invites a woman onstage to do sign language for "Given to Fly" similar to 10/11/00 St. Louis, MO. Ed says that Detroit should've been given the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of its rich music history, and then proceeded to play "Kick out the Jams" by Detroit's MC5. "Yellow Ledbetter" ends with Mike playing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Welcome to Ireland 1996

Going back into the bootleg vault again today with another update to the 1996 bootleg section! Now available for your downloading delight is the Cork, Ireland show from 10/24/1996! Enjoy the show!

10/24/96 - Millstreet Arena: Cork, Ireland [106m]
attendance: 3,000
support act: The Fastbacks
set: Sometimes, Last Exit, Spin the Black Circle, Hail Hail, Tremor Christ, In My Tree, Corduroy, Better Man, Not for You, Animal, Dissident, Daughter/(Bull in the Heather)/(WMA), Habit, Rearviewmirror, Jeremy, Alive, Porch
enc 1: I Got Shit, Lukin, Even Flow, Present Tense, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: This is a seemingly standard show, with little interaction or chat between the crowd and the band. Ed comments before 'Better Man' about how long the trip to Ireland was and how he felt like they were still at home with the rain, green terrain, great beer and good people. Stone gives a nod to Jack "on drums" at the end of 'Daughter.'

Just something I thought I should also mention. I just got around to listening to the 1995 Melbourne show (3/17/1995) and holy shit is that an awesome sounding boot. If you haven't downloaded that one yet I highly recommend that one. Could be one of the best sounding unofficial bootlegs I've ever heard. Not only that but the performance is tight too!! Peace!

Happy Thanksgiving for those celebrating today!! Remember how lucky and fortunate we are to be fans of the best band in the world! Enjoy the day with your family and remember to add music to your celebration!

Monday, November 19, 2007

More No Code and some U2 Support!

Two updates this morning. First a little show from 1993 in Verona, Italy in which the boys were supporting U2! I know, I know... U2 should be supporting Pearl Jam but hey U2 isn't that bad! Cool little show. Check it out in the 1993 bootleg section!

Also added, to the 1996 bootleg section, is another show from the fantastic No Code tour!! If oyu haven't downloaded anyof the No Code shows yet do yourself a favor and get on with it!! That's it for now. More shows on the way soon. As always... enjoy the music. That's what this little place is all about. Peace.

Show notes from Two Feet Thick:
10/01/96 - Marine Midland Arena: Buffalo, NY [120m]
attendance: 21,000
support act: The Fastbacks
set: Oceans, Last Exit, Hail Hail, Spin the Black Circle, Animal, Tremor Christ, In My Tree, Corduroy, Lukin, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Not for You, State of Love and Trust, Rats, Jeremy, Off He Goes, Footsteps, Whipping, Immortality, Alive, Porch
enc: Even Flow, Daughter, Blood/(Heaven)/(Fame), Present Tense, Yellow Ledbetter

notes: 'Oceans' hasn't opened a show since the final show of 1995. 'Rats' is started, paused (Ed notes, "OK, we haven't done this one for a while and we're gonna do it right") and the song is picked up again. Lyrical changes to 'Rats' include "drag the bones of the Grateful Dead." After a lyric flub at the start of 'Off He Goes,' Ed modifies the lyrics to "... I should relax." By request, 'Footsteps' is played for the first time this tour. A climactic 'Immortality' makes the smooth transition into 'Alive.' After a problematic 'Porch,' the song is restarted ... with Ed apologizing and saying he has a lot on his mind with the elections and all. During the 'Porch' jam, Ed pulls a kid up on stage who is wearing an old Who shirt and swaps shirts with him. The kid stage dives into the crowd but the shirt is instantly ripped off him by the audience. PJ immediately return after 'Porch,' with Ed commenting about a sign in the crowd reading "Don't delay" and launching into a version of 'Even Flow' with a cool jam. 'Blood' includes a handful of lines from 'Heaven' by the Talking Heads prior to the 'Fame' reference. A request that the crowd "listen to the words" is the lead in to a lovely 'Present Tense.' Great connection between PJ and the audience at this show.

Friday, November 16, 2007

1998 Update!!

The 1998 bootleg section has been updated with Mansfield, Mass. show form 9/16/1998!! This is night two of two... will have night one available for download in the next day or so.This includes Ed's preset of "Throw Your Arms Around Me". Enjoy!!

These are the notes from Two Feet Thick:
set: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Ed solo before Ben Harper); Release, Brain of J, Hail Hail, Given to Fly, Dissident, MFC, Corduroy, Wishlist, Even Flow, Faithfull, Spin the Black Circle, I Got Shit, Improv/Habit, Off He Goes, Present Tense, Black, Do the Evolution, Porch
enc 1: Go, State of Love and Trust, Better Man/(Save It for Later), Rearviewmirror, Alive
enc 2: Last Kiss
notes: An amazing show with Ed's emotions all over the place. Ed takes the stage prior to Ben Harper's set, plays the riff to 'Wishlist' saying, "I wish I was Ben Harper" before playing 'Throw Your Arms Around Me.' Opening music to PJ's set is 'Aye Davanita' and *not* 'The Color Red!' 'GTF' and Dissident are extremely emotional; it appears as though Ed is crying, and as a result, he flubs a few words. Before 'MFC' he says he had to compose himself before going on. Before 'Even Flow,' he comments, "It's take no prisoners time;" he gets the words right and laughs about it. The 'Habit' saying is "Speaking as a someone who pahked the cah at the Gahden," (a reference to the Boston Garden) delivered with an exaggerated Boston accent. Before "Present Tense,' Ed says he was reading this thing in the hotel room, and he wanted to see if it said anything about the concert coming up, and he pretends like he's reading this pamphlet, and says: "As yet another summer of drunken musical orgies comes to a close at the Great Woods Amphitheatre ... Pearl Jam and Ben Harper: sold out, SUCKER ..." During 'Porch' Ed comes into the crowd, telling people not to pull on him. Right before 'Go' he says, "It's coming to a close ... if this was my summer, this is what I'd be thinking." Some idiot is throwing quarters at Ed and he launches into a huge tirade (rightfully so) and then catches himself ("Ahh, that felt good.")
(664k)--> 'Last Kiss' is started and stopped, with Ed noting, "They've got it now ... same drums though." The show is closed with, "Have a nice millenium; until next time." This is one of the finest shows of 1998, with excellent versions of songs and the band in great spirits. As is often typical, the second show at the same venue is the best!

Two Boots From 1995

These will be added to a new 1995 section when I get a chance but wanted to get these out there since they were a special request. These are for Graham from across the pond in Ireland. Both excellent shows with great sound quality!! Soldier Field Chicago, IL 1995 and Melbourne, Australia 3/17/1995. Enjoy the shows!! Peace.

Soldier Field 7/11/1995:

Show notes from Two Feet Thick:
07/11/95 - Soldier Field: Chicago, IL [155m]
attendance: 47,000
support act: Otis Rush and Bad Religion
set: Release, Go, Last Exit, Spin the Black Circle, Tremor Christ, Corduroy, Whipping, I Got Shit, Dissident, Even Flow, Improv/Sick o' Pussies, Deep, Jeremy, Glorified G, Daughter/(This Boy)/(The Real Me)/(W.M.A.)/(ABitW-II), Animal, Habit, Jam/Lukin, Not for You, Little Wing (teaser), Elderly Woman, Immortality, Alive, Porch
enc 1: Everyday People, Let My Love Open the Door, Better Man, Rearviewmirror, Black, Blood
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: First night Monkeywrench broadcast the show through the radio. The crowd is pumped, with people crowd surfing even during Otis Rush's set. Cool 'Tommy' riff after 'Lukin.' 'Black' lyrics are altered from "sun" to "moon" and Ed gestures to the full moon above the stadium. He jokes, "There's some fancy people in the skybox ... they're blinking to us, sending us a message up there." The crowd boos and he tells them not to get angry: "... you know life has a way of working itself out, you know? Think about this for a sec, right? These are the rich, fancy people, right? They got all the luxury, right? Looks to me, like they're the farthest ones away from the stage and they're behind a fuckin' window ... you hang in the trenches long enough, it pays off ..." Ed destroys his black Telecaster featuring the "skateboarding is not a crime" bumpersticker, smashing it against his mic stand. Producer Brendan O'Brien joins the band on keyboard for a surprising 'Everyday People' (a Sly and the Family Stone song) and then 'Let My Love Open the Door.' First lightning and later, fireworks, filled the sky this night. Amazing setlist and long performance with the pressure on in an intimidating venue.

Melbourne, 3/17/1995:

Show notes from Two Feet Thick:
03/17/95 - Flinders Park Tennis Centre: Melbourne, Australia [128m]
attendance: 10,000
support act: The Meanies
set: Release, Last Exit, Spin the Black Circle, Tremor Christ, Corduroy, Not for You/Lukin, Animal, Glorified G, Daughter/(Stuff and Nonsense), State of Love and Trust, Why Go, Jeremy, Whipping, Immortality/Rearviewmirror, Alive, Black, Blood, Porch
enc: Go, Even Flow, Better Man, Improv (Words Seem Out of Place), Indifference, Rockin' in the Free World
notes: This show was broadcast on the Australian radio station, JJJ. Ed remarks: "It's not just us tonight, we're on the radio. I just thought I'd warn you, you know, if you, if you're s'posed to be at your friend's house spending the night, you weren't allowed to come, don't get your voice on the radio, we don't want you to get in trouble. Ah fuck it, get in trouble!" Later he says, "Fine bunch of mutants we got here We're all mutants up here, too." 'Jeremy' and 'Even Flow' are both sporting a new intros. Ed notes the full moon: "It's really too bad they couldn't open the roof in this place cuz there's a fuckin full moon out there that we're missing ... so if someone's out there listening to us in their car, stick your head out the window.. at home, go to the windows. Things happen in a full moon, good things, bad things, things happen." Ed gives his list of N.W. words/phrases. Reference is made to the poor security the previous night ("... we got the guys from last night the fuck outta here"). Ed acknowledges his wife, Beth: "She's back home, so it's not as if she's going to hear this on the radio, but it's me and Beth's 129 month anniversary today. And I'm going to sing the first line of this famous New Zealand song. This is for her. 'I've got you, and that's all I want.' [sings a couple bars of the Split Enz, 'I Got You']. That's for her. This one's for you." (leading to 'Better Man'). Dave Grohl joins PJ for 'RitFW.'

Friday, November 9, 2007

Miami 1994

The 1994 bootleg section was updated today with the Miami show from 3/28. Haven't had an update to the '94 page in a while but this is certainly a good one. "Release" to open the show and "Indifference" to close it out! Lot's of good stuff in between as always! Enjoy.

These are the notes from Two Feet Thick:
Beneath a full moon, this crowd at an outdoor park in downtown Miami became unruly, breaking through a metal fence. Ed practices crowd control: "We're all in one big boat tonight ... don't let it go down." He dedicates 'Even Flow' to some homeless people under a bridge nearby. Later, Dave (!) pulls a troublemaker from the crowd when prompted by Ed saying, "One of you guys up front is hitting people. This guy right here ... get him out. Pull him out. We don't wanna see him anymore. How can we accomplish a lot by showing these people who think we're all a bunch of fucking losers and we don't have a life, that we can get along? Scare the shit out of them and make them think this generation might actually accomplish something." 'Not for You' is dedicated to "all those fuckers who were charging more than $18 for your fucking ticket." A rain storm breaks out at the start of 'Garden.' King's X joins PJ for 'RitFW.'

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Two New Bootlegs!!

Going old school today with two boots added to two new bootleg sections!! The 1991 bootleg section has been updated with a little show from Hollywood, CA on 10/6/1991 in which PJ was the opener for Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Funny that Pearl Jam is the only one still left standing. OK so AIC is still in existence but seriously it's not AIC without Layne Staley!

Show notes from Two Feet Thick:
attendance: 4,000
set: Wash, Once, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Why Go, Porch
notes: Ed comments that it was "a year ago tomorrow" since he met the band. This showcase gig (a 5th anniversary party for RIP Magazine) also featured Spinal Tap, Alice in Chains, Screaming Jets, Soundgarden and Thunder. A "special surprise guest" (rumored to be Metallica) was supposed to play, but it was announced that there was a mix up but the night wasn't over and, "... so the Seattle theme continues ... ladies and gentlemen, Temple of the Dog!" Now the crowd has dwindled to only 500 people, but three songs are performed: 'Hunger Strike,' 'Reach Down' and 'Pushin' Forward Back.'

The other boot added today is the famous "Shoe the Shoeless" show in Indio, CA on 11/5/1993. You've heard the stories now live it with a fine peace of audio history!! Hope you enjoy the shows. More stuff, old and new, on the way!! Peace.

Picture (Device Independent Bitmap)
Show notes from Two Feet Thick:
attendance: 25,000
support act: Weapon of Choice, Eleven and American Music Club
soundcheck: Wash, Alone, Yellow Ledbetter
set: Release, Go, Animal, Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Glorified G, Daughter/Improv (It's Time to Realign Your Body with Your Mind), Alive, Rearviewmirror, Improv (Thank You), Blood, Rats, Once, Porch/(Tearing), Fuck Me in the Brain
enc: Sonic Reducer, Even Flow, Indifference, Baba O'Riley
notes: This show, originally planned for the LA area, was problematic with respect to parking and cold temperatures. The unruly crowd was moshing in line during the soundcheck and to PA music! Before PJ started, a roadie sang a hysterical rendition of 'Copa Cabana.' The audience is launching shoes at the stage even before and during the opening acts. In fact, during Eleven's set, a shoe hits Jack Iron's bass drum, he stops the song and says that if he finds out who threw it he would make him pay for the damages (quite pissed). Finally, PJ hits the stage, with the audience behaving outrageously. Prior to 'Deep,' Ed remarks, "Kill your local rapist, but torture him first, then serve him to your enemy for dinner." Later: "The first guy I met today gave me this book and asked if I wanted to know the secret for living forever." Tossing it into the crowd, he says, "Why the fuck would I want to live forever?" During 'Porch,' Ed invites the audience to spit at him. The agitated crowd, continuing to throw stuff onto the stage, leads Ed to comment that "... me and Jeff are going to the front gate and when you exit, we are going to beat the shit out of every barefoot person here" and "... throw a gun so I can shoot you." The band eventually plays from behind their amps so they won't be hit by the flying shoes. This audience was awful. The recording of 'Blood' from this show is released on the 'Daughter' single. 'Fuck Me in the Brain' was released later on the third fan club single (as 'Ramblings'). The guys deserve a medal for playing this long and this well despite the rowdy crowd.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Boulder, CO 05/05/1992

Found this fantastic bootleg to add to the collection today! I actually burned this one to disc and listened to some of it on the way to work tonight and the sound is pretty darn good! It's always nice to go back to some of these old shows and hear how things used to be. I was a huge fan even in the early days but for whatever reason never went to see them until the '03 tour! Must have been amazing to see them in one of these small venues just going completely nuts!!


05/05/92 - Glenn Miller Ballroom, University of Colorado: Boulder, CO [90m]
attendance: 1,450
soundcheck: Even Flow, Release
set: Oceans, Even Flow, Why Go, Jeremy, Deep, Alive, Black, State of Love and Trust, (I'm Not Crazy)/Once, Improv/Porch, Suggestion, Garden, Leash, Rockin' in the Free World

Enjoy the show!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Vedder leads Hollywood crowd "Into the Wild"

Article from LA Times:
The soundtrack for "Into the Wild" has been commonly referred to as the "first solo album" from Pearl Jam's frontman Eddie Vedder.
But the work that Vedder crafted to accompany the Sean Penn film, based on Jon Krakauer's best-selling book, is less a representation of Vedder as it is an attempt from the veteran rocker to get inside the mind of a young adult.
Vedder's take at a sort of concept album was clear at a private performance in a theater lobby re-dressed as an intimate club on the Paramount Pictures lot in Los Angeles on Friday evening (Nov. 2).
Before launching into the delicate, hesitating rebellion of the mandolin-driven "Rise," Vedder looked to Emile Hirsch, who stars in the film as twenty-something Christopher McCandless.
"Emile assisted a lot in writhing this song," he said. "Just because I was staring at his face for hours on end."
Reflecting one man's oftentimes idealistic revolution, some of Vedder's songs for "Into the Wild" are only 60-seconds in length, capturing brief snapshots of an impulsive and romantic mind.
His short but effective six-song set directly followed a star-studded screening of the film. In this setting Vedder's work came off as an extension of the movie, written almost as outtakes from the main character's journal entries.
Vedder declared it was the first time he had performed "Into the Wild" songs for an audience. Following an introduction from Penn, Vedder said, "It's nice that the dad's around when the kids are born," referencing how his songs are meant to directly complement Penn's directorial work.
"Guaranteed" and "Society" do this best. The two "Into the Wild" songs could have a life detached from the film. The melodically circular finger-picking of "Guaranteed" glides along like a cool breeze on an easy interstate drive. "I like this verse," Vedder said, before singing, "Wind in my hair, I feel part of everywhere."
"Society" takes a stronger point-of-view. It's fluttering verses build to a more forceful, rebellious chorus. Seated on a folding chair, Vedder tempered the solitary anthem with lighter, more hopeful guitar notes at its midpoint.
Vedder then further lightened the mood by moving away from the songs of "Into the Wild," pulling out fan-club single "Drifting."
Before starting the song, he praised the appreciative Hollywood crowd, which included the likes of Ringo Starr, Oscar-winning composer Herbie Hancock ("'Round Midnight"), Winona Ryder (pictured, with Penn), Emilio Estevez and Mark Ruffalo.
"Thank you for being so respectful," Vedder said.
"It's not like the audience who comes to see our band," he joked. "This is very nice."
Vedder closed his set with a cover of the Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," which he had recorded for another Penn film, "I Am Sam."
"There's probably at least one other person besides [Penn] who knows it," Vedder said.
When he introduced Vedder, Penn asked the crowd to refrain from taking cell phone pictures, and described Vedder as the type of man every guy wants to be, and every woman wants to be with.
Penn then embraced Vedder and declared, "This is the man I want to be."

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Another Leg Complete!!

The final two official shows from Pearl Jam's 2006 Pacific journey have been added to the 2006 bootleg section completing that leg of the tour. Added today were Perth 11/25 and Honolulu 12/02!! Both excellent looking shows! I've really got to get around to listening to some of these myself!!

I case you haven't visited the official Pearl Jam page lately a new piece of merchandise has been added for your buying pleasure. After several days of speculation it's been announced that a book detailing Pearl Jam's tour posters has been released. Looks like a pretty cool book but it will cost $50.00 and if you want the artist autographed addition be prepared to shell out $200.00. No not signed by the band... signed by the artists who designed the posters!

Hope you are all enjoying the music provided on this site. I will continue to upload the rest of the 2006 tour but have been gathering quite of few shows from the early days and will be throwing those in the mix as well.

Many of you may already know this but the creators of the fabulous site The Army Reserve have created a new site called Shut Your Mouth! that I would advise you all check out as well. See the links section to go there!


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Five Shows Added

Five new shows have been added to the 2006 bootleg section today! The 2006 Aussie Tour is almost complete. Once the last of those have been added I'll get back to uploading the remainder of the North American tour. Added today are Melbourne 11/13 and 11/14, Sydney 11/18, and Adelaide 11/21 and 11/22!!

Announcement coming soon from the Ten Club:
In a message posted on the official Pearl Jam message pit fanclub members have been advised to update their memberships and personal information in anticipation of an announcesment to come later this week. This has caused quite the buzz on the Pit with speculation of a mini tour, and Ed solo tour, a release of the the Vic show on vinyl among other crazy, whacked out ideas! So, if you are a member you may want to update your info or renew your membership. This could all just be about the annual holiday single but I for one am not taking any chances. While I hope it's a tour of some kind I am guessing that it is some sort of bootleg (CD, DVD, Vinyl...) that will be offered only to fanclub members. If it's a limited vinyl release of the Vic be ready for a frenzy like you've never seen before!! Remember Benaroya!!

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A little birdy dropped by to say it's a good time of the year to make sure your Ten Club memberships and addresses are up to date...by the end of the week.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


On October 22nd 1990 Mookie Blaylock (a.k.a. Pearl Jam) played their first show ever at the Off-Ramp Cafe in Seattle, Washington. Today you can relive this magic moment right here on In The Present Tense by downloading the show. Hard to imagine it's been 17 years that this band has been providing us with music that just inspires us everyday. Enjoy the show!

Pearl Jam (as Mookie Blaylock)
October 22, 1990Off-Ramp Cafe
Seattle, WA
Source: "Bridges: Epilogue" bootleg
Size: 347 MBLength: 60:02
(Part 1: Mamasan Demos, September 1990)
1. Alive
2. Once
3. Footsteps
(Part 2: Off-Ramp Cafe: 10/22/1990)
4. Even Flow (soundcheck)
5. Release
6. Alone
7. Alive
8. Once
9. Even Flow
10. Black
11. Breath
12. Girl
(Part 3: Ten rough mix outtake 4/26/91)
13. Brother

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PA2R88VL FLAC1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8AYPZO7L FLAC2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DLVM8SXU FLAC3

Notes on the show from Two Feet Thick:
In the first week after their initial meeting, the members of the band that will become Pearl Jam play this show as "Mookie Blaylock." Jeff steps off the small stage to wander in the crowd a bit while playing during the soundcheck. 'Even Flow' is a very unusual, slow version. In fact, most of these songs sound very different and are slower versions, with 'Release,' 'Once' and 'Black' sporting different/early lyrics. 'Girl' hasn't appeared on a setlist since this show.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Noblesville 2003 and Brisbane II 2006

Two updates today for bootlegs. The 2003 bootleg section has been updated with the second show requested from Holden; Noblesville, Indiana 6/22/2003. This one opens with my favorite opener, "Long Road", which I have not been fortunate enough to see in person yet.
Also added to the 2006 bootleg section is the second Brisbane, Australia show! Notes from Two Feet Thick are below:
Another loud, sold-out Brisbane crowd experiences a powerful and energetic show. "Save You" sees the front rows clapping with Ed during the middle. Following "Dissident" Ed comments that "... it didn't feel like we'd even made it to Australia until the show here last night" (one of many references made during the Australian tour regarding the subdued Sydney crowd on Nov. 11). A beautiful "Wishlist" is tagged with "I wish I was Prime Minister / Give George Bush the middle finger / Get my soldiers back at home / To the land where they belong." "MFC" delights those who were able to hear it faintly at the soundcheck. "You Are" is dedicated to a 10-month old girl named Charlotte: "This one's for you sweetie". A crunching "Not For You" has the 'oh oh uh ohhh' chant in the bridge. Ed returns after encore to play Tom Waits' "Picture In A Frame" and dedicates it to his "best girl" Jill whose birthday he is missing for the first time. "Crazy Mary" and "Alive" end the first encore to rapturous applause from the crowd. The second encore starts and stays heavy with "Why Go", "Blood", "Comatose", "Porch" and "Kick Out The Jams", followed by a sweet "Yellow Ledbetter", bringing yet another two-night party in Brisbane to a close.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Stone Gossard Interview w/ KROCK in NYC

Nice interview with Stone talking about the new Brad album, the HDSA benefit, and a bit about Pearl Jam too!

Also, a nice in studio performance of a Woody Guthry tune, "Roll On, Columbia"

You Asked For It...

Bonner Springs, KS

This was a request from Holden, a visitor to In The Present Tense! This looks like a good show. I can't wait to listen to it myself. Any show that opens with "Release" is bound to be good! Go to the 2003 bootleg section to get this one!

Some notes from Two Feet Thick:
A lovely day turned to dark skies, lightning and a torrential downpour starting during Idlewild's set. During the set change, the first row of seats is flooded with water pouring from the upper sections. Mike comes out and tosses several shirts out to the crowd. The stage is mopped, equipment is covered and the band prepares to play as the downpour turns to steady rain and the lightning becomes less threatening. Opening with 'Release,' singing, "Oh, dear Dad, can you see us now? I am myself, like you somehow." (A large streak of lightning flashes across the sky). Ed says, "Hi, Dad." A rather powerful moment, helping fuel the rest of the "short, but sweet" set as the crowd sings the words in the rain. The setlist is rapid and somewhat different, seemingly constructed specifically for the circumstances, (such as 'Whipping': "Don't need a raincoat YOU'RE already wet!").

Also added to the 2000 bootleg section is Paris 6/08. This one brought you by Jaymz69, another visitor/contributor to the site! Thanks for the links Jaymz69! Yet another show I haven't had the pleasure of listening to yet so here are some notes from Two Feet Thick on this one:
Before 'Pilate,' a fan on the barricade gives Ed a harmonica and he plays a second of 'Footsteps' on it and says, "I just got a musical instrument as a gift either from the people of France or that guy right there. Is this something that you all pitched in for? Either way I'm very moved. Thank you very much." (Ed had given his harmonica to a fan in Cardiff right after playing 'Smile'.) After a particularly hardcore 'Rearviewmirror,' Mike grabs his guitar (an orange-red Strat) by the fretboard with both hands and smashes it to bits gleefully. He even jumps up and down on it. He throws the strap and whammy bar out to the crowd and hands a chunk of the body to someone on the barricade. Returning for the encore, Ed steps on a skateboard and makes a round on stage. "Merci beaucoup! A toast," he says and throws some wine over his head. "Let's play some more." Before 'Once," Ed thanks The Vandals and then starts to say, "the other people I really want to thank ... what's that?" Some people are screaming something to Ed that he couldn't seem to understand. He replies with "Fuck you!" The crowd cheers! He continues, "Everyone in this whole first three rows getting their heads knocked to shit all night and they have been so fucking tough. Everyone give them a big applause. SURVIVORS!" After 'Black,' Ed introduces each member of Pearl Jam in French ("Monseur Mike McCready," etc) to loud cheers and then says, "And I'm Madame Bovary." He intro's 'Fuckin' Up' with, "This is a good one to raise your arms and middle fingers and feel like you're number one." For the finale, Ed and Mike stay on stage, the others left and returned to do 'YL.'

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Three Boots Today!!

The 2006 Bootleg section has been updated with three shows from the Australian Tour. Sydney I & II and Brisbane I are up and ready for download. Hope you enjoy the shows!
These are the notes from Two Feet Thick for the Brisbane I show:

The crowd is very energetic and participates throughout the show. During "Black", the front row swayed with their arms around each other, and Ed made a comment that he'd never seen anything like it. "Black" ends with a modification of the delicate standard improv "we didn't belong together". There was a young boy in the front row during the second encore, and so Ed sang the "while you were sitting home alone at age 13" line in "Alive" to him. Ed also threw him his towel and a tambourine, and Mike threw him a pick. During "Alive" Ed went into the audience up on the side of the stage, then ran down the pit slapping hands to the fans on the other side. Referring to a past show, Ed said "You know the good thing about having a shit crowd? ... Which we might have had recently - is that it really makes you appreciate a great crowd. And you guys are great." Ed also said he hoped that the exact same people show up tomorrow night. We'll see... I can't imagine a non-fan club show will be as good as this one."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

1996 Section Added

Added a new page to the site today for some 1996 bootlegs! The first shows added to this section include the 9/16 Seattle show at Key Arena, the 9/22 show in Toledo, OH and the 11/03 show in Berlin Germany! The Toledo show I had never heard before but it's a very solid performance. The Seattle show I've not had a chance to listen to yet but from what I understand there were several technical difficulties throughout the performance (with the band, not the recording).

The Berlin show is considered a classic among many in the PJ community. It opens with an amazing performance of "Long Road" and just leads to a great performance. The sound quality is also very good since it was broadcast on the radio! Personally, I'm really enjoying the 1996 shows. "No Code" is my favorite album and these shows are filled many gems from that masterpiece!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Porch: Jones Beach 1992

Working on a Few Things

More bootleg downloads are currently in the works. I was a bit tired of uploading all of those 2006 shows so I've taken a few days to do some downloading of my own. I have acquired a couple of very good Tool bootlegs that I will be sharing soon in the other bootlegs section. The sound quality is very, very good on both of those.

I've also grabbed a couple of Pearl Jam shows. One from 1996 in Toledo, Ohio that sounds great! A strong version of "In My Tree"! Also got the 2005 House of Blues show in Chicago that they did with Robert Plant to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. Haven't had a chance to listen to that one yet but it looks pretty good.

You also may have noticed that I've added a tag-board on the right side of the page so you can let me know what you think of the site or make a request or bitch and moan if that's what you feel like doing. I look for to the feedback of some of my visitors. I'll also get back to uploading the 2006 tour soon so keep checking back for new downloads.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Entire 2006 European Tour Now Available

With the latest updates to the 2006 bootleg section the entire European tour is now available for download. Shows added today include; Dublin, Reading, Bologna, Verona, Milan, Torino, Berlin, Vienna, and Athens!

There are some exceptional shows on this leg of the tour! Of course I encourage you to collect them all but I really enjoy Torino, which includes the entire "Pearl Jam" album played beginning to end straight through, and Dublin which includes one of my favorite "Lost Dogs", "Education"!!

So check out some of the these shows and let me know what you think. I'd like to post some visitor reviews of some of these for others to read. Send e-mail to inthepresenttense@comcast.net or leave a comment!! Thanks and enjoy the music!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

7 Shows Added

Big update today! Seven shows have been added to the site over the past day or so but I haven't had a chance to announce them properly. The following have been addded to the 2000 bootleg section:
London, UK 5/30/2000 (Thanks jaymz69!)
Columbus, OH 8/21/2000
Jones Beach, NY 8/25/2000
This Jones Beach show is one of my favorites from 2000. Great version of "In My Tree"! "Present Tense" is also played which holds a special place in my heart in case you haven't noticed. Lots of No Code on this performance which is never a bad thing. "In Hiding" is also excellent!
The following shows are ready for download in the 2006 bootleg section:
Madrid, 9/07/2006
Marseille, 9/09/2006
Paris, 9/11/2006
Bern, 9/13/2006
I honestly haven't listened to any of these shows yet so if you listen to them and feel like writing a review, drop me a line at inthepresenttense@comcast.net and I'll post on the site!
Enjoy the music. Peace.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Three More 2006 Bootlegs

Three more bootlegs from the 2006 European tour have been added to the 2006 bootleg section! Both of the amazing Lisbon shows and the Pistoia show that was featured in the Immagine in Cornice DVD are ready for download.

I really enjoyed the Pistoia show a lot. After watching Immagine and seeing the spectacular venue I finally got around to burning this to disc and giving it a good listen. It's a really special and powerful performance as are all of the Italian shows!

"We thank the city of Pistoia for letting us fill its air with our music. We invite you to sing so that your voices reach the sky." EV - Pistoia, Italy 9/20/2006

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Immagine In Cornice - My Review

In the mail the other day I received my long awaited copy of the new Pearl Jam DVD, Immagine In Cornice (a.k.a. Picture In A Frame). When I opened the mailbox and saw that brown envelope with the Ten Club return address on it the excitement built rapidly. I hurried into the house and carefully cut open the envelope with scissors so I didn't risk any damage to the DVD packaging. From the moment I held it in my hands and paged through the accompanying photos I knew I was in for something special when I finally got to watch the video. It wasn't until Tuesday that I had some free time to sit down and take it in. What an absolutely amazing piece of art!! The concert footage is absolutely crystal clear and sound quality is superb! The real treat however is the behind the scenes footage of the band and fans that makes this something special! Mike McCready describes how he used to wait outside the concert venues for bands like Def Leppard and Motorhead in hopes of catching a moment with the band members while footage of him signing autographs for some lucky fans is displayed. Jeff Ament is shown jumping the fence to a skate park to get in some board time while on the road. I thought it was especially cool to see how the guys come up with the set list for a show and talk about how they really go by the feel of the crowd when choosing songs for the encores. The footage of Ed and Mike jamming out to Lukin on acoustic guitars outside one of the venues is priceless as is the small snippet of some fans jamming out to Porch out on the sidewalk before the show!

I have to say that this is the best DVD Pearl Jam has released. It's not often you get to see the real human side of these guys. We tend to put them on a pedestal but they're just human like the rest of us. They laugh, they cry, they get scratchy throats from singing every night. They have children (the footage of Ed and daughter Olivia is truly moving). I came away just wanting more and more. So I watched it again and... I appreciated even more the second time. The sites and sounds of Italy are captured magically. The joy of the fans is overwhelming. Ed playing Immortality to an empty arena is chilling. Boom playing the organ inside an amazing, old, empty church is haunting... you can tell he was moved almost to tears. And then of course there's the music. The reason we are all drawn to these few human beings in the first place. Absolutely solid performances of some true classics. Really nice to see Alive on a DVD for the first time! You find any rarities on this disk but one can't deny the power of songs like Blood and Comatose or the intimacy of Comeback. This is a beautiful DVD. If you were thinking of passing on this one because the track list is not so diverse do yourself a favor and just go get it. You won't be disappointed. You've never seen the band like this before. Amazing!

Here's a bit of teaser...

2000 and 2006 updates!

The 2000 bootleg section has been updated with the Dublin Ireland show from 6/1. Review provided by Two Feet Thick...

Ed is in a chatty mood, proposing a toast to Dublin, mentioning that the crowd had waited two albums for them to come to The Point again. He adds, "That's what we did ... how 'bout you? What did you do? You all grew up. You all became a bunch of thieves. You broke out of prison just so you could come here (a note about a local news story about early release of political prisoners under the terms of the Good Friday agreement). Now you have a taste of freedom ... here's to your new found freedom." Ed dedicates a wonderful version of 'Off He Goes' to the fair people of Donegal, noting "all six of 'em are right over there." After 'Alive,' Ed blesses the crowd with liquid from his wine bottle and Stone comments, "I think tonight was one of those nights where we probably shouldn't have played that song." Before 'Go,' Ed tells the crowd a lengthy story (full of Irish wit and wisdom) about a farmer, his son and his horses, which is a big crowd pleaser. 'Go' finishes with Mike making Hendrix/Townshend type contortions with his guitar while Ed sings lyrics from the Crowded House song, 'Don't Dream It's Over.' At the beginning of the encore Ed tells the crowd, "If you're not goin' we're not goin'." After 'DTE,' Ed mentions that Monkeywrench opened up for them in London and some of the members of that band used to be in Mudhoney and that the next song was written about one of their members, leading to 'Lukin.' After 'Better Man,' Ed says that if the crowd's up for it they'll play a song they haven't played in a long time (and that the band would remember the fact that they tried it out in Dublin), leading to 'Garden' - definitely a treat. (He asks the front row for help with the second verse.) 'Black' is introduced as a tragic little song. At the end of 'Black,' Ed covers himself with black tape, climbs up on the speaker at the right hand side of the stage and jumps into the crowd, where he is treated with superhero respect. A fantastic finish to a great concert. Other highlights: a huge, magnificent Better Man (Ed made it disco!), dancing on the intro of 'DTE', 'RVM' - as good as it's meant to be, while 'Insignificance' and 'Lukin' are powerful. Mike ON FIRE and the solos on 'NAIS' and 'Alive' were stand outs. Songs from Binaural are received like old favorites (although not particularly 'Insignificance') throughout and the Yield tracks never performed in Europe before especially (particularly 'Given To Fly').

Also added were three shows to the 2006 bootelg section. Arnhem, Barcelona, and Vitoria!! Enjoy the music!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Big Day for the UK!!

Three updates today! The 2000 bootleg section has been updated with the 5/29/2000 show from London, UK at Wembley arena. Also added was the Glasgow, Scotland show form 6/3/2000. The Glasgow show is dedicated to sj.brodie from the Message Pit! Enjoy the show sj!

The 2006 section has also been updated with the Leeds Festival show from 8/25/2006! Enjoy the shows!!

Thanks to jaymz69 for the Wembley show!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The People Have Spoken!!

Thanks to those of you that participated in the poll to see which 2006 bootleg would be posted next! The votes have been counted and the the winning show, Antwerp, Belgium has been posted! More European bootlegs coming soon! Stay tuned.

Two Feet Thick notes on the Antwerp show:
TFT Notes: This show marks the first show in Belgium since ... ever! Pearl Jam previously had cancellations in 1992 (07/04/92 - Torhout Festival, 07/05/92 - Werchter Festival) and the 07/02/00 Werchter Festival following the Roskilde tragedy. The audience sang the "doo doo-doo"s at the end of "Black" and repeated it for minutes, with the band eventually stopping and Ed signaled to the crowd we gave him goose bumps. Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale joins the band for "Hunger Strike". More notes coming soon!

The FLAC3 link for the Slovenia 2000 show has been reuploaded and is active again. I had accidently deleted that file when I was doing some cleanup. If you haven't gotten that show yet I highly recommend it!! Enjoy!

Another correction: The FLAC4 and FLAC5 link for the Sydney 2/11/2003 show contained the same files. FLAC5 has been reuploaded with the correct files! That should do it for corrections I hope. Sorry for the inconvenience on that one.

Also and addition to the 2000 bootleg section with the San Sebastian, Spain show from 5/26/2000!! Thanks to Jaymz69 for uploading this one for us! I haven't listened to this one yet but I'll throw a comment up after I give it a spin.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Three Shows Added to 2006 Section

The 2006 bootleg section has been updated with three amazing shows! An unofficial bootleg of the London, England show at Astoria from 4/20/06. This is a decent fan recording and a very good show. Also added were the San Diego show which features a super performance of "Long Road" along with the story behind the song told by Ed. L"Long Road" is followed by "Comeback" which is extremely fitting after you hear the story leading into "Long Road". Overall, an amazing show hailed as one of the best of the tour by many of the Pearl Jam faithful!

Show number three is Melbourne III. The Australian tour was absolutely awesome and this show is probably one of the best. The following are the show notes from Two Feet Thick:
TFT Notes: A slightly quicker tempo "Long Road" opened the show that began at 8:47 PM local time. Ed pushed his microphone and stand to his monitors with a thrust after the first verse of "Do The Evolution", then grabbed the mic cord and pulled on it hand over hand to get the mic back in time to sing verse two. Lyrical addition at end of "Dissident" is "Escape is never the safest path, but you gotta do it anyway!" During "Given To Fly", a cloud effect is created by the lights shining on the white screen that surrounds the stage behind Matt. GTF includes lyrical change: "Made it the ocean smoked a joint in a tree." Ed comments about the unseasonably cold weather in Melbourne by mentioning that although the band weren't allowed liquids on the plane, they did bring the Seattle weather with them. He thanked the crowd for filling the 15,000 seat arena for three nights, and that he hoped to play it with the roof open (the arena has a retractable roof as the venue is used for the Australian Open Tennis Championship), that they'd have to try it next time. He asked for help from the crowd for "Love Boat Captain" to aid his weary voice, telling them when he says "love" they should say "love". The crowd claps along with Ed and Boom in the beginning. For Matt's drum solo in "Even Flow", solid royal blue light fills the screen behind him. Ed tells each of the band members of a setlist change, and introduces "Sad" as a request from row ... correcting it to row 10 as he spotted the people with the sign. During the first verse of "Present Tense", the video screen shows a close up of Ed's hand, which he has positioned into the shape of a tree. When he says "tree bends", he slowly bends one of his finger "branches". The crowd strongly sings the end of the first chorus "makes much more sense to live in the present tense." Matt joins in on verse two with some tribal drumming using timpani mallets. On the quiet "cuz there is just you" verse of "Save You", the crowd claps a 1-2-1-2-3 beat the entire time. Ed hammers out 11 windmills to finish off "Rearviewmirror" and the main set at 10:05 p.m. Ed starts the first encore at 10:07 p.m. by telling the crowd "I reckon we ain't gonna be here for yonks" so the band would play a bunch more songs. The crowd were booing, and Ed wondered if it was because they wouldn't be back for a while or for his attempt to say it in "Australian". During "Black", Ed turned the mic around and let the crowd sing "I'm spinnin', Oh I'm spinnin". At songs end, Ed sings "Pull me up... pull me out ... We didn't belong together." Stone strums along, and for the entire end of the song repeatedly puts his leg in front of him and then pulls it back, then bending at the waist and pointing to the floor in time with the music. Lyrical change on "State of Love and Trust": "I don't trust myself ... myyyyyself." During "Alive" a mirror ball bathes the crowd as everyone sings "Oh I, Oh I'm still alive", and after the "yeah yeah yeah yeah" at songs end, Ed climbs up behind Boom and stands behind him with his hands on Boom's shoulders while he plays the song out, hugging him from behind. Ed jumps off, landing pretty hard on his back, rolling over and lays there for a minute to recover before "Rockin' in the Free World". Ed seemed a little unsteady, and got two tambourines just toward the very end of the song to give out.

Friday, September 7, 2007

San Francisco III

The San Francisco, CA 7/18/2006 show has been added to the 2006 bootleg section! All three San Fran shows are now available for download. They are all great shows! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Ed & Mike Tibetan Freedom Concert 1997

Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready 1997-06-08 TFC Downing Stadium New York , NY

SBD > Beta-SP video master > Sony TCD-D8 > DAT > CD-R

First Set:
01 Corduroy
02 Yellow Ledbetter
03 Rockin' in the Free World
04 Long Road (with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills)

FLAC http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SL7KELTW

Converted to MP3 using Switch at 320kbps

MP3s http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZGP410F3

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

More 2006 FLACs coming soon!!

We are in the process of getting a lot more 2006 shows available in FLAC format for your enjoyment. Please voice your opinion in the poll to the right to let us know which of those European shows you would like to see next here on ITPT. Thanks and check back soon for more downloads!! Peace.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

San Francisco II

The 2006 Bootleg section has been updated with night two of three from San Fran California. Another great setlist and from what I've heard a great peformance. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

San Francisco I

The 2006 Bootleg section has been updated with the July 15th show in San Francisco!! This is new to my collection so I haven't even listened to it yet. I have heard very good things about all three San Fran shows however. Night II and III coming soon!! Enjoy!

Monday, August 27, 2007

2nd Vic Recording Added

Another audience recording of Pearl Jam's Vic Theater performance has surfaced and has been added to this site. I've created a page, Vic Theater 2007, dedicated to this show and both recordings are available there in FLAC format!

Both of these recordings are very good. I could not decide which I liked best so I figured I may as well share them both. Such an amazing performance!! "Education" is absolutely killer live. Never would have thought it could be so good! Then there is the crowd singing along to every word of every rarity played which is just sick! Listen to "In Hiding" and tell me you don't get chills. Every fan needs this performance!

Two More 2006 Shows Added
Many thanks to Jaymz69 for providing links to the Prague, Czech Republic show in FLAC format! Really appreciate the contribution!

Also added the Zagreb, Croatia show to the 2006 bootleg section! Enjoy