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

Friday, April 25, 2008

A Few Updates!!

Updated the 1996 bootlegs section with 320kbps MP3s for Randall's Island I. The following shows are available in both FLAC and 320kbps MP3s in their respective bootleg sections!

The 1992 bootleg section has been updated with the 11/01/92 performance at the Bridge School Benefit! Some really good stuff in this little show including "Angel" and "I Am A Patriot"!! Two Feet Thick Notes:

11/01/92 - Shoreline Amphitheatre: Mountain View, CA (Bridge School Benefit) (acoustic) [35m]
attendance: 18,000
set: Footsteps, Jeremy, Black, Alive, Daughter, Angel, I Am a Patriot
notes: This benefit for the Bridge School, a program for communicative and educational development of severely physically challenged non-speaking children, also featured Neil Young, Elton John, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin and Sammy Hagar. PJ plays revised versions of 'Jeremy' and 'Black,' premiers 'Daughter' and performs Steven Van Zandt's 'I Am a Patriot.' 'Angel' is particularly sweet and has only been played live once before.

Also updated the 2003 bootleg section with the firt of the three Mansfield, Mass shows! If you get these three shows you pretty much have everything you could ever want from the Riot Act tour! The last of the three is also available and night two will be available in the very near future. Enjoy the shows!!
07/02/03 - Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts: Mansfield (Boston), MA
support act: Buzzcocks
preset: Dead Man (Ed solo)
set: Oceans, Go, Hail Hail, Save You, Deep, Get Right, Dissident, I Am Mine, Even Flow, Help Help, Immortality, In My Tree, Light Years, Evacuation, Whipping, Grievance, Present Tense, Porch
enc 1: Thumbing My Way, Elderly Woman, Smile, State Of Love And Trust, Leaving Here
enc 2: Soon Forget, Bushleaguer, Fuckin' Up
notes: 'Oceans' is gorgeous, taking many by surprise and Ed's voice is strong. Ed states that the band has a plan: "... we've worked up about 70 songs for this tour. We thought we would play three nights without repeating a song and get to every song ... we're actually playing about 105 ... this would put it at about 35 songs a night." Intense staredown between Mike and Ed during the 'Even Flow' solo, almost as if Ed is daring him to keep soloing, which he does for what seems forever. After 'Grievance,' Ed speaks about free speech and the government is cloaking themselves in the flag. He talks about Celine Dion and how she is still under the control of Sony Music etc, comparing her to a robot and that they put too much "ego chip" in her. Then, in reference to his own spitting, he says the reason she doesn't spit is because "I heard she swallows." After a lovely rendition of 'Present Tense,' Ed has a young fan count the "1,2,3,4" opening to 'Porch.' 'Thumbing My Way,' 'Elderly Woman' and 'Smile' are played by request. 'Bushleaguer' gets a rather chilly, confused reception. Ed using the mask, French kisses it and tosses it into the crowd. 'Fuckin' Up' is extended by a couple of minutes, with Mike soloing and the rest of the band jamming with huge smiles on their faces. The venue's 11 pm curfew made for a quick, tight show (although they did go a bit past 11). Great show with the band loving the crowd.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


The 1993 bootleg section has been updated with the Brixton Academy show in London, UK on 7/14/1993! This show is available in both FLAC and Mp3s at 320kbps! Enjoy!

07/14/93 - Brixton Academy: London, England [105m]
attendance: 6,426
support act: Tribe After Tribe
set: Release, Even Flow (song stopped), Blood, Animal, Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Rearviewmirror, Beast of Burden/(Suck You Dry), Alive, Black, Go, Daughter/(W.M.A.), Porch/(Tearing), Once, Garden, Blues Jam/State of Love and Trust
enc 1: Leash, Fuckin' Up, Sonic Reducer
enc 2: Indifference
notes: 'Even Flow' is stopped until someone in the crowd who is down gets back up. Ed starts counting the people in front to see if everyone is all right. The Rolling Stones' 'Beast of Burden' is covered briefly, with the lyrics modified to "... all I want from you is to make love to me" with Ed clarifying that those are just lyrics and they don't really mean it. A little bluesy jam leads to 'Sonic Reducer' 654k)-->The encore is introed as "Here are some Journey songs for you" as a review of the previous Finsbury Park show compared PJ to Journey. A solid show.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wembley II 1996!

The 1996 bootleg section has been updated with the second night in London! This show is available in both FLAC and 320 kbps MP3s. Enjoy the show! The Two Feet Thick notes are below:

10/29/96 - Wembley Arena: London, England [110m]
attendance: 11,000
support act: The Fastbacks
set: Release, Last Exit, Animal, Hail Hail, Go, Tremor Christ, Sometimes, In My Tree, Corduroy, Better Man, Even Flow, Daughter/(Suck You Dry)/(Bull in the Heather), Footsteps, Jeremy, Lukin, Rearviewmirror, Immortality, Alive
enc 1: Habit, I Got Shit, Once, State of Love and Trust, Present Tense
enc 2: Smile, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Apparently even a better show than the previous night in London, with PJ in good form, a good mood, a good setlist and a good crowd--opening with 'Release' in total darkness. Jeff and Ed are super on 'Footsteps' and 'Rearviewmirror' is lively. Later, Ed notes, "As far as I'm concerned, you've got a new reputation as good listeners; and this is one that we'd like to kinda share with you intimately" leading to 'Present Tense.' 'Smile' is played for a second time on this tour, and Ed jokes, "Last night we attempted to play this song ... about half way through, one of us messed up really bad. So tonight, we are going to attempt to play it perfectly, just for you. The sentiment in the song also applies." It is a very pretty version and he tosses his harmonica to the crowd at the end. Mike is sounding great, going wild during 'Corduroy' and 'Yellow Ledbetter' solos. Ed's concluding comments: "It's gonna be a while but we'll see you again ... London was one of the first places to kinda make Seattle kinda something interesting ... something you would listen to. Of course, now they trash us, but we don't give a fuck. You guys are great. Thank you."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More VFC!

Another show from the VFC tour has been added to the 2004 bootleg section!! This is the Asheville show in North Carolina from 10/06/2004. Enjoy the show!

attendance: approx 7,500
support act: Gob Roberts, Death Cab for Cutie
set: Sometimes, Grievance, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Once, Dissident, Even Flow, Daughter/(Blitzkrieg Bop), MFC, U, Not For You, Blood
enc 1 (acoustic): Long Road, Elderly Woman, Sleight Of Hand, Crazy Mary
enc 2: Brain Of J, Do The Evolution, Smile, The New World (w/Tim Robbins), Baba O'Riley
notes: Ed is really sick throughout the show, which explains the lack of a preset solo (along with late arrival to the venue). He's constantly blowing his nose and sipping tea between songs. Very poor security at this venue (lots of drunk idiots down front that pushed their way to the front without having proper tickets) and crap being thrown on stage. 'Blitzkrieg Bop' is tagged on 'Daughter,' with a "hey, ho, let's vote" chant. A verse is omitted from 'MFC.' The uke was brought out for the acoustic set but not used. Boom doesn't make his appearance until the acoustic set, inviting a warm welcome from the crowd. Mike goes up by Boom for an extended jam on 'Crazy Mary.' During 'DTE,' Ed completely skips over the 'hallelujah' part leaving Jeff going up to the mic then looking surprised. After the song, Mike just shrugs his shoulders and laughs, while Jeff goes back to the mic to do his part that was skipped over. During 'Smile,' Stone puts on a plastic nose that somebody threw on stage, getting some good laughs from the guys. Tim Robbins comes out for 'The New World' and throws a bouquet of flowers to the crowd. 'Soon Forget,' 'Masters Of War,' 'Glorified G,' and 'Indifference' were on the setlist but not played.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

No Code Tour Update!!

The 1996 bootleg section has been updated with the 10/28/1996 show at Wembley Arena in the UK!! I just never get sick of these No Code tour bootlegs! Hope you enjoy it.

Two Feet Thick notes:
10/28/96 - Wembley Arena: London, England [115m]
attendance: 11,000
support act: The Fastbacks
set: Oceans, Last Exit, Animal, Spin the Black Circle, Hail Hail, Dissident, In My Tree, Corduroy, Elderly Woman, Not for You, Even Flow, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind), Jeremy, State of Love and Trust, Sometimes, Rearviewmirror, Immortality, Alive, Blood, Porch
enc: Off He Goes, Better Man, Whipping, Smile, Leaving Here
notes: The show begins with Ed stepping to the mic and saying, "The waiting drove me mad. This song's called 'Oceans.'" Ed is nursing his throat a bit, drinking tea between songs, but having to stretch a lot to hit notes. Ed leads into "In My Tree" with, "So far this feels nice and cozy. This ain't bad at all." 'Even Flow' features a cool little guitar intro and Mike's solo is brilliant! Jeff says "Lemme just say this is the most fun we've had in London before." Ed follows with a talk about how he was watching a TV show about how London dealt with sewage problems back in the 1600s, " ... the point being, you've had a lot of shit here for a long, long time--and just finally you're dealing with it." 'Blood' is a short, but very intense version. Introduced as " ... a request that came up from the front ... ," 'Smile' is played live before an audience for the first time.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Berkeley is Gone

Sorry folks but the Berkeley links have been deleted by Megaupload presumably at the request of 10c.

More Pearl Jam on the way soon!

Peace. Music.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Vedder Berkeley '08!!

The Vedder 2008 bootleg section has been created and updated with Ed's performance at Berkeley on 4/07/08!! I wish I could comment on the quality but I haven't even listen myself yet. Enjoy and get it fast because I'm not sure how long it will be around!

April 7, 2008 Zellerbach Theatre, Berkeley, California:
Set List (unconfirmed):
Walking The Cow, Around The Bend, I am Mine, Dead Man, I'm Open, Man of the Hour, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Goodbye, Satellite, Drifting, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, Here's to the State, Trouble, If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out, Parting Ways, Forever Young, Porch
1st encore: Society, Growin' Up, Lukin, No More, Arc
2nd encore: Hard Sun

Windy City '94

The 1994 bootleg section has been update with the 3/10/1994 performance at Chicago Stadium!! "Release" seems to be a usual opener in Chicago doesn't it. Pretty lucky in my opinion. "I Won't Back Down" a Tom Petty cover is played as well as the super punk rocker "Sonic Reducer"!! Good show... enjoy!
attendance: 13,000
support act: The Frogs and Urge Overkill
set: Release, Animal, Go, Even Flow, Dissident, Empire Carpet song/State of Love and Trust, Why Go, Jeremy, Glorified G, Daughter/(The Real Me), Not for You, Rearviewmirror, Blood, Alive,/improv/Porch, Garden, Happy Birthday (Jeff), Spin the Black Circle, Black, Tremor Christ, Footsteps, Rockin' in the Free World, I Won't Back Down, Leash, Sonic Reducer, Indifference
notes: Ed joins The Frogs in a cover of The Who's 'See Me Feel Me' wearing an elaborate silver robe. The Empire Carpet song is an old, local carpet store jingle which Ed sings as evidence that he's really from Chicago. It is Jeff's birthday and the obligatory cake and food fight are evidenced after Stone leads the crowd in singing 'Happy Birthday,' with pieces of Jeff's birthday cake and candles tossed to the audience. Jeff is wearing Chicago Bulls #23 (Michael Jordan) basketball trunks. A fun night and show.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dublin 1996

The 1996 bootleg section has been updated with the 10/26/96 show in Dublin Ireland! This one's loaded with a few of my personal favorites, "Immortality", "Who You Are" and "In My Tree". Immortality may be one of their best songs and Mike just wails on the solos for that song. Vitalogy as a whole was totally brilliant. The Two Feet Thick notes for this show are below. Enjoy the music!
attendance: 8,500
support act: The Fastbacks
set: Release, Last Exit, Animal, Spin the Black Circle, Hail Hail, In My Tree, Corduroy, Elderly Woman, Lukin, Mankind, Even Flow, Daughter/(Noise of Carpet), Jeremy, Go, Habit, Immortality, Alive, Blood/(Fame)
enc 1: Who You Are, Better Man, State of Love and Trust, Off He Goes, Hunger Strike
enc 2: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: The band seems in a friendly, upbeat mood with Ed being rather chatty. He tells a little story before 'Habit': "We met an interesting fellow in a little basement club thing last night. You know ... one of those guys who says, 'Heroin, its not addicting. I've been doing it for eight years.' ... whatever, mate. This song's for you." Ed refers to 'Mankind' as Stone Gossard's "vocal debut in Ireland." ('Mankind' was skipped in Cork.) 'Even Flow' features a very cool, different jam by Mike. During the 'Daughter' outro, Ed suggests, "OK, so the shades are down ... why not, roll them up?" leading to 'Noise of Carpet.' After Alive, Ed notes that this is the first time PJ has played Dublin proper and he says he thinks he has agoraphobia. The crowd is given a choice between 'Leaving Here' and 'Yellow Ledbetter' for the final song; 'Yellow Ledbetter' is played.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Bootleg Update!!

Alright it's been a while since we had bootleg update on the site but we're back in business today! Thank my brother for the push! Anyway, the 2004 bootleg section has two updates today with the brief set Pearl Jam performed at the Westin Hotel in Seattle on 4/9/04 for the Impact Awards ceremony and the St. Louis VFC show!! The vote for change shows are fitting for the political climate in the states these days. We desperately want change. By we I mean the people of course. We want peace. We want a clean environment. We want to listen to Pearl Jam whenever the fuck we want! OK so we can do that but there is a sense of restriction here like I've never felt before. All we get fed is bullshit on the idiot box about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears and politic dipfucks stickin' it to $4000/hr hookers! Meanwhile gas is through the roof, our soldiers are still killing and dying in Iraq 5 years later over bullshit and the douchbags in DC have their eyes set on Iran next!!

Then you have the three smiling fuck bags running for president one of which is spouting empty promises about "change". Change what?!! We're going to pull out of Iraq and just let other nations come in and secure Iraq's oil?? Yeah right Barack!! Don't be fooled... he's just as much a part of the establishment as the rest of them! Then you have McCain. I'll give him one thing at leats he's being honest with us. He's already said we'll be in Iraq for 100 years. Woohoo!! Things are lookin' up! Then there's the robot they call Hillary. Sorry can't do it. This bitch is well beyond full of shit!! She thinks she can provide nation healthcare for 350 million people without breaking the bank (which is already pretty fucked by the way) and without raising taxes. Ha!!

OK sorry. I've probably offended just about everyone that visits here now. I'm just a bit pissed at this country right now. We've let corporations take over and we've let spoon feed us our candidates for too long!! The people that want to make real change happen in this country get little to no press coverage while these same ass kissing schmucks get shoved up our ass all day long!! Here is a sense of what we are up against in this country. These are the people that want to rule the world and they are working everyday to acheive that goal. Read some of the shit they propose and you'll be sitting there with your jaw on the floor.

Back to the real purpose of this site now. THE MUSIC!! Thank God for the music... it keeps me sane... well almost.

Visit the 2004 Bootlegs section too get these shows:
04/09/04 - Westin Hotel: Seattle, WA (2nd Annual IMPACT Awards)
set: Last Soldier, Down, 1/2 Full
notes: Pearl Jam is among four artists receiving IMPACT Awards from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy for extraordinary contributions to local music. The band is dressed to the nines and Jeff is sporting a deep tan (most likely from his birthday climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro). They perform a very brief, electric set. Stone gives the acceptance speech. 'Patriot' is included on the written setlist as an encore but is not played.
**This download includes Stone's acceptance speach among a few other things.

10/05/04 - Fox Theatre: St. Louis, MO [150m] (Vote for Change Tour)
attendance: approx 4,500
support act: Gob Roberts, Death Cab for CutieEd's
pre-set: Last Kiss
set: Love Boat Captain, Last Exit, Animal, Save You, The American in Me, Corduroy, Immortality, Alone, Jeremy, In My Tree, Wishlist, Rearviewmirror
enc 1 (acoustic): I Am A Patriot (Ed solo), Man Of The Hour, Elderly Woman, Off He Goes, All Or None, Black
enc 2: The Seeker, Do The Evolution, State Of Love And Trust, Better Man/(Save It For Later), The New World (w/Tim Robbins), Fortunate Son
enc 3: Yellow Ledbetter
notes: PJ makes a return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre, a beautiful, acoustically sound venue, after ten years. Ed is wearing a brown shirt with Bush's face on it that says "Expires Nov '04." After 'Corduroy,' Ed says, "It's about time this group played a classy joint!" (in comparison to the prior arenas). 'Alone' again catches many off guard and Ed's vocals are nearly spot on with the original recordings but the harmonies are missing, filled by guitarwork. 'Wishlist' has the "I wish I was the president ..." tag and includes some language about Dick Cheney and how you can't sacrifice the lives of American men and women for a war that appears to be profit driven ... "it will be Dick Cheney who is not forgiven." This leads to a well-received and strong 'RVM,' concluding the first set. Upon returning, there is a toast to St. Louis and one to the whole state with some discussion about how only 1/3 of those between 18 and 22 vote and a plea to register and vote and that they don't really care how people vote. Ed says actually they do care ("That's why we're here ...") and that leads to a lovely 'Patriot' with just Ed and his guitar. 'MOTH' is dedicated to Johnny Ramone, really lovely and a nice showcase for Ed's deep range. 'Elderly Woman' includes a bauble (Ed notes, "I fucked up") and he could tell since the crowd was singing along. 'Off He Goes' is beautiful and 'All Or None' again seems to be a bit lost on the crowd (and it would be nice to see Mike go a bit longer on the ending solo). Ed turns the end of 'Black' over to the crowd and it is a nice finish to the acoustic set. The next set begins with the normally quiet Stone talking quite a bit, thanking St. Louis and reminding people it is important to vote. Very solid set follows with so much excitement during 'DTE' that someone in the front of the balcony nearly falls. A brief, cheerful band huddle follows and they go with Mike's selection of 'SOLAT' to keep the momentum going. 'Wishlist' slows things down but has a solid 'Save It For Later' tag with some "please vote" lyrics intermingled. During 'The New World,' Tim Robbins and Ed square off and slam into each other (you can guess who won ... not Ed; Tim is tall!). The fun continues into a high spirited 'Fortunate Son.' Ed toys with the Bush mask a bit but there is no 'Bushleaguer.' 'YL' finishes, featuring a short 'Star Spangled Banner' tag by Mike.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Still Alive!

No worries all. Plenty more Pearl Jam (And hopefully some Eddie solo boots) bootlegs on the way real soon!! Needed a liitle break from the computer world for a bit.

Hope your enjoying the music!