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

Friday, May 30, 2008

1993 Update!

Now available in the 1993 bootleg section is the 6/28/1993 in Stockholm, Sweden. Enjoy the show! It's available in both FLAC and MP3!

06/28/93 - Sjöhistoriska Museet: Stockholm, Sweden [57m]
attendance: 15,000
supporting: Neil Young
set: Animal, Go, Rearviewmirror, Elderly Woman, Why Go, Jeremy, Black, Alive, Sonic Reducer, Porch/(Tearing)
enc: Daughter/(Tonight's the Night)
notes: At this outdoor show, Ed references how the last time they played Stockholm someone (an American) was backstage stealing their stuff. He references how Americans do these kind of things and to be careful; they can even bomb your country. PJ's set ends with the audience picking up the 'Tonight's the Night' vocal and the band listening to the audience sing in unison. After Neil's set, a light flashes from the side of the stage and one of the speakers 30 feet up is smoking and catches on fire. With the roadies fighting the flames, Neil returns for the encore, unaware of the fire, and comments on how they haven't played the next song for a long time so ... "Let's bring out Pearl Jam to do it." Then Neil and Pearl Jam perform a thunderous, blistering version of "Rocking in the Free World" together--an exciting ending to a somewhat lackluster PJ performance.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Two Years Ago Today!

Two years ago today I was at this location rockin' out with my bro to Pearl Jam!! My brother turned me on to this amazing band way back in the day and it's been something that's kept us close over the years. We've been to two shows together and hopefully a third coming up in a few weeks at this same location. Really looking forward to both shows at Camden on June 19th and 20th! Will be interesting to see what the boys bust out for this tour. "Drop the Leash" was sick back in '06! Hoping to hear a few openers that I haven't seen live including "Long Road" and "Release". One or the other or both would be amazing. Would like to hear "Hard to Imagine" too. Have really been loving that song lately.

The good news is they have stated they'll be releasing official bootlegs again for this tour but they have not given any details on the format. Hopefully they'll go with CDs but downloads would be cool too. However they choose to do it would be just fine with me. This does raise a question though... what format would you prefer? Take a minutes to answer in our poll to the right. If you're going to any shows this spring have a great time. More bootlegs will be posted here very soon!

Friday, May 23, 2008

'94 Boston Trilogy...

The 1994 bootleg section has been updated with the 4/11 show in Boston, MA!! Throughout Pearl Jam's history Boston has been one of the hot spots for great shows and great sets of shows in a single year. '94 was amazing! 2003 also comes to mind! Enjoy the show!

04/11/94 - Boston Garden: Boston, MA [120m]
attendance: 12,000
support act: Mudhoney
set: Release, Rearviewmirror, Whipping, Go, Animal, Dissident, State of Love and Trust, Breath, Blood, Daughter/(Hey Hey, My My), Why Go, Hold On improv/Jeremy, Even Flow, Black, Alive, Porch/(Tearing), Rats, Immortality, Corduroy, Garden, Leash
enc: Rockin' in the Free World, Happy Trails, Indifference
notes: 'Breath' virtually disappeared from setlists for years after this show. 'Immortality' premieres here, featuring very different lyrics than later (or "officially released") versions. Ed smashes a hole in the stage with the mic stand and exits through it ending 'Blood.' Matt Lukin of Mudhoney joins PJ for 'RitFW' and returns for a very drunk, a capella 'Happy Trails,' intro'ed as a "... song for John Candy, 'cause we all know he was a big, fat bastard. But we love him."

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Augusta '96

The 1996 bootleg section has been updated with both FLAC and MP3 links for the 9/26 show in Augusta, Maine. Enjoy the show!
09/26/96 - Civic Center: Augusta, ME [115m]
support act: The Fastbacks
soundcheck: Off He Goes, Garden (several versions), Present Tense, Better Man/Save it for Later jam, I Can't Explain, Let My Love Open the Door, Last Exit
set: Sometimes, Hail Hail, Animal, Spin the Black Circle, Tremor Christ, In My Tree, Lukin, Not for You, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Corduroy, Jeremy, Red Mosquito, State of Love and Trust, Black, Habit, Rearviewmirror, Alive
enc 1: Who You Are, Even Flow, Daughter/(Noise of Carpet), Blood/(Fame), Leaving Here
enc 2: Patriot
notes: The English Beat's 'Save it for Later' snippet tossed into 'Better Man' sound great! Ed pays homage to Josh Ling during a quiet part of 'State:' "I recognize you. You were in the front row just the other night. I recognize you ... how you doin'?" :) In a reference to the lunar eclipse, Ed says, "It's happening right now. I just wanna rip the roof off this place." He get the crowd to yell three times, laughs and launches into 'Habit.' 'RVM' features the slow beginning. Toward the end of 'Alive,' Dennis Rodman takes the stage and , where Ed completes the song. Prior to the 'Noise of Carpet' outro, Ed utters the words, "black red yellow." After 'Blood,' Ed retrieves a shirt tossed onstage, saying "Hey look, plaid, grunge; it's purple." The Fastbacks help PJ with 'Leaving Here,' singing backup vocals and Ed expressing hope that the "boys up front will pay attention to the lyrics." 'Patriot' is performed solo by Ed, accompanying himself on guitar with the rest of the band watching from the side of the stage.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Seattle FLAC and Boulder MP3

The FLAC dowload links have bee added for the 2/05/1995 show in Seattle. Also added MP3s for the 5/05/1992 show in Boulder, Co.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Seattle '95

The 1995 bootleg section has been updated with MP3s of the 2/5/1995 show at the Moore Theater in Seattle. FLAC format will be up soon. Enjoy.

02/05/95 - Moore Theater: Seattle, WA (Fan Club show) [100m]
attendance: 1,400
set: Jack Irons chant/Last Exit, Spin the Black Circle, Tremor Christ, Corduroy/Not for You, Animal, W.M.A., Lukin, Glorified G, Daughter, Rearviewmirror, Immortality, Blood
enc 1: Satan's Bed, Black, Porch, Garden, Go
enc 2: Better Man, Let My Love Open the Door
notes: Free tickets were mailed to Ten Club members and PJ appeared as the "Piss Bottle Men." Ed speaks of how they just got their vaccinations for the Asian tour, and, while speaking of "pains in the ass," says about the "jumping thing" (moshing and stagediving) that they are "beyond that now." 'Lukin' premiers at this show. A riff from 'Baba O'Riley' is played to open 'RVM.' 'Immortality's' ending is long, lingering and soft. They pause after a ripping 'Go' for Ed to note, "So this is what the fan club looks like ..." 'Let My Love Open the Door,' a Pete Townshend cover, is played for the first time live by the whole band.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Boston I 1994

The 1994 bootleg section has been updated with the first of three nights in Boston. The show is available in both FLAC and 320kbps MP3s. The Boston shows in 1994 definately had a different feel to them. Kurt Cobain had killed himself on April 5th. Pearl Jam played a show in Fairfax, VA on the 8th, the day Kurt's body was discovered and then three intense shows in Boston followed. His death was clearly on their minds. Excellent shows. Enjoy. Night 2 will be up soon to complete the trilogy.

04/10/94 - Boston Garden: Boston, MA [110m]
attendance: 12,000
support act: Mudhoney
set: Release, Go, Animal, Dissident, Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Glorified G, (Sweet Emotion)/Daughter/(Hey Hey, My My)/(WMA), State of Love and Trust, Garden, Blood, Black, Alive, Porch
enc 1: Once, Rearviewmirror, Not for You
enc 2: Elderly Woman, Leash, Yellow Ledbetter
notes: Tickets are absolutely impossible to get to this show, particularly with the speculation that PJ will cancel to return to Seattle for a memorial for Kurt. 'Release' opens again, in total darkness. Ed brings up the lights to personally thanks two "girls" in the audience for standing up and dancing during Mudhoney's set. 'Glorified G' is dedicated to James Brady. Members of Aerosmith are in attendance, thus the tribute snippet of 'Sweet Emotion.' Ed comments on PJ's continued sadness about Kurt: "Hey,... I gotta admit, we got a lot on our minds. It is tough to play. I personally felt we shouldn't play at all. It is really very odd, it's just like that empty feeling. It is all right to fade away and not to burn out." 'Blood' is dedicated to Kurt. As an intro to 'Black' Ed sings a few lines from 'Stuff and Nonsense.' Ed starts off the encore by saying, "... you guys are actually almost making me happy tonight," and brings his brother, Brian out later to have the audience say hello.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Camden II 2003!!

The 2003 bootleg section has been updated with night 2 from Camdump New Jersey!! This one is available in both FLAC and MP3 versions. MP3s were converted at 320kbps. This was a super rockin' show. One of my favorite bootlegs. Always pisses me off that I didn't go but night one was great too. I missed "In My Tree"!! Oh well maybe this year! Enjoy the boot!

07/06/03 - Tweeter Center: Camden, NJ (Philadelphia, PA)
support act: Buzzcocks
preset: The Kids Are Alright (Ed solo)
set: Of The Girl, Breakerfall, Hail Hail, Save You, Grievance, Dissident, Immortality, I Am Mine, Get Right, Even Flow, In My Tree, Lukin/Not For You, Nothingman, You Are, Whipping, Porch enc 1: Jeremy, Elderly Woman, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Daughter/(War), Alive
enc 2: Do The Evolution, Fuckin' Up, Rockin' In The Free World
notes: The Buzzcocks' get an encore and Ed joins them for 'Why Can't I Touch It?' After the mellow opener, they rip through the next songs with no chat until after 'Save You,' when Ed refers to the crowd as "people of mass construction" and says the only fireworks will be the ones on the stage. 'Even Flow' is very long and avoids some of the sound quality problems that seemed to plague Mike's solo during Saturday's show. Ed speaks of freedom and how playing guitar like Mike is freedom. 'Porch' is excellent with Mike tearing it up. At the start of the encore, Ed asks how people are holding up and comments that the encore will be "all request," and the first two songs are played with dedications - 'Jeremy' is for Peter. The crowd waving their arms up and screaming the "hello!" part are so loud that Ed steps back in surprise, saying "Jesus Christ" softly. During 'Daughter,' Ed dons the Bush mask, dances to the beat and then busts out his best moonwalk across center stage. He changes the lyrics to "the bombs fall down" and then gets the 'War' chant going. Ed comments about high proportions of Riot Act sales in the Philly area, leading to a blistering 'DTE' (with lyrics changed to "this land WAS free") and 'Fuckin' Up.' (hmmmm) Steve from the Buzzcocks plays Ed's SG for 'RITFW.' Excellent show.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Link Fix and MP3 Addition

Made a repair to the FLAC3 link for Noblesville 1998. Thanks to Jeremy for pointing hat problem out!

Also added MP3s at 320kbps for the Noblesville show. Enjoy! Go to the 1998 bootleg section to get them.