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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Camden I 1998

The 1998 bootleg section has been updated with the 8/28/1998 show in Camden, New Jersey. The first of a two night stint in the shit hole that is Camden. They do manage to put on some decent shows in this decrepit town though. This one is currently available in FLAC only. The MP3's should be available later today or tomorrow at the latest. Enjoy!

8/28/98 - Blockbuster Music Entertainment Centre: Camden, NJ [122m]attendance: 25,000
support act: Mudhoney, Iggy Pop
soundcheck: no soundcheck today due to Ed's voice
set: Release, Animal, Hail Hail, Given To Fly, Corduroy, MFC, I Got Shit, Even Flow, Jeremy, Daughter/(Suck You Dry)/(WMA), Off He Goes, Immortality, Rearviewmirror, Brain of J, Black, Better Man, Alive
enc 1: (Sweet Home Alabama), (Philadelphia Freedom), Hard to Imagine, Wishlist, Last Exit, Go, Leaving Here, Once, Elderly Woman
enc 2: Porch
notes: The 'Daughter' improv is Mudhoney's 'Suck You Dry and' Ed mentions he is glad to do 'WMA' because one of his favorite episodes of "Cops" happened in Philadelphia. After 'Immortality,' Ed says, "Mike McCready! Matt Cameron!" then he blows his nose and says, "Snot!" [Apparently, Ed's been a little sick.] Before they play 'HtI,' Ed comes out and says, "Fuck, it's been years. We'll play anything you want," and they bust into a few chords of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' (with Ed asking, "Isn't that what caused the Civil War?") and then a snippet of 'Philadelphia Freedom' by Elton John! 'Leaving Here' is dedicated it to a girl Ed met while walking around in his sports coat earlier. He said she knew what it was about and the rest of the crowd should just enjoy the song. After 'Once,' Ed says, "Sometimes it's fun to have the big speakers and the stage, because it can be fun to tell people to fuck off. But you guys don't deserve that, because you guys have been the best crowd that Iggy Pop's had - not in his life, and thanks for being polite to Mudhoney, they came all the way out from Seattle." [The crowd gave Iggy a standing ovation at the end of his set, a sensational performance of Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Goode.'] No 'DTE' tonight; 'Elderly Woman' is dedicated to "all the people that have a long way to drive to get back home after the show." Ed goes into a long tirade about the fucked up state of the world, how bad the news is, about all the bombings that've been going on and says the Liberty Bell is going to be the next terrorist bomb attack, leading to: "... the last thing I'm gonna say is 1, 2, 3, 4" and 'Porch' is next. 'Porch' lyrics are modified to, "I just need to say ..."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Red Rocks II 1995

The 1995 bootleg section has been update with the 6/20/1995 show in Morrison, CO at the Red Rocks ampitheather! This is one of those legendary shows that every Pearl Jam fan should have in their collection. There is also a DVD of this show floating around that you want to try to get as well. If I get a chance maybe I'll upload that and make it available here. Never did a DVD on megaupload before but I think it could work. Anyway, this show is available in MP3 and FLAC as usual. Enjoy the show!

06/20/95 - Red Rocks Amphitheater: Morrison, CO [132m]
attendance: 9,000
support act: Bad Religion
set: Long Road, Jeremy (new), Ship Song, Footsteps, Falling Down, Better Man, Last Exit, Spin the Black Circle, Animal, Tremor Christ, Corduroy, Not for You, Go, State of Love and Trust, Daughter/(This Boy), Garden, I've Just Seen a Face (Ed solo), Alive, Whipping, Lukin, Rearviewmirror/Improv (Words Seem Out of Place), Elderly Woman, Blood
enc 1: Black, Porch, Immortality
enc 2: Indifference
notes: PJ performs their first six songs seated, experiencing some of the effects of the altitude and taking a different approach from the previous night. 'Ship Song' is by Nick Cave. They get frustrated being seated (Stone declares, "All right, "fuck the seats") and they dump the chairs as they launch into 'Last Exit.' The 'Falling Down' tune surfaces five years later, forming the melody for the song 'Distress' on The Rockfords album. 'RVM' is interrupted to break up a fight. ("What are you guys fighting for? This is a rock and roll concert.") PJ picks up the song right where they left off. A new, slower version of 'Jeremy' is premiered here. The impromptu 'I've Just Seen a Face,' a Beatles' tune, is sung by Ed a capella. 'This Boy' is a song by an LA band, That Dog. Ed's parting comment: "Thanks for coming up to the mountain with us."

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Back in business... 1994 Bootleg Update!

In The Present Tense is back to doing what we love! Sharing some live Pearl Jam. Hopefully you're all caught up on you downloads and ready for more. Starting it off right where we left off with a 1994 bootleg update. Now available in both FLAC and MP3 in the 1994 section:

03/17/94 - Elliot Hall: Purdue University: West Lafayette, IN [120m]
support act: Grant Lee Buffalo
set: Wash, Animal, Go, Why Go, Deep, Jeremy, Glorified G, Black, Blood, Dissident, State of Love and Trust, Even Flow, Tremor Christ, Daughter/(Improv), Alive, Rearviewmirror, Not for You, Garden, Leash, Porch
enc: Once, Rockin' in the Free World, Indifference
notes: PJ insisted on a large quantity of these tickets going to Purdue University students and TM only had approximately 1,000 for sale. With the show beginning late due to a bomb scare, PJ arrives on stage announcing that everyone is free to leave and get a refund. Ed is wearing war paint up and down his legs and his eyes are blackened like a raccoon. The 'Daughter' tag is the 'You're in My Body' improv. Halfway through the show, Ed says something like, "I don't know if you guys are feeling this, but we certainly are. Musically, this might be the best show we have ever played. Thank you." He also gives a speech about 'Dissident' - saying that date rape is terrible and explaining that a woman's word is sacred and the no means no and that's what a "holy no" is. An unbelievable show with great crowd interaction, nearly getting out of control when a huge group of people charge one of the aisles during 'RitFW.'