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Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's Self Pollution Baby!!!

The 1995 bootleg section has been updated with the 1/08/1995 broadcast of Self Pollution Radio. This was broadcast out of home owned by Vedder and inludes live performances by Pearl Jam (included here) as well songs played from records over the radio (not included). Also included in the download is are jam sessions rom Soundgarden and Mad Season! Enjoy!
audience: millions?set 1: Spin the Black Circle, Satan's Bed, Corduroy, Not for You, Immortality
set 2: jam, Last Exit, Blood, Tremor Christ, Porch, Indifference
notes: This radio broadcast originated from a home owned by Ed and was relayed to any radio stations wanting to carry it. This show consisted, not only of the two live PJ sets listed above, but also other live bands (Mad Season and Mudhoney), friends, phone calls and a few records. Ed announces that Jack Irons is now PJ's drummer.
Pearl Jam
Self Pollution Radio
KTS 398 Liberated Bootleg
Title : "Self Pollution"
Label : Kiss the Stone [KTS 398]
Venue : The Spot: Seattle, WA 1/8/95
Length : 69:29
Sound : A+
Tracks :
1. Spin The Black Circle
2. Satan's Bed
3. Corduroy
4. Not for You
5. Immortality
6. Last Exit
7. Blood
8. Tremor Christ
9. Porch
10. Indifference
11. Soundgarden jam session
12. Mad Season jam session

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Two more for '06

The 2006 bootleg section has been updated with the 7/16 and 7/18 San Francisco shows. Enjoy!

07/16/06 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Driftin'
set: Sometimes, Severed Hand, Whipping, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Animal, Marker in the Sand, Dissident, Even Flow, Army Reserve, Insignificance, In My Tree, Lukin, Garden, I Got Id, Inside Job, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Come Back, Better Man, Life Wasted, The Amerikan in Me, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Big Wave, Blood, Leash, Fuckin' Up, Yellow Ledbetter

07/18/06 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: I Am Mine
set: Release, Life Wasted, Severed Hand, Hail Hail, World Wide Suicide, Untitled, MFC, Red Mosquito, Unemployable, Sad, Light Years, Big Wave, Even Flow, Do The Evolution, In Hiding, Down, Present Tense, Why Go
first encore: Wasted Reprise, Man of the Hour, Crazy Mary, Comatose, Alive
second encore: Last Exit, State of Love and Trust, Leash, All Along the Watchtower, Yellow Ledbetter

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Camden II 1998!

Ok tried something a bit different this time around. I actually took the time to listen to this boot before making it available here. Not sure what it was exactly... but I really enjoyed this show. First off, any show that opens with "long Road" is a winner in my book. This was a great version of that great opener though. I always thought "Long Road" into Corduroy, to open a show, is just awesome too! This was just a really rocking show and to top it off they busted out "Push Me Pull Me"! One of only three times played EVER! I saw that it was on the setlist before listening to the show and wasn't really expecting it to be that great. I was dead wrong. I was AMAZING! Very, very cool song. So the Camden, 8/29/1998, show is now available in the 1998 bootleg section! This is definately a very good show. The sound is probably a strong B to A-. The Two Feet Thick notes are below.

08/29/98 - Blockbuster Music Entertainment Centre: Camden, NJ [120m]attendance: 25,000
support act: Mudhoney, Iggy Pop
soundcheck: no soundcheck today
set: Long Road, Corduroy, Brain of J, Red Mosquito, In Hiding, Animal, Given to Fly, Lukin, Wishlist, MFC, Not for You, Alive, Nothingman, State of Love and Trust, Present Tense, Hail Hail, Jeremy, Do the Evolution
enc 1: Dissident, Even Flow, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Push Me Pull Me, Rearviewmirror
enc 2: Last Kiss, Rockin' in the Free Worldnotes: Ed's voice seems to be much better tonight. After 'GTF,' he says, "Hello, we're band number three; we're very fond of bands one and two; but we've never written a song about band number two, but we did at least about a member of band number one," and they launch into 'Lukin'. During 'SoL&T,' Mike takes his shirt off. For 'Present Tense,' Ed comments that he's been thinking about it lately, it's kind of weird in the present tense, there's a lot of crazy crap going on, but we're gonna play it anyway. In 'Hail Hail,' Ed changes the words to, "You can only be as good as I'll let you ..." 'DTE' is totally mangled (rather hilariously); instead of going into "I'm a thief, I'm a liar," Ed starts the whole thing over again from the first verse, and it tends to disintegrate again, but they salvage it in the end. 'Save it for Later' is extremely extended, and goes straight into the first playing (other than a tag) of 'Push Me Pull Me'! At the end, he says, "Fuck, I forget the rest ..." and yep, he forgets the lyrics at the very end. Stone applauds Jeff and Ed at the end. Ed refers to a show PJ played at JC Dobbs, a local Philly club [7/12/91]: "It sure has been a nice couple of nights, are we in Philly or Jersey - where the fuck are we?! Philadelphia? (and everyone goes nuts) This is an old song, it was written before we played at Dobbs (crowd cheers). There were only 30 or so people there, so quit lying!" and then they play 'Better Man.' 'RITFW': "There's a thousand points of light for the east coast man, there's a kinder, gentler security man's hand." Mike finishes the song rolling around on his back, putting his guitar down and shaking it wildly.

Friday, December 5, 2008

San Fran I '06

The 2006 bootleg section has been updated with the first of a three night run in San Francisco, CA. Three exceptional shows form a great tour!

07/15/06 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Dead Man
set: Of the Girl, Go, World Wide Suicide, Save You, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Given To Fly, Unemployable, Sad, Gone, Not For You/(Modern Girl), State of Love and Trust, Gods' Dice, Present Tense, Comatose, Why Go, Do The Evolution
first encore: Even Flow, Parachutes, Footsteps, Once, Alive
second encore: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Spin The Black Circle, Bu$hleaguer, Indifference, Rockin' In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star-Spangled Banner)
TFT Notes: Pearl Jam opens their three-night stint in San Francisco with "Of the Girl", played for the first time since the 10/22/03 Benaroya Hall show. Ed greets the crowd before "Given To Fly", "Hello, hello San Francisco! Cheers, cheers... I'm gonna drink to you. It's been a number of years - I think the number is eight or something since we've played San Francisco proper - and you've sold out this venue three times which is more people than you could fit in the old Shoreline, so we're greatly appreciative of that, for your support. And I just thought we'd land the plane quickly so we could say that and now it's time to get it off the ground once again, this song's called 'Given To Fly.'" Song breakout time, and Ed introduces "Gods' Dice" which is played for the first time since Boston 2003: "Here's a number for whatever reason we haven't done it in years, we're gonna do it now." The floor arrangement at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is general admission (no seats), and Ed sees an "I've Got A Feeling" sign, saying "Alright, you've got a feeling tonight, you've given us a feeling. Kille, can we just take a look at who we got here tonight for a second? (house lights up, cheers) Ya know, it's not every show that there's an open floor like this. In fact, it rarely happens these days for us. The fact that there's almost equal amounts of men and women on the front is testimony to the fact that you guys are taking good care of yourselves on the bottom. No one appreciates that more than we do. So thanks for taking care of one another." Ed then points out a special guest in the house, "it's my uncle, who's names Fred. Freddy. Freddy Vedder. I'm gonna see him after, I didn't see him before. (spotlight starts moving across the crowd) That him? Hey freddy. (light keeps moving, Ed giving instructions) Spotlight ... over left ... that way ... more, more, more, more ... down. (Big cheer and drum roll by Matt) We found him! (crowd then starts "Fred-dy" chant) No one deserves it more. I'm gonna dedicate this next song to him and his lovely woman", leading to "Parachutes". Before "Bu$hleaguer", Ed sings "Hey there Georgie boy / why do all the girls just pass you by / all you do is spread your wings / and you could fly away / the world would see a new Georgie boy". After "Indifference" Ed says that "it's been a pleasure playing not only a metropolitan city, but in the arts ... over the history of music and literature and education. To play here to this crowd, thank you so much."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

2006 Bootlegs!

Seven shows have been added to the 2006 bootleg section! These shows are available here in FLAC format only. They are also available in high quality MP3s on this thread over at "The Pit". I didn't want to take the time to convert these to MP3 when they are already available else where. Eventually, every show from the 2006 tour will be available here in FLAC format. Enjoy the shows!

06/26/06 - Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN, USA
opening for: Tom Petty
set: Last Exit, Life Wasted, Why Go, World Wide Suicide, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, I Am Mine, Army Reserve, Even Flow, Better Man, Sad, Sleight of Hand, Daughter/(I Won't Back Down), Jeremy, Comatose, Alive, Rockin' in the Free World
TFT Notes: This show is the first of six shows in support of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The first notes of "Last Exit" start with Ed exclaiming "Let's get it on!". "Do the Evolution" goes a little off course during the verses, and Ed sings "Admire me / Admire my home / Forgive me / It's my own fault". Ed references the first show of the PJ/Petty tour, "I know there's a few kind people who are dedicated to our group and they travel different places to see us. And that's what our group is gonna be doing for the next couple of weeks. We're gonna be travellin' around seeing Tom Petty and we're proud to be on the same stage and looking forward to this little trip here." "Given To Fly" is dedicated to "Tom and the Heartbreakers, thanks for taking us along for the ride." Ed previews "Army Reserve" with "It's hard to read the paper and it's hard to be an American without thinking about some of our fellow countrymen who are over dealing with an intense situation. As we're here enjoy ourselves, this goes out to them. These are the army reservists and soldiers over there doing what they can do." Ed later jokes "Just think if (Tom) was my dad, my name would be 'Eddie Petty' (crowd laughs). But I would have grown up in a really nice house, so I would have dealt with it I guess." With the crowd an equal share of Pearl Jam and Tom Petty fans, Ed plays the chords to "Better Man" more quietly than usual, asks the crowd to singalong, and the crowd sings the first verse and chorus just fine. The "Daughter" tag includes the chorus of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" repeated twice. Jeff starts to play the bass line to the "It's OK" tag, but the song quiets down to its end shortly thereafter. After "Alive", Ed wraps up the show prior to the final song, "You've been very kind. This is the first night of this experiment. So far we like the conclusion - the hypothesis was good, but.... thank you very much, each and every one of you. Thanks. And for us, we're one song away from relaxing and getting to go to a rock show ourselves, we can't wait. this is just a great great night, so thank you very much." Before starting "Rockin' in the Free World" though, Ed interjects and references the recent donation of $37 billion by Warren Buffett to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Energizing the crowd, he pleads with them to "say 'thank you' to that state of mind. How exciting to see rich guys being responsible and caring. It's 'sexy' is what it is. It's beautiful. Here's to Warren Buffett. We hope it spreads. This song's by a friend of Tom's, and a friend of ours." During the song, he changes the words "There's a billion points of light for the homeless man / finally a rich man with a gentle hand." Ed later joined Tom Petty during his set with vocals on "American Girl."

06/27/06 - Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN, USA
opening for: Tom Petty
set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Severed Hand, Hail Hail, Love Boat Captain, World Wide Suicide, Marker in the Sand, Given To Fly, Even Flow, Light Years, Not For You, Elderly Woman..., Come Back, State of Love and Trust, Glorified G, Black, Life Wasted, Alive
TFT Notes: About one minute of Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive" starts the shows, leading directly into "Corduroy". Jeff adds the bass lines from Queen/Bowie's "Under Pressure" to the end of "Hail, Hail". Ed introduces Boom as the "Love Boat Captain" and modifies the lyrics to the common "let the show begin." Mike McCready's guitar goes out half-way through "Marker in the Sand". Following the song, Ed introduces "Mike McCready on guitar over there (pointing)" and finally Mike's guitar pops on, continuing "Alright, the guitar wasn't working but the guitar is now working. I was about to accuse the Heartbreakers of sabotage, but why am I so paranoid?" leading to "Given To Fly". "Light Years" is dedicated to Baseball Sportswriter, ESPN Analyist and Pearl Jam fan Peter Gammons, who was stricken with a brain aneurysm earlier in the day, "I know all his friends are sending out their energies to him and if I could get you as a collective to just send a bit more energy his way, out in the northeast, Peter this is for you, it's called 'Light Years'." "Not For You" includes the modified lines "Small my table, it now seats three / Oh, she's my payback, oh lucky me". The music for the "Modern Girl" tag is played for a few bars, but the lyrics are not sung. As it is Ed's habit to dedicate "Elderly Woman..." to small towns in the vicinity of the concert, this dedication is a little different, saying "If this is indeed the 'land of a thousand lakes', this is for lake number nine-hundred and ninety three." "Life Wasted" is tweaked a little with Ed imploring the crowd "don't let the sad song play." Ed thanks tonight's split PJ/Petty crowd again before "Alive", "Here's a toast to all our friends out there, here's a toast to all the friends of Tom Petty of which we include ourselves. Have a great rest of the evening, so glad we could be part of this." Ed later joined Tom Petty during his set with vocals on "The Waiting" (though, apparently his microphone was not on) and "American Girl."

07/06/06 - MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Man of the Hour
set: Inside Job, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Grievance, Given To Fly, Marker in the Sand, Faithfull, Even Flow, Gone, Daughter, Green Disease, Rats, Garden, Parachutes, State of Love and Trust, Life Wasted, Do The Evolution
first encore: Little Sister, Elderly Woman..., Better Man, Black/(Come Back), Alive
second encore: Go, Comatose, Fortunate Son, Porch/(Dirty Frank)

07/07/06 - Cox Arena, San Diego, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Soon Forget
set: Oceans, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Brain of J, World Wide Suicide, Love Boat Captain, Gone, Even Flow, Unemployable, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Satan's Bed, Not For You/(Modern Girl), You Are, Inside Job, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Long Road, Come Back, Elderly Woman..., Crazy Mary, Crown of Thorns, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Comatose, Leash, Big Wave, Rockin' in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter
TFT Notes: During "Better Man", the crowd sings the first verse and chorus well enough to have Ed laud them with "That's fuckin beautiful, thank you so much." "Satan's Bed" is introduced as "a surf song in a way", continuing "Living in Seattle, all surf songs have to either have at least one thing: either waves, cars or the devil - or girls or the devil, or girls that are the devil - this one's the devil." The "Rearviewmirror" jam has Ed singing "Time heals the wounds that no one can see (3x) / I will forgive (2x) / we can all forgive." Ed starts the first encore with a long dialogue prior to "Long Road", detailing his relationship with Clayton E. Liggett (Ed's high school drama teacher and the inspiration for "Long Road") and explaining that this show's proceeds are going to benefit that theater. Ed continues to say that when he received a call with the news of Liggett's death, he escaped to a studio (during the Neil Young "Mirrorball" recording sessions) and just started hitting the opening D-chords of "Long Road" as if he was "trying to ring a bell to say that 'We lost one of the good ones'", and after "about eight minutes" the rest of the band just joined in without saying a word and the roots of the song were born. "Long Road" is dedicated to Liggett, and a powerful "Come Back" follows. "Elderly Woman..." is dedicated to "small towns" such as "Olivenhain, Chula Vista, Fallbrook" and "all you one-liquor-store kinda towns." After "Crazy Mary", Ed marvels at Mike's guitar working saying that "it's science ... but believe it or not but I just lit my cigarette off Mike McCready's amp." Closing the first encore, Stone Gossard is toasted as the one who wrote "the last one" ("Crown of Thorns") and "the next one" ("Alive"). Ed explains the risk he takes when mentioning past and future concerts, saying "the next gig's in Los Angeles, they've got their work cut out for them. You see what I do? I bad-mouth the crowd the night before (Ed earlier dissed Las Vegas mentioning his own health problems) and I'm bad-mouthing even the crowd we're gonna play for. But I promise to you - wine over my heart - I will never say nothing bad about you here tonight." "Big Wave" is the last song off of Pearl Jam to premiere, and Ed explains that "we were waiting until we got to the coast." Surfer Kelly Slater guests on "Rockin' in the Free World", and Ed mentions that Kelly took him out on waves "so big it put the future of our band in jeopardy."

07/09/06 - The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Porch
set: Release, World Wide Suicide, Corduroy, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, Severed Hand, Jeremy, Gone, Even Flow, Unemployable, Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Whipping, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Inside Job, Life Wasted, Rearviewmirror
first encore: Elderly Woman..., Come Back, Here's to The State of Mississippi, Black, Crown of Thorns, Alive
second encore: Last Kiss, Comatose, Why Go, Big Wave, Baba O'Riley, Yellow Ledbetter

07/10/06 - The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: Walking The Cow
set: World Wide Suicide, Brain of J, Animal, Marker in the Sand, Severed Hand, Even Flow, MFC, I Got Id, Corduroy, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind)/(I Believe In Miracles)/(Blitzkrieg Bop), Sad, Garden, Down, (Baby Please Don't Go)/Go, Better Man/(Save it for Later), I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, Porch
first encore: Man of the Hour, Off He Goes, Footsteps, Once, Alive
second encore: Big Wave, Comatose, State of Love And Trust, Leash, Rockin' in the Free World

07/13/06 - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
opening act: Sonic Youth
Ed pre-set: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
acoustic set: Oceans, Elderly Woman..., Low Light, Waiting on a Friend, Hard To Imagine, Daughter, Last Kiss, Come Back, Black, Crazy Mary
electric set: (Interstellar Overdrive)/Corduroy, Severed Hand, World Wide Suicide, Given To Fly, Marker in the Sand, Even Flow, Whipping, I Got Shit, U, Do The Evolution, Porch
first encore: Big Wave, Better Man, Comatose, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Rockin' in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter