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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Well... That's it. The biggest single day update of bootlegs in the history of this blog. Thirty two shows were added this morning to the 2000 bootleg page completing phase 1 of the In The Present Tense overhaul of bootleg links.

There are a ton of very solid shows in this final bunch. Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Seattle II,... The list goes on and on. I wish I had time to review each and every one of them and over time I just may do that. But, for now I would just say sample as many as you can.

Here is one of the finer moments from PJ10 (Las Vegas October 22, 2000):

Next I'll be moving on to the 2005 tour and updating all of those links. I actually started this process already and have the page formatted in the same way as the 2000 and 2006 tours. All of the links that are up on the '05 page are active. The others will be added very soon. One thing to keep in mind for the '05 tour is that the shows are all in MP3 format because that is all that was offered that year from the 10 club. It's a shame there were no lossless files distributed for this tour but these are some great shows regardless of the format. Lots of rarities and lost dogs!

Monday, September 26, 2011


There will be another post later in the week also with the number 40 in it but we'll get to the details on that in a few days. This 40 is in reference to where we are with the uploads of the 2000 Binaural tour. With this morning's update we are up to show number 40 of that tour. With any luck I hope to complete these shows this week but we'll see how that goes. I think I can get it done.

A few of the shows added today are some of my favorites to listen to. They include the New Orleans show which opens with Long Road and is a great version. Then they blast right into Grievance which I may have mentioned before but I feel this is one of the best rock songs ever. Later they play Sonic Reducer, one of the best covers they do in my humble opinion.

Also, really enjoy the Columbus show. Two of my favorite songs ever played in the same show, "In My Tree" and "Present Tense". The Noblesville (Indy) show is also quite good. Ed does a solo performance of "Throw Your Arms Around Me" in the encore. Love that song so much. We had it played at our wedding and was on our wedding soundtrack.

Here is the opening of the Noblesville show! Love this combo to open a show. So much energy!

Enjoy the shows! More on the way...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

They Make Me Smile

We've been having a lot if fun lately. We baked a cake for Mommy's birthday. Started dance class. Started school. Made homemade pizza. Made a scarecrow.

Oh and the 2000 bootleg page has been updated again too.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

And that's it for Europe 2000

The last few shows for Pearl Jam's 2000 European tour have been added to the 2000 download page. As many of you know, Oslo, Norway, wasn't supposed to be the final stop on the Euro tour that year. In fact, Pearl Jam played on June 30th at the Roskilde festival in Copenhagen but the show was cut short due to a tragic accident which took the lives of 9 fans. The European tour ended on that note and the bands future was in question for some time after that.

The band would continue on, as you know, with a full blown US tour but there is know question that the band was forever changed form that incident. The entire tone of the tour was a bit down from that point on. It's hard to describe but you get a sense of "heaviness" when you listen to some of the shows.

The next album release after all this would be Riot Act which by the name alone you get the sense it would be a touch aggressive. Fueled I'm sure by may things but mostly the political scene of the time. Wars, George W. Bush, etc... There was room for some love though in the tune "Love Boat Captain" which aside from it's horrible name, is a very good song. Included is the line... "lost 9 friends we'll never know, two years ago today" paying tribute to the fallen fans at Roskilde two years prior.

It's something the band has never forgotten and neither have the fans in this wonderful community. Last year in Berlin, Germany the band played on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and again made mention of the friends they lost that day.

May they rest in peace and hear the music of this great band in heaven.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Another 2011 audience recording...

On Sunday an audience recording of the 2011 Ottawa show surfaced. The show has been added to the 2011 page and is available in FLAC and MP3 (320kbps)formats.

09/14/11: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON, CAN
main set: Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Last Exit, Do The Evolution, MFC, Unthought Known, Low Light, Given To Fly, Setting Forth, Whipping, Corduroy, Even Flow, Grievance, Lukin, Breath, Wishlist, Olé, 1/2 Full, Better Man(/Save It For Later)
first encore: The End, Inside Job, Just Breathe, Off He Goes, Why Go, The Fixer, Rearviewmirror
second encore: Come Back, The Real Me, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter

Also, check out the 2000 page for an update as well. Added 4 more shows there all in FLAC format. Shows made available today are Verona, Milan, Zurich, and Berlin. The Milan show is exceptional and I have a soft spot for Verona because of the "Long Road" opener. One day I'll see it in person.

And just for shits and giggles and because I've just been loving the shit out of this band lately I decided to upload a Foo Fighters show. This is their performance from the Pinkpop festival back in June 2011. This was an FM broadcast so the sound is quite good.
Foo Fighters - 2011-06-13 - Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf

Friday, September 16, 2011

6 more shows added

Added six more shows to the 2000 bootleg page this morning. Up to show #18 for the Binaural tour and this update includes, what I consider, two of the best bootlegs from the 2000 series. Katowice, Poland June 15th and 16th. Both great sets and very well performed. June 16th is probably considered one of the best shows in the bands history.

Enjoy the shows! Lot's more on the way for this tour. One of my favorite sets of bootlegs to listen too.

Blood (Mt Smart Stadium - Auckland, New Zealand 3/25/1995)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011 Tour Page Added

Figured it was time to make it official and just create a page for the current tour. I have added both Alpine Valley (PJ20) night 2 and the Montreal show to the 2011 page. Both shows are available in FLAC and MP3 and both are audience recordings. Alpine Valley night 1, which was previously posted, has also been added to the 2011 page.

With any luck this page will continue to grow as the tour unfolds. I'm on the look out for both Toronto shows, both of which had killer set lists, and will post them as they become available.

While we wait for more audience recordings to surface from the 2011 gigs I will contuniue to update the links for the 2000 page as well. Currently up to show #12 and will have more shows to add later today or tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PJ20 Alpine Valley Night 1

Here are download links for night one of the historic PJ20 destination weekend! I'll have night two up later tonight or tomorrow morning. FLAC and MP3 formats are available. I converted the FLAC to MP3 at 320kbps. Highest quality available for MP3s. Enjoy the show!


main set: Release, Arms Aloft, Do The Evolution, Got Some, In My Tree, Faithfull, Who You Are, Push Me Pull Me, Setting Forth, Not For You/(Improv), In The Moonlight, Deep, Help Help, Breath, Education, Once, State of Love and Trust, Better Man, Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted
first encore: Rearviewmirror, Stardog Champion, Say Hello 2 Heaven, Reach Down, Hunger Strike, Love Reign O’er Me, Porch
second encore: Kick Out The Jams

Also, the Montreal show just became available so I'll get that downloaded and then uploaded to Megaupload later today as well.

I am also in the process of updating the links and the look of the 2000 bootleg section and have added several shows this morning. Check it out and get your collection completed :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Yeah ummm... I'm gonna need this bootleg!

Dropping Chloe Dancer/ Crown of Thorns in Toronto last night. Oh and Uncle Neil Young joined the boys for Rockin' In The Free World!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Have you heard...

...Chris Cornell's new song "The Keeper"? Damn fine tune and he even posted it on youtube for us to listen to.

You can make a donation to a cause to help save children in East Africa and get a download of he song that way or of course you could just get it for free using KeepVid or something along those lines ;) Check out Chris Cornell Dot COM for details. Or you can just check this out.

Take care all,