In this episode of the late night series, we look back on the 1993 Video Music Awards performance where they premiered Animal for the first time in a public setting, and had Neil Young join up for Rockin’ In The Free World. Only a little more than a month before the release of Vs. and Pearl Jam is starting to creep back into the public eye. However, not without resistance. Being on top of the world wasn’t what the band had in mind, and all of this media sensationalism got the best of Ed. We’ll go through both performances and why Ed isn’t very camera friendly, but the rest of the band, and Neil, more than make up for it.
Happy New Year everyone! What’s a better way to kick off 2022 than to relive one of two occasions where the band has played on New Year’s Eve. As a matter of fact, the 1992 NYE show was the first Patreon exclusive we ever did so it makes sense that we tackle the 1991 show for this year! This was one of the very few shows where Nirvana was on the bill instead of the Smashing Pumpkins on the RHCP tour. If you were wondering if there were a rift between the bands having to deal with each other backstage, you wouldn’t be wrong. We’re gonna spend a good chunk of this episode discussing how Pearl Jam and Nirvana’s trajectories at this point in time were very different, yet Pearl Jam would end up rising faster than you’d think. It’s a 7-song set with a ton of energy, possibly the largest crowd PJ had played in front of in their year and change long existence.
Happy Holidays! Bet you didn’t see this coming. I know we promised that Crazy Mary would be next on the list, but we figured we’d take a festive detour to cover a song that’s been played 8 times in their history. Believe it or not, Let Me Sleep does have a pretty interesting Evolution. A story of lore will tell us that the song’s creation happened earlier than we anticipated and that is a story we re-tell here. The song would be played once in 1994, and then again in 2006 to be featured on the Immagine En Cornice film, however that version wasn’t actually live. It would go 613 shows before being legitimately played again. The story of the song actually has a lot of depth and a big piece to this episode is hearing that story sort of unravel as time passed on. It isn’t just a Christmas song, but a look into what life is like for others who aren’t as fortunate to be celebrating the holiday in the presence of loved ones. We’ll talk all 8 versions and watch it evolve!
We’re back with our third episode featuring extensive and exclusive coverage of Pearl Jam’s late night performances. In this one we’ll discuss the important Bob Dylan 30th anniversary show broadcast on PPV where Mike and Ed performed Masters Of War. It was on this night that the guys mingled with some of the legends of rock n roll, names that would be synonymous to the story of Pearl Jam such as Neil Young and Tom Petty, as well as George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash and the voice of a generation himself – Bob Dylan. We’ll talk about a conversation between Eddie and Bob that potentially changed the entire landscape of Pearl Jam, as well as one of Ed’s greatest vocal performances in this tremendous Masters Of War.
This episode covers the band’s lone appearance at the pinnacle of New York City club venues. In November of 1991 while touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam took a quick detour to play the legendary CBGB’s for a short, low attended set. It was their only appearance at the famed punk venue. It’s an 8-song set with a very unique opener in Black along with the standard fare off of Ten from 1991. Check it out to hear our coverage on the show, and maybe a quick word from a former member of Pearl Jam? You’ll just have to find out.
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“50 million years ago, a large hyena crawled into its way into the water and it would become the whale. It’s Evolution, baby!” Welcome to the 15th installment of our highly popular mini-series where we take a song and dig deep into it’s origin story and how the song has grown live from tour to tour. This episode is a biggie because we’re talking about Given To Fly – our first Yield song of the series. A staple of any setlist, memorable or standard, Given To Fly came into the game sounding like nothing that Pearl Jam had ever done before. Sure, In My Tree, Present Tense and maybe one or two Vitalogy songs had the patented soaring aspect that GTF thrives on, but Given To Fly was truly the first of its kind. A pop song with an edge that featured cathartic crowd participation moments. We’ll talk about how GTF not only evolved over time within the song’s pacing, and even pandering, but also how the band evolved around the song. Once it became a fan favorite, the outlook of setlist construction and song utilization for tours moving forward were drastically changed. Why? FLY! Tune in to find out! Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a reveal of what the next Evolution episode we’re covering is going to be! Hint: think a little outside the box, but nothing too crazy.
Welcome to a brand new series that we’re featuring on Live On 4 Legs! In this series, we take an in-depth look into Pearl Jam’s stints on late night TV. Everything from award shows to band tributes to plenty of Letterman appearances promoting new albums, it’ll all be covered extensively. These are classic performances that sort of stand alone in Pearl Jam’s pantheon, and since our focus is usually dedicated towards full 30+ song setlists, we needed to create an opportunity to give these big moments the Live On 4 Legs treatment they deserve. This is the second episode of our brand new running series that focuses on the 1992 MTV VMAs. After an Unplugged performance for the ages elevated this band to the height of the Grunge phenomena, Pearl Jam was the hottest band in the world. They had just released a new music video for Jeremy that debuted to instant rave reviews due to its controversial subject matter and imagery, but you couldn’t turn on MTV for five minutes in September of 1992 without hearing the song. Invited to perform at the TV station’s less than prestigious award show that rewarded music for their visual art, they made a conscious effort to suggest performing a song that wasn’t their brand new hit, but with major pushback from the network, they didn’t get their way. The anger seemed to fuel Ed during this performance as we get one of the most vigorous and intense versions of Jeremy ever played.
Welcome to a brand new series featured for our Patrons! In this series, we take an in-depth look into Pearl Jam’s stints on late night TV. Everything from award shows to band tributes to plenty of Letterman appearances promoting new albums, it’ll all be covered extensively. These are classic performances that sort of stand alone in Pearl Jam’s pantheon, and since our focus is usually dedicated towards full 30+ song setlists, we needed to create an opportunity to give these big moments the Live On 4 Legs treatment they deserve.
The pilate episode of this series will focus on the band’s first of four performances on SNL. Taking place back in 1992 before anyone had actually witnessed what transpired on MTV: Unplugged, this was Pearl Jam’s first opportunity to present themselves in a live television setting. They were up for the opportunity and in typical PJ fashion they blew everyone away. A performance of their first single, “Alive”, would wet the appetite before coming out with an intense and memorable “Porch” to conclude their stay. We’ll talk about the performances, some of the band’s mannerisms on camera and of course, we’ll tackle Ed’s controversial, statement making t-shirt.
Since this is a podcast focusing on a TV series, I get to say BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! After you finish with this episode presented exclusively through the Patreon platform, episode two will be available for you to check out on our regular podcast platforms! Check out our episode on the 1992 VMAs featuring the intense and memorable Jeremy performance. This will be the only such occasion where we split the series between platforms as the rest will only be found through Patreon!
Ah, it feels good to have exclusive content up again! This one is a shorty but a very good, occasionally forgotten about show from the end of 1998. Pearl Jam was featured as a surprise guest of Cheap Trick’s during a three night stay at the small Crocodile Cafe venue in Seattle. What ensued was a setlist of 10 songs, mostly ones featuring Ed on guitar, raw and heavy on percussion. With Matt Cameron’s first year officially in the books, we get to witness his comfort zone with these songs after a full tour of playing them.
Hey everybody now! Welcome to another episode of our Horizon Leg Profiles! We have a doozy of a profile for ya today that was recorded back in June with good friend Mike Packard. Matt Helbig joins us for the conversation. We’ll talk a lot about how we met Mike at Fenway back in 2018 by trying to help him get an original copy of Ten on vinyl signed by Mike McCready. We’ll also talk about his father’s influence on his music taste and re-tell the Bonnaroo 2008 story with his experience hearing Release. And we bullshit a lot, so this is a good episode for those who love bullshit.
Back in the early days of the internet, communities were starting to evolve and develop all over the world wide web. Some people found them in public chat rooms, some found them on message boards, Pearl Jam fans found a special one in Five Horizons. 5H was the original Pearl Jam archival concert chronology that did remarkable research on the band’s history, cataloging details from every show that was available to them. Joining us today is Caryn Rose who helped put this project together. We’ll get to learn some of the ins and outs of running the website and the adversity they went through. Caryn doesn’t hold back on her stories regarding PJ stalker fans, people’s perception of her and Jean, and trying to stay away from the spotlight that came along with the site.
Happy 30th anniversary to Ten! Since we can never have enough content on the seminal record that kickstarted it all, we’ve decided to follow up on the Philadelphia Ten show by going back and covering the original full album show from 1992 in Munich, Germany. It was the end of a pretty important early tour for the band. They were finishing up their first ever run of Europe which featured a lengthy set of shows in the UK, Italy, The Netherlands and then finally ended with 5 dates in Germany. The crowds were intimate and responsive to the new record, and since the band was basically playing it every night anyway, they ended the tour by playing it start to finish. Which means with fewer songs in their arsenal and not wanting this tour to end, what could they possibly have played to extend this night? We’ll also talk about the record and how some of the song placements were weird even for 1992.
Hey everybody now! Welcome to another episode of our Horizon Leg Profiles! We got to talk to Bradley Piasecki about his fandom going back to 1998 and some cool stories he’s endured along the way, including a crazy story about a radio contest. Check it out to learn much more about Bradley, a staple of the LO4L and PJ pod community since its inception!
This episode is the Horizon Profile for patron Chris Davis! He’ll go into full depth about his fandom in this, enjoy!
It’s Evolution Baaaaaybaaaaay! We’re excited to bring to you our 14th installment of the Evolution series as voted on by you the Patrons. This episode we’ll cover Hard To Imagine. The song has such a unique and humble beginning starting out as just a little Stone teaser noodle evolving into an improv that would later become a more polished version of the song. Over the years Hard to Imagine had gone long spurts without being played, but it was also one of those ultimate chaser songs. We’ll get into the song’s elusiveness and why the band were reluctant to put it on 3 different albums, but also why they were finally able to accept it as being an incredible, euphoric track that elicits such a powerful emotional response.
It has finally come to this. The Bridge School Series finale is here as we tackle the last Bridge show in the band’s history that took place back in 2014. This show is a mixture of many things that have made these shows great to cover for the last year and a half – staple songs, a few rarer tracks for serious collectors and many special guests on this one including a returning Chris Cornell and for the last time, Uncle Neil Young. Thanks to everyone for tuning into this series for the past 18 months, they were fun little pivots through their history that in some points were the beginning of an era or end of one. There have been songs featured in these shows that we may possibly never cover again, and that was one of the biggest reasons as to why we wanted to do this. If you’ve missed any episodes in the series, they are all available within our Patreon archive. If you’re reading this, let us know what your favorite Bridge episode or show has been!
You’re getting two for the price of one this week! Just like we did for the Piss Bottle Men shows, we are double dipping by releasing both Red Rocks episodes at the same exact time. Here you’ll listen to the 21-set night one show that we thought was way too important not to cover. The live debuts of Habit and Leaving Here as well as a blistering first 13 songs befitting of a 1995 setlist. If you like listening in chronological order, check this one out first before checking out the Night 2 episode on our main feed!
Hey we haven’t DEVO’d in a while. I’m sure some of you new people don’t even know what a DEVO is. It’s nothing. It’s practically useless 90% of the time. This is useless, but if you ever need to create a setlist full of trilogies, I guess we have you covered. We create a definitive list of trilogies. I don’t think we missed anything, but if we did, leave your comment down below and tell us how horrible of a job we did for not thinking of three similar songs that can be grouped together. Or comment to say hi. Yeah, say hi…
Welcome the the penultimate episode in our Bridge School series! As the finish line is up on the horizon, we tackle the first of the most recent set of shows that took place at the end of the 2014 Lightning Bolt run. There aren’t too many surprises in this one. Only one song from the new record that sounds exactly like every other performance of it, a shocking Bridge debut of a hit, an inappropriate but approved cover for the setting, and a guest appearance from Chris Cornell which we’ll have strong opinions on. Enjoy the show, and if you ride a pony, make sure you fuck that pony!
Hey everybody now! Brand new setlist draft ready for April. A few months back we drafted sets based off of the Yield tour and in this month’s edition we’re gonna give the Binaural tour a try. Competing for the first time are Dani King, Michael Jonsson and Nick Smith.