Episode 238: East Troy, WI – 6/26/1998
About the Episode
Episode Release Date: June 21st, 2023
Alpine Valley has been a staple of the Pearl Jam touring route going all the way back to Lollapalooza in 1992. In the seven instances in which they’ve played there, there’s no lack of unforgettable shows and unforgettable moments. A few of the shows even have monikers that they go by such as PJ20, when they played there for their 20th anniversary, and the Ice Bowl in 2000 where they played a full show in freezing cold weather. In this episode, we’re gonna go back to 25 years ago where they played their first headlining gig in East Troy. To help us tell the story, we’ve enlisted our Patron Aaron Redmon who requested this show.
This was very early in Matt Cameron’s tenure with the band, and there are some things that we’ll hear out of Matt that show that he was still getting adjusted to being on tour with them. Songs like Do The Evolution and Brain Of J feature a harder edge than we’re accustomed to today. This show will feature technical difficulties, botched lyrics and early indications that certain songs were ready to become massive crowd friendly moments. The two big moments to look out for are Black with a highly intense We Belong Together tag and Alive with an improv within the solo.
With Alpine Valley being such a historic venue, we asked you to share your favorite moments from seeing shows there, which we’ll share during our question of the week segment. And our Gear Guru segments this week will feature Mike’s clean guitar sound on Even Flow, well deserved love for Jeff Ament and a tag of Jimi Hendrix’s Machine Gun at the end of Yellow Ledbetter.