Episode 243: London, UK – 6/18/2007

In this episode, Randy and John go where this podcast has (almost) never gone before… to the 2007 tour! While we covered Vic Theater in this podcast’s infancy, we’ve never done the full dive into what’s sort of a forgotten year in Pearl Jam history. Outside of the Vic and the Lollapalooza Chicago show, there were only 12 shows played on a European run that included mostly festival dates. The show we cover here happened in London, and was the first arena show there since 2000. Thank you to friend and Patreon, Simon Pountney, for requesting this!

This show took place in the aftermath of a massive tour supporting the Self Titled record, featuring many songs from the album that don’t get heard often today. We’ll go in depth on Marker In The Sand, Parachutes, Comatose as some of the highlights from this night. We’ll also address how in this era, the band turned up the RPMs and started playing many of their songs faster than usual. We’ll talk about where it benefits and suffers inside this setlist. A show with a Ten Club heavy presence on the floor leads to a set chock full of fan favorites leaving songs like Even Flow, Black, Jeremy, Better Man, Daughter, Rearviewmirror and Corduroy off the setlist entirely.

For our question of the week, we had something unique happen in this show where World Wide Suicide was played in the usual Alive spot. We asked you guys what other songs you thought would work well in that role before Rockin’ In The Free World. And for the Gear Guru, it’s time for some Javocado! Javier breaks down a trio of songs from the record including Comatose, Marker In The Sand and Inside Job.

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Episode 14: Vic Theatre – 8/2/2007

One of the most rare and special shows in Pearl Jam’s live catalog, the small club in Chicago played host to just over 1,000 fans in attendance prior to a Lollapalooza headlining gig. What followed was something we’ve never seen from them before or again – a show filled entirely of white whales and uncommons. No Even Flow, no Alive, no Better Man but instead we see them bust out lesser heard songs such as All Or None, Education and Undone. To help us with numbers and stats, we welcome Dave JanTausch from LiveFootsteps.org to get into the nitty gritty details of what made this show something we’re likely to never see again.

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