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The Unofficial Pearl Jam FAQ

Last Updated: November 23, 2002
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This file contains some of the most common questions asked about Pearl Jam, its members, its music and its history. This was originally created to accompany the Garden of Stone mailing list. Since the list has been defunct for several years now, this FAQ has become kind of an all-encompassing or universal Pearl Jam FAQ. What follows here is an extensive resource, initiated by Chris Smith, a former GoS list administrator. We would like to thank everyone who has worked on this FAQ before us; including Chris Smith, Grace Mendoza, Michael Ball, Mike Baker, Adam Frucci, and Jared Smith, your work is greatly appreciated. Additional thanks to all of you who have contributed with corrections and suggestions to the FAQ, especially the fine folks of MFC, we could not do it without you.

*denotes a recently updated or new question

SECTION 2 - MEMBERS

2.1 Who is in Pearl Jam?
2.2 What drummers have been in Pearl Jam?
2.3 Who is that Krusen guy that I have heard about?
2.4 Who is Matt Chamberlain?
2.5 Why was Dave Abbruzzese fired?
2.6 What happened to Jack Irons?
*2.7 So what is Matt Cameron's status? Is he the permanent drummer?
2.8 Did any of the band members go to college?
2.9 What are the birthdays of the band members?
*2.10 What is the marital status of the band members?
2.11 Do any of them have children?
*2.12 What do we know about Eddie Vedder's ex-wife Beth?
2.13 Do the guys have any siblings?
*2.14 What is Eddie's real name?
2.15 What's that weird tattoo on Eddie's right calf?
2.16 I’ve heard Mike is a cross-dresser, what's the deal?
2.17 Do the members of Pearl Jam do drugs?
2.18 Did Ed ever work for MTV? *
2.19 Who is this "Boom" character?

SECTION 3 - BAND HISTORY AND ISSUES

3.1 Where is the band from?
3.2 When did they get together?
3.3 How did Pearl Jam come together?
3.4 What does the name Pearl Jam come from?
3.5 I've heard of Bad Radio. What is it?
3.6 What other bands were the rest of the guys in before PJ?
3.7 Do any of them still make music outside the band?
3.8 What are Pearl Jam influences?
3.9 What this Ticketmaster controversy all about?
3.10 I recently bought Pearl Jam tickets from Ticketmaster, what is going on?
3.11 What are some of the issues Pearl Jam are activist for?
3.12 How does Pearl Jam feel about Napster/mp3's?

SECTION 4 - RECORDING HISTORY AND ALBUM INFO

*4.1 What albums have the band released? When was each album released?
*4.2 How many copies of each albums have they sold?
4.3 What songs are on each album?
4.4 But I know I have heard other Pearl Jam songs. What gives?
4.5 What was the first song released by the band?
4.6 Why was the first album called Ten?
4.7 I have an extra unlisted instrumental on my copy of Ten. Is this rare? What is Master/Slave?
4.8 What is the "?????" song on the Japanese Import of Ten?
4.9 I have the European pressing of Ten. In the liner notes it credits someone named "Abrellesse" on the songs Wash, Dirty Frank, and Alive (live). Who is this?
4.10 How come Even Flow sounds different on the radio than on my CD?
4.11 I'm confused about this whole trading card thing!
4.12 A couple of the lyric cards I got with No Code are blacked out. What gives?
4.13 Who is that on the cover of the Who You Are single?
4.14 My local radio station plays Hail, Hail all the time and I heard that it was a single but I'll be damned if I've been able to find it....why?
4.15 In the page for In Hiding there is a quote by someone named Buk, who is that?
4.16 What is this book Ishmael I keep hearing about and what does it have to do with Yield?
4.17 What is this I hear about hidden yield signs in the Yield booklet?
4.18 Where is the photo on the cover of Yield from?
*4.19 Are there any live Pearl Jam shows available commercially?
4.20 What concerts are the songs on Live on Two Legs from?
4.21 I have heard other names such as "Monkeywrench", "Checkpoint Charlie", "Self Pollution", etc. Are these albums? Where can I find them?
4.22 What is "Give Way"?
4.23 What's up with "Last Kiss"? Where'd it come from? What records is it on?
4.24 What the heck is that thing on the cover of Binaural?
4.25 What does "Binaural" mean?
4.26 What is binaural recording and where can I learn more?
4.27 Which songs are recorded binaurally?
4.28 4.28 How do you pronounce "Binaural"?
4.29 What is on the cover of the Nothing as it Seems single?
4.30 Who is p.t. where it says "Thanks p.t." on the Soon Forget lyrics page?
4.31 What's the deal with the official bootlegs?
4.32 What is the little Monkey/man symbol in the corner of a few of the bootlegs?
*4.33 Are they releasing boots for all future shows?
*4.34 What is Riot Act named after?

SECTION 5 - SONG INFO

5.1 Does Pearl Jam play [insert song] live?
5.2 What is [song] about and what's the inspiration?
5.3 Yeah, yeah...but, what does Yellow Ledbetter REALLY mean? And where can I find this recording?
5.4 Why does Footsteps sound almost exactly like Temple of the Dog's Times of Trouble?
5.5 What does Eddie whisper in the beginning of Release?
5.6 What does Eddie mumble in the song Once (almost near the end)?
5.7 Who is Dirty Frank?
5.8 In the song Rats, who the heck is Ben?
5.9 What the heck is a "Daughter Tag"?
5.10 What is the stuff at the end of Daughter on Live on Two Legs? Is that a "Daughter tag"?
5.11 What is Eddie mumbling at the end of Corduroy?
5.12 Is Immortality about Kurt Cobain?
5.13 Who is that playing the harmonica on Smile?
5.14 I like the song "Mankind" but Eddie sounds weird on it, why?
5.15 OK, OK, so Stone sings "Mankind" but what does "Bacchanal" mean in the lyrics for this song?
5.16 What the hell is a "Lukin"?
5.17 What is the low voice saying during the chorus of "Pilate"?
5.18 Did I hear PJ cover "This Boy"? Isn't that making fun of Ed? What's the deal?
5.19 I've heard this song "Open Road", was it ever released? What's its deal?
5.20 What is this song "Chop It Down", Will it be on the next album?
5.21 I downloaded what I thought was a song from Binaural, but it was some song I've never heard of. What is it?
5.22 I've heard that the song Rival is about the incidents that occured at Columbine High School in 1999, is it?
5.23 Why is Jeff Ament credited with the title to Spoonman on Soundgarden's Superunkown?
5.24 I downloaded XXXX song off Napster, is it legit?
*5.25 Was there a song written about Layne Staley's death?
*5.26 What is the deal with Arc?

SECTION 6 - PEOPLE

6.1 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Gloria Steinem?
6.2 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Dennis Rodman?
6.3 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Stephan Jenkins?
6.4 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Shannen Doherty?
6.5 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Kurt Cobain?
6.6 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Neil Young?
6.7 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Pete Townshend and The Who?
6.8 Who is this Mr. Pickles character I've heard about?
*6.9 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Ralph Nader? the Green Party?

SECTION 7 - FAMOUS EVENTS

7.1 What festivals have PJ played at?
7.2 What is this Indio/shoe throwing thing I keep hearing about?
7.3 I’ve heard "I am a donut", what is that from?
7.4 What is this Infamous Rolling Stone article I keep hearing about?
7.5 What was the "fuck speech" from Maui?
7.6 What is this "Mullet Incident" I keep hearing about?
7.7 What was the "Quarter Rant"?
7.8 What was the "Breath Campaign"?
*7.9 What happened at Roskilde?
7.10 What is the 10th anniversary show?

SECTION 8 - VIDEOS AND AWARDS

*8.1 What videos have the band done?
*8.2 Where was (FILL IN VIDEO) shot?
8.3 I heard Pearl Jam doesn't make videos? Why not? What about Do The Evolution? What is their stance on videos?
*8.4 What is the Oceans video? Where can I find it?
8.5 What does Eddie Vedder say at the end of the Even Flow video?
8.6 I've seen/heard about a video for "Go". What's up with that?
8.7 I've seen/heard about a video for "Daughter" too...
8.8 Are there any commercial videotapes of the band available?
8.9 I was watching Singles and I thought I saw Pearl Jam. Are they in it?
8.10 What awards have the band received?

SECTION 9 - TECHNICAL, MUSICAL INFO

9.1 What instruments do the band members endorse/use?
9.2 Where can I find flow charts and detailed tech info on each band members equipment?
9.3 Where else can I get a hold of some Pearl Jam guitar tabs?
9.4 What magazines are good for Pearl Jam music?
9.5 How come the words in the Pearl Jam music book are wrong?

SECTION 10 - OTHER RESOURCES

10.1 Where can I find the Pearl Jam songbook?
10.2 Have any books been written about the band?
10.3 Does Pearl Jam have a fan club?
10.4 What benefits can I get as a member of the Ten Club?
10.5 Are there any other Pearl Jam fan organizations besides the Ten Club?
10.6 Are there other places on the Net where I can find other Pearl Jam stuff/info?


SECTION 2 - MEMBERS

2.1Who is in Pearl Jam?
Pearl Jam is: Eddie Vedder - Lead Vocals, rhythm guitar
Stone Gossard - Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mike McCready - Lead Guitar, backing vocals
Jeff Ament - Bass Guitar, backing vocals
Matt Cameron- Drums, percussion

2.2 What drummers have been in Pearl Jam?
The drummers of Pearl Jam have been:
Dave Krusen
Matt Chamberlain
Dave Abbruzzese
Jack Irons
Matt Cameron

2.3Who is this Krusen guy that I have heard about?
Dave Krusen was the original drummer for Pearl Jam. It is him that you hear on the skins on the album Ten. Dave left the band in 1991 to attend to personal problems at the time.

2.4 Who is Matt Chamberlain?
Matt Chamberlain was Dave Krusen's replacement as the drummer for Pearl Jam. Matt was formerly in the Saturday Night Live band and can be seen in the earliest of Pearl Jam MTV videos such as Alive. Matt later left Pearl Jam, suggesting as he left that Pearl Jam check out a drummer named Dave Abbruzzese in the Texas funk band, Dr. Tongue. Chamberlain's previous efforts include Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. He has fronted a band called Critters Buggin, which includes saxophonist Skerik formerly of Sadhappy and bassist Brad Houser. They play largely instrumental jazzy alternative music that is difficult to describe but excellent to listen to. They have an album named "Guest" which was co-produced by Stone Gossard, and released under Stone's Loosegroove label. Currently Matt has made quite a name for himself as drummer for Tori Amos as well as a session drummer for the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, the Wallflowers, and Fiona Apple.

2.5 Why was Dave Abbruzzese fired?
No one knows the exact story yet behind the firing of Dave A. All that is known so far is that he was fired by Stone around Aug. 1994. The story released to the media, at first, said that it was an amicable split and that Dave A. left the band to study music. Then Dave A. later released to the press his version of the story. According to Dave A., the band fired him for reasons that are still unclear to him. Why the band released the first statement that Dave left the band is still unknown. Jack Irons was his replacement, and Matt Cameron is now the drummer for the band.

2.6 What Happened to Jack Irons?
After the South Pacific tour of 1998, Pearl Jam announced that Jack would not be joining them for their summer tour because of medical reasons. Jack has now retired to raise his family.

2.7So what is Matt Cameron’s status? Is he the permanent drummer?
Matt is considered the drummer for the band now. After Jack decided not to play the '98 summer tour, PJ needed a tour drummer. Matt happened to have some free time, so he came on board as a temp drummer on 4/17/98. His first performance with PJ was on Letterman on 5/1/98. He toured with PJ over the summer, kicked some serious ass, and has gone on to help Pearl Jam record new albums in 1999 and 2002.

2.8 Did any of the band members go to college?
Jeff Ament went to University of Montana to study art (he also played basketball there) and dropped out before he could graduate. Mike also went to community college but not straight out of high school. As far as we know, Stone graduated from high school but never went to college. Eddie dropped out of high school but later received his GED and briefly went to community college in Chicago before returning to San Diego.

2.9 What are the birthdays of the band members?
*Eddie: 12/23/64
*Jeff: 03/10/63
*Stone: 07/20/66
*Mike: 04/05/65
*Matt: 11/28/62

2.10What is the marital status of the bands?
Eddie Vedder married Beth Liebling in Rome on June 3, 1994 but they have since been divorced. Matt Cameron is married to April Cameron who, incidentally, you will find credited for contributing strings on Binaural. The other band members are presently unmarried.

2.11Do any of them have children?
Matt has a son, Raymond Cameron. In a Newsletter 18, Ray was quoted as saying, "My dad says Pearl Jam fans are better than french fries". =)

2.12 What do we know about Eddie Vedder's ex-wife Beth?
Eddie has always maintained a pretty private life and not much is known about her. It has been mentioned in interviews that they met in Chicago in 1984 and were married in 1994; they have since been divorced. Beth is described as a writer and as of late, she is in the band Hovercraft. She plays under the alias ‘Sadie 7’, and plays bass.

2.13 Do the guys have any siblings?
We know Eddie has two brothers, one named Jason, and one named Chris. His third half-brother's name is either Brian or Mike (??). Jason is the one that played with Pearl Jam in Den Haag, 1992. Eddie wished Chris Happy Birthday during the DJ segment of their Atlanta broadcast. Eddie also has a half-sister Gina who was given up for adoption a few years before his birth. She is apparently the "Sister Parish" referred to in the Ten liner notes.
We know Jeff has a brother, Barry. Barry has been extremely involved in the graphic design of Pearl Jam stuff (posters, album packaging, newsletters, stickers, t-shirts etc.) through the graphic design firm Amesbros (http://www.amesbros.com) that he and Jeff are a part of.
We know Stone has a sister, Shelly. She once worked at Curtis Management (the bands management firm), and later at Stone's record label Loosegroove. She is no longer employed with the band. According to IMDB.com he also has a sister named Star.

2.14 What is Eddie's real name?
Eddie Vedder. His biological name is Edward Louis Severson III. He was adopted by the man he not so fondly calls "that lawyer fuck" and had the name Edward Mueller. After his mother divorced, he took her maiden name, Vedder.

Eddie also used the alias "Jerome Turner" in the credits for No Code, Yield, and Live on Two Legs. He has also been referred to as Wes C. Addle (West Seattle) on numerous occasions, including the Audioslave album. Supposedly "Jerome" is really his middle name. On the same note, Stone has used the alias "Carpenter Newton" in a similar fashion.

2.15 What's that weird tattoo on Eddie's right calf?
Eddie sports a tattoo of a crossed tomahawk and a wrench on his right calf. (YEOUCH!) This tattoo is the logo of Earth First, a radical environmental group. BTW, former Pearl Jam member Dave Abbruzesse also sported a tattoo, the famous Pearl Jam stickman logo, on his arm, below his shoulder.

2.16 I’ve heard Mike is a cross-dresser, what’s the deal?
Well, Mike has had a tendency to wear dresses, feather boas, sequined spandex shirts and the like at shows. Not quite sure why, but this is a long-standing tradition. Whatever floats your boat, eh?

2.17 Do the members of Pearl Jam do drugs?
We shouldn’t even cover this question… but for some reason people often ask. This is the type of question that won't get you too far with the band or with their true fans. You might get some opinions and idle banter about the topic, but it really has nothing to do with their music, so who really cares, right? We don’t need to know about such private things. Next question please...

2.18 Did Ed ever work for MTV?
Yep, Ed was an intern at MTV in the late 80's. It isn't know whether he worked out of San Diego or NYC. If anyone has any more info on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

2.19 Who is this "Boom" character?
Kenneth "Boom" Gaspar is responsible for the organs that you hear on Riot Act. According to a Billboard.com article where Ed speaks of the song Love Boat Captain:

"I started disappearing into surfing areas about five or six years ago, as a way to refuel whatever I'd lose being around a lot of people. I'd just go where there was no people! This place where literally the roads are.. there's no stoplights. It's very small town living. I met this "Big Kahuna"-type guy on the island. His friend was this other guy who was a musician. There was another guy on the island who was recording some of the locals there. He passed away; a young guy. He left a wife and kid. I would never go to functions or whatever, but I went to this wake on a big porch. Musicians were playing all night; the guys he had recorded. It was pretty intense and pretty sad. I noticed this guy playing [Hammond B3 [organ], just world-class! I bumped into him a couple other times and then I threw it out there that we should play sometime. I had a little recording setup for when I wanted to get away and do some writing. He just showed up and we started playing. That night we wrote what turned into "Love Boat Captain." Within an hour, we had this thing we put on the stereo and played it loud."
Boom has also appeared on their two 2002 Letterman performances ("I Am Mine" and "Save You") and will be included in the 2003 tour.

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SECTION 3.0 – BAND HISTORY AND ISSUES

3.1 Where is the band from?
The band as a whole is from Seattle, Washington, although originally Eddie Vedder is from Evanston, Illinois and later, San Diego, California. Jeff Ament originally hails from the state of Montana. Stone Gossard is from Seattle, Washington. Matt Cameron is from San Diego, California. Mike McCready was born in Pensacola, Florida but raised in Seattle.

3.2 When did the band get together?
Pearl Jam formed in late 1990 after the death of Seattle singer Andrew Wood which broke up his band, Mother Love Bone, of which Ament and Gossard were members.

3.3 How did Pearl Jam come together?
This question has a long answer. Briefly, it begins with early Seattle bands such as Stone Gossard's March of Crimes and The Ducky Boys, Ament's Deranged Diction, and Mark Arm's Mr. Epp. These early bands boiled down into Green River with Stone Gossard and Steve Turner on guitar, Ament on Bass and Arm on vocals. After a couple personnel changes, Green River parted ways with Arm and Turner going on to form Mudhoney and Ament and Gossard going through a couple bands and finally settling down in Mother Love Bone with ex-Malfunkshun vocalist Andrew Wood. MLB started to gain some momentum commercially with a record deal in the works with a major label and some airplay on MTV, after being "discovered" by Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. Unfortunately, Andrew Wood passed away due to a heroin overdose stopping Mother Love Bone in their tracks. Wood's roommate, vocalist/guitarist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, hit hard by the death of Wood wrote the songs Say Hello To Heaven, and Reach Down about his deceased roommate and decided to record them as a tribute to Wood. This project developed into an entire album entitled Temple of the Dog after a line in the Mother Love Bone song Man of Golden Words. This project included Cornell on vocals and guitar, Stone Gossard on guitar, Jeff Ament on bass, Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, and recent Gossard/Ament recruit Mike McCready also on guitar. At the same time that Temple was being designed/written Gossard, Ament, and McCready had just finished a three song instrumental demo with Matt Cameron helping them out on drums. The demo was driven by the Gossard creation Dollar Short that would eventually evolve into the AOR anthem Alive. This tape made it into the hands of a young San Diego gas station attendant named Eddie Vedder through friend and ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons. According to Vedder, after listening to the tape several times and then went surfing with the music playing in his head over and over. It was then that he put some of his lyrics to the music. Vedder dubbed his vocals onto the tape and titled the tape Mamasan ...it consisted of Part1--Alive, Part 2--Once and part 3--Footsteps. He sometimes refers to this in interviews as his little Mini-Opera. Ament, Gossard and McCready were impressed and eventually arranged a jam session to test the waters of a possible band formation. Things went well and Vedder joined in on the Temple of the Dog project with backing vocals and co-lead vocals on Hunger Strike. With Temple in the can, the band Mookie Blaylock was born with the addition of Dave Krusen on drums. The band took their name in reference the then New Jersey Nets point guard of the same name. This name was changed in favor of Pearl Jam (after briefly considering the name Reenk Roink) and the band was solidified.

3.4 What does the name Pearl Jam come from?
It’s not known for sure. A few theories:

Vedder's grandmother's name was Pearl and she was married to a Native American that influenced her cooking style. She had a recipe for preserves that included a Native American hallucinogenic substance (Peyote), hence, Pearl Jam. This is widely thought of as BS that Ed told to Rolling Stone.

Another theory is that the members thought it would be funny to have frat boys wearing t-shirts that had the slang for, uh, a male bodily fluid on them.

The one we believe is this one, straight from Ed:

"I remember throwing words and meanings around for band names,..... I was writing songs daily and they seemed more important than the name of the band,.... I didn't grasp at the time how representative it may become,....not to mention we were just making a little record that few people would ever hear,......

so the words came, 2,... one of which was Pearl. The name of my great grandmother,..... married to a contortionist...... He used to fit himself into a suitcase.... One in a long line of peculiar individuals.

Pearl is also a surfing term when you go headfirst and eat it on the face of a wave....

Janis Joplins greatest record was called Pearl,..... And of course, Earl the Pearl Monroe who shared the court with Phil Jackson I believe,.... (I often tell people that it was Phils initials that led us to our name..... ) I thought that was much better than the rumor that Pearl Jam was some sort of slang for "ejaculated liquid"..... harsh,.....

No,..... I feel that the best justification for the name is in reference to the pearl itself,... and the natural process from which a pearl comes from,...... Basically, taking excrement or waste and turning it into something beautiful,...... This is how our band began,..... taking emotions that we wrestled with personally and letting them evolve into songs,..... In this way the songs became vehicles in which to deal with it all,..... Add the volume of loud instruments, amplified vocals,..... moving chord changes,.... And it wasn’t just shit anymore,.... It was kind of beautiful,.... powerful,,...... UNCULTURED! As Johnny Rotten would say later,

Anger is an Energy...... And Shit can be Beautiful. the proof is in the pearl."

3.5 I've heard of Bad Radio. What is it?
Bad Radio is the San Diego band that Eddie Vedder was in prior to Pearl Jam. You might have heard of Bad Radio since there are bootlegs available now with Eddie's stuff with his old band. Plus, Betterman, one of the songs off of Vitalogy, is an old Bad Radio song. There are various audio and video recordings of Eddie in Bad Radio floating around.

3.6 What other bands were the rest of the guys in before PJ?
Quite a few, see Question 3.3

3.7 Do the members of Pearl Jam make any music outside of the band?
Phew...short question with a long answer. OK, the really short answer is yes.
Here's the long answer:

Mike - Currently Mike is taking part in a project called "The Rockfords" which consists of Mike’s childhood friends and members of the now defunct Seattle band "Goodness". The first album, called The Rockfords, was released in February 2000.
Another notable project that Mike took part in was "Mad Season." This lineup included Mike, Layne Stayley(vocals), the late John Baker Saunders(bass), and Barrett Martin(drums). They released one album in 1995, Above. An attempt was made to revive this project under the name "Disinformation" and with Mark Lanegan on vocals in 1998, but regardless of varying reports that material for an album was nearly completed, the project is not going to happen. As well Mike has done guest appearances on guitar for many many many songs from other bands and projects, probably more than we even know about.

Stone - Stone is currently a member of the band "Brad", and he also ran his own record label, Loosegroove( http://www.loosegroove.com ), which he closed in early 2000 to focus more time on Pearl Jam.
Brad has released three albums, Shame, Interiors, and Welcome to Discovery Park.
And if this isn't enough, Stone came out with a solo record in September of 2001 entitled Bayleaf.

Ed - Ed has never put together a real "side project" but has a history of collaborating (independently of the band) with others both on record and on stage including, but not limited to: Pete Townshend, Hovercraft, Neil Finn, Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Mike Watt, The Ramones, Neil Young, Susan Sarandon and lately the WA indy group "C Average".

Jeff - Jeff is currently a member of the band "Three Fish", a real departure musically from Pearl Jam. They have released two albums, Three Fish and The Quiet Table.

Matt - Matt has put together his own project "Wellwater Conspiracy" with John McBain. Matt does more than just playing the drums for the project, providing music from a lot of different instruments and electronic sources… he even does vocals! The have released three albums as well, Declaration of Conformity, Brotherhood of Electric, and The Scroll & Its Combinations. Their latest album even features Ed on vocals for "Felicity's Surprise".

You can find a list of all of these albums, and other related albums, at the Song Menu on this site under "Related Albums".

3.8 What are Pearl Jam's influences?
Stop, think hard for the name of a band, and you'll have probably just picked one of Pearl Jam's influences. The band claims many punk and classic rock bands as influences (The Who, Neil Young, KISS, The Ramones, Fugazi, Neil Finn, The Beatles, Sonic Youth, The Fastbacks, etc.) as well as blues oriented artists and many of their contemporaries such as Soundgarden and Mudhoney.

3.9 What is the Ticketmaster controversy all about?
Taken from one of many articles on the subject:

"While Springsteen and U2 have taken action to keep scalpers from turning the expense of concertgoing into a fan's nightmare, it took Pearl Jam to say enough's enough and take up the long-overdue fight to bring down the cost of a concert ticket being bought via legitimate means. On June 30th, 1994 bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard gave three hours of testimony before government subcommittee on Capitol Hill about the ever-escalating expense involved in purchasing tickets to entertainment events, singling out Ticketmaster and charging that the computerized ticket service prices its tickets for rock concerts far higher that the band's young fans can afford. When Pearl Jam and the ticket conglomerate could reach no agreement on the specific issue of pricing tickets for their summer tour (the band proposed charging a face value of $18 plus a 10% service charge, which falls well below the usual service charge on concert tickets), PJ filed an antitrust suit with the Justice Department claiming they were forced to cancel their summer tour because Ticketmaster had prompted a national boycott against the band be members of a national association of concert promoters; and that Ticketmaster has a virtual monopoly on the national distribution of concert tickets since no competing ticket service exists as an alternative for fans. Ticketmaster has denied all of Pearl Jam's allegations. The band has garnered support of artists such as R.E.M., Garth Brooks, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, and Aerosmith, whose manager Tim Collins testified at the House hearings and read a statement that Aerosmith had issued from Italy where they were on tour, quoting Steven Tyler's view of how Ticketmaster relates to the music industry: ‘Mussolini may have made trains run on time but not everyone could get a seat on those trains.’ The Justice Department continues its investigations into the matter."

*Post-Script: Attorney General Janet Reno has since dropped the investigation against Ticketmaster and after an unsuccessful tour using non-TM venues they have decided to use TM under strict surcharge guidelines when other options are not available. Also of note, in 1999 Pearl Jam closed ties with US concert promoter House of Blues after a brokering scandal was uncovered involving some shows from the 1998 US tour.

3.10 I recently bought Pearl Jam tickets from Ticketmaster, what is going on?
After a few less than successful attempts at touring without using Ticketmaster and being unable to play in many cities, especially LA and New York, Pearl Jam decided that they would opt to go with Ticketmaster in locations where there was no other choice as opposed to limiting their tour to non-Ticketmaster venues. In 1998 about 50% of the tour was handled through Ticketmaster and the other half through alternative agencies. The 2000 US tour was handled almost exclusively through Ticketmaster, symbolic of recent events in the industry that has almost crushed their ability to use alternate ticketing agencies. Pearl Jam has decided that they can no longer handle the distractions of the Ticketmaster battle and choose instead to concentrate their tour energy on putting on great a show. They still claim victory over Ticketmaster in the form that Ticketmaster must now itemize their surcharges so that concert goers know how much the band is actually charging and how much is exorbitant Ticketmaster fees.

3.11 What are some of the issues Pearl Jam are activists for?
Actually that's not such an easy question either. Pearl Jam is active both directly and indirectly in a lot of different charitable causes and organizations. From building houses for Native Americans, to donating large sums of money to Seattle school libraries, to their fight with Ticketmaster, to playing a variety of benefit concerts and contributing to benefit albums, their activism is truly broad. They seem to be most vocal about environmental issues and women’s rights, which you will also find reflected in the music. Synergy has put together a good resource outlining some of the issues and organizations Pearl Jam. ( http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/PearlJam/activism/alist.html)

3.12 How does Pearl Jam feel about Napster/mp3's?

Here's what Ed had to say about the subject in a few interviews:

Interview with Will Pendarvis on Krock in NYC (5/10/00)
WP: I've noticed that everything I see from you is written on a typewriter, so it doesn't seem like to me that you spend much time on the 'net.
EV: I did when I first got a computer. I was interested to see what was going on out there, and what the community was like. And actually, there was some really positive stuff out there, kind of an interesting way of communicating. And since then, I haven't really gone back to it. I kinda know what's going on; I hear a little here and there. It's also something you can't keep up with. It's really moving incredibly fast. So, I figure I'll check in once the dust settles a little. How would the band react to downloading music? I think again, we're doing the same. We want to see where this technology goes and catch up to it when it settles down even just a little bit. If we were able to offer music or live shows.. we've talked about certain things, trying to use the medium in a positive fashion and a responsible way. Right now, it's more of an exercise in frustration, and not like a fulfilling one...
WP: You're just going to see how it pans out and then make a decision on whether it's going to be good or not, right?
EV: A little bit. Again, to start trying to get on the horse right now while it's still pretty wild, would be time consuming and a little too much to keep up with. We'll see where it all goes. As long as it stays like a community thing, and not a regulated thing, being taxed and conformed, it should be all right, I would hope.

And in an interview from KROQ in LA(5/12/00)
"I personally think if you can make music available, be responsible to the consumer and do it on a level that you can still sustain yourself artistically and distribute the music. It seems like if you put it out at a decent price and you can download it from a real site for a decent price... it won't be as appealing to get it for free. I think there's been a lot of ways to get music for free for years. You can get music by recording on a cassette. When cassettes came out back in the late 50's, in the 70's whenever it was, that was a concern. I think in some ways probably in the end if you just kinda let go be a little more free with the stuff. It will only encourage more interest or something."

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SECTION 4 - RECORDING HISTORY AND ALBUMS INFO

4.1 What albums have the band released? When was each album released?
*Ten Epic ZK 47857 Released: 08/27/91
*VS Epic ZK 53136 Released: 10/19/93
*Vitalogy Epic EK 66900 Released: 12/6/94 (on CD)
*No Code Epic EK 67500 Released: 08/27/96
*Yield Epic EK 68164 Released: 02/03/98
*Live On Two Legs EK 69752 Released: 11/24/98
*Binaural EK 63665 Released: 5/16/00
*2000 Euro Boot Series Released: 9/25/00 (retail)
*2000 NA Boot Series I Released: 2/28/01 (retail)
*2000 NA Boot Series II Released: 3/28/01 (retail)
*Riot Act EK 86825 Released: 11/12/02

***please note that as with all dates in this FAQ, the AMERICAN date notation is used. So, for example, Vitalogy was released on Dec. 6 1994 and NOT on June 12, 1994. That may or may note have been obvious, but it is worth noting. These release dates are also the American release date.

4.2 How many copies of each album have they sold?
These are the latest approximate figures we have based on platinum awards:
*Ten : 11 million copies in the US (last certification 8/06/99)
*Vs. : 6 million copies in the US (last certification 3/16/95)
*Vitalogy : 5 million copies in the US (last certification 10/13/95)
*No Code: 1 million copies (last certification 1/08/97)
*Yield: 1 million copies (last certification 3/13/98) (this is approaching 2 mil)
*Live on Two Legs: less than 1 million
*Binaural: approx 1 million**(gold certification 6/25/00)
*2000 bootleg series: approx 1.25 million combined**

Ten is a member of the prestigious group of recordings to receive the inaugural "Diamond Award" in 2000. This is a new award that celebrates recordings achieving the lofty milestone of 10 million copies sold.

Also, Vs. set the record for selling more copies (950,000) in its opening week than any other album since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991. Vs. maintained that record until a new monitoring system went into place in 1998 that changed the way sales were reported. That new system now monitors sales in the debut week for 7 days, whereas the old system (when Vs. was released) only allowed debuts 5 days of sales to be counted from some distributors. So technically Pearl Jam owns and will always own the record for most albums sold in a week using the 5 day system. (To borrow an analogy, it’s like when track changed from the 40 yard races to 40 meter races. Someone holds the record for 40 meters, but the old records in the 40 yard races will still stand). In 1999 and 2000, this record has been reset several times by a variety of teen pop bands that compete for the record and have sold several million in the first week, which it's safe to say beats even the old record. But if you still want to claim the record for Pearl Jam, then technically you can.

Vitalogy also debuted at No. 55 in the Billboard top 200 when it was released as a VINYL one week before the CD, the first vinyl record release to chart since the inception of CD's.

With the 2000 European Bootleg series, Pearl Jam tied the record for most albums on the billboard chart in one week with 5 of the bootlegs charting in the top 200. They also set the record for most albums on the chart in a debut week, which is a pretty silly record if you ask me. The forthcoming North American bootleg series will likely break some of these records as well.

**These sales figures are based on information from recent articles and trade publications since the certification info is not particularly informative in these cases.

4.3 What songs are on each of the albums?
On Pearl Jam's official albums the tracks can be found here under the Studio Albums section.

4.4 But I know I have heard other Pearl Jam songs, what gives?
Pearl Jam has always been fond of releasing extra songs as b-sides on their CD-singles (How can a CD have sides anyway?) and also, foreign copies of Ten have extra songs. This list can be found here under the Singles/B-Sides, X-Mas Albums, Appearances, and Related Albums.

For a list of every cover, improv, and released song ever played live take a trip over to the Pearl Jam Vault ( http://www.pauserecord.com/john/pjvault/).

4.5 What was the first song released by the band?
Alive

4.6 Why was the first album called Ten?
After changing their name from Mookie Blaylock to Pearl Jam the band named their album after Blaylock's number, 10.

4.7 I have an extra unlisted instrumental on my copy of Ten, is this rare? What is Master/Slave?
No, The track is called Master/Slave and is used to introduce the album Ten before the song Once and is developed more completely after the song Release to close the album. While this title appears nowhere on the packaging, you can see that it is the official name if you look the copyright information for Ten up in the Library of Congress.

4.8 What is the "?????" song on the Japanese Import of Ten?
That is "I've Got A Feeling" (NOT master/slave), a Beatles song that was recorded by the band and sometimes was played at shows with long jams. In the words of Ed, they only play it "…when they really got a feeling".

4.9 I have the European pressing of Ten. In the liner notes it credits someone named "Abrellesse " on the songs Wash, Dirty Frank, and Alive (live). Who is this?
We have no "official" answer here, but it would appear that this is simply a misspelling of the name "Abruzzesse", as in Dave. I have seen that this isn't on every copy of the European Ten so it must have been corrected at some point.

4.10 How come Evenflow sounds different on the radio than on my CD?
Evenflow was re-recorded for the release of the Alive EP. Many stations play this version....it is very similar but at the beginning you hear Vedder yell "Haah!" as the riff kicks in and in the end he says.."I died, I died...etc" This version is also the one they use for the video (see question 8.5) [It is worth noting that someone submitted to me (without an exact page number) that the phrase that Eddie mumbles is a quote from the book "A Prayer For Owen Meany" by John Irving. Well, after doing some digging, I found the quote in question. In Evenflow, Eddie mumbles "I died, I died and you just stood there. I died and you watched me. I died and you walked by and said, 'No, I'm dead'". Now, on page 21 of "A Prayer for Owen Meany" the character says "YOU LET ME DROWN! YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING! YOU JUST WATCHED ME DROWN! I'M ALREADY DEAD. REMEMBER THAT: YOU LET ME DIE." Now, I might agree that perhaps the quotes might be related in some fashion, but obviously it is not an exact quote as this person stated it was. So judge for yourself because I'm not convinced that the quote came from this source. -Chris]

4.11 I'm confused about this whole trading card thing!
With the release of No Code, came the existence of PJ No Code trading cards. There are 4 sets of 9 trading cards, series C,O,D, AND E (yes you guessed it, that spells "Code"). The pictures on the cards are from the panel artwork on the No Code album. If that wasn't specific enough for you, here is the list of the cards that are out there:

Set C

23615106091-1C - Hail Hail
23615106091-2C - Smile
23615106091-3C - Off He Goes
23615106091-4C - Mankind
23615106091-5C - Around The Bend
23615106091-6C – Sometimes
23615106091-7C - Red Mosquito
23615106091-8C - Present Tense
23615106091-9C – Habit

Set O

23615106091-1O - Hail Hail
23615106091-2O - Smile
23615106091-3O - Off He Goes
23615106091-4O - Mankind
23615106091-5O - Around The Bend
23615106091-6O - Sometimes
23615106091-7O - Red Mosquito
23615106091-8O - Present Tense
23615106091-9O - Habit

Set D

23615106091-1D - Hail Hail
23615106091-2D – Smile
23615106091-3D - Off He Goes
23615106091-4D - Mankind
23615106091-5D - Around The Bend
23615106091-6D - Who You Are
23615106091-7D - I'm Open
23615106091-8D - In My Tree [copyright card]
23615106091-9D – Habit

Set E

23615106091-1E - Hail Hail
23615106091-2E - Smile
23615106091-3E - Off He Goes
23615106091-4E - Mankind
23615106091-5E - Around The Bend
23615106091-6E - Who You Are
23615106091-7E - I'm Open
23615106091-8E - In My Tree
23615106091-9E - Lukin

4.12 A couple of the lyric cards I got with No Code are blacked out. What gives?
The cards for the songs "In My Tree" & "Present Tense" are not supplied with lyrics. Presumably, that would be because of the band's long standing position that listeners should "feel" the songs and interpret (not translate) their own meanings. These songs appear to be introspective to Eddie and perhaps he feels too personally attached to share the lyrics with the world in printed form. This was the case with Release and you can't find those lyrics in any official song or tab book.

4.13 Who is that on the cover of the Who You Are single?
Stone (left) and Mike (right).

4.14 My local radio station plays Hail, Hail all the time and I heard that it was a single but I'll be damned if I've been able to find it....why?
If you are asking this, you probably live in North America. Hail, Hail is indeed the second No Code single but as of this writing has been released in Germany, Holland, Australia, and England. Some stores in the U.S. carry the import version at high prices. The only version released here in the states is on vinyl. The single is backed with the song, "Black, Red, Yellow".

4.15 In the page for In Hiding there is a quote by someone named Buk, who is that?
This is an author named Charles Bukowski. His writing is said to be the inspiration behind In Hiding.

4.16 What is this book Ishmael I keep hearing about and what does it have to do with PJ?
Ishmael is a book by Daniel Quinn. Through interviews, Monkeywrench Radio and the Ten Club Newsletter, The Band has made it quite clear there are similarities between this book and Yield. They even goes so far as to say that the liner notes to Yield are in that book. Similarities are most striking to Do The Evolution. I am not going to tell you the plot of the book, you'll just have to read it. There is a website for info on Ishmael (
http://www.ishmael.org ).

4.17 What is this I hear about hidden yield signs in the Yield booklet?
Many fans believe that each photograph in the Yield booklet contains a small hidden yield sign or something that looks like one. This has never been confirmed by the band, but it does seem that there are some "hidden" yield signs in the photos whether it is coincidence or not. It takes a little imagination to find them, but they are there. Since the fun is in finding them yourself we won't tell you where they are, but as an easy example we'll use the "push me, pull me" photo. Look towards the right hand side at the sign on the building, there is a little yield sign on there! The rest are not quite so easy, but many people insist that you can find one in every picture.

4.18 Where is the photo on the cover of Yield from?
It’s a highway in Montana. The photo is doctored to form a 360-degree panorama.

4.19 Are there any live Pearl Jam shows available commercially?
Live on Two Legs, released in 1998, was Pearl Jam's first official "live album." It is a single disc compilation taken from the 1998 North American tour. Beginning with the 2000 European Tour, Pearl Jam has begun releasing all of their concerts as official full length 2 CD bootlegs. The 2000 European tour was released in September of 2000 and the 2000 North American tour was released in early 2001. These bootlegs are available in most record stores, but apparently are produced on a somewhat limited scale, and it is not known if they will be pressed again in the future.

In addition to these live albums, you can find various live tracks as B-sides on some of the singles, and also the special release 3 part Dissident single. (see question 4.4)

Unofficially, there is tons of live and unreleased Pearl Jam available on both CD and on tape from very nice traders all around the world. Never, EVER pay for unofficial Pearl Jam. You will get ripped off, I promise. All you need to do is find a nice trader who will do a B&P (Blanks & Postage), and send them 2 blank CD-r's or two blank tapes and return postage. They will then send you back the show requested on the media provided. Easy, eh? For more info go to the Five Horizons Newbie Guide to Tape Trading. (http://www.fivehorizons.com/feature/trading.html)

4.20 What concerts are the songs on Live on Two Legs from?
That's a good question! The band didn't release a list with the album because they thought it would be fun for us to have to listen to bootleg tapes and figure it out ourselves. Well, so did we for a little bit, but it turned out to be kind of annoying and unsuccessful! We do know that all of the songs are from the '98 summer tour, none of them are from Dallas (per an interview), and we strongly suspect that at least one of the songs was actually spliced together from a couple of different performances. Talk about a wild goose chase! Well, here's a list that's about as accurate as we can get:

Corduroy Chicago, IL (6/29/98)
Given To Fly E. Lansing, MI (8/18/98)
Hail, Hail Sacramento, CA (7/16/98)
Daughter Washington D.C. (9/19/98)
Elderly Woman… W. Palm Beach, FL (9/23/98)
Untitled Columbia, MD (9/18/98)
MFC E. Troy, WI (6/27/98)
Go E. Rutherford, NJ (9/8/98)
Red Mosquito Camden, NJ (8/29/98)
Even Flow Pittsburgh (8/25/98)/Raleigh (8/31/98) splice
Off He Goes Los Angeles, CA (7/14/98)
Nothingman Kansas City, MO (7/03/98)
Do The Evolution Vancouver (7/19/98) or Detroit (8/23/98)
Better Man Rapid City, SD (6/24/98)
Black Viginia Beach, VA (9/7/98)
F*ckin' Up Boston, MA (9/15/98)

4.21 I have heard other names such as "Monkeywrench", "Checkpoint Charlie", "Self Pollution" etc. Are these albums? Where can I find them?
These are PJ sponsored radio broadcasts. Sometimes they get catchy names associated with them that would make them sound like albums. "Monkeywrench Radio" is kind of a general term Eddie has given to radio shows he DJ’s, and to the pirate-radio-station-in-a-van he used to own and use. The very first Pearl Jam radio broadcast was the show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta 4/3/94 which was carried via satellite to radio stations across the country. After the show Ed did a DJ session from the van in the parking lot. We later see that DJ alter-ego of Ed come out again in the "Self Pollution Radio" show broadcast from a house in Seattle 1/8/95 and again carried over satellite to all stations willing to play it. Here Eddie played DJ for a show that consisted of live performances from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Fastbacks, and Mudhoney, as well as Ed spinning tracks from a variety of records and speeches by himself and other distinguished guests. Then during the 1995 US tour they carted around the pirate-radio-station-in-a-van, called "Monkeywrench Radio," broadcasting all of the shows at a low frequency from the parking lot. A few of these broadcasts (most notably 7/11/95) were picked up by local radio stations who rebroadcast them to their listening area. Then we had the satellite broadcast of Pearl Jam’s show in Berlin Germany 11/3/96 which is commonly called "Checkpoint Charlie." After the show Ed again did a DJ show which was only carried in Germany. Then is what was another radio show called "Monkeywrench Radio" 1/31/98, which was basically the same format as Self Pollution Radio. And then finally on 3/5/98 the band’s show Melbourne Australia was broadcast on the radio across Australia on the JJJ station (and also on the internet).

Finally, some stations such as WBCN 104.1 in Boston pressed CD's of the shows to give away as promo items. This is where those pet names sometimes come from. The only one that ever was released commercially by the band was the "Live in Atlanta" collection that is actually 3 CD singles that make up one collection. This version of the Atlanta show is missing a few songs though (Better Man, Sonic Reducer, Whipping, Satan's Bed). Also there was almost a release from the 3/5/98 show "Give Way," see question 4.22 for details.

4.22 What is "Give Way"?
Give Way was a promotional CD created for the release of Single Video Theory. It contained 70 minutes of the 3/5/98 show in soundboard quality and was to be given away for free to the first customers buying the video from Best Buy stores. The day before the release, the CD’s were recalled and destroyed by Sony. Supposedly this promotion was not properly cleared with the label and/or the band. Best Buy had run a full page add about the release in it’s Sunday circular and when fans lined up at the doors to get their free CD, Best Buy was forced to give away any CD of your choice for free with purchase of SVT. Of the 50,000 CD’s pressed, only 2 or 3 have ever surfaced. The rest were destroyed and it is rumored Best Buy was threatened with a $10,000 fine for each unreturned disc.

4.23 What's up with "Last Kiss"? Where'd it come from? What records is it on?
Last Kiss is a cover of a song originally recorded by J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers in 1964. Eddie told the story of how he came upon it during the 5/7/98 ARO.space show. The story goes that Eddie found an old record of the song at the Fremont Antique Mall in Seattle shortly before the show, stayed up all night listening to it, and got the rest of the band to try it out. It was then played various times throughout the ’98 summer tour and eventually recorded at a soundcheck and released on the 1998 Fan Club single. By the spring of 1999 a few large radio stations managed to get copies of it and started to play it on the air. Radio audiences fell in love with it and it quickly became the #1 requested song in many places. More radio stations followed up on the interest and soon many stations from coast to coast were playing it in heavy rotation. The song was a phenomenal success and was shooting up the charts on radio points alone… at the time the single was not available in stores at all, so the fact that it was on the charts was pretty amazing. As the public raved over the song, the demand for a single that they could buy was very high and the band decided to allow a release, as long as all profits would be donated to benefit refugees of the Kosovo War. After the release of the single, "Last Kiss" reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making it the "most popular" Pearl Jam song ever (The purpose of the Hot 100 chart is to determine the 100 "most popular" songs in America for the given week). It was later released as part of the "No Boundaries" compilation, which also benefited Kosovar refugees. The "No Boundaries" CD is the only release of "Last Kiss" that can still be found in stores.

4.24 What the heck is that thing on the cover of Binaural?
It's an actual photograph of the Hourglass planetary nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The photographs on the inside of the cover and on the outside of the lyrics booklet are also nebula photos. You can find out some more information about those photos on the last page of the lyrics book.

4.25 What does "Binaural" mean?
According to webster's dictionary:
Of or pertaining to, or used by, both ears.

But in this case it actually refers to binaural recording, a process which was used in recording this album.

4.26 OK, so what is binaural recording, and where can I learn more?
Well, here's how Ed puts it in layman's terms:

From CNN World Beat interview
It was a type of recording of not just the instruments, but the air around the instruments," Vedder said. "You really feel the space of the room. That's something that you miss from modern recordings."

For a more technical description, check out Five Horizon's "A Beginner's Guide to Binaural Recording" (http://www.fivehorizons.com/feature/binaural.html)

4.27 Which songs are recorded binaurally?
We don't know for sure, but it sounds like every song has at least some part recorded binaurally. The way you can tell a binaural recording is that it will have kind of an ambient echoing quality and it sounds as if you are standing in the same room. Keep in mind that only certain parts might be recorded binaurally in a song, for instance only the drums.

4.28 How do you pronounce "Binaural"?
SOUND IT OUT!

Just kidding, there are several official pronunciations, but this seems to be the most common:
Bi (rhymes with "try") + Noral (rhymes with "coral")
put them together?
Bi + Noral
BiNoral
Binoral
Binaural

See, you can do it! We knew you could.

4.29 What is on the cover of the Nothing as it Seems single?
This is a photograph taken from inside of the clock tower at the courthouse in Missoula, Montana. (Jeff's hometown)

4.30 Who is p.t. where it says "thanks p.t." on the Soon Forget lyrics page?
Pete Townshend(see question 6.7) presumably because this song seems to be derived from The Who song "Blue, Red and Grey" which Townshend wrote.

4.31 What's the deal with the official bootlegs?
Basically, Pearl Jam decided that they didn't want their fans paying huge amounts of money for poor quality recordings. They decided to do a little experiment and release soundboard copies of every show on their 2000 European tour. Originally the bootlegs were only going to be sold online through the 10 club, but to appease the record company and retailers they released them to record stores as well. Pearl Jam then went on to release both legs of the U.S. tour too.

4.32 What is the little monkey/man symbol in the corner of a few of the bootlegs?
On the back of several of the boots there is a small Monkey/Man symbol in the lower left-hand corner. These marked boots are ones that Sony recommended to get if you couldn't decide. The recommendation was intended for smaller record store who did not want to carry all 25 Euro boots. The recommendations are not necessarily made directly by the band.

4.33 Are they releasing boots for all future shows?
Pearl Jam does indeed have plans to release bootlegs for the upcoming 2003 tour. There is no information yet about whether this will include the Australian and Japan tour.

4.34 What is Riot Act named after?
There has been no official word about the origins of the album name. Two commonly held beliefs about the name are:

1. 1715 Riot Act - The 1715 Riot Act was an attempt to strengthen the power of the civil authorities when threatened with riotous behaviour. The act made it a serious crime for members of a crowd of twelve or more people to refuse to disperse within an hour of being ordered to do so by a magistrate.

2. 2001 US PatRIOT Act - To deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes.

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SECTION 5 - SONG INFO

5.1 Does Pearl Jam play [insert song] live?
Pearl Jam has played almost every song they have released live at one time or another. There are a few exceptions though. As far as we know, they have never played Gremmie Out of Control, Bugs, Pry To, Master/Slave, Hummus, Aye Davanita, Happy When I'm Crying, Olympic Platinum, or Strangest Tribe, and maybe a few others live.

5.2 What is [songs] about and what's the inspiration?
The only people who can answer that are the members of Pearl Jam and they insist that interpretations of songs are totally up to the listener, as such they seldom discuss the meaning behind songs.

5.3 Yeah, yeah.. but, what does Yellow Ledbetter REALLY mean? Also, where can I find this recording?
Yellow Ledbetter, that now famous B-side, is written by Mike (can you hear the Jimi Hendrix tribute?), Jeff, and Eddie. It can be found on the JEREMY maxi-single and a live version can be found on the DAUGHTER single as well as another version on the Tibetan Freedom Concert compilation. This is another song that people ask what its meaning is and what the heck the lyrics are. NO ONE but the band really knows what the meaning of this song is or what the title refers to. Heck, we don't even know what Eddie is mumbling on it! Like a lot of Pearl Jam songs, it's open to your own interpretation. The songbook has what we think is a good guess to the lyrics but again who knows?

The Japanese cd single with YL also has some lyrics on it but they don't seem to jibe with what he's saying. All we know is there's a porch where people don't wave, someone doesn't want to stay and there's a box or a bag somewhere... Eddie also tends to improvise this song's lyrics when Pearl Jam plays it live. So again, the best thing to do is sit back, absorb and enjoy the beautiful, haunting music...Don't drive yourself crazy by analyzing it for its true meaning.

5.4 Why does Footsteps sound almost exactly like Temple of the Dog's Times of Trouble?
Footsteps was written by Vedder as part 3 of the Mini-Opera at the same time that Chris Cornell was putting his Times of Trouble lyrics to the same Stone Gossard riff. So both songs eventually emerged. Technically speaking, Vedder's came first. As he says, "Chris has his version and I have mine..."

5.5 What does Eddie whisper in the beginning of Release?
Well, put your headphones on, and turn up the volume WAY UP and you can hear Eddie whisper "Oh father" before he starts moaning and the song starts. Some people also claim that they hear Eddie mistakenly begin to sing the first line from the song Oceans, but I myself have never been able to hear that.

5.6 What does Eddie mumble in the song Once (almost near the end)?
"You think I've got my eyes closed, but I'm looking at you the whole fucking time."

5.7 Who is Dirty Frank?
The inspiration for Dirty Frank was Pearl Jam's tour bus driver in the early days. In an early interview, members of PJ described him as being just a bit odd. They would be driving all night to some gig and would find several empty cans of beer under the driver seat. The band members had an inside joke that he was probably some serial killer and psycho that ate people.. and thus the song Dirty Frank was born. This written around the same time they were on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, hence the funky feel to the song as a sort of tribute to them..(This was explained during an interview with Guitar Player Mag in 1992).

**sidenote**One of the lines in Dirty Frank, "Dirty Frank was a bad mutha..shut
yer mouth..etc.." was "copied" from the "Theme from Shaft", a song from another
70's movie called "Shaft", about a detective named John Shaft.

5.8 In the song Rats, who the heck is Ben?
This is a popular question that tends to resurface a lot, so here's what seems to be the story. Ben is in reference to the Michael Jackson song "Ben". "Ben" was a song from the 70's movie also named "Ben" which was a sequel to the movie "Willard". Willard was a movie about a young loner who befriends a rat named Ben. Ben turns into a killer rat that leads other rats into harming others, etc. The killer rat returns in the sequel called "Ben". Eddie Vedder has always said that he was a big Motown fan and a big Jackson 5 fan when he was a young boy. He has said that one of the first records he ever listened to was "ABC" by the Jackson 5 and he gets "chills" when he sees the Motown logo. And yes, in the Atlanta 4/3/94 show, when Eddie says "Michael Jackson is innocent", it IS in reference to Michael Jackson and the molestation charges against him at the time.

5.9 What the heck is a "Daughter tag"
A tag is a snippet of a song that the band adds (or "tags") to the beginning, end, or middle of another song. For instance the band often "tags" the song "Save it for Later" onto the end of "Betterman". Almost every time Pearl Jam plays "Daughter" they put one or more "tags" onto the end. They have done many many many different songs as "Daughter tags" and it is always interesting to find out what the "Daughter tags" are at any concert.

5.10 What is the stuff at the end of Daughter on Live on Two Legs? Is that a "Daughter tag"?
Yes! This is a "Daughter tag" (see question above). In this case the songs being tagged are a part of "Rockin in The Free World" by Neil Young, "WMA", and some noises that sound like "Whale Song."

5.11 What is he mumbling at the end of Corduroy?
"It's your move now...I thought you were a friend, but I guess I, I guess I hate you..."

5.12 Is Immortality about Kurt Cobain?
In an interview with the LA times in Nov. 1994, Eddie has said that Immortality was not about Kurt Cobain. The song did have different lyrics when PJ started playing it during the spring 94 tour than the final version on Vitalogy. And yes during the Atlanta 4/3/94 show (the live broadcast one) Eddie did mention that he hoped Kurt was ok. (This was the period after KC's overdose in Rome and when he was missing) Sadly enough, Kurt Cobain died a few days after this broadcast.

5.13 Who is that playing the harmonica on Smile and Driftin?
That's Eddie!

5.14 I like the song "Mankind" but Eddie sounds weird on it, why?
Mainly because it's not Eddie that sings lead on this song! Eddie does do some backing vocals but Stone Gossard does the lead vocals on this song.

5.15 ok, ok, so Stone sings "Mankind" but what does "Bacchanal" mean in the lyrics for this song?
The dictionary lists this word as referring to a drunken celebration initially in the honor of Bacchus or a person that goes to such an event, a reveler. In addition, in a recent article it was written that "Bacchanal" is the name of a club in San Diego that Eddie frequently played in with his former band, Bad Radio.

5.16 What the hell is a Lukin?
This refers to Matt Lukin, a former band member of the band Mudhoney and good friend of Ed’s.

5.17 What is the low voice saying during the chorus of "Pilate"?
"Obeys, listens, kisses, loves"

5.18 Did I hear PJ cover "This Boy"? Isn’t that making fun of Ed? What’s the deal?
The song This Boy is not an improv but a song written in 1994 about Eddie Vedder by the recently disbanded L.A. group, That Dog. Two of the women in the band perform on the Mike Watt album, Ballhog or Tugboat and apparently they met Ed, and were terribly embarrassed as the song ridicules him ("How could they make such a fuss over this boy?"). He asked for a copy of the record when he met them!! This Boy was first performed by PJ as a Daughter tag at the 6/20/95 Red Rocks show and was covered at a few other 95 shows. [Thanks so much to Jean Bruns for this great info!]

5.19 I've heard this song "Open Road", was it ever released? What's its deal?
Open Road is the name given to an improv/jam that PJ did at Phoenix, AZ 09/13/95. It sounds like a full song and the rumor pit confirmed it to be a PJ song, not a cover or anything. It's never been commercially released.

5.20 What is this song "Chop It Down"? Will it be on the next album?
Chop It Down is the incorrect name given to the slowed down jam version of Voodoo Chile (slight return) done on 9/17/95 in New Orleans, LA when Ed left the stage. That’s Mike on vocals by the way.

5.21 I downloaded what I thought was a song from Binaural off of Napster, but it was some song I've never heard of, what is it?
Some wise asses decided to fuck with people by digging up some lesser known Pearl Jam cover songs and renaming them the titles of Binaural songs about a month before the album was out. What ensued was tons of fans who downloaded the mp3 thinking it was a leak from the new album and who did not know it was actually just another cover song. The most common trick was a file that was titled Gods' Dice, but was actually a recording of Eddie covering Bruce Springsteen's "One Step Up" which was recorded with an unknown band even before Ed was in Bad Radio.

5.22 I've heard that the song Rival is about the incidents at Columbine High School in 1999?
Yes, it is. This is what Stone had to say about it in a May 2000 interview from MTV.com:

"During a recent sit-down with MTV News, guitarist Stone Gossard described how one of the songs he wrote for the album, "Rival," draws upon his reflections on last year's massacre at Columbine High School "[It's] kind of almost a cartoony look at male ego and sort of anger, violence," Gossard said, "what makes people kind of snap and how people are unpredictable. "[There was] just kind of a melody that went through my head and right after Columbine happened. It kind of maybe took on a little of that, where I put myself in the mindset or tried to think about what those guys may have been thinking the night before."

5.23 Why is Jeff Ament credited for the title of Spoonman on Soundgarden's Superunkown?
During the filming of Singles, Jeff Ament created a prop demo tape for their fictional band "Citizen Dick." He made up a bunch of fake song names for the tape, one of which was "Spoonman." Chris Cornell saw this tape and thought it was a cool title and then later wrote the song Spoonman to fit Jeff's title.

5.24 I downloaded XXXX song off Napster, is it legit?
Probably not. Pearl Jam has never performed Daytripper with Oasis (that's Ocean Colour Scene, not PJ), they never played Jeremy with Phish, never played Daughter with Dave Matthews, never played Throw Your Arms Around Me with Ben Harper, and never played Creep with STP. And that song that has the lyrics "one step up", is an old Vedder demo of a Springsteen cover ("One Step Up", ironically) (see 5.2). Basically, don't trust Napster. If it isn't Neil Young or the Who, check the five horizons concert chronology and use some common sense. Also, THERE ARE NO SOUNDFILES for the known Binaural outtakes. If you find something labled Letter to the Dead, or In The Moonlight etc, it is something else. (Thanks to Simon Cripps, Caryn Rose, and Kyle Matteson)

5.25 Was there a song written about Layne Staley's death?
Yes, a song was written by Ed and subsequently recorded. It is entitled "4/20/02" after the date when Layne Staley's death became known. Pearl Jam seems unsure about whether the song will ever be released or not.

5.26 What is the deal with Arc?
While trying to write something for one of the families who lost their loved one at Roskilde (see Question 7.9), Ed ended up writing this song in the studio. The chanting consists of his voice layered 10 times on top of one another. In Ed's words, "It is a song of grief".

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SECTION 6 - PEOPLE

6.1 What is Pearl Jam’s connection with Gloria Steinem?
Gloria is a pro-choice, women’s rights activist who is a good friend of Ed/the band. Their relationship goes way back, and started presumably through Pearl Jam’s participation in the "Voters for Choice" organization. She emceed the "Voter’s for Choice" benefit concerts that Pearl Jam has played and she also made a speech on their Monkey Wrench Radio show in 98. If you would like to find out more info about Gloria Steinem, you can visit this website ( http://www.greatwomen.org/stnem.htm ). If you would like to find out about Voter’s for Choice and some other related organizations that Pearl Jam is associated with see the Noise page on synergy. ( http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/PearlJam/activism/alist.html)

6.2 What is Pearl Jam’s connection with Dennis Rodman?
Dennis is a friend of Ed’s and he has appeared at a couple shows, carrying Ed around on his shoulders and generally causing trouble. He appeared at Augusta, ME 9/26/96, Dallas, TX 7/5/98, and Lisbon, Portugal 5/23/00. There are also several pictures of Dennis’ facial features that can be found on the cover of No Code, and on the cover of the "Hail, Hail" single. The song "Black, Red, Yellow" is widely believed to be about Dennis, and that’s him you hear on the answering machine in that song. He also talks about his love for Pearl Jam in his book Bad as I Want To Be.

6.3 What is Pearl Jam’s connection with Stephan Jenkins?
He got in a fuss after Ed ambiguously alluded to a bunch of "Corporate Cocksuckers" trying to cover "Baba O’Riley" at the MSG show 9/11/98. This was in reference to Third Eye Blind’s cover of The Who’s "Baba O’Riley" on a TV program the night before. Stephan Jenkins (lead singer of 3rd eye blind) caught word of this and began whining about it in several interviews. The Stephan Jenkins website later claimed that the American Music Awards were rigged, that 3eb was on the ballot but PJ was read because 3eb changed some lyrics to "can I masturbate" during their performance at the awards show. All BS of course, again someone looking for attention. From recent interviews it seems that Ed has talked to Jenkins about the situation and apologized, but Jenkins continues to whine about it.

6.4 What is Pearl Jam’s connection with Shannen Doherty?
Doherty reportedly had a crush on Ed and wanted to get a date with him. She had her assistants get his hotel room number and tried to get backstage passes to a show. She was quite snotty about it too, apparently.

6.5 What is Pearl Jam’s connection with Kurt Cobain?
Cobain was the lead singer of Nirvana, as I’m sure you know, but the media made this big rivalry between PJ and Nirvana. At first Kurt went along with the rivalry openly insulting the band, but he later reconciled and admitted to liking Ed as a friend. The media made the rivalry out to be much more than it was, and there was actually a lot of mutual respect. After Cobain committed suicide Ed was very shaken up, as you could see from the live performances after Cobain’s death. There was a period of not knowing if there was a future to Pearl Jam.

6.6 What is Pearl Jam’s connection with Neil Young?
Neil is a good friend of Ed and the band and someone they look up to greatly. Their relationship goes back to 92 when Pearl Jam was first invited to play the Bridge School Benefits, and in 93 toured with Neil on a short stint through Europe. Pearl Jam served as Neil’s backing band on his "Mirrorball" album, and Ed even contributes to some backing vocals (All PJ fans are recommended to check this great album out). The band (minus Ed) toured as Neil’s backing band for a few weeks in Europe in support of Mirrorball. Pearl Jam recorded the Merkinball EP with Neil’s help during the same recording session. You’ll also find Pearl Jam covering the Neil’s songs "Fuckin Up" and part of "Rockin in The Free World" on Live on Two Legs. These are just a few of the many Neil Young tunes Pearl Jam has whipped out in concerts over the years. PJ has also played at his Bridge School Benefit shows several times as well.

6.7 What is Pearl Jam’s connection with Pete Townshend and The Who?
Pete is a good friend of Ed’s and they have played together on a few occasions. Pete is a member of The Who, a band Ed greatly admires. Pearl Jam has covered a wide variety of Townshend’s songs. Ed first joined Pete onstage at the Maryville Academy benefit show at the House of Blues in Chicago 6/14/97. In 1999, Townshend released a live CD from that performance, including two of his duets with Ed, and Ed joined him a few promotional dates including a performance on The Late Show. Ed then opened for a newly reunited Who at the 1999 Maryville benefit with his friends "C Average" (a band he did a "Who tribute show" with earlier that year), and later joined the Who onstage at a benefit show in London in November 2000. Pete is a father figure of sorts to Ed, and we can only imagine what an incredible experience it must be to play music with your childhood hero.

6.8 Who is this Mr. Pickles Characters I’ve heard about?
Mr. Pickles is a Charlie McCarthy dummy that the band has on stage at their shows. He’s been in various positions for various occasions (holding an American flag the day after the 4th of July, etc.). On the second Seattle show of 98 (7/22/98), he was lowered on a string in front of Mike, who then proceeded to beat the crap out of him with his guitar! Ed even joined the fun, beating him with his mic stand! Poor Mr. Pickles… (this is commonly known as "The Mr. Pickles incident")

6.9 What is Pearl Jam's connection with Ralph Nader? the Green Party?
Before the 2000 presidential election, Ed expressed interest in the Green Party and their presidential candidate Ralph Nader on numerous occassions, even during quite a few concerts. Ed also appeared at Ralph Nader "super-rally" benefits in Seattle (9/23/00), Chicago (10/10/00), and New York (10/13/00) to show his support. Apparently Ed and three other band members made individual contributions to the Green Party as well.

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SECTION 7 - MEMORABLE EVENTS

7.1 What festivals have PJ played at?
Pearl Jam has played at various festivals or large concerts with multiple bands, over the years:
Rock-am-Ring/Park, Germany (6/5/92, 6/9&11/00)
Finsbury Park Festival, England (6/6/92)
Pink Pop Festival, Holland (6/8/92, 6/12/00)
Go Bang Festival, Germany (6/13/92),
Kloecknergelaende im Industriehafen, Germany (6/14/92)
Roskilde Festival, Denmark (6/26/92, 6/30/00)
Lollapalooza-US tour (1992)
"A Drop in The Park", Seattle (9/20/92)
Bridge School Benefits, California (92, 94, 96, 99)
Rock For Choice, USA (1/23/93, 3/9/94)
Isle of Calf Festival, Norway (6/27/93)
Sunfest, Canada (8/14/93)
Voters for Choice, USA (1/14/95, 1/15/95, 9/19/98)
Summerfest, Milwaukee (7/8/95)
Tibetan Freedom Concert, USA (6/8/97, 6/14/98, 6/13/99)

Pearl Jam also put on their own mini-festival which they called "Pearl Jam and Friends" in Barrie, Ontario (8/22/98). They set up two stages and the event included appearances from Cheap Trick, All Systems Go, Hayden, Cracker, Matthew Good Band, and of course PJ.

7.2 What is this Indio/shoe throwing thing I keep hearing about?
At the Indio, CA 11/5/93 show there were some problems because of a very unruly crowd. They were throwing shoes at the stage even before the band came on, and eventually PJ had to hide behind their amps to avoid getting clocked. Ed made some comments to the audience during the show including "Spit on me, c’mon, hit me with your best shot", "…me and Jeff are going to the front gate, and when you exit we are gonna beat the shit out of every barefoot person here", "we’re really good at turning these kind of situations into good ones, I just had this great idea, these are all going to be donated to charity, thank you so much!" You may have heard "Fuck Me in the Brain" from this show, which PJ released as a fan club single.

7.3 I've heard "I am a donut", what is that from?
During the 11/3/96 show in Berlin, Germany Ed was quite talkative and tried some jokes out on us, including before Who You Are he says "I don't know what to say, so I'm just gonna say "I am a donut." The historical significance of this is that on 26 June 1963, JFK gave a speech in Berlin during a European tour he was doing. At two places during the speech, he wanted to say, "I am a Berliner" -- "Ich bin ein Berliner" in German. In Germany a jelly donut is sometimes called a Berliner, short for Pfannkuchen Berliner. Because of some incorrect grammar in the sentence Kennedy used it's possible for it to be translated literally "I am a donut." Even so the Germans did not translate it literally and understood what he was trying to say, and the "I am a donut" mistake was not pointed out until some time later by a journalist trying to make him look bad. Even so, it has become a bit of historical lore that Kennedy stood in front of a crowd in Berlin and proclaimed "I am a donut," and this is what Ed is referring to. [Thanks to J and Lamia for providing info on this entry]

7.4 What is this Infamous Rolling Stone article I keep hearing about?
In 1996 Rolling Stone did a cover story on Ed and his past, and it basically came out and said that Ed is a fraud. They interviewed his old "friends" and acquaintances and they said that Ed was a happy-go-lucky guy with no reason to be so upset. The story behind the article is that Rolling Stone would not agree to certain rules for an interview with Ed that they wanted to use as a cover story when No Code came out. Since the band refused to talk to them, they went to people who would talk about the band, people that had an axe to grind. The whole article was very biased and not very accurate, hence the frequent badmouthing of Rolling Stone and similar magazines by PJ fans. Ed did end up giving the interview and cover story to Spin magazine instead.

7.5 What was the "fuck speech" from Maui?
On 2/20/98 in Maui, Mudhoney opened for PJ. Members of Mudhoney and PJ have been good friends for quite some time now. So Ed came out and said this:

"We just asked them if we could be part of their four-way marriage...get it up to eight. Any other men out there, in this legal same-sex marriage state, anyone else want to be married to us? C'mon! C'mon boys, you get to fuck me!....or, or, then again, I get to fuck you"

Good ol' Ed, always full of surprises and witty comments. :)

7.6 What is this "Mullet Incident" I keep hearing about?
At the Detroit, MI 8/23/98 show, a stagediver made his way onstage and was being led off by Eric Johnson when Ed called him back. He said something to the effect of:

"I'm fuckin' sick of you people who think you can just jump on stage. You think you can just jump up here, with that awful fucking hair cut [it was a mullet cut, long in the back and short on the top]. Do you want it long or do you want short? Make up your fucking mind. You're probably from fucking Canada! What’s your name? Steve from Toronto, see I fuckin’ told you!"

He then proceeded to cut off his long hair with a pair of swiss army knife scissors, held the hair above his head in triumph, and gave it back to the guy, who then ran off to the back of the stage. It later turned out to be a setup and the guy was a crew member, but it was damn funny!

7.7 What was the "Quarter Rant"?
Someone was throwing quarters at Ed during Go at the 9/16/98 Mansfield, MA show. Right at the end of the song he let loose with the longest string of explicatives I think I've ever heard!

"Listen asshole, one more fucker throws a fuckin’ quarter out here and we’re outta here, I’m tellin’ ya, FUCKER! What the fuck, you’re blowin’ it for fuckin’ everybody. Hit me with a fuckin’ quarter again and, fuck it, I’m outta here. We’re all outta here. Fuck you, and if anyone sees someone throw fuckin’ change right next to them, you have my permission to beat the fuckin’ holy shit outta them. Thank you very much. Fuckin’ idiot. Ah, that felt good, thank you."

I bet they'll think twice before throwing something onstage again!

7.8 What was the "Breath Campaign"?
The Breath Campaign was an organized effort by a group of PJ fans to get the song "Breath" played on the 98 tour. Starting on 9/8/98 in East Rutherford, NJ, a couple hundred people held up Breath signs, but Ed just shook his head. On 9/10/98 at Madison Square Garden even more people held up signs, but again to no avail, Ed just made jokes about it. On 9/11/98 at MSG, when hundreds of signs on all levels of the Garden were held up, they played it! For the first time since 94, they played Breath thanks to a bunch of dedicated fans. Oh, and can we state here that we think it would be a good idea if this "campaign" was not attempted again...it was fun one time, but it would be rude to be constantly doing this to the band, don't you think? :)

7.9 What happened at Roskilde?
Late on the night of June 30, Pearl Jam was playing their set at the annual Roskilde festival. Due to weather conditions, the front area was muddy and slippery. Due to this and the surging of an enormous crowd, a group of fans up front lost their balance and fell. Eight men were crushed to death, one more died in the hospital a few days later. Pearl Jam released the following statement after the tragedy:

June 30, 2000

Statement from Pearl Jam in Response to Roskilde Festival Tragedy

Copenhagen, Denmark-This is so painful...I think we are all waiting for someone to wake us and say it was just a horrible nightmare.

And there are absolutely no words to express our anguish in regard to the parents and loved ones of these precious lives that were lost.

We have not yet been told what actually occurred, but it seemed to be random and sickeningly quick it doesn't make sense.

When you agree to play at a festival of this size and reputation it is impossible to imagine such a heart-wrenching scenario.

Our lives will never be the same, but we know that is nothing compared to the grief of the families and friends of those involved.

It is so tragic ... there are no words.

Devastated, --Pearl Jam
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The band has been cleared from responsibility in the accident, and blame has been placed on a variety of factors from the weather, to poor sound in the rear, to problems with the security command chain. The result from this incident will likely be that Pearl Jam no longer plays festival shows, or general admission crowds unless they are in strict control of the security arrangements.
Love Boat Captain off of Riot Act makes mention to this tragedy: "Lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today".

7.10 What is the 10th Anniversary Show?
Pearl Jam played The MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on 10/22/00, the 10th anniversary of their first performance on 10/22/90 at the Off-Ramp in Seattle. The event was commemorated by playing Crown of Thorns, a song by Mother Love Bone. Long time friend and producer Brendan O'Brien joined them on keyboards, and Ed give a short thanks speech to several people that have been important in their career. The crowd celebrates by filling the section in front of the stage with balloons, and an attempt at spontaneously singing Happy Birthday just before the encore.

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SECTION 8 - VIDEOS AND AWARDS

8.1 What videos have the band done?
- Alive
- Evenflow
- Jeremy
- Oceans
- Do The Evolution
- I Am Mine

8.2 Where was (FILL IN VIDEO) shot?
*Alive: RCKCANDY, Seattle
*Evenflow: Moore Theater, Seattle
*Oceans: Vacation footage from Hawaii
*Jeremy: London, England --shot in a warehouse in Kings Cross (an area of central London - famed for it's prostitutes actually!!) in early 92. In an old interview at the time of the British tour, the interviewer went to this warehouse to interview Eddie.
*Do The Evolution: animated by Todd McFarlane, creator of the "Spawn" comic book.
*I Am Mine: Chop Suey in Seattle (other songs were shot here as well)

8.3 I heard Pearl Jam doesn't make videos? Why not? What about Do The Evolution? What is their stance on videos?
After the insanity surrounding the popularity of the "Jeremy" video, and a general dislike of music videos, the band decided not to make promotional videos anymore. They will cite reasons such as the video format being untrue to the music, or influencing personal interpretations of the song, but a major factor is that the band did not enjoy the process of making videos. In 1998 they broke the 6+ year drought on videos and released an animated video for Do The Evolution. This may seem to contradict their stance on videos, but actually it only clarifies that their stance on videos is not, "We don’t make videos," but rather, "We don’t make videos unless we want to." Obviously they felt that the message of the song and video was important enough that it should reach as many people as possible. And since they still insist that they don’t like the process of making videos, it can be pointed out that Pearl Jam didn’t actually make the video but had someone else put it together for them.

8.4 What is the Oceans video? Where can I find it?
The video for Oceans, which is comprised of footage of the band on vacation in Hawaii, was not very well known for a while. It had only been aired a few times in the US, but was fairly common on European MTV when it came out. However, it was finally released on the Touring Band 2000 DVD as an extra feature.

8.5 What does Eddie Vedder say at the end of the Evenflow video?
"I died, I died and you just stood there. I died and you watched me. I died and you walked by and said, 'No, I'm dead'." (See Question 4.10)

8.6 I've seen/heard about a video for "Go". What’s up with that?
There is a highlight reel of Seattle Supersonics basketball star Shawn Kemp set to the music of "Go". This is available on a NBA Superstars video.

8.7 I've seen/heard about a video for "Daughter"...
Apparently a music channel in New Zealand has put the Daughter music to the Oceans video and played it a few times. Not sure why, probably because Daughter was a bigger hit than Oceans.

8.8 Are there any commercial video tapes of the band available?
Yes. Single Video Theory is a great video documenting the Yield recording sessions. It has performances of most of the songs off Yield and interviews with the boys. It’s fun to watch the songs as they are being developed and offers very good insight into their recording process.

In addition, the Touring Band 2000 DVD was released on May 1, 2001, which plays as mock setlist from the North American 2000 Tour. The songs that made the DVD are:

  1. Long Road - Phoenix, AZ
  2. Corduroy - Washington, DC
  3. Grievance - Houston, TX
  4. Animal - San Bernardino, CA
  5. Gods' Dice - San Francisco, CA
  6. Evacuation - Tampa, FL
  7. Given To Fly - St. Louis, MO
  8. Dissident - E. Troy, WI
  9. Nothing As It Seems - Seattle, WA
  10. Even Flow - Philadelphia, PA
  11. Lukin - Los Angeles, CA
  12. Not For You - Los Angeles, CA
  13. Daughter/It's OK - Jones Beach, NY
  14. Untitled - Las Vegas, NV
  15. MFC - Las Vegas, NV
  16. Thin Air - Phoenix, AZ
  17. Leatherman - Seattle, WA
  18. Better Man - Seattle, WA
  19. Nothingman - Seattle, WA
  20. Insignificance - San Francisco, CA
  21. I Got Shit - Montreal, Canada
  22. Rearviewmirror - Seattle, WA
  23. Wishlist - Memphis, TN
  24. Jeremy - San Diego, CA
  25. Do The Evolution - San Bernardino, CA
  26. Go - Boise, ID
  27. Parting Ways - Lubbock, TX
  28. Rockin' In The Free World - Albuquerque, NM
The DVD also contains a stationary "Matt Cam" for the songs Evacuation, Even Flow, and In My Tree, outtakes of the band set to "Smile," backstage scenes, a montage from the 2000 European tour with "Yellow Ledbetter" live, two videos - Do The Evolution and Oceans, and previously unreleased instrumentals recorded during early Binaural sessions ("Thunderclap," "Foldback," and "Harmony").

8.9 I was watching Singles and I thought I saw Pearl Jam. Are they in it?
Yes, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and "Drummer" Eddie Vedder make up Matt Dillon's backing band Citizen Dick. Pearl Jam also contributed "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust" to the soundtrack.

8.10 What awards have the band received?
1993 MTV Video Awards for JEREMY
*Best Group Video
*Favorite Artist: Heavy Metal/ Hard Rock
*Best Director
*Video of the Year
American Music Awards 1993
*Favorite New Artist Pop/Rock
*Favorite New Artist Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
American Music Awards 1996
*Best Alternative Band
Grammy Awards 1996
*Best Hard Rock performance, Spin the Black Circle
American Music Awards 1998
*Favorite Alternative Band

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SECTION 9 - TECHNICAL MUSIC INFO

9.1 What instruments do the band members endorse/use?
*Jeff Ament: Hamer 12 string, 8 string and fretless basses
*Stone Gossard: Gibson Les Paul
*Mike McCready: Fender Stratocaster

9.2 Where can I find flow charts and detailed tech info for each band members equipment?
The official Sony site has a great, incredibly detailed gear page with flow charts for each band member and extensive Q&A sections on every aspect of the bands equipment ( http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/PearlJam/gear/index.html ).

9.3 Where else can I get a hold of some Pearl Jam guitar tabs?
The best tabs on the net can be found at Given To Wail, the Mike McCready fanpage ( http://www.giventowail.com ). There you can also request untabbed songs and help out through their discussion board. GTW has also graciously allowed many of the tabs to be mirrored at The Sky I Scrape under the Song Menu.

9.4 What magazines are good for Pearl Jam music?
Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Guitar World

9.5 How come the words in the music books are wrong?
Well, Eddie Vedder's lyrics are hard to decipher, and like everyone, music books get them wrong. The tab is usually correct, but lyrics, use your best judgment. Also, keep in mind that the band improvises a lot during their live performances. Eddie sometimes changes lyrics to songs (i.e. Yellow Ledbetter). So, if you do try and transcribe lyrics yourself, you should try to transcribe the studio version if you want to transcribe "official" lyrics.

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SECTION 10 - OTHER RESOURCES

10.1 Where can I find the Pearl Jam Songbook?
The latest covers, improvs, and releases can be found under the Song Menu on this site.

10.2 Have any books been written about the band?
Place/Date - The official Pearl Jam photo book. You really should pick this up! You can get the soft cover version at bookstores everywhere, but the hardcover version is only available through the Ten Club. You’ll need to check with them to see if it’s still available.

Five Against One - by Kim Neely. There have been several unauthorized biographies of the band. All of them are trash with the exception of this one, which actually does offer some value to the fan that chooses to read it. It does however tend to be a bit biased because of the sources Neely used, and it does dig a little deeper into Eddie personal life and history than it probably should. Regardless of its sometimes slanted viewpoint, it does have some valuable and interesting historical information, so if you choose to read a book about the band, this is the one to read. Ignore the rest.

10.3 Does Pearl Jam have a fan club?
Why yes they do! You can find out all you need to know about the fabulous "Ten Club" at their website ( http://www.tenclub.net ).

10.4 What kinds of benefits can I get as a Ten Club member?
You get two newsletters, a yearly holiday single and as of late, first shot at tickets to shows in your area. Please note that none of these things are guaranteed or promised to any strict time frame. People seem to hold the Ten Club accountable when they don't get "fantastic" seats even though they are fan club members. As such, it is another perk that may be taken away. Remember people that these features are privileges and can be taken away if abused! In fact just recently many fan club members were removed because of the selling of unauthorized recordings, or bootlegs. So don’t be stupid!

10.5 Are there any other Pearl Jam fan organizations besides the Ten Club?
*The Pearl Jam Rumor Pit is a good source of getting information. You can e-mail them specific questions, rumors you've heard (appearances, tours, etc) or questions (not personal) about the band to the Pearl Jam Rumor Pit at: DigitalKat@aol.com or OfTheSea@aol.com. They collect the questions and then they publish a newsletter called "The Pearl Jam Rumor Pit" that addresses questions that they have received. The Rumor Pit newsletters can be found at their web site ( http://www.music.sony.com/Music/ArtistInfo/PearlJam/rumorpit/rumorpit.html)

*On the Internet, there is a newsgroup called alt.music.pearl-jam, and also several mailing lists. To find out about all the various mailing lists just post to the aforementioned newsgroup asking for those people with mailing lists to contact you with info on how to join.

*There are several fan "communities" that have sprung up in the message boards and chat rooms of some of the major Pearl Jam sites. Each one has it's own flavor and cast of characters, so it's too your benefit to check them out.

A. Tickle My Nausea
A great fanzine done by Jessica Letkemann that includes interviews with the band, show reviews, fun trivia stuff and a ton more in every issue. Jessica asks $12 or 4 shows on tape she doesn’t have for a year subscription (4 issues). To subscribe go to the TMN page for info ( http://members.tripod.com/~Jesskid/index2.html )

B. The Dissident Fanzine
Created for Pearl Jam fans to release their creative Pearl Jam energy.
Send email to: angelramblings@hotmail.com for subscription info.

10.6 Are there other places on the Net where I can find Pearl Jam stuff/info?
Yes!!! One thing there is an abundance of on the net is PJ sites! There is no way I can list them all here, so try the following directory of PJ links:
Google Pearl Jam section
( http://directory.google.com/Top/Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/P/Pearl_Jam/?tc=1/). In addition, the Web Links section on this site lists what are considered some of the best sites.

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