Pearl Jam Tour Spawns DVD, More Shows
Pearl Jam has quietly begun selling a DVD of its Dec. 6 concert at Seattle's Showbox club at shows on its current North American tour.Pearl Jam has quietly begun selling a DVD of its Dec. 6 concert at Seattle's Showbox club at shows on its current North American tour. A spokesperson says for now, the DVD will only be available at shows and, beginning tomorrow (May 7), via the group's official Web site. Since every show is filmed, additional DVDs are possible, including a comprehensive 2003 tour retrospective.
The Seattle DVD was shot by Liz Burns, Steve Gordon, and Kevin Shuss, the same team of crew members that supplied the bulk of the footage for Pearl Jam's initial foray into DVD, "Touring Band 2000." It does not include any bonus features but does offer a rare glimpse of Pearl Jam in a small club setting, performing 10 songs from its 2002 Epic album, "Riot Act."
As it did on its 2000 tour, Pearl Jam is selling soundboard-sourced CD bootlegs of each 2003 show via its official Web site. Originally, the band had no plans to make any of the CDs available at retail. However, Pearl Jam has selected a Feb. 23 show in Perth, Australia, and a March 3 show in Tokyo to be issued commercially June 10 via Epic, to be followed by two as-yet-undetermined North American shows, one in July and another in August.
The group wrapped the first leg of its Riot Act tour on Saturday in State College, Pa., with a 36-song, three-hour-and-22-minute show that ranked as the longest concert of its career. The trek will pause for about three weeks before restarting May 28 in Missoula, Mont.
Although the full tour was scheduled to end July 9 in New York, new shows were recently added for July 11 in Mansfield, Mass., July 12 in Hershey, Pa., and Pearl Jam's first visit to Mexico City on July 17-18. The itinerary is expected to grow to include at least a couple of additional gigs.
The first leg of the jaunt was not without controversy, most of it generated when the band performed the politically charged "Bu$hleaguer" (sample lyric: "He's not a leader / He's a Texas leaguer"). The song drew a smattering of boos at the April 1 tour opener in Denver, but was met with a much more vocal opposition last week in Uniondale, N.Y. Two days later, guitarist Mike McCready told Buffalo, N.Y., radio station WEDG that the band would no longer perform the song live.