2020 Grammys

BMG Gets Pearl Jam Acoustic Set

Deal is band's first since Epic split.

Pearl Jam has signed a one-off distibution deal with BMG for the July 27 release of "Live at Benaroya Hall October 22, 2003." The move marks the Seattle rock act's first partnership with a label since splitting last year with longtime home Epic Records.

The 24-track, two-disc set was taped at the Seattle venue as part of a benefit for local organization Youthcare. The show, the first full acoustic concert of Pearl Jam's career, featured covers of the Johnny Cash-popularized "25 Minutes to Go," the Ramones' "I Believe in Miracles" and Bob Dylan's "Masters of War."

Online retailers such as Amazon.com will offer the collection at a $16.98 list price. A special edition, featuring a poster with a band photograph taken at the show by Charles Peterson, will be available for pre-order June 21 for $13.98, exclusively via Pearl Jam's official Web site. In addition, pearljam.com will be the exclusive outpost for a four-LP boxed set of the concert, also bundled with the poster.

"This was one of those special shows," says Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis. "But because it was not part of the 2003 tour bootleg series and fans were asking for it, and because of the unique nature of the performance itself -- it being the band's first full length acoustic show -- it felt like a show we should give fans the chance to own."


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