Pearl Jam Boxes Up Gorge Shows For June Release
Pearl Jam has boxed up three complete concerts held at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., over the past two years for the aptly named release "Live at the Gorge 05/06." The seven-disc collectionPearl Jam has boxed up three complete concerts held at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., over the past two years for the aptly named release "Live at the Gorge 05/06." The seven-disc collection will arrive June 26 via the band's own Monkeywrench label.
"Live at the Gorge" rounds up shows from Sept. 1, 2005, and July 22-23, 2006, and features 76 different songs. Fans can pre-order a limited edition of the box starting today (May 2) via the band's Web site.
The Sept. 1, 2005, show is the most popular in the history of the group's live downloads initiative, according to Tim Bierman, who manages Pearl Jam's Ten Club fan organization. The group opened its first Gorge performance in 12 years with a nine-song acoustic set, before launching into a 27-song electric show.
The following July, Pearl Jam wrapped a North American tour in support of its self-titled J debut with a two-night stint the Gorge. Among the rarities unearthed was "Dirty Frank," which had not been played live in 12 years, as well as "Rats" and "Satan's Bed," which had long been absent from the live repertoire prior to the tour.
"Pearl Jam" reinvigorated the veteran Seattle group at retail and radio, spawning the No. 1 Modern Rock hit "World Wide Suicide."
"We've never spent that much time on a record ever; doing demos, redoing songs, tracking them, re-tracking," guitarist Mike McCready tells Billboard.com. "We'd never really done that before. Generally we just go in and record and have it done. This time, it was more scientifically soulful. We were very focused on making the best songs we could make, and there happened to be great energy happening during those sessions."
As previously reported, the group will begin a European tour June 8 in Lisbon and will also play Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 5.