Pearl Jam Eyes More Live Releases

Pearl Jam recently wrapped its Riot Act world tour, but a host of live releases are on tap for the coming months.

Pearl Jam recently wrapped its Riot Act world tour, but a host of live releases are on tap for the coming months. On Sept. 16, the band will release complete concerts from July 8-9 at New York's Madison Square Garden and a two-set, 45-song blowout taped July 11 outside of Boston.

As previously reported, Pearl Jam released CDs of each show from the tour exclusively via its Ten Club fan organization, although three performances were later made available through traditional retailers. The deadline to order individual shows from the Ten Club is Aug. 20; afterward, the CDs will only be sold in complete sets from the tour's three legs.

Both Madison Square Garden shows featured 30 songs. The July 8 concert, which ran just shy of three hours, sported a guest appearance by Ben Harper on "Daughter" and "Indifference." The July 11 gig was another Pearl Jam first, as the group played a 12-song, largely acoustic set prior to opening act Sleater-Kinney, then returned for a 33-song set packed with rarities.

On the visual front, a DVD of a March 1 show in Yokohama, Japan, is "incubating," according to the band's official Web site. The site says Pearl Jam is also compiling a comprehensive DVD of the Riot Act tour, shot by the same crew members who worked on the 2000 DVD release "Touring Band."

Pearl Jam's lone shows for the rest of the year will come in late October at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit outside San Francisco. The band is considering going back on the road in 2004, including a trip to Europe, "but nothing is firm at the moment," according to the site.

A long-planned double-disc compilation of rarities is tentatively set for a Christmas release by Epic. The track list has not been nailed down, but band members have been actively involved in selecting a host of previously unreleased outtakes. Over time, the planned content of the set has changed; bassist Jeff Ament told last year that the album would not include any live material, while guitarist Stone Gossard said, "there's some old stuff we might tweak to make it nice."

As previously reported, drummer Matt Cameron will on Sept. 9 release a self-titled album with his band Wellwater Conspiracy via Transdreamer/Megaforce. Gossard can be heard on Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner's Roslyn Records album "Searching for Melody," while guitarist Mike McCready will play Aug. 29 with his band the Rockfords at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival. McCready has also contributed a song to an as-yet-unannounced benefit album.