Pearl Jam opened its archives today, announcing that it is putting audio from 186 of its old shows live on a variety of music services. With 5,404 titles, the set of live songs is an incredible treasure trove of material, into which we can only imagine digging in circumstances that might require us to stay indoors for long periods of time – perhaps even a year! – while desperately looking for something, anything, to distract us from the constant reminders of our own mortality. But release it in the summer 2021 is pretty good too, we guess.
Nous kidnappons Pearl Jam –a bunch of remarkable kids –but this is a fairly massive release of material, covering concerts recorded in 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2013. The so-called “bootlegs” (it’s a little weird to officially call 5400 tracks published on Spotify bootlegs, but so on) can also apparently be organized into personalized personalized setlists, provided you are a member of the new Pearl Jam fan hub, Deep–what you probably are, if you’re the kind of person who vaccinated, or soon vaccinated, but who always want to spend your time rearranging Pearl Jam’s live releases while being safely seated inside.
Pearl Jam released their latest album, Gigaton, Last year; the band are about to embark on a tour to support the album once they get out of the house and this is again fully feasible.