Flashback: Pearl Jam Perform a Ferocious ‘Alive’ on the BBC in 1992

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  • 1awman1awman Posts: 37
    Was gonna pass on this tour for various reasons. Watched this. Can’t pass anymore. Love music. Best. Band. Ever.
  • on2legson2legs The Jersey ShorePosts: 8,624
    1awman said:
    Was gonna pass on this tour for various reasons. Watched this. Can’t pass anymore. Love music. Best. Band. Ever.

    People will come. They'll come to see Pearl Jam for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up at a show not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive  innocent as children, longing for the past.  They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to their seats; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect evening. And they'll watch the show and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come. The one constant through all the years has been Pearl Jam. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But Pearl Jam has marked the time. This show, this music: it's a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh...people will come. People will most definitely come.


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  • demetriosdemetrios canadaPosts: 58,047

    Flashback: Pearl Jam Perform a Ferocious ‘Alive’ on the BBC in 1992

    The band’s first television broadcast took place just one day into their inaugural European tour

    By 
    ANDY GREENE 

    Pearl Jam rolled out dates for an extensive 2020 European summer tour earlier this week, which kicks off June 23rd in Frankfurt, Germany, and wraps up July 22nd in Amsterdam. The gigs are a mixture of arena appearances and festivals that includes Lollapalooza Stockholm, Rock Werchter Festival, and a massive outdoor show in London’s Hyde Park.

    The group first went to Europe in February 1992. A mere 300 people caught their first gig at the Esplanade Club in Southend, England, on February 3rd, 1992. The European edition of Ten wasn’t even in stores at this point, but it was available as an import and fans in the crowd already knew the songs. “Hey, we’re gonna do a TV show tomorrow and it might even be live,” Vedder told the audience near the end. “Is there anyone we should tell to fuck off? We might as well just do it right here.”

    He was referring to their appearance on the BBC2’s Late Show booked for the following day. This was their first time playing on TV anywhere and the first chance most people had in Europe to check out the new band that was beginning to build a lot of buzz in America. Here’s their performance of “Alive” from that historic broadcast.



  • demetriosdemetrios canadaPosts: 58,047
    It was the start of a powerful relationship the Seattle band developed with audiences all across Europe. When they last hit the road in 2018, they did 15 shows on the continent and a mere seven in America at just four stadiums. They took 2019 off (the first year of their career where they did zero shows) and now have 13 gigs booked in Europe and not a hint of anything in their home country. Hopefully it’s just the start of a long tour that will eventually bring them back home. Shows at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are fun, but fans are craving an arena run where they can get closer to the band. It’s time.
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