Concert Chronology Moving to TwoFeetThick.com

by John Reynolds , Jessica Letkemann , Kathy Davis on August 3, 2005

The Pearl Jam Concert Chronology you know and love from Five Horizons has a new home here at Two Feet Thick. Jean Bruns, who built the CC at 5H since 1995, has recently decided to retire from maintaining it, and has offered that honor to the three of us at Two Feet Thick. With her encouragement, we’ve transported the CC here and have already begun updating it (we added 2005) and adding further info about older shows.

We want to thank Jean – not only for giving us the amazing opportunity to ensure the Concert Chronology’s future – but also for her tireless decade of work, along with 5H partner Caryn Rose, in bringing PJ fans everywhere the single most useful, detailed, and widely read document of Pearl Jam’s live history in existence. Click here for Jean’s message about the transition.

The Pearl Jam Concert Chronology, for those unfamiliar, is a comprehensive catalog of the live performances of PJ and its members. It contains all known date, setlist, and venue info, first-hand accounts and related artifacts for every known show since PJ formed in 1990. At TFT, the CC will continue to grow as future shows occur and older info is unearthed and factual accuracy will continue to be of utmost importance. We can’t attend every PJ concert, so we’ll need your contributions to help us fill in the blanks! To make that easy, we’ve put a submission form at the bottom of each CC page where you can send us what you know, and we’ll credit you by name.

Take me right to the CC home and start browsing concerts by year
Go to CC Home!
Go the UPDATES HISTORY page and see first round of updates
Go to Updates!

These Times They Are A’Changin

The CC: Roadmap
The CC is very easy to navigate.

Concerts by year – Concerts are organized by year, with some years split up.

Heading back home – the menu on each page has a link to go back to the main page

HOME

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes – New info on new shows, updates old shows … always mentioned

UPDATES HISTORY

In transferring the CC to TwoFeetThick.com, we wanted to continue the ethos of simplicity and accuracy when presenting the information. Here is a short list of notable observations and minor changes from the original CC:

  • For its initial launch on TwoFeetThick.com, the core elements of each show – location, attendance, set list, notes – are being reproduced in their original navigation structure, i.e. 1990/1991, 1992 (two parts), 1998 (three parts), etc. Future navigation and search features will be made available.
  • 5H’s notes about each given show will remain as is. When we add notes to older shows, they will be listed as “TFT Notes:”
  • Images of concert memorabilia including posters, flyers, handbills and set lists have been retained, with permission, from 5H. We will be adding more as we get them.
  • Links inherent to 5H have been removed but remain on FiveHorizons.com. These include links to mp3 samples, “Jean’s/Caryn’s Photos”, “Caryn’s Review”
  • Updates to information will be noted on the home page of the CC (most recent), in running archive and annotated in the concert entry itself

The simple text format of the CC has been retained, and to ensure readability we have made the CC pages extend the full width of the site, removing extra navigational features often housed on the left pane of our site.

A Brief Look at the CC’s History

Ten years ago, Pearl Jam itself was barely five years old and a collection of this touring history lived in the form of plain text files hosted on a university server which few people outside of the alt.music.pearl-jam newsgroup even knew about. A year later, Five Horizons assumed maintenance of the “Pearl Jam Concert Chronology” – “The CC” – which since that time has been the de facto source for PJ’s now 15-year-plus touring history. Since September, 2002, 5H had ceased site updating most sections of the site with the exception of the Concert Chronology, but has now decided to archive the entire site. Read more about this transition from Jean here.

The CC on 5H
The CC was launched on FiveHorizons.com on September 10, 1996

The CC’s origins trace back to discussions on the usenet group alt.music.pearl-jam (born on January 28, 1994) and the Garden of Stone (GoS) mailing list. PJ’s Ten, Vs. and Vitalogy tours were fresh in may fans’ minds and over the next year these facts were collected and maintained by fan Caleb Lavergne, with the result becoming known as a document called the “Tour Book”. Along with another anthology, the “Video Guide”, the information in the Tour Book was a near-complete compendium of Pearl Jam’s touring history from 1990-1994. In 1995, the seeds of Five Horizons were planted and growing quickly, and the Tour Book morphed into the Pearl Jam Concert Chronology, launching with the debut of Five Horizons on September 10, 1996.

As the 1996 tour unfolded, fans bristled with excitement as the set list and notes of a previous night’s concert would be available by the next morning, delivered with the consistency of the morning newspaper. Poster, flyer and set list scans were added treats, the Video Guide (with screenshots) was integrated into show notes, and well-written reviews were often posted – the best by 5H co-founder Caryn Rose – which all added to the high caliber of the CC. As the years and tours continued, the information accumulated even for older shows, as fans just subscribing to the Internet found their way to 5H and often provided facts and clarity to shows where little to nothing was previously known.

The CC’s simple black-text-on-white format allowed for easy reading without a lot of then-trendy visual gimmicks. Most fans can remember the first time they found the CC, which often included spending hours or days reading up on the tales of concerts past. The time on long plane flights or car trips was easily passed with a print-out of the CC to read. Checking for updates was a daily ritual for most of us who couldn’t get enough PJ tour facts.

John Reynolds ( Twitter: @jjjrrr )
A New Jersey based programmer, John handles TFT’s programming and technical aspects. He also conceives and writes his share of TFT’s articles and sections. John’s first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 12, 1992.
Jessica Letkemann ( Twitter: @Letkemann )
TFT co-editor Jessica Letkemann is a New York based digital music journalist & editor. She's currently VP & Editor-In-Chief of Digital at Fuse Media (Fuse.tv) and was previously managing editor of Billboard.com. She has also been on staff at Spin and Premiere magazines. Her first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 2, 1992.
Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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