International Concert Broadcasts & Release Parties

by Kathy Davis on September 16, 2009

Pearl Jam are a global phenomenon, and much is going on internationally (and at home too!) to celebrate the release of studio album number 9, Backspacer.  Here’s a look at some upcoming events – and  to convert event times to your own local time, go to the Time Zone Convertor. :)

Shepherd’s Bush Empire  Concert Broadcast:   Dublin, Ireland independent radio station Phantom 105.9 will be broadcasting Pearl Jam Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert on Friday September 18th at 9 in the evening local time.  According to a write up on Irish site The State:

To mark the launch of their fine new album Backspacer (State review to follow tomorrow), Phantom 105.2 present Pearl Jam live in concert on Friday, September 18th at 21:00. The show was recorded at Shepherds Bush Empire on August 11th, 2009 and features past favourites and tracks from the forthcoming album, including current single ‘The Fixer’. Hear the concert exclusively on Phantom 105.2, Dublin, nationwide on NTL/Chorus channel 935 and online.

The Phantom website is here (though as of this posting the site was down). Their online feed is normally here.  Check their Facebook or Twitter for more details, we reckon.

Berlin Wulheide Concert Broadcast:  Also on Friday Sept. 18th, Germany’s Delta radio announces will stream Pearl Jam’s August 15th performance in Berlin. This site reports the broadcast will start on 8:40 pm German CET.  The original announcement can be found here (in German, of course); live stream will be here - looks like you’ll need the latest Windows Media Player.  thanks to Tomas from Bugs

Easy Street

West Seattle Easy Street Records Midnight Sale/Release Party:  If you rolled into town early in anticipation of Pearl Jam’s Key Arena shows Sept 21/22, why not venture over to the West Seattle Easy Street for a mother of a wing ding celebrating Backspacer. They have much fun and unique goodies.  Here’s the info straight from the Easy Street blog:

Are you ready for the new Pearl Jam? Well it’s time to get ready, because release date is drawing near! And to celebrate, we’re going to hold a “Backspacer Bash” and Midnight Sale at our West Seattle store on September 19! 

Here’s the scoop:

WHAT: Pearl Jam “Backspacer Bash” and Midnight Sale!

WHEN: Party starts at 9 pm, Saturday, September 19th and will go until 12:30 am

WHERE: West Seattle store ONLY! (Queen Anne will not be having a midnight sale that evening). The address is 4559 California Ave SW in the heart of the West Seattle Junction. Here’s a map.


9 pm to 11 pm – Listen to classic live and rare Pearl Jam!

11 pm to midnight – Listen to the new album, Backspacer!

Midnight - Backspacer goes on sale!


Bring in 2 non-perishable food items and receive a FREE 2008 Pearl Jam Tote Bag! (while supplies last)

Bring in 5 or more non-perishable food items and receive a FREE 2008 Pearl Jam Tote Bag AND be entered to win some very cool PJ prizes. (Prizes include Pearl Jam Vs. Ames Bros. books / Live at Benaroya Hall vinyl / Eddie Vedder Live at Kenyon Hall poster and much, much more!)

All food items will be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank. To learn more about them, check out their website.

Forget to bring or didn’t know about food donations? Don’t worry, there’s a Safeway two blocks away!

SALE PRICES (good until 9/23)

Backspacer CD – $11.99 (free PJ sticker with purchase!)
Backspacer Vinyl – $19.99 (free PJ sticker with purchase!)
“The Fixer” 7″ – $6.99
The Fixer UK CD single – $5.99 (Limit 1 per customer)
Pearl Jam Live at Easy Street CD only $6.99 (receive a free copy of show setlist w/purchase)


Cheap beer will be served for the 21-and-overs!


Coffee and soft drinks too!

Don’t you DARE miss the “Backspacer Bash!”

Fan organized Listening Parties:  Andreas from the Bugs Mailing List shared that there will be a “Pearl Jam vs. Alice In Chains”  listening party in Aachen, Germany:

There will be a nice little Backspacer-release party in Aachen (Germany) on the 2nd of October. Well, to be more precise: It will be a Pearl Jam vs. Alice in Chains-Party, celebrating the new albums of both bands. There will be quite a few PJ-fans from the German forum and it surely would be cool; the party will take place at the Musikbunker Aachen; info can be found
. (Shown on their calendar of events here).

Indonesian Pearl Jam fans get Backspacer a little after many of us, and what’s sure to be a wonderful release/listening party is planned on October 10th (Backspacer -will be available on Oct 5th in Indonesia). The celebration is at MIDPOINT II, Senayan, Jakarta. It’s four hours, with FREE entrance. According to Pearl Jam Indonesia’s Helman Taofani: “Our local distributor (Universal Indonesia) had been contacted, and they’ll fully support our small party (perhaps it’ll be 75-100 Pearl Jam fans).”  Check PJ Indonesia’s blog for the latest info.


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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