PJ @Austin City Limits – Broadcast This Weekend

by Kathy Davis on November 19, 2009

Here’s a little shot of what’s to come this weekend on your local PBS Station.  Here’s a re-post of our boys in Pearl Jam performing  that lovely “Just Breathe” video clip from Austin City Limits, courtesy MySpace Music:  Just Breathe (Live at Austin City Limits)

Pearl Jam | MySpace Music Videos

Click here to find local Austin City Limits Broadcast times in your area. (Sorry, U.S. only)

Next, here is a little interview with Will Taylor from Strings Attached, the quartet that accompanied our band at the taping, courtesy the Austin Statesman:

By Michael Corcoran and Patrick Caldwell | Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 12:33 PM

Pearl Jam’s “Austin City Limits” taping, reviewed live here by Austin 360’s Chad Swiatecki, hits the small screen Saturday at 7 p.m. on KLRU. It’s the last program of 2009 for “ACL.”

Renowned local string ensemble Will Taylor and Strings Attached joined the legendary rock band on stage for two songs — “The End” and “Just Breathe” — as well as a brief improvisational jam. Taylor says Pearl Jam reached out to him via e-mail about a week and half before the taping, sending along sheet music in PDF form.

“It came completely out of the blue. I frankly was not real familiar with Pearl Jam other than that they were a very famous rock band that had been around about 20 years and had a lot of longevity,” says Taylor. “But I recognized it was a great opportunity. All these years of living in Austin and contributing to the music here and I’d never been on any ACL program. When I was backstage talking to (“Austin City Limits” producer) Terry Lickona he was like ‘So how many times is this for you?’ And I was like ‘Actually, this is the first time.’”

Taylor and company also joined Pearl Jam backstage for a slightly less intense undertaking — a few rounds of ping pong. The band famously carts a ping pong table around on tour as a way of blowing off stress. The entire experience, Taylor says, was slightly intimidating but went off without a hitch.

“It was thrilling and terrifying, even with all these years — for myself, over 25 years — of playing on various stages all over the world. Getting to play on Austin City Limits was a bit terrifying,” Taylor says. “The idea that millions of people are going to be watching it. But it was great.”

Check out “Just Breathe,” featuring Will Taylor and Strings Attached, below, and when you’re done be sure to surf on over to the official Austin City Limits Web site, where you can watch a time-lapse video of the entire taping. Keep your eyes peeled and you just might spot our own Chad Swiatecki.

To take a walk down memory lane, here are links to other recent ACL articles we’ve posted:

Strings and Veterans At Austin City Limits

Taping Setlist and Notes

Yours truly TFT Kath  gets 4 different local PBS Stations on my Dish-TV, so I’ll be watching it a few times Saturday night before I watch the DVR version repeatedly. :)


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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