Concert Chronology – Brother, Can You Spare 3 hours?

by John Reynolds on February 24, 2010

Pearl Jam Concert Chronology

Pearl Jam Concert Chronology

“If something’s old, I wanna put a bit o’ shine on it…”

When Pearl Jam is not touring the world, it’s not a super-fun time because there are few better things than seeing the band live. For those of us that are Pearl Jam fan site owners, it means the opportunity to catch up on a few things until tour hysteria starts up once again.

With that said, we are looking to fill in details on many concerts in the Concert Chronology with your help. Yeah, yeah, yeah … we know the CC has a lot of holes for various reasons, but excuses aside, it has always been fan contributions that have made it great. Updating these shows years later will certainly bring back memories for those that were at these shows, and give new insights for those that were not.

The formula is simple: divide and conquer. With many hands, great things can be built. If you are willing to volunteer – and have about three hours to spare – here is how you can help:

  1. Browse the list of concerts below
  2. If you have the audio for one of them, click the title
  3. This will open up an email which you can send to us (if you use webmail or if the link doesn’t work, just contact us here)
  4. We’ll contact you if you are the first to choose the show and you can get started

The list (updated June 25, 2010):

What’s with the “three hours” thing? Well, writing up the notes for a concert is pretty easy. You might think “I’m not a writer”, but you really don’t have to be!

When a concert happens, you say “oh, I’ll write up notes when I get home”. But then you get home and you pass out because you’re so drained. Then you wake up and have to go to work or travel on to the next show. The next thing you know, the memories are a little foggier and past shows blend together.

Have no fear – we have bootlegs! Through the wonderfulness that is the Pearl Jam Official Bootleg Series, we can re-live the experience in crystal-clear mixed audio. Armed with the audio, you now just need a computer to take notes on the performances, transcribe interesting stage banter, and make notable mentions

Does this work? Yes! I’ve probably created notes for over 100 shows this way. Here are tips how:

  1. Before I listen, I skim the setlist and look for guideposts – “Ok, they played ‘Daughter’, I’ll have to remember to check the tag” or “looks like they played the ‘Man Trilogy’ at this show.
  2. Transcribing Ed’s great stage banter is usually the time-consuming part. My suggestion is to type fast and use shorthand to get the basic gist of what he’s saying, then go back later and dot the “i”s and cross the “t”s and make it look pretty. For example, if Ed says “Hello Seattle, it’s great to be back home!”, I will usually type this quickly as “hel sea, its great 2 b bk home” and reformat it later while the song is playing so it looks pretty
  3. Realize you don’t have to include all Ed’s banter. For example, you don’t have to say “Ed introduces ‘Even Flow’ as ‘This is a song called ‘Even Flow””
  4. Try to keep notes about “special PJ things” like “Daughter” tags, “Not For You” references (“Small my table, seats just ___”), etc. You can see other shows in the CC for more of these things. You’re here, so we know you’re hardcore, and you know what to look for.

That’s where the “three hours” comes in. Listening to a two-hour show will normally take about three hours to complete notes for, as the transcribing makes it take a little longer than the show itself.

Do you have it in you? We hope you do! As always, we are grateful for any help you can provide to make the Concert Chronology the ultimate Pearl Jam concert reference!

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.

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