Pearl Jam in the News: Touring Tidbits

by John Reynolds on July 14, 2010

After all the “Pearl Jam is (not) retiring” hysteria this week, a few random Pearl Jam articles hit our radar, about such topics as the touring climate, digital monitoring, some great photography and a fan campaign for the band to play South Africa. Without further ado…

Live Nation Stumbles Over Summer Ticket Sales [ link ]

Since the summer concert season started, the buzz around the music industry has been about two things, neither of which is good for business: low ticket sales and canceled concerts. Last week, three shows on Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth tour featuring Ke$ha were canceled, adding to a list that already included canceled or postponed dates on the Lilith Fair tour and tours by Christina Aguilera, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, Jonas Brothers and Limp Bizkit.

“Whatever they charge for beer, $10 or $15, and parking, all that’s where they’re making their money,” says Pearl Jam’s longtime manager, Kelly Curtis. “They can almost afford to pay an artist more than what they’re making in ticket sales.”

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Pearl Jam Converts To Digital But Stays With Midas [ link ]

Pearl Jam engineer Karrie Keyes has chosen a Midas PRO6, supplied by Rat Sound, for the band’s 2010 tour.

This marks a digital first for Keyes, who has never before taken a digital console on the road.

A devotee of the sound quality of Midas analogue consoles she has been mixing monitors since 1991 and, in recent years, more usually opted for a Heritage desk.

“In the past,” says Keyes, “we have not been able to get (vocalist) Eddie Vedder on a digital because we’ve not got the sound quality but the PRO6 has really delivered. “

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Pearl Jam – Belfast Odyssey Arena [ link ]

People often ask me if there’s one band that I want to photograph more than any other. My answer never changes – Pearl Jam.

Pearl Jam have been my favourite band for almost twenty years now, ever since I first saw the Alive video on MTV. Before that I was a Mother Love Bone fan too.

I was one of around 250 people who saw Pearl Jam’s first ever UK gig at the Esplanade Club in Southend in February 1992. I saw them three times on that tour and have seen them several times since then.

And until a couple of weeks ago I’d never photographed them. But now I have

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Pearl Jam – Please Come To South Africa [ link ]

We want Pearl Jam to come to South Africa – There are many people who are already taking banners to Pearl Jam concerts across the world saying “PLEASE COME TO SOUTH AFRICA”

We will make every effort to get Pearl Jam to south Africa… all we need is for YOU to invite as many pepole as possible!

Note: this Facebook group is up to over 2000(!) likes!

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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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