Amazing Pearl Jam Photos Surface from Amsterdam 1992

by John Reynolds on August 18, 2010

When it comes to Pearl Jam photography on the internet, there are two perks. The first is that fans can take a stellar hi-res picture at a concert and upload it to millions of people within seconds of the event occurring. To those that have been going to concerts for years, this concept is still kinda mind-boggling. The second perk is when pre-internet photography is made available online, giving fans today the insight into events that were previously only anecdotal.

We recently got feedback email from photographer Mike Leach whose site www.BestRockPhotos.com has some amazing photos from the February 12, 1992 Melkweg show in Amsterdam. They’re not just amazing, they’re AMAZING!!!! Thank you Mike Leach for posting!

67 (!!) black-and-white pictures shot from the pit are included in Mike’s album.  Some are open-shutter stage shots similar to the work of famed Seattle photographer Charles Peterson. Others include freeze frames of early Pearl Jam lore like Stone’s “duck walk”, Jeff rockin’ the big hats, and, of course, Ed climbing anywhere and everywhere.

On the site, you can view all the photos in a slide show.  Here are samples:

Hair Fury

Hair Fury

High amongst the amps

High amongst the amps

Catch me!

Catch me!

The site allows you to purchase 16″x20″ Glossy prints for $50 a pop. Since the quality of these pictures is so high, these would make great Pearl Jam displays.

Are there any other Mike Leach’s out there? Do you have any early-90s photos out there in a box that aren’t online? Drop us a line if you do, we’d love to see them!

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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