Rare Video of Pearl Jam, Denver Lollapalooza 1992

by John Reynolds on March 8, 2011

Jeff and Ed, 1992

Pearl Jam fans can spend entire days (weeks?) on YouTube looking at Pearl Jam videos. Once in awhile, some real gems emerge. Check out these three videos filmed by Jim Hucks from a show that we didn’t know much about: July 25, 1992: Fiddler’s Green – Greenwood Village, CO.

Because Pearl Jam was the second act on Lollapalooza’s main stage, fans hadn’t yet caught on to the wisdom in getting there early to check out the band’s energetic performance. But apparently Colorado got the memo. This day in Greenwood Village – approximately 15 miles from Denver – is sunny and one that any fan that summer would have hoped for.

Thank Yous

Normally we thank folks at the end of an article, but in this case it’s necessary to set the stage. Special thanks to Jim Hucks for taping way back in 1992 and for uploading these to YouTube recently. Also thanks to Khunsha for contacting us and tipping us off to this video from a little-known show.

Once

Head-gear is the style of the time, with Jeff coming out with a red flat cap, and Stone sporting a bandana Mike Muir-style with big shades. Ed’s “Once” tag is: “I got nothing to say … (but) this should be one big pit“.  Also check out his intense delivery during the final chorus (see the 2:25 -> 2:42 mark).

State of Love and Trust

Not on TEN, this song doesn’t get much of a fan reaction. Although it opened the original MTV Unplugged broadcast, it was later cut in subsequent replays. Also, the song – along with “Breath” – was only released a month earlier (June 30) on the Singles Soundtrack. The taper senses a lull in the action and spends the last minute of the song panning back on the auditorium and the Colorado crowd (and proving that mullets and jean-shorts were also the “style at the time”)

Even Flow

“Even Flow” is explosive and gets a small pit going in the Fiddler’s Green front area. Mike, in a “The Cheap Ones” t-shirt, is oddly subdued even during this well-executed five-minute performance.

About the Setlist

Here’s where we could use your help; we don’t know it 100% but we have a pretty good guess. Were you there? If you were, contact us, please! If not, here’s our best guess on the setlist.

Pearl Jam generally played about eight songs in their Lollapalooza slot. Along with these three, other songs reported were: “Why Go”, “Alive”, “Jeremy”, “Porch”, and “Rockin’ in the Free World”.

Jim shot the video from the press area, and as is/was custom, was only allowed to be there for the first three songs. He mentioned he kept the tape rolling as he was leaving and caught some of ”Jeremy”, so there’s song #4.

Using clues in this video, it seems the order of these songs are: “Once”, “State of Love and Trust” and “Even Flow”. In “Once”, Stone is sporting a bandana and sunglasses, and Jeff’s got a hat. By the end of the song, after thrashing pretty hard, the hat and bandana are gone. Stone still has his sunglasses on for “State”, but by “Even Flow” they are gone too.

The result is the new CC entry:

Once, State of Love and Trust, Even Flow, Jeremy, Why Go, Alive, Porch, Rockin’ In The Free World

Possibly in order: Why Go, Alive

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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