The fans-first rockers in Pearl Jam have announced plans to make recordings from concerts on their upcoming tour instantly available for sale online. Mere hours after each show ends, the band's website will have the full concert available for download for the reasonable sum of $9.99US.
Each concert will have its own unique artwork and the files will not be copy-protected, meaning fans will be free to burn them onto CD and pass 'em around. A few years ago the band attempted to circumvent bootleggers by releasing a gazillion live shows on individual CD releases, alternately bankrupting fans and infuriating record store employees in the process. This way should prove slightly less unwieldy and mightily less expensive for the PJ consumer.
According to the band's website, the bootlegs "will be professionally mixed in real-time at each show by Pearl Jam's longtime studio and live engineer, Brett EliasonÖin an effort to balance manageable file sizes with very good sound quality."
Among the first shows to be made available web-wise will be those from the boys' upcoming massive Canadian tour, which will be their most extensive trek north of the border to date. For those of you without tickets, you'll be able to hear the following shows online before Eddie Vedder's head hits the pillow for the night:
September 2, Vancouver, BC - GM Place
September 4, Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
September 5, Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
September 7, Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
September 8, Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
September 9, Thunder Bay, ON - Fort William Gardens
September 11, Kitchener, ON - Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
September 12, London, ON - John Labatt Centre
September 13, Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
September 15, Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
September 16, Ottawa, ON - Corel Centre
September 19, Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
September 20, Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi Arena
September 22, Halifax, NS - Metro Centre
September 24 & 25, St. John's, NF - Mile One Stadium
The Vancouver-Thunder Bay shows, by the by, will be opened by Supersuckers, with Sleater-Kinney opening up the Kitchener-Halifax portion of the tour. The St. John's shows have been billed as "An Evening With Pearl Jam" and will feature no opening act.
Writer: Neil McDonald