1. MTV Unplugged 03/16/92: Shot live at Kaufman Astoria Studios, Astoria, Queens, New York, March 16th. One of the hottest new bands to emerge out of music hot bed Seattle at the time of this taping, Pearl Jam was currently riding high on the success of their debut album Ten, which spawned the smash hit single “”Alive.”” Taped at midnight at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in March of 1992, Pearl Jam band members Mike McCready (guitar), Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), Eddie Vedder (vocals) and Dave Krusen (drums). An excerpt from the MTV Unplugged book…””While it’s impossible to catalogue all the memorable moments of the actual performance, there are four that must be mentioned. During ‘Porch,’ Eddie began scribbling on his arm in Black Marker. While this has now become a common sight for Pearl Jam fans, it was certainly a first for Unplugged. At one point, Eddie decided to return to his San Diego surf days by mounting a stool and surfing it, Superman-style, before the entire pyramid came crashin
1. State Of Love And Trust
2 . Alive
5 .Even Flow
(Duration: 32 Minutes – All commercials professionally edited out)
2. VH1 Storytellers 07/01/06: shot live at the Avalon ballroom in New York City New York.
Eddie Vedder was in a political mood throughout the 10-song set, noting that although “truth seems to be a vanishing commodity” under President Bush’s leadership, the band was keeping in mind the old saying, “don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Filling in background and inspiration for songs old and new, Vedder riffed on the abusive relationship at the heart of “Better Man” (“it’s much more tricky to end them than I would have thought,” he said) and explained how the audience response to “Alive” forever changed the song’s meaning for him. “In the original story, a teenager is being made aware of a shocking truth that leaves him plenty confused,” he said of the tale, based on his own teenage discovery that the man he believed to be his biological father was actually not. “It was a curse — ‘I’m still alive.’” But as fans quickly turned the title phrase into a self-empowering anthem, particularly at Pearl Jam concerts, Vedder said, “they lifted the curse. The audience changed the meaning for me.” Earlier, he pointed out how many Pearl Jam songs find the subject “sitting behind the wheel of a moving vehicle” before joking, Vedder saved his strongest anti-Bush venom for a solo acoustic reworking of late folk singer Phil Ochs’ “Here’s to the State of Mississippi,” with new lyrical references to vice president Dick Cheney, evangelist Jerry Falwell, attorney general Alberto Gonzalez and, of course, President Bush.
Vedder acknowledged Pearl Jam may have lost some fans due to its political leanings, but said, “When you take a stand you have to be very committed to ideals. I respect everyone’s opinion. At least we’ve taken part in creating some discussion.” The show ended with an aggressive run through new single “Life Wasted,”
1. Better Man
2. World Wide Suicide
5. Here’s To The State Of Mississippi (Phil Ochs)
6. Life Wasted
(Duration: 43 Minutes – All commercials professionally edited out)
TOTAL DURATION Approximately 1 Hour 30 Minutes