Pearl Jam Discuss Challenges Of Playing Full Albums Live, What They Want To Play In Future


Pearl Jam members Mike McCready and Stone Gossard were interviewed on KISW’s BJ & Migs Mornings yesterday to discuss the Vitalogy Foundation. Alternative Nation transcribed Mike and Stone discussing playing full Pearl Jam albums live, which they revealed is Eddie Vedder’s idea. Over the last couple of years, Pearl Jam have played Ten, Vs., No Code, Yield, and Binaural live.

Stone Gossard: Have we done Yield yet?

Mike McCready: Uh uh, I don’t think so.

Stone: That’d be a good one. We’ve done [full albums] 2 or 3 times now. We did No Code, Binaural, Vs.

Mike: We did do Vs. on this tour too.

Stone: There’s always 2 or 3 songs that we don’t play very often, so you kind of have to figure it out. In terms of the sequencing, sometimes album sequences don’t work quite the same when you’re listening to it as it does live, so you kind of have to wrap your head around playing maybe 2 or 3 slow songs in a row. Luckily we’re playing a 30 some odd song set, so even if you play a full record, it’s still only 1/3 of your whole evening. It’s a fun challenge for the band, it keeps us on our toes. I think when people see that every setlist is pretty different, I think that’s ended up being a pretty exciting thing for our fans, knowing that they’re going to hear a song that the people the night before didn’t hear, and that we might not even know how to play.

Mike: And as those album nights are happening, you can watch the fans kind of go, ‘Oh, this one goes after this one. Oh, they’re doing the record!’ You can see the excitement happening.

ENTERCOM Rock KISW (99.9)/SEATTLE, Alternative KNDD (107.7 THE END)/SEATTLE and Alternative KNRK (94/7fm)/PORTLAND have jointly raised more than $115,000 with PEARL JAM’s VITALOGY FOUNDATION in a single year to benefit local charities. The radio stations pledged to give $2 of the sale of every ticket to their annual summer and holiday concerts to the FOUNDATION, and because of the great success of last year’s efforts, the partnership will continue into 2016. Each station has found a non profit organization on which to focus within VITAOLOGY FOUNDATION’s beneficiaries. 94/7fm’s DECEMBER TO REMEMBER concert series and two-day summer festival, THE BIRTHDAY BASH, will benefit the CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION ASSOCIATION’s CAMP OASIS. KISW’s annual summer concert PAIN IN THE GRASS, will benefit the DOWNTOWN EMERGENCY FEEDING PROGRAM as well as the BUREAU OF FEARLESS IDEAS, both of which help to better the lives of those living right in the SEATTLE area. 107.7 THE END’s two annual concerts (DECK THE HALL BALL and SUMMER CAMP) will benefit TREEHOUSE, a charity that helps foster youths, which the station has worked with closely in the past. ENTERCOM SEATTLE VP Programming DAVE RICHARDS commented: “We’re humbled by the contributions and support of our collective audiences this past year, and now proud as can be to continue this partnership with PEARL JAM. There’s no better combination than seeing three stations, one world-class band, and a music-loving audience getting behind local causes.” Added PEARL JAM’s MIKE McCREADY: “We’ve listened to and worked with these stations for over two decades. It’s great to be able to collaborate with them to support standout non-profits in our local communities.” – See more at: