This performance was very difficult for Pearl Jam and many in the crowd due to the discovery of Kurt’s death that day. A very tense and emotional show. Ed remarked, “… we are elevated a little more than usual, either that or I’ve gotten taller. I don’t think it’s a very good thing to elevate yourself. I think it would be a very dangerous thing… sometimes, whether you like it or not people elevate you … whether you like it or not, and it’s very easy to fall. So.. uh.. I don’t want to be the messenger, somebody who delivers bad news, you know. Kill the messenger, but I don’t think any of us would be in this room if it weren’t for Kurt Cobain … 1,2,3,4..” Incredible version of ‘Even Flow.’ Despite the sadness and misery hanging over this show, the songs were powerful and intense. By the end of the night the mood changed with the music bringing everyone together and creating strength. People started leaving after ‘Indifference’ as the lights went down, and started running back in when they closed powerfully with ‘RITFW,” playing like they couldn’t stop.
Notes provided by: Twofeetthick
Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
April 8, 1994
Disc 1 Disc 2
01. Release 01. Rearviewmirror
02. Go 02. Corduroy
03. Animal 03. Not For You
04. Dissident 04. Elderly Woman
05. Why Go 05. Blood
06. Deep 06. Indifference
07. Jeremy 07. Rockin’ in the Free World
09. Even Flow
11. State of Love and Trust
15. ..Ed talks..
Notes: Recording has multiple spots of digi-noise and/or mic chord problems
and lots of close crowd noise, including chair-banging.
Compiled 2/20/2005 by FGE
April 08, 1994
Source: CSB -> Sony TCD-D7
Lineage: DAT(c) 32khz -> CDR -> EAC -> FLAC
02 Release (con’t)
06 Why Go
09 Ed talking
10 Daughter/(Hey Hey, My My)/(American Pie)
11 Even Flow
13 State of Love and Trust
05 Not For You
06 Small Town
09 Rockin’ in the Free World
Notes: There is a version of this show that FGE performed a nice EQ on, however it has terrible diginoise. I listened to the whole thing today and it has problems in at least 9 different songs with Porch being the worst. This version here I received in a trade about 10 years ago and it has no EQ, but it also doesn’t have the diginoise issues. I’m going to assume this show was converted via standalone CD burner and tracked on the fly, hence the reason for some not so perfect track placements.
The shows itself is an average quality recording, there is crowd noise in places and there is chair-banging near the taper which you will hear in songs like Alive and Porch.
As most people know, this is the first show the band performed after learning of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, so for that reason, I believe it is historically significant. Ed makes frequent mentions, including Daughter being tagged with Hey Hey, My My and American Pie.
CD>WAV>FLAC by BLG
compiled on 01-16-05
additional notes 08-03-11
If we have album art available from this show you can download it here. Sometimes album art is included in the audio download links.
Here you can find a youtube video of the concert.