June 14, 1998 RFK Stadium – Washington, DC

Show Notes

Several of the bands scheduled for the first day of this large benefit show were rescheduled to this day, pushing back PJ’s scheduled start time. Toward the end of ‘Hail Hail,’ Mike is smashing his guitar onto the stage with his tech flying out of the wings to try to save it, Mike sees him coming but smashes it anyway! Ed comments, “You do know this is a nonviolent concert, don’t you?!” As he is introducing ‘Brain of J,’ someone in the crowd throws an object that knocks a drink out of Ed’s hands and onto his shirt at the end of ‘Hail Hail,’ with Ed’s cool response: “Thank you.” Before ‘Even Flow,’ there seems to be a discussion about what to play and Ed likens it to countries having troubles making decisions about issues. “This song is about me, it’s about you, it’s about everyone” is the intro to ‘Do the Evolution’ which ripped along until the middle when everyone got off rhythm for a second. Ed changes the “fortunate as me” line in ‘Wishlist’ to “fortunate as us all” and the reprise verse is tacked onto the ending. Before ‘Better Man,’ Ed rants about “this is going to be dedicated to the president, because we can’t really find a better man” and talks about how the song is similar to what is going on in Tibet as they are both about struggles between two people. A pair of gold wings adorn the top of Ed’s amp. Ed is happy and they all play well, not great, and the sound system is lacking. The set ended early after ‘Better Man,’ (“I dedicate this to the abusive relationship between us and our government … seems like no matter what we do, we’re always getting shit on.”) The ‘Save it for Later’ tag is outstanding! The Red Hot Chili Peppers take the stage unannounced using PJ’s equipment. Flea comments: “We’d like to thank Pearl Jam for letting us have a little bit of their set.”

Notes provided by: Twofeetthick

Source 1

Pearl Jam
RFK Stadium (Tibetan Freedom Concert)
Washington, D.C.

Source: AKG 451 > AMSBPR2 > TCD-D7 > dEQ > CDR
Transfer: CDR > PlexWriter 12/4/32S > EAC > SHN


Hail Hail
Brain of J
Even Flow
Given To Fly
Do The Evolution


Generally agreed as the best audience source of this show.

[url=https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1j7QNNP-cLfr_ob3E2v_L9V6C7SIukajP?usp=sharing]FLAC DOWNLOAD source 1[/url]

Pearl Jam
RFK Stadium: Washington, DC (Tibetan Freedom Concert)

Source: AKG-451 > AMR-BPS2(PhantomPower) > TCD-D8 (Taped 150ft from Stage)

Transfer: PCM-M1 > SoundForge 6.0 > FLAC Frontend > .flac
Transfer done by John Reynolds (jr@digijam.org)

Disc 1 of 1:
1. Corduroy 05:10
2. Hail,Hail 04:04
3. Brain of J 04:36
4. Even Flow 05:07
5. Given To Fly 03:55
6. Do The Evolution 04:02
7. Wishlist 03:58
8. Better Man /(SifL) 05:52

Total time: 36:44

JR’s notes:
– Diginoise at 02:51 of DTE also present on master (unknown cause)
– Other minor pops throughout from mic adjustments (taper was trying out new mics)
– This show was the second show with Matt Cameron on drums following the
departure of Jack Irons after the Winter Oz/NZ tour. PJ continued with a U.S.
Tour a week later in Missoula,MT.

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