Before returning to Seattle to finish up the 1993 tour, Pearl Jam play the first of three shows in their first visit to Nevada at the Aladdin Theater (originally scheduled for the Sands Hotel). In possibly a nod to Las Vegas’ omission on the Ten tour, the band busts out explosively with Ten’s “Even Flow”, “Once”, “Deep”, and “Jeremy”, the latter including extended “whoo-whoos” by Ed. With fellow Seattle-ites, Mudhoney, Ed jokes “Hi! Hello! Someone’s throwing up a shoe here, and on the toe it’s got some writing. It’s very interesting. It says ‘I love me! I love me! I love me! I love me! I love me! I love me!’ So apparently they do love themselves more than Mudhoney.” Vs songs are up next, starting with “Glorified G”. There must have been some Beatles connection for the “Daughter” to include three Beatles’/Lennon related tags, including “Instant Karma”, (“Who do you think you are? / Who do you think you are? / You’re a superstar”), “Across the Universe” (“Nothing’s gonna change my world”), and Ed whispers “Get Back” at song’s close. This show features the premiere of “Tremor Christ”, presumably after being recorded during mid-November sessions in New Orleans a few weeks prior. The song features a slightly different drum intro from the album, similar but re-arranged lyrics, and some made-up lyrics by Ed indicating that part wasn’t completely finished. There is no introduction or post-song explanation from Ed, and greeted with polite applause. “Black” has a strong buildup by Mike and Ed including a “We belong together”. The energy of “Blood” has been building during this tour, and this 3-minute song is sonically monstrous. The already pessimistic “Alive” gets the lyric treatment “Is that the question? you fucking bitch?”. This was the “Throw stuff at the band” tour, and tonight Ed mentions that “there’s a book by Kurt Vonnegut that somebody threw up. I can’t find any good quotes right off the bat. He said something once, he said ‘We’re all here to fart around, don’t let anyone get in your way.’” and right into the familiar intro of “Drop the leash, Drop the leash, Get out of my fuckin’ face”. After the encore break, Stone comes up and introduces Mark Arm and Steve Turner from Mudhoney, as well touring drummer Chuck Treece from Urge Overkill and that they’re “gonna play a couple of Green River songs – actually one Green River song and one Dead Boys song – and you’re gonna just have to sit through it, because we decided we wanted to do it. So if you guys don’t want to hear it to hear it, fuck you!”. Always one to reference history, Ed reinforces that “You don’t know what this is, this is history. A long time ago these guys were in a band, they’re finally playing tonight. I’m proud to introduce Green River playing ‘Swallow My Pride’” and he retreats side-stage with his omnipresent Super-8 recorder. The audience doesn’t quite know how to react. While Dave hops on drums, the band fiddles with Jazz Odyssey, complete with Mark scatting. The Green River version of the Dead Boys’ “Ain’t Nothin’ to Do” starts with a huge scream from Mark Arm, and that gets the audience going.” Jokingly, Mark salutes the crowd, “Thank you very much, Pearl Jam’s next.” The fun wasn’t over, as an Elvis impersonator “Terry Presley” joins Ed on stage for the Paul Anka standard “My Way”. Ed takes the 2nd verse, in his best Presley baritone. “Swallow My Pride” and “My Way” were later released as two of four songs on Pearl Jam’s fourth Fan Club Holiday single.
Notes provided by: Twofeetthick
Las Vegas, NV
Source: Sonic Studios -> Sony WM-D6
Lineage: ANA(M) -> DAT(c) 48khz -> FLAC
Transfer: DA-20 -> Monster coax -> DiO 2496 -> CEP 2.1 -> FLAC
01 Even Flow
06 Daughter/(Instant Karma)/(Across the Universe)
09 State of Love and Trust
10 Tremor Christ
05 Swallow My Pride
06 Ain’t Nothing do Do
07 My Way
Notes: Beginning of Alive cut due to tape flip. There are also pauses
during both encore breaks.
Previous circulating copies of this source, including the one on etree,
have been mislabeled as Sonic Studios>Sony TCD-D7
Thanks to JR for the DAT.
transfer by BLG
compiled on 01-30-05
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