September 11, 1998 Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Show Notes

Returning for the encore and yet another sea of “Breath” signs on ever single level of the Garden, Ed tells the crowd they are never satisfied:

“You fucking cocksuckers. [shakes head] You fucking bitch! You know, we come up here as a collective band and we give and we give and you just fucking want more … and you know what? You deserve it. This is like some kind of organized religion here; I’ve never seen anything like it. Do you see what’s happening? … the third night in a row, right? [applause] Well, fuck you. We’re gonna play it!”

leading to the first playing of ‘Breath’ since 1994!!! woo hoo!!! With a brief announcement (“same record, different track”), they follow with ‘SoL&T.’ ‘Mankind’ is introduced by Stone saying, “Well, since we’re playing every song in the catalog…” ‘Baba’ is intro’d as being a response to “corporate rock bands who make the mistake of trying to cover a real rock song.” ‘Indifference’ is played with an ecstatic Ben Harper (who has been including ‘Indifference’ at some of his shows). During ‘Alive,’ Ed makes four attempts to toss his microphone over the vocal monitor rig above his head, and finally gets it over, but instead of just standing there, he proceeds to CLIMB UP THE MIC CORD and hang there for the rest of the song. Possibly the best show the band has ever played in their life. Period. (And they knew it, too.)

Notes provided by: Twofeetthick

Source 1

Pearl Jam
September 11, 1998
Madison Square Garden: New York, NY


Source: 2-source mix: [Schoeps MK5 (cardioid) > R-Mod > Sony SBM-1 > Sony PCM-M1 (right risers) > dat] +
[Core Sound Cardioid > Sony TCD-D7 > dat] > cdr > dEdit > dEQ > flac

Digital Matrix Mix: “Sneaky Bastard” (mixed with Pro Tools)
Digital Editing and Remastering: Allen Robertson
Artwork: Allen Robertson


01 Release
02 Hail Hail
03 Animal
04 Even Flow
05 Given to Fly
06 Corduroy
07 MFC
08 Habit
09 Faithfull
10 Daughter/(Beginning to See the Light)/(W.M.A.)
11 Wishlist
12 Nothingman
13 Immortality
14 Rearviewmirror

01 Brain of J
02 Black
03 Do the Evolution
encore 1:
04 Breath (#)
05 State of Love and Trust
06 Off He Goes
07 Leatherman
08 Better Man/(Save it for Later)
09 Mankind
10 Baba O’Riley
encore 2:
11 Indifference (^)
12 Alive


(#) = first time played since Boston 4/11/94
(^) = performed with Ben Harper

Recording Notes:
The editing performed was to minimize the spots of static, clicks/pops, and handclaps. Many of these were
during the first thirty seconds or so of “Animal” and during the first minute of “Immortality”, but there
were many others here and there throughout the entire show (which supposedly happened during the mixing, or
were present on one of the sources prior to mixing). There is also a mild glitch @ 4:13 of “Release” which
was improved a little, but could not be fixed completely, and there is something unidentifiable @ 0:20 on
“Black” which was could not be completely corrected. Approximately 100-150 pops have been manually removed.
The end result is absolutely by no means perfect; there is an annoying whistler, the audience noise gets a little
overbearing sometimes, and there are still some occasional pops. It is possible that this show could be
made better in the future by doing a new mix of the two sources and isolating the pops beforehand (instead of
after mixing), but this source is probably the best until then, if that ever happens.

Special Note:
This is the second of two remastered versions that were done for this show. The sound on the first one was
accidentally made too tinny, so this new one has more bass brought back. Also even more pops were edited
(primarily on the second disc). The beginning of “Alive” sounds a little strange through headphones due to a
filter that was added there on the left channel to filter out a high-pitched feedback problem that was present
for most of the song (thanks to roberob23 for identifying that). Also, you may want to pay close attention to the
flac fingerprints to make sure that you have the correct better version.

Artwork Notes (spacedvest):
The artwork is a 9/11 tribute, using the coincidence of the date and the band playing in New York. The only thing
that has been modifed from before for this “rerelease” is a modified tray file (some of the times on the second
disc where slightly changed from before).

This is being distributed by in tandem with, and is part of a series
of the best Pearl Jam shows in existence (BTW, the spell checker is now on). If the artwork is not included, you
can find it at

Compiled by spacedvest on 5/16/04, more notes by spacedvest on 7/13/04.

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