This small tour was a warm-up prior to the release of Backspacer album and consisted of 9 dates in Europe and North America. The band played some songs from new album: The Fixer, Got Some, The End and Supersonic (live debut). Another debut at this tour was Brother - it was performed just one time in 1991 as a instrumental track and now it returned as a full song (after release on Ten Reissue). Rats was played many times with Ben intro, probably to the memory of Michael Jackson suddenly died that year.
2009 was another disastrous year for Eddie's voice and the first show of the tour - Virgin Festival at Olympic park in Calgary - was one of the worst ever shows vocally for Pearl Jam (Eddie was not prepared for the hight of that place and found himself completely out of breath). However the reception was warm and the whole tour was definitely successful. Some vocal problems continued, but later shows (especially European) were almost good in terms of Ed's voice and absolutely fantastic in terms of audience support. My favorite show from this tour is Rotterdam - fire in band's guitars and extremely loud crowd made pretty simple set-list sound great! Also I think that other European shows were better, at least in terms of audience singing.
This tour's compilation is short so it would not take too much time to listen. Ed changed some lyrics in Lukin, there are some alterations in In Hiding usual solo, Supersonic is slightly different early version. Nothingman from Rotterdam is powered by very intense audience support, Rolling Stones' Angie was played as a snippet. And, as always, look for some cool jams on Porch and Even Flow.
- Even Flow
- In Hiding
- (Ben) Rats
- Black (We Belong Together)
Download rar archive (rus link)