Pearl Jam guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard showed up on their hometown radio station, Seattle’s KISW, on Wednesday morning (May 18th) to discuss the band’s recently completed North American tour, which featured on several dates surprise performances of full albums such as Ten, Vs. and Binaural. Gossard said, “There’s always two or three songs that we don’t play very often, so you kind of have to figure it out. In terms of the sequencing, sometimes album sequences don’t work quite the same when you’re listening to it as it does live, so you kind of have to wrap your head around playing maybe two or three slow songs in a row.”

He added, “Luckily we’re playing a 30 some odd song set, so even if you play a full record, it’s still only one-third of your whole evening. It’s a fun challenge for the band, it keeps us on our toes . . . I think that’s ended up being a pretty exciting thing for our fans, knowing that they’re going to hear a song that the people the night before didn’t hear, and that we might not even know how to play.”

  • McCready added, “And as those album nights are happening, you can watch the fans kind of go, ‘Oh, this one goes after this one. Oh, they’re doing the record!’ You can see the excitement happening.”
  • Pearl Jam’s tour ended on May 11th in Toronto. The band will next play at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival on June 11th. They’ve also lined up two-night stands in August at Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.


  • Do you like to hear bands play full albums in concert? Why or why not?
  • Is there a favorite Pearl Jam album you would want to hear from front to back?
  • Can you name one classic or favorite album, by any artist, that you would like to hear live?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Alternative Nation — agree or not?

Stone Gossardish wrote: “Vs. was absolutely awesome and in the pit, those moments of realization took place between Daughter and Glorified.”

Melodious Beefcake wrote: “It’s good to hear Stone’s behind the idea. I see no reason they shouldn’t mix in some full album shows on subsequent tours. It’s okay if they don’t even play the whole thing in order, but spread the songs out over the show. It’s also okay if they played a main set, then did an album, then a couple more.”

Rusty Stroker wrote: “Hopefully they play Vitalogy next. Still one of their best!”