Volume 1 of Two 2LP-Sets!
On July 11, 1995 at the Chicago Bears' football stadium Soldier Field, Pearl Jam played their longest show to date, a raging evening where the only goal, it seemed, was to play as long as they could. And from Set 1 opener "Release" on Volume 1 until the second encore closer "Yellow Ledbetter" on Volume 2 nearly three hours go by in a ferocious flash. Thankfully the gig was the subject of an FM broadcast that the band administered themselves, a frequent tactic they employed on the 1995 tour, dubbed Monkeywrench Radio. This show, then, marks something of a milepost in their career. This concert marked one of the last times the band went all out in its pursuit of the cosmic, leaving battered guitars and shredded vocals in its stead. More than the last night of a tour, the music preserved on that night shows a band five years in that played as though their world could end at any moment!