Pearl Jam launches online radio stream
Pearl Jam Radio offers rare tunes covering 20-year careerNEW YORK -- Pearl Jam is taking the more-is-more approach to sharing their music this spring: the band has just announced that the shows on its current 2010 world tour will be released as official bootlegs, started a preorder audio release of a quartet of Philadelphia shows from October, and launched Pearl Jam Radio. All three of the new offerings are available via PearlJam.com.
The latest installment of the band's now decade-long official bootleg series, the 2010 Bootleg Program offers full-concert soundboard recordings in a choice of three formats beginning in mid-May. The series features shows from Pearl Jam's current tour, which kicked off on May 1 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and makes a run through the U.S. before heading to Europe on June 22. The CD version will cost $16.98 per show, a FLAC download will be $14.98, and the MP3 flavor will be $9.98. Pearl Jam first began offering official recordings of its tours with the 72-show release chronicling every note of its 2000 world trek.
Meanwhile, fans can now pre-order recordings of a quartet of Pearl Jam shows that were the last four concerts played at Philadelphia's hallowed Spectrum arena last October. The shows will be available as downloads, on CD, and also as a limited-edition set that collects the whole run.
And in the spirit of instant gratification, the busy Seattle band has also launched Pearl Jam Radio today. The player, which lives on PearlJam.com, offers a constant stream of live, rare and studio tunes from throughout PJ's two-decade career.
Pearl Jam's most recent album, "Backspacer," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last fall. Its latest single, "Just Breathe" is No. 5 on the Rock Songs chart.