VIDEO: The Day Neil Young Saved a Pearl Jam Concert - San Francisco, 06.24.1995
Well here's a blast from the past. (Thanks Dr. J !)
This video is a special memory here at Thrasher's Wheat. This concert was TW's first attempt at live blogging back in 1995. It actually resulted in real time posts on Rust, that were archived to this website. This concert was really the genesis of what we eventually evolved to become -- gonzo blogging with abandon and without regard for the consequences of blogging truth to power.
Although an incomplete recording, it is pretty cool to see this actual concert footage 20 years later. Historically, this concert has come to be known as "The Day Neil Young Saved a Pearl Jam Concert". After Eddie Vedder fell ill a few songs into the set, Neil Young stepped in to take the lead of Pearl Jam for the remaining setlist.
Here from the TW archives, are those legendary real time way back in those lonely early days of the internet: "Dispatches from the Field".
Pearl Jam and Neil Young at Polo Field June 24, 1995.
PEARL JAM DISPATCH FROM THE FIELD #1
ADDICTED TO NOISE (ATN) special correspondent Michael Goldberg reports: 11:42 AM. Pearl Jam's Monkey Wrench radio (88.1 FM) is blasting out Seattle punk. "Live 105 say they are broadcasting live from the Pearl Jam show," says the DJ. "They are nothing but a bunch of motherfucking liers."
A skull and crossbones pirates flag is blowing in the wind above the white sound tent located on the Polo Field in San Francisco where the show will begin shortly.Pearl Jam/Neil Young
It is an amazing site, watching fans streaming onto the Polo Field until every square inch is covered with people. The crowd is, naturally, young. Lots of guys with no shirts; lots of women in bikinis. Lots of tattoos, like the one of a dragon on the guy sitting about 6 yards away from me. Backwards baseball hats, shaved heads, a woman with a t-shirt that reads: "Birth School Metallica Death." A guy with "O. J.'s Guilty" written across his chest.
It is an amazingly goodnatured, friendly crowd. Strangers striking up conversations everywhere.
Scalpers were having a hell of a time selling their Pearl Jam tickets, which I was happy to see. Apparently several 1000 tickets had been held back for the purpose of selling on the day of the show, thus killing the demand for scalped tickets.
Golden Gate Park, Polo Fields
San Francisco, CA
June, 24th 1995
1. Last Exit
2. Spin the Black Circle**
5. Tremor Christ*
7. Not for You
9. Big Green Country**
10. Act Of Love
11. Throw Your Hatred Down*
13. Truth Be Known*
14. Rockin' In The Free World*
15. The Needle And The Damage Done
16. Hey Hey, My My
17. I'm The Ocean
18. Down By The River
20. Cortez The Killer
21. Jeff Speech*
22. Peace And Love
23. Rockin' In The Free World
More on Pearl Jam and Neil Young at Polo Field on June 24, 1995 at "Dispatches from the Field". Also, see Pearl Jam and Neil Young.