The first Pearl Jam full-length DVD features three hours of live and montage footage from the band's 2000 U.S. and European tours. The main body of the DVD program is comprised of 28 full song performances filmed in vario... more »us cities on the band's 2000 48-city U.S. tour, reflecting the time and composition of an actual concert set list. The DVD was filmed by Pearl Jam crew members Liz Burns, Steve Gordon, and Kevin Shuss without directors or producers. An additional 50 minutes of special bonus features includes footage from the band's 2000 European tour, backstage footage, previously unreleased music, special consumer-chosen camera angles, the previously unreleased video for "Oceans," and more. Edited by Steve Gordon. Recorded and mixed by Brett Eliason and engineered by John Burton. Track list: Long Road, Corduroy, Grievance, Animal, Gods' Dice, Evacuation, Given to Fly, Dissident, Nothing as It Seems, Evenflow, Lukin, Not for You, Daughter (into "It's OK" by Dead Moon), Untitled, MFC, Thin Air, Leatherman, Betterman, Nothingman, Insignificance, I Got Shit, RVM, Wishlist, Jeremy, Evolution, Don't Go, Parting Ways, Rocking in the Free World Special bonus features: Stationary "Matt-cam" footage is available with a heavier percussion mix for two of the songs featured on the main body of the DVD: "Evacuation" and "Even Flow" and also for "In My Tree." (The "Matt-cam" is a special camera positioned behind drummer Matt Cameron that the consumer can switch to while viewing the DVD.) European montages: City, band, and fan montages from the European tour with "Yellow Ledbetter" live and previously unreleased instrumentals recorded by Pearl Jam during early Binaural sessions. Instrumentals titled: "Thunderclap," "Foldback," and "Harmony." Outtakes of band on U.S. tour, set to the song "Smile" "Do the Evolution" video--animated by Todd McFarlane "Oceans" video--never before released in the U.S. directed by Josh Taft« less
"Having seen Pearl Jam live twice, and one of those times having been the summer of 2000, I was awaiting "Touring Band 2000" with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Pearl Jam play longer than any other band around, with sets routinely running 2.5 hours, and even then you want more. So it is only natural that a fan would want to recapture some of this experience at home. At the same time, though, there is so much energy at a PJ concert, I was worried that the DVD would seem flat.I need not have worried, because the DVD is superb. There is a great mix of old and new, fast and slow songs. The transitions from one venue to the other are seemless, and the sound is outstanding (note, I'd recommend not using 5.1 channel surround, it sounds a little too processed that way). There is also the unique "Matt Cam" angle, which gives you the view from Matt Cameron's drum riser with a heavier percussive mix.Where the DVD really shines though, is in the cinematography. It consists exclusively of hand held footage shot by the roadies. As a result the DVD presents a rough, in your face viewing that matches perfectly with the band itself. The mixture of wide shots covering the whole stage, close-ups on individual band members and pans of the crowd almost mimic the view of someone sitting in the front rows. I promise, if you crank this DVD loud enough, you'll feel like you're at a show.As for the remaining features, the European montages are interesting, and the instrumentals they are set to are pretty cool; it's always nice to hear something new from PJ. Of course, it's nice to have a clean copy of the "Oceans" and "Do the Evolution" videos with decent sound. My personal favorite, however, were the outtakes from the North American Tour set to "Smile". Aside from the fact the song is one of my favorites, and aside from the fact the Pearl Jam dressed up as The Village People is worth the price of the disc, it really captures the essence of the band. They're genuinely having fun; they aren't in it for the money, they're in it because they love the music and they love their fans. In this day and age that's pretty special...and so's this DVD."
You're Happy, I'm Happy
gq2000 | New York, New York USA | 05/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You're the type of person that loves reading about good Pearl Jam material, aren't you? Well then you ought to love this...This is a beautifully arranged DVD with a terrific array of features. Pearl Jam gives you montages of themselves, the cities they visited and the fans, all of which are accompanied by some unreleased instrumental tracks from the Binaural sessions. One of them even sounds like something that could have been on Ten. They're all lovely clips and I'm sure they will make you nostalgic of the last show you were at, or the last time you were in Cardiff or something. They have the videos for Oceans and Evolution, which are both very good. The Oceans video is great, you get a glimpse of them when they were younger and still blowing up. It's a fun video to have on the DVD seeing as how it was probably made about 9 years before this tour. The Evolution video is of course really good, and a pleasure to watch. Matt's Cam is kind of cool, though it's not something I'll probably watch many more times unless I want drumming lessons. You do get to hear In My Tree which is not on the rest of the DVD. Ahhh, to the setlist. Quite honestly, I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was. I saw them in Albany, and they were very good, but there are always some throwaways. There really aren't many on this DVD, and they do a great job choosing the keepers. Each song is at a new venue and it's always a smooth transition into each other. Songs that sound particulary good are Dissident, Given to Fly, Evolution, Go, Insignificance, Grievance, Evenflow, Daughter, and Animal. They're really having a good time, and they sound tight and hard. Of course, not everyone will be satisfied, I would have loved it if Garden, Immortality, Sometimes, Brain of J, and Release were on there, but I'm not complaining. Being an almost psychotic fan, I was worried Stone was getting bored with Pearl Jam what with Eddie playing guitar more, but he seems really immersed in the music and has some really great solos on MFC and Evolution. Eddie was in top form talking to the audience and charming everyone as usual. Okay, I have a crush on him, I'm sorry, it's not even a non-sexual crush, it's just a straight up homosexaul crush, just kidding...kind of. Look, I have a girlfriend!!Well anyhow, I'm sure all of you have already purchased this, and want to see the others' reaction. I'm ecstatic. Thanks for reading."
Great live DVD!
Stoneman | Millersburg, PA | 09/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After having seen a few PJ shows as well as numerous other concerts, I can say that this band is abosulutely the BEST live band in the business. This tour was no different and this DVD, on one hand, is a big window into the PJ concert experience for those who have never had the pleasure, and on the other hand for those who have been there it brings back memories of a great time! I was in the audience during this awesome performance of Corduroy in DC. The energy was intense at the very least. Don't pay attention to those who say this DVD was crap because they obviously do not know what they are talking about. These are probably the kind of people who need big props and fancy lasers on stage to keep their interest. It's also evident that they have never been to a PJ concert. True music lovers will enjoy it. The music and footage is intentionally raw and hard. PJ doens't need all the flash to sell their shows, it's all about the music and the atmosphere. This is evident on this DVD. Buy it! You will not regret it!"
Superlative Pearl Jam Entertainment
Petar Vodogaz | Sydney, NSW Australia | 03/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After collecting the entire CD collection of Pearl Jam, I decided that the entire compilation would not be complete without a DVD of the band. So in essence this DVD 'Touring Band 2000 is exceptional.
The footage is 100% supurb with the sound quality and the media quality above par. This DVD is a roundup of Pearl Jam's 2000 North American tour and they have 24 songs that was collated from the different concerts including their home city of Seattle.
Every Pearl Jam fan will be happy with the song collections on this DVD which includes my favourites 'Evacuation', 'God's Dice', 'Even Flow' and 'Evolution'. There are extra special features included in this DVD, video clips of 'Wishlist' and 'Do The Evolution'. There are the Fan Footage, City and Band documentaries.
All in all this is a successful DVD that has all of the songs that made Pearl Jam a hit. I am very happy with this DVD."
Stripped Down Raw Rock
M. Swinney | Flower Mound, TX | 07/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The true gems of this 28 song set taken from their North American 2000 tours is the unique moments it captures from different cities across the continent. The sign-language woman, Kim, in St. Louis dancing and signing "Given to Fly" is truly sublime. Art in a different form allowing everyone to see Eddie Vedder's expressive words in an entirely new way. Also, the kid rocker in Albuquerque riding around on Vedder's shoulders, finished off Rockin In The Free World with drumstick in hand, crashing cymbals. It's truly great and reminds us why we are loving this band so much. They are doing it for the fans and the love of rock music. Purist in an unpure industry. I find it surprising, with the emotional intensity of PJ's music that the band doesn't go more crazy on-stage, but they've been there and done that in the early days and their focus is more on making the music here. The extras thrown in for the DVD version are worth it, giving us the Do The Evolution animated video, the "Matt"-cam, a Smile montage, and an appreciation of the good things about the European tour. Great music from a stripped down band with garage-like production with hand-held cameras. It's the compliment to all the live bootlegs they put out, a forte effort in and of itself. It's good to see them put some b-sides on here as well, Long Road, Leatherman, and I Got Id. The Daughter tag is great. If you are a PJ fan, don't miss picking up this DVD."