I got to listen to Pearl Jam's soundcheck in Jacksonville last night...

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  1. FenderBigot

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    Yep... another benefit of my day job. I was in the arena during both the instrument sound check and full band check. I sat right next to the guitar/bass techs during the whole thing.

    Here is the huge shocker... both Mike and Stone's stage volume was the LOWEST of the entire band. The loudest were Boom's keys and Jeff's bass. I couldn't believe how low both guitars were. The individual techs all played two songs together too when they finished... the sound guy came over the monitors and said "roadie jam" and they all played. It was pretty funny.

    I heard Ed, Boom, Jeff and Matt work out a completely different version of Future Days without Stone and Mike. They worked on it as if it was a rehearsal. I really dug the version too.

    So... lesson of the day? Not all rock star arena guitarists crank the volume on their killer vintage and/or boutique gear!! :aok

    During the show, both guitarists sounded huge. They sounded like they were cranking 100 watt Marshalls... Talk about letting the soundman do his job. Oh yeah... PJ only has one guy on the board and that's it.
     
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    Oh yeah... I forgot to mention. They only played eight songs from the Tampa set list in JAX. Good stuff!
     
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    How low was their stage volume?
     
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    I was 40 feet away and it sounded like my 40 watt Fender on 2 1/2 or so.
     
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    Wow, that's low.
     
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    I thought about it... Both MM and SG use in-ears but don't sing that much. My guess it's for guitars as much as vocals. The stage is loaded with monitors too. It wasn't very loud during soundcheck.
     
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    Yeah that makes sense.
     
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    How did it sound out front?
     
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    #1 the low volume is not surprising at all. I was 2nd row in front of Mike in FtL and front row, same spot in Miami. It wasn't hard to hear Mike, but Ament was way louder.

    #2 Future Days is the only song on that album I have not seen live. Grrrr.
     
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    Yeah I went to the first three shows. 3 shows, 96 songs and 73 of them were different!
     
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    Yeah I know some guys still mic cranked amps but some of the best stuff I've heard live is is moderately low volume Amps through a powerful p.a. why crank an amp when they probably have 50,000 watt p.a
     
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    Only 8 songs repeated between Tampa and JAX. The vibe of each show was very different, as was the band's overall volume.
     
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    No surprise that Jeff's bass was loud. I mean, have you seen the number of speakers he uses!?

    :)
     
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    Reminds me I need to start looking out for Australian tix. Haven't seen them since 2009.
     
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    Funny... I always though only one of those stacks was live and the rest were backup and/or stage appearance. His stage volume was more than I could handle if I had to play where Mike plays.
     
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    When he played his double strung bass, it is insanely awesome. What a unique sound!
     
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    Never seen a bass player use soooo many different basses. His rack is almost as big as MM's guitar rack.
     
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    There's a certain way that a loud amp couples with the guitar, that makes doing certain things effortless - the amp and guitar become one instrument. Much easier to play well, IMHO.
     
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    well this all reflects
    on the difficulties pearl jam
    has in attracting an audience
    wot, maybe 100K at this show?
    dial it up mates
    It's a helluva start
    It could be made into a monster
    If we all pull together as a team
    And did we tell you the name of the game, boy
    We call it 'riding the pearl jam train'
     
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    Yeah you're right. I know what you're talking about, there is something to be said of the sound of a amp on the verge of exploding.
     

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