Latest live Pearl Jam release doesn’t include infamous song from Nassau Coliseum show.
Pearl Jam’s new album, Live on Ten Legs, is a compilation of songs recorded during concert tours at various venues between 2003 and 2010. While Pearl Jam performed at the Nassau Coliseum in 2003, the band’s notorious version of “Bushleaguer,” from their Uniondale show, didn’t make it onto the latest release.
Pearl Jam’s Live on Ten Legs became available on January 18, 2011 through specially selected digital and independent retailers.
Pearl Jam’s latest effort coincides with the band’s twentieth anniversary. The Live on Ten Legs collection, a follow up to 1998’s Live on Two Legs, is described on Pearl Jam’s website:
“’‘Live on Ten Legs’ features 18 Pearl Jam tracks recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours by recording engineer, John Burton (full track listing below). All tracks have been newly remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and remastered.”
The Live on Ten Legs play list includes:
1. Arms Aloft
2. World Wide Suicide
4. Got Some
5. State of Love and Trust
6. I Am Mine
7. Unthought Known
8. Rearview Mirror
9. The Fixer
10. Nothing As It Seems
11. In Hiding
12. Just Breathe
14. Public Image
15. Spin the Black Circle
18. Yellow Ledbetter
Pearl Jam’s “Bushleaguer” was a memorable performance at the Nassau Coliseum.
Pearl Jam’s April 30, 2003 Nassau Coliseum concert proved to be unforgettable. At the end of the show Eddie Vedder and crew broke into a rendition of their political commentary, “Bushleaguer.” “He’s not a leader, he’s a Texas leaguer” sang Vedder. The Uniondale audience was not amused.
Online accounts recall some of the evening’s details.
“A solid, intense show, that gets crazy during the second encore. Some rude members of the crowd start booing during ‘Bushleaguer.’ Ed’s response: ‘I busted out the nice suit for you, yeah? Ahhhhh, yeah. You didn’t like that one. I don’t understand. Maybe you like him cuz he’s gonna give you a tax cut. Maybe you like him because he is a real guy that relates to you, because he is so down home…’”
Since then, Pearl Jam has infrequently performed “Bushleaguer,” all the more reason it should have been included on Live on Ten Legs.