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Pearl Jam boxes up shows for June release

Pearl Jam has boxed up three complete concerts held at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash., over the past two years for the aptly named release “Live at the Gorge 05/06.” The seven-disc collection will arrive June 26 via the band’s own Monkeywrench label.“Live at the Gorge” rounds up shows from Sept. 1, 2005, and July 22-23, 2006, and features 76 different songs. Fans can pre-order a
/ Source: Billboard

Pearl Jam has boxed up three complete concerts held at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash., over the past two years for the aptly named release “Live at the Gorge 05/06.” The seven-disc collection will arrive June 26 via the band’s own Monkeywrench label.

“Live at the Gorge” rounds up shows from Sept. 1, 2005, and July 22-23, 2006, and features 76 different songs. Fans can pre-order a limited edition of the box via the band’s Web site (pearljam.com).

The Sept. 1, 2005, show is the most popular in the history of the group’s live downloads initiative, according to Tim Bierman, who manages Pearl Jam’s Ten Club fan organization. The group opened its first Gorge performance in 12 years with a nine-song acoustic set, before launching into a 27-song electric show.

The following July, Pearl Jam wrapped a North American tour in support of its self-titled J Records debut with a two-night stint at the Gorge. Among the rarities unearthed was “Dirty Frank,” which had not been played live in 12 years, as well as “Rats” and “Satan’s Bed,” which had long been absent from the live repertoire prior to the tour.

The group will begin a European tour June 8 in Lisbon and will also play Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 5.