Want a sure thing? Invest in Pearl Jam!

by Debt Destroyer on June 7, 2009

Remember when I caught grief about spending $140 on a reissue of my favorite band’s debut album?  In case you forgot, I also talked about it here. Well it just occurred to me that I never reviewed Pearl Jam’s Super Deluxe Edition of Ten.


It rocks for the 3 LPs(viva la vinyl). It rocks for the remixed CD. It rocks for all the collectible stuff!  But my favorite part of it so far has been the DVD of Pearl Jam Unplugged.

That performance probably is what made me such a die hard fan. I know the Nirvana appearance on Unplugged was more noteworthy, but I always thought Pearl Jam’s was the best ever.

Watching it instantly takes me back to my teen years (which when looking back, weren’t as bad as I thought they were).  I’m a sucker for nostalgia, so for that alone it was worth the $140.

Back in college a hobby/obsession of mine was tracking down Pearl Jam bootlegs or concert videos.  I have a whole shelf of them.  They were usually very poor quality, but every once in a while there would be a diamond in the rough.

They were also about $40 each.

I paid $40 for this crappy VHS in 1998...and loved it!

I paid $40 for this crappy VHS in 1998...and loved it!

So when I think about all the money I spent on my collection,  $140 is nothing.  Of course that was before I had a mortgage or kids. It was also when I’d be so excited for a new Pearl Jam album to come out that I’d be waiting in line at a midnight opening.  Ah the glory days…

Enough reminiscing, there are plenty of memories to be made today!

For those of you hiding in a cave, Conan O’Brian recently took over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno.  His first musical guest, Pearl Jam! In case you went to bed early, check it out:

It’s going to be a banner year for Pearl Jam.  A new album will come out this fall, (which you will be able to find at Target…can’t wait for the commercial), probably more TV appearances, and of course there will be a tour to follow (there is a mini-tour this summer).

I can’t wait.

So now that you know what I’m looking forward too, how about you share what you’re anticipating? Should be a fun list.

Until next time,


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Car Insurance Phi June 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Sounds like you’re trying to justify your purchase! Haha jk, glad you’re enjoying yourself. That’s what money’s really meant for.


Debt Destroyer June 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Ha, I guess…I really just wanted an excuse to post the video(which I’ve watched probably 100+ times).


FFB June 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Pearl Jam Unplugged is awesome! I love when he climbs on the chair and starts filling in the lines written in on his arm (though I forget what it said).

I used to have this on a VHS tape when I recorded it. I actually had Mariah Carey Unplugged on there too (for my sister).


Debt Destroyer June 12, 2009 at 10:46 am

Yeah sure Mariah’s unplugged was for your sister :)

That performance of “Porch” is my all time favorite live performance of any song by any artist.


Thanks for taking the time to comment.

P.S. He writes “Pro Choice” on his arm.


FFB June 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

Awesome! I love how intense he is in concert. I saw them many moons ago when they just started getting big as an opening act and Vedder swam the crowd about halfway out. I was locked in as a fan from that point on and I didn’t even have the album yet that’s how good they were. They were so much better than a more established band called Smashing Pumpkins who were on the same bill.

To get back to spending, I think it’s ok to spend on a big item if it will really bring joy to your life (not just a big gadget you want at the moment). Of course you still have to be able to afford it.


Debt Destroyer June 12, 2009 at 11:16 am

Sounds like that was a killer show.

I’ve seen them 12 times(1st was Lollapalooza 92, 12th was them opening for Tom Petty) and the intensity never lets up. Ed is not jumping in to the crowd anymore, but they still bring it every show!

Over the years I’ve seen many concerts, and Pearl Jam blows them all out of the water!

On the spending front I agree it’s OK to spend money on things that will bring you joy. But like you said, make sure you can afford them. And if you see them coming, try to save up for the purchase ahead of time.

Like I’ll be doing next summer with Pearl Jam concert tickets :)


ObliviousInvestor June 19, 2009 at 9:16 am

*gasp* Another PF blogger who’s fav band is Pearl Jam! :)

Love Pearl Jam Unplugged. That said, Matt Cameron is pretty much my favorite drummer of all time (original drumming in W.M.A. notwithstanding).


Debt Destroyer June 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm

“*gasp* Another PF blogger who’s fav band is Pearl Jam!”

I think there are quite a few of us. If not, there should be.


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