October 5th, 2011
Pearl Jam Twenty
Pearl Jam Fandom: A Statistical Analysis

Dr. Greger Larson, evolutionary biologist by day and Pearl Jam enthusiast by night, provides a statistical analysis of Pearl Jam’s sets, including concert favorite “Corduroy” with a tease of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive.” American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.

  • Chris

    I’d like to see how 967 shows was tabulated.

    Are you including television appearances? I wouldn’t count those.

    Here is a breakdown of known shows, per year, not including television appearances:

    1990 – 2
    1991 – 97
    1992 – 129
    1993- 58
    1994 =29
    1995 -43
    1996 -35
    1997 – 5
    1998 – 66
    1999 – 2
    2000 -75
    2001- 3
    2002 -5
    2003 -77
    2004 -12
    2005 – 39
    2006 – 80
    2007 – 15
    2008 -13 (includes the show at the Beacon in NYC, which is often missed)
    2009 – 32
    2010 – 26

    Did not include 2011 shows, as your slide was dated prior to this recent tour.

    Feel free to contact me if you’d like.

  • Todd

    The reason Alive dropped on the Binaural tour was because of the Roskilde tragedy.

  • Andy Lopez

    Weak. This guy should at least use powerpoint. Who uses transparencies anymore?

  • Karin

    Speed talking, throwing diagrams around, and ending each supposedly conclusive sentence with “And that’s a lot.” Huh, what? Class dismissed in 3:53. What’s the point of even coming to this guy’s class?

  • Rob

    Todd nailed it, they didn’t play Alive on that tour after Roskilde until the final show of the tour in Seattle. For as big of a fan as this guy claims to be he should probably have known that.

  • AzWicker

    I think this guy is more of a fan of numbers and spreadsheets and not necessarily Pearl Jam (the band), like everyone before said and most fans know. At the very least, most “big” fans know the reason Alive was not played for the Binaural tour after 6-30-2000 (’till the end) and it had nothing to do with the band being burned out on the song.

  • Justin

    After watching most of the show last night I was thinking the same thing in regards to what he charted out. I find the numbers very neat. It makes sense as to why songs like Alive, Even Flow and Better Man live are played on Sirius Pearl Jam Radio constantly. If this clip was in the show it was probably in the 20mins I missed.

    I’d cut the guy some slack though. Like you all have mentioned, he didn’t know the reason for the drop off on Alive so he should have researched a little but still, the guys passionate and you can’t fault him for that.


Produced by THIRTEEN    ©2015 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.