October 22, 1990 - The Off Ramp - Seattle, WA, USA (Mookie Blaylock)

Mookie Blaylock. © Karen Mason-Blair.

attendance: Approx. 150
supporting: Inspector Luv and the Ride Me Babys (who later became Green Apple Quickstep), Bathtub Gin

soundcheck: Even Flow
setlist: Release, Alone, Alive, Once, Even Flow, Black, Breath
encore: Just A Girl

After just 15 days together, the members of the band that will become Pearl Jam, play their first show as Mookie Blaylock. Jeff steps off the small stage to wander in the crowd a bit while playing during the soundcheck. "Even Flow" is a very unusual, slow version. In fact, most of these songs sound very different and are slower versions, with "Release", "Once" and "Black" sporting different/early lyrics. The encore, "Just A Girl", has only appeared one more time on a setlist (that we know of). Chris Cornell: "It definitely, to this day, was absolutely the best inaugural show I've seen in my life. Hands down, no comparison. And it has nothing to do with my perception of how great they are as a live band now. I remember exactly what I was thinking then, and it was that they were absurdly great. The only other thing I remember from that show was standing next to Kelly Curtis (Pearl Jam manager), who had been through hell with what happened with Andy Wood. He was beaming and he said, 'Well, I'm a happy guy right about now'. He knew and I knew we'd just seen an incredible show and that Mookie Blaylock (Pearl Jam) was a phenomonal band".

December 19, 1990 - The Vogue - Seattle, WA, USA (Mookie Blaylock)

supporting: El Steiner, Bathtub Gin

setlist: -

Opening act El Steiner was formed by an outlandish guy named Larry Steiner who rounded up a shifting cast of characters, that night including Mike McCready's old bandmates Rick and Chris Friel from Shadow. Rick: "At that nigth we got Eddie to sing along on "God Of Thunder" (by Kiss)". El Steiner was "sort of like a party on wheels, this crazy band with three or four songs that we just kept playing over and over again in different ways, making up covers on stage, making up silly songs".

December 21, 1990 - New Melody Tavern - Seattle, WA, USA (Seattle Musicians For The People)

setlist: -

This benefit show went ahead, despite a big snowstorm. Mookie Blaylock played a couple of songs, with Mike's old bandmate Chris Friel filling in on drums for the absent Dave Krusen.

December 22, 1990 - Moore Theatre - Seattle, WA, USA (Mookie Blaylock)

supporting: Alice in Chains

setlist: Release, Once, Alive, Why Go, Even Flow, Alone, Porch, Breath

First known performances of "Why Go" and "Porch". At the end of the set Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron join on stage as Temple Of The Dog play "Hunger Strike" and "Say Hello 2 Heaven".

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