Pearl Jam has been out of the public eye for most of the years after its debut album. But the band cannot be accused of abandoning its fans by passing off poor products. (The unending supply of top-notch, live soundboard shows is obvious proof of that!) Touring Band 2000 is further evidence that Pearl Jam is one of the hardest working bands around. The first full-length Pearl Jam DVD follows the band through its 2000 North American tour and documents 28 songs in 19 different cities (with hometown Seattle hosting five of the live tunes) over an amazing three hours. Eddie Vedder's liner notes explain the concept of the DVD: "in some ways the visual equivalent of the bootlegs that have been released in the past year...a basic document of what may occur at any given Pearl Jam concert." However, the release is more comprehensive and fan-friendly than that. Touring Band 2000 also includes a 15-minute look at the European leg of the tour, bonus videos for "Evolution" (animated by Todd McFarlane) and "Oceans" (unreleased in the U.S.), outtakes of the band in the U.S. (set to "Smile"), and "Matt cam" footage of three songs. One highlight characterizes the overall experience of watching Pearl Jam travel across the country: a sign-language interpreter in St. Louis signs "Given to Fly" with as much emotion and energy as Vedder sings it. Touring Band 2000 is moving and rocks. It is, of course, recommended for the die-hard Pearl Jam fan, but even more so for the person who loved Ten and Vs. but has not bought one of the band's albums in awhile. Touring Band 2000 captures the band connecting with its audience in a profound way and also offers fans the opportunity to connect with the band. Touring Band 2000 is the best of its kind and an instant classic. All great bands (U2, etc.) should consider this DVD the standard, and the bar is raised very high. One of the first truly essential music DVDs.
AllMusic Review by JT Griffith