News – July/December 2007

Friday 12.21.2007
 10.00 “Ten Club surprise: Christmas single 2007 arriving now

A nice and unexpected Christmas present for all the members of Pearl Jam’s official fan club is arriving: a few U.S. members are receiving the 2007 Christmas single right now. A real surprise, considering the usual waiting time, and since the Ten Club didn’t anticipate anything this time. Euro & worldwide Ten Club members should start receiving it in a matter of weeks.

The tracklist:

SIDE A: “Santa God”

Written by Eddie Vedder
Jeff – bass, wurlitzer, bells
Matt – drums
Eddie – uketar, vocals
Recorded at Studio X

SIDE B: “Jingle Bells”

Written by J. Pierpont
Performed by Mike McCready – Guitar, bass, drum machine etc.
Recorded & mixed @ home by Mike McCready.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday 12.19.2007
 16.00 “Vedder guitar up for auction + Ed to appear in another documentary

A few friends of Kim Warnick (Fastbacks) have put together an online auction (link) to help raise money for the medically challenged rockstar. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam was kind enough to donate one of his guitars to auction off for Kim. Included in the guitar case is a handwritten two page letter from Eddie that explains the history of the guitar as well as his memories of touring with Kim. Also in this package are two signed Pearl Jam posters and an original black & white print of Eddie and Kim from their ’95 tour, signed by photographer Charles Peterson.


Ed Vedder will also appear in another documentary: a feature length documentary film, “Song Sung Blue”, that tells the story of Lightning & Thunder, a homegrown Milwaukee husband & wife singing duo who pay tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. Vedder should appear in an archive footage wich dates back to a concert Pearl Jam played in Milwaukee in 1995, when the Pearl Jam singer took the couple on stage to sing ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ with them. It is due out in 2008.

Thursday 12.13.2007
 16.00 “Ed Vedder nominated for two Golden Globes

Ed Vedder’s Oscar run continues. Nominations for the prestigious Golden Globes Awards, given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were announced today: “Guaranteed” has been nominated in the ‘Best original song’ category. The Pearl Jam frontman also shares a ‘Best original score’ nomination with Kaki King and Michael Brook for “Into the Wild”. The 65th Annual Golden Globes Awards show is scheduled to air January 13, 2008 at 8pm EST on NBC.

Speaking of Oscar, the Academy revealed that ‘Society’, ‘Guaranteed’, and ‘Rise’ are three of the 59 songs considered for Oscar nominations in the ‘Best Original Song’ category. Nominations will be announced on January 22, 2008.

Tuesday 12.11.2007
 23.00 “Vedder on Howard Zinn project + Stone working on a tribute album + singles box-set?
It has been announced that Ed Vedder will contribute to a four-hour documentary miniseries based on radical historian-author Howard Zinn’s 1980 book “A People’s History of the United States” and sequel tome “Voices of A People’s History of the United States”. Titled “The People Speak”, the TV project will center on several actors and musicians as they read from the books or perform music related to their themes: the struggles of women, war, class and race. Actors Matt Damon and Marisa Tomei, along with Viggo Mortensen, Josh Brolin, Danny Glover, David Strathairn and Kerry Washington, will provide performances for the project, which will interweave archival footage, photographs and interviews, while Pearl Jam frontman and R&B singer John Legend will handle the music. The project will begin production in January in Boston. (Sources: Yahoo – Variety ).

Meanwhile, The Critics’ Choice Awards nominations have been announced today and Vedder’s ‘Into the wild’ song “Guaranteed” has been nominated in the ‘Best song’ category. The 13th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony is scheduled to air January 7, 2008 at 9pm ET/PT live on VH1.

In other news, according to this article Stone Gossard is working with musician Emmanuel “Vinny” Miranda on a tribute album that has Seattle musicians reinterpreting the songs of Hank Williams Sr. We don’t have more details at the moment.

 Rumor Music website New Music Tipsheet has added, in their next releases page, a mysterious Pearl Jam box-set titled ‘Worldwide Singles Box’, released by Sony and due out on February 12, 2008. Maybe a box with all the singles previously released by the Seattle band? Or maybe a box with the ‘never officially released’ singles from the band’s 2006 self-titled album? We’ll keep you posted as soon as more news become available.

Friday 12.07.2007
 17.00 “Nominations and italian trailer for “Into the wild” + Brad news”

“Guaranteed”, which is featured on the music for the motion picture “Into The Wild”, the solo release by Ed Vedder, has been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media” category. For the full nomination list visit The 50th Grammy Awards show is scheduled to air February 10, 2008 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. “Rise” has been nominated in the ‘Best original song’ category for the 12th Satellite Awards, which will take place onDecember 16, 2007 and are related to the better-known Golden Globe Awards, whose nominations will be announced on December 13, 2007 and are considered the main precursors to the Oscars.

Speaking of ‘Into the wild’, BIM, which will distribute Sean Penn’s movie in Italy starting January 25, 2008, has made the italian theatrical trailer available online.

It has also been announced that Stone Gossard’s side project, Brad, will play at the Showbox in Seattle on December 11, 2007 to support Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

In conclusion, Sony BMG has just released at a modic price (13-14 Euro) a series of classic vinyl reissues from their back catalogue: Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ is one of the fourteen titles in the campaign .

Thursday 11.22.2007
 22.00 “‘Into the wild’ and ‘Walk hard’ Italian theatrical release dates revealed”
BIM, which acquired ‘Into the wild’ distribution rights for Italy, has confirmed that the movie will hit our theatres on January 25, 2008. The poster is available here. Conference, video, press rewiew, pics and much more from the movie premiere at last October’s Rome Film Fest have been added to PJOnLine’s ‘Into the wild’ special. Also, Ed Vedder and Sean Penn’s interview with television journalist Charlie Rose, which aired on September 21, 2007, is now available on DVD.

Speaking of movie releases, Italian theatrical release date for ‘Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox story’ (which features a cameo by Ed Vedder as himself, as widely anticipated here) has also been set: March 28, 2008.

Wednesday 11.21.2007
 15.00 “Jack Irons and Matt Cameron news “

The official MySpace page for Spinnerette, former Distillers leader Brody Dalle’s new band, states that Jack Irons, never-forgotten Pearl Jam’s former drummer, is an official band member. Their debut album is expected to be released in 2008. There are no news on possible live dates at the moment.

Matt Cameron, current Pearl Jam drummer, and Jerry Cantrell, guitarist of the revamped Alice in Chains, have raised the 12th man Flag at a Seattle Seahawks game at Quest Field, Seattle, on November 18, 2007. Here’ s a clip.

Sunday 11.04.2007
 23.00 “New Pearl Jam book + news from the Ten Club”

The band’s official website has announced the launch of a new book “Pearl Jam vs. Ames Bros – 13 Years of Tour Posters” – a 264-page hard cover volume featuring 229 concert posters spanning time between 1995-2007. This includes artwork by Ames Bros and Brad Klausen, plus over 80 written contributions on individual posters from all five members of Pearl Jam and running commentary from the poster designers. There are two versions of the book, a regular edition which is available for pre-order at or for $50, and a special limited edition (2600 copies), including 32 bonus pages and a Certificate of Authenticity page signed and numbered by Barry Ament, Coby Schultz and Brad Klausen, which is available for pre-order for $200 through and to current Ten Club members at

The Ten Club has also set the deadline to be an active member and receive the 2007 holiday single: November 7, 2007. So, if you’re not an active member, join the Ten Club now, or, if your membership is expired, renew it, otherwise you won’t receive the 2007 single.
These days, US Ten Club members are receiving Deep Magazine #3. This means that Euro Ten Club members should receive it soon as well.

Tuesday 10.23.2007
 20.00 “Kelly Curtis and Stone Gossard on Radiohead”

Here are two interesting opinions about Radiohead’s latest and surprising move which consists, for the few that don’t know about it, in making their new album available for online download through their website. Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis told the Los Angeles Times: “My head is spinning, honestly. It’s very cool and very inspiring, really.” He also added: “Everyone will keep an eye on this because this is the most exciting thing we’ve seen to this point.”

Even Stone Gossard spent positive words about it on the new US Rolling Stone: “I think it’s cool. It shows Radiohead to be bold and also irreverent. They aren’t even worried about selling records since they’re such a [touring] force. If they’re successful I have no problem following their lead.”

Friday 10.19.2007
 20.30 “Vedder’s performance @ Bridge School Benefit cancelled + Mike and Stone news”
The official Bridge School Benefit website has announced that Ed Vedder’s performances with Flea and Jack Irons on October 27-28 had to be cancelled due to personal family matter. My Morning Jacket has been added to the bill.

In other news, Stone Gossard recently sat down with KROCK radio for a special interview to talk about HDSA, Brad, Pearl Jam… and babies! See the interview, check out the pictures, and watch Stone perform a cover of Woody Guthrie’s “Roll On, Columbia” here + a special auction benefitting HDSA is going on now here.

Mike McCready did an educational Webcast, organized by, to talk about Crohn’s disease. You can listen to the on-demand version of the webcast online anytime here or download the podcast here.

Wednesday 10.03.2007
 20.30 “Stone confirms Green River reunion”

During a recent interview, Gossard confirmed a rumor which has been circulating around the Internet: his and Jeff Ament’s pre-Pearl Jam band Green River will reunite in the summer of 2008 for a Sub Pop 20th anniversary concert. “Pearl Jam has toured with Mudhoney, so we played with [former Green River members] Mark [Arm] and Steve [Turner],” he said. “But we haven’t played with Alex [Vincent] and Bruce [Fairweather] in quite a while. They’re both excited about it, from everything I’ve heard.”

Stone has also talked about Pearl Jam: “We’re in that period of time where we actually allow ourselves to not know what’s going to happen next, which is great.”

Thursday 09.27.2007
 21.00 “Into the wild” @ Rome Film Fest + news from Mike + Lolla on iTunes”

It has just been announced that the movie will premiere at the upcoming Rome Film Fest (October 18-27). Here you can find info about screenings and tickets.

In other news, during a new interview Mike McCready, when asked what everyone would be doing before Pearl Jam reconvenes next spring to work on a new album, mentioned Vedder’s plans to play Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit concert and “some West Coast dates.” However, he declined to fill in further details before the official announcement, which he said was coming soon (later on, Pearl Jam publicist Nicole Vandenberg said that Eddie Vedder solo dates had been discussed but that none had been booked). The Pearl Jam guitarist revealed he was in Los Angeles, where he has been working on demos for a documentary project. He said that recording background songs for the new “Immagine” DVD inspired him to pursue that sort of soundtrack and scoring work.

Speaking of Pearl Jam, their 2007 Lollapalooza show is available for purchase on iTunes (link).

Wednesday 09.26.2007
 21.00 “Brad’s benefit show + Vedder in new Who DVD”

Pearl Jam’s official website has just announced that Brad will come back together for a special evening in New York City: a Celebration of Woody and Marjorie Guthrie To Benefit Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), which will feature Brad and Billy Bragg and is hosted by Tim Robbins, with some very special guests. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 7pm at the intimate Webster Hall 125 E 11th Street. Ten Club members are invited to take part in the private pre-sale for this event, which is available here (password: HDSA).

In other news, the new Who documentary featuring Ed Vedder (we talked about it some time ago) will be released in a double-DVD edition on November 6 and will be titled “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who”.

Sunday 09.23.2007
 18.00 “Vedder & Penn interviewed by Charlie Rose”

Ed Vedder and Sean Penn were interviewed by television journalist Charlie Rose on September 21. A streaming video of the interview is available here:

Tuesday 09.18.2007
 22.40 “Into the wild” iTunes edition + “Too Tough To Die” DVD + Vedder solo tour?”

Starting today, the “Into the wild” soundtrack is available for purchase on iTunes (link). You can buy the regular version or a deluxe version with 4 bonus tracks: No More, Photographs (Instrumental), Here’s To The State (Live), No More (Live).

In other news, the DVD release date for the long-awaited documentary about Johnny Ramone “Too Tough To Die”, featuring Ed Vedder (click here for more info) has finally been set: December 3rd, 2007. The DVD is already available for pre-order at various online stores.

Note: For every PJ and PJ-related release, don’t forget to check out PJOnLine’s Agenda (link). We’ll update it on a regular basis whenever a release date is confirmed.

In conclusion, a rumor started by Mr Vedder himself… according to a story in the Los Angeles Times endorsed by Rolling Stone, Vedder could be planning a solo tour. The possible tour would have Vedder playing much more intimate venues than he’s used to with Pearl Jam. “If you surf fifty-foot waves all the time, you can’t try too many new things, because fifty-foot waves are kind of life and death,” Vedder, an avid surfer, explained. “Playing big shows is like that. So you want to take on some smaller waves to rework or refine what you do, and then take it back to the big surf.” Hard-core Pearl Jam fans need not worry that Vedder entertaining the idea of a solo jaunt signals the end of the band, however. “We’ve been a group for a long time,” the singer said. “And we will continue to be so, I hope, for a really long time.”

Monday 09.10.2007
 22.00 “Vedder in new Tom Petty DVD & in new Michael Moore film”

Ed Vedder will appear in the next Tom Petty DVD, a four-hour documentary titled “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, in which director Peter Bogdanovich tells the Heartbreakers’ story. Vedder, along with other artists such as Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl and others, will talk about Tom Petty & his historical group’s legacy. It hits in October. (Rolling Stone)

Vedder also appears in Michael Moore’s new documentary “Captain Mike Across America“, which follows Moore going from stadium to stadium in 62 cities in the dying days of the 2004 presidential campaign for his “Slacker Uprising Tour 2004”, bashing US President George W. Bush. Pearl Jam’s Ed Vedder and other artists such as Steve Earle, Tom Morello and Joan Baez break up the film with their live performances during several dates of this tour. (Source)

Tuesday 09.04.2007
 22.30 “The 10 Club announces ‘Into the wild’ pre-sale”
Pearl Jam’s Ed Vedder has wrissten a collection of music for the upcoming movie release of “Into the Wild” and Ten Club is honoring this solo release with a special pre-sale starting today. Included in this pre-order is the option to purchase the CD + a limited-edition commemorative t-shirt, or just the CD at a special price. Go to the goods section and click “Specials”. Pre-sale ends 9/11 at noon pacific time. The “Into the Wild” soundtrack will be released on September 18th.
 13.30 “Ed Vedder @ Bridge School Benefit 2007”

According to this blog, Ed Vedder will perform ‘Society’ (from ‘Music from the motion picture Into the wild’), together with Jerry Hannan, who wrote the song, at the 21st Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which will be held on October 27-28, 2007 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The official line up should be announced shortly.

UPDATE (09.04.2007): The line up has just been confirmed and is the following: Neil Young, Metallica, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Vedder with Flea & Jack Irons, Tom Waits with Kronos Quartet, John Mayer, Tegan & Sara, Regina Spektor. Poster.

Saturday 09.01.2007
 00.00 “Radio1 ‘Into the wild’ premiere from September 10-14… and PJOnline spoilers!”

From September 10 to 14, Italian Radio1 will exclusively world premiere ‘Music from the motion picture Into the wild’ by Ed Vedder during the program Village (airing from 12:36 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CET). Here you can find Radio1 frequencies in Italy, while a live streaming of the program will be available on the radio’s homepage (link). The soundtrack will hit stores on September 18, 2007.  Thanks Stefka.

If you want some spoilers, read on…

Thanks to Silvia Boschero, host of radio program ‘Village’, we can exclusively provide you with the following, interesting information:
– Total album length is 33 minutes, mostly acoustic ballads (almost every song consists of guitar & voice) and is a very beautiful, intense, deep record. ‘Music from the motion picture Into the wild’ was recorded at Studio X, Seattle, WA by Adam Kasper (who already produced Pearl Jam’s Riot Act in 2002 and the band’s self-titled album last year) and was mixed & produced by Adam Kasper & Eddie Vedder,
– ‘Hard sun’, as we previously reported, is a song originally written by Indio, recorded by Vedder with Corin Tucker of Sleater -Kinney; ‘Society’ is written by Jerry Hannan, who also played the guitar and did some vocals on this song; on ‘Rise’, you can hear Ed Vedder playing banjo, while ‘End of the road’ is an instrumental track.
– The artwork was designed by Brad Klausen & Eddie Vedder and Vedder himself created the album’s concept, under the alias ‘Jerome Turner’, – A back cover silhouette photo of Eddie Vedder was taken by famous photographer Anton Corbijn, – People thanked in the credits:  Jon Krakauer (who wrote the book this movie is based upon), the actor who plays Chris McCandless in the movie (Emile Hirsch), the McCandless family and Brian Dieker. Special thanks to Sean Penn, who directed the movie.
– The record is ‘for Jill & Olivia’ (Vedder’s fiancee & daughter) and is in memory of Chris McCandless.

Sunday 08.26.2007
 19.00 “Ed Vedder honored as Environmentalist of the Year last Friday”

Ed Vedder was honored as Environmentalist of the Year during the 18th Waterman’s Weekend, which took place on Friday, August 24 at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point (CA), organized by The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA). During his acceptance speech, he proclaimed the Bush administration’s environmental policies “criminal,” but also asked “Why this tolerance for deception? At some point we are responsible.” He also said environmentalism has changed. “I don’t think it’s about chaining yourself to trees anymore, it’s about doing business right. It’s about finding a better business model.” Vedder said the idea of being given an award for environmentalism was “like being given an award for breathing. It’s what you have to do to stay alive.” Ha added: “What’s really important is to be here tonight with the people (environmental organizations) that do the real work. As a band we help raise visibility and we donate a minimal amount of money, but if the environmental movement is like a wave, the nonprofits are the surfboard steering us on the wave, and we (the band) are like the wax just trying to make things stick with the public.” But Vedder also had some fun, taking a surfer’s point of view of work.“I had a choice to write a speech or go for a three-hour surf with Mark Richards. I went for a surf.” He also poked fun at his coziness with the big names of surfing. “I never got to see Hendrix play, but it’s OK because I got to see Rob (Machado) and Kelly (Slater) surf Pipeline. I never got to see Perry Como or Andy Williams either, but when I watch Rob and Kelly play golf, I think it’s the same.” (Source 1 – 2).


Thursday 08.23.2007
 02.00 “Ed Vedder live @ Toronto Film Festival + Brad news”

Billboard has just reported that Ed Vedder will perform at the world premiere of the documentary “Body of War” on September 11, 2007 at the Toronto International Film Festival. As Pearl Jam OnLine reported some time ago, Vedder contributed two original songs to the film: “No More” and “Long Nights.” An interesting thing to mention: the world premiere of ‘Into the wild’ will take place at the Toronto Film Festival just two days before. Another possible Vedder’s appearance?

In other news, Brad’s fourth studio album (Stone Gossard’s side project featuring Shawn Smith, Regar Hagar and Mike Berg) has just been completed and is ready to be released (although a release date has not been set yet). The album tiltle is ‘Best friends’ and you can listen to a stream of an outtake from the album’s final tracklist on the band’s MySpace.

Saturday 08.18.2007
 05.47 “‘Into the wild’: official website and first single”

The official website for ‘Into the wild’ has just been launched online. As widely reported by PJOnLine, the soundtrack for Sean Penn’s new movie has been written by Ed Vedder. On the same website, the first single from the soundtrack is available for streaming: “Hard sun”, a song originally written by Indio and performed by Vedder together with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney (mp3). According to the site, the definitive tracklist should be the following:

1. Setting Forth
2. No Ceiling
3. Far Behind
4. Rise
5. Long Nights
6. Tuolumne
7. Hard Sun
8. The Wolf
9. End of the Road
10. Society
11. Guaranteed

The soundtrack will hit stores on September 18th, 2007.

UPDATE (08.31.2007): Along with the radio edited version of ‘Hard Sun’, snippets of two new songs (‘Tuolumne’ and ‘The Wolf’) have just been added on the official ‘Into the wild’ website and are available for streaming.

Snippets of ‘Society’ and ‘Rise’ are also available for streming.

UPDATE #2 (09.12.2007): The official video for ‘Hard sun’ is available on Yahoo Video (link).

Friday 08.10.2007
 00.00 “The song Ed Vedder covered for the ‘I’m not there’ OST has been revelaed”

As previolusly reported, the soundtrack to the upcoming Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There” (due out October 30, 2007) will feature 34 Dylan tracks performed by various artists: Ed Vedder will cover the classic “All along the watchtower” together with The Million Dollar Basher, a superband formed for the occasion and consisting of: Sonic Youth’s guitarist Lee Ranaldo and drummer Steve Shelley, Bob Dylan bass player Tony Garnier, Tom Verlaine (ex Television leader), keyboardist John Medeski (from Martin, Medeski and Wood), guitarist Smokey Hormel (former Beck and Tom Waits guitarist, then in Smokey & Miho) and Wilco avante-guitarist Nels Cline. Here’s the complete tracklist of the soundtrack (thanks to Vinyl Fever):

All Along The Watchtower (Ed Vedder & The Million Dollar Bashers)
As I Went Out One Morning (Mira Billotte)
Ballad Of A Thin Man (Stephen Malkmus & The Million Dollar Bashers)
Billy (Los Lobos)
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window (The Hold Steady)
Can’t Leave Her Behind (Stephen Malkmus & Lee Ranaldo)
Cold Irons Bound (Tom Verlaine & The Million Dollar Bashers)
Dark Eyes (Iron & Wine & Calexico)
Fourth Time Around (Yo La Tengo)
Goin’ To Acapulco (Jim James & Calexico)
Highway 61 Revisited (Karen O & The Million Dollar Bashers)
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Yo La Tengo)
I’m Not There (Bob Dylan)
I’m Not There (Sonic Youth)
Just Like A Woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico)
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Ramblin’ Jack Elliot)
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Antony & The Johnsons)
The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (Mason Jennings)
Maggie’s Farm (Stephen Malkmus & The Million Dollar Bashers)
Mama You’ve Been On My Mind (Jack Johnson)
The Man In The Long Black Coat (Mark Lanegan)
Moonshiner (Bob Forrest)
One More Cup Of Coffee (Roger McGuinn & Calexico)
Pressing On (John Doe)
Ring Them Bells (Sufjan Stevens)
Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) (Willie Nelson & Calexico)
Simple Twist Of Fate (Jeff Tweedy)
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With Memphis Blues Again (Cat Power)
The Times They Are A Changin’ (Mason Jennings)
Tombstone Blues (Richie Havens)
When The Ship Comes In (Marcus Carl Franklin)
Wicked Messenger (The Black Keys)
You Ain’t Goin ‘Nowhere (Glen Hansard & Markta Irglov)
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (John Doe)

Thursday 08.09.2007
 03.00 “Pearl Jam against censorship”

After ending their Sunday night show at Lollapalooza, the band was contacted by many fans, through the fan club, and informed that portions of that performance were missing and may have been censored by AT&T during the “Blue Room” Live Lollapalooza Webcast. In fact, during the performance of “Daughter” the following lyrics were sung to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” but were cut from the webcast: “George Bush, leave this world alone” (the second time it was sung) and “George Bush find yourself another home.” Ten Club reports that when asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had made a mistake in cutting them.

As a reaction to this act of censorship towards the band and freedom of speech, the fan club has just published a letter on the band’s official website, (click here to read it), with the band expressing concern about ‘the issue of censorship and the increasingly consolidated control of the media’. The Ten Club has also announced that the complete, uncensored version of “Daughter” from the Lollapalooza performance will be posted on the official website as soon as possible.

The edited and un-edited versions of “Daughter” from the Lollapalooza webcast

Complete, uncensored version of ‘Daughter’

UPDATE (08.11.2007): Here is an intense letter written by Mike McCready about the AT&T censorship incident and published on August 11 on the band’s official website:

Thoughts of an American.

I grew up in a democratic system of government. This is what was taught all through Kindergarten through College. Freedom of thought and expression were hallmarks of my early education. These concepts and theories integrated my belief in an American system of democracy. Consequently, I became a musician because of these inalienable rights. Make no mistake I am an artist and a capitalist because of this system that I believe in and our country. I don’t however believe that a capitalist corporation such as AT&T has the right to subvert the first amendment of the constitution to which we all are accountable. This happened on the night we played Lollapalooza. I was dismayed to hear that the act of censoring free speech was used to edit our song Daughter for a webcast. Surely the American listening public can discern for themselves what they deem acceptable to hear. This is a hallmark of our American way!! The freedom to listen to what you want or don’t want to. The American public was duped as was I in believing that I can speak freely without censorship.

I can only look to historical figures who are above reproach in my mind, such as Thomas Jefferson “I hope we shall crush…in it’s birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” I feel that corporations can still exist without worry of a few words at a rock concert and need not trample upon our constitution for the sake of profit.

Another example that I believe is relevant is a George Orwell quote from Animal Farm. “If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Some people don’t want to hear our political beliefs in a song but that too is the beauty of America. WE CAN DISAGREE and still function as a democracy. When one person or company decides what others can hear, that is totalitarian thinking! This runs contrary to America and threatens the core of our freedom. We can think for ourselves, AT&T. I had the great pleasure of seeing the Space Shuttle launch live in Florida today. This gave me a feeling of excitement and patriotism in my country today.It showed me a future of ingenuity and promise for a better America.

With that I will leave you with a last quote from the quintessential American “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” This is an example of my belief in what Ed was saying the night we were censored during Daughter. You can’t get more American than Mark Twain!!! Say no to censorship, it leads to dictatorship!

Mike McCready

Wednesday 08.08.2007
 17.00 “‘Walk hard’ update”

As we’re reporting these days, in the next few months there will be many interesting news about Ed Vedder and the movies he’s been collaborating on. After the news about ‘Into the wild’ and ‘I’m not there’, here’s more: as PJOnLine previously reported, U.S. Rolling Stone has confirmed that Vedder will appear in an upcoming fake biopic ‘Walk Hard – The Dewey Cox Story‘ as himself, presenting a lifetime achievement award to the main character, Dewey Cox (actually parodying himself and his speeches to induct so many artists into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).

Rolling Stone also reports a quote from the fake award presentation by Vedder: “I don’t know what God sounds like, but I know when I get to the Pearly Gates, He might just sound a little bit like Dewey Cox.” The movie’s co-writer Judd Apatow is also quoted in the article: “We wrote this really bombastic, over-the-top speech, and Eddie Vedder was hysterical reading it. He nailed it on the first take.” The movie is due in theaters December 14th (U.S. release date).

UPDATE (08.17.2007): ‘Walk Hard’ theatrical trailer available here:


Take a look at who appears at 1.57”…

Monday 08.06.2007
 23.00 “‘Into the wild’ tracklist revealed”

The ‘Into the wild’ tracklist has just been revealed and is the following:

1. Setting Forth
2. No Ceiling
3. Far Behind
4. Rise
5. Long Nights
6. Tuolumne
7. Hard Sun
8. The Wolf
9. End of the Road
10. Society
11. Guaranteed

This is the official cover art:

UPDATE (08.07.2007): The Playlist has just revealed that the first single extracted from the ‘Into the wild’ soundtrack will be ‘Hard Sun’, a song originally written by Seattle musician Gordon Peterson (aka Indio ), recorded by Vedder with Corin Tucker of Sleater -Kinney.

Friday 08.03.2007
 16.00 “The release of ‘Into the wild’ soundtrack is confirmed + ‘I’m not there’ update”

As PJ OnLine reported a few weeks ago, Ed Vedder wrote several original songs for the soundtrack of Sean Penn’s new film, ‘Into the wild’. J Records label has just confirmed that this soundtrack will hit stores on September 18th, 2007. At the moment, the tracklist is still undetermined.

It has also been confirmed today that the soundtrack to the upcoming Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There” will street October 30 and feature 34 Dylan tracks performed by artists such as Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Sufjan Stevens, Steven Malkmus (Pavement), The Hold Steady, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Willie Nelson, Iron and Wine and Cat Power. It’s still unknown which Dylan cover was recorded by Vedder for this film, which is scheduled to open in limited release in late September or October with wide release in November.

Monday 07.30.2007
 23.30 “Ed Vedder at Wrigley on August 3”
Eddie Vedder will be singing the 7th inning stretch (‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’) during the Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field on August 3.
Saturday 07.27.2007
 03.00 “OFFICIAL: PJ to release Italy DVD on September 25, 2007”

This is not a joke, it’s official, just confirmed by the Ten Club: Pearl Jam announces the release of Immagine In Cornice “Picture in a Frame”, a live concert film chronicling the band’s performances and behind-the-scenes footage from the five Italian concerts that took place as part of the band’s 2006 European tour. The cities include Bologna, Verona, Milan, Torino and Pistoia, Italy.

A limited edition commemorative T-shirt will be available for a special price when purchased with Immagine In Cornice during a special Ten Club pre-sale that will begin on August 22.

Immagine In Cornice was directed by renowned photographer, filmmaker and long-time friend of the band, Danny Clinch. The film was shot in a variety of formats from Super-8 to Hi Definition.

“Picture in a Frame is a film I’ve really wanted to make,” says Clinch. “The band invited me to Italy and gave me the access I needed to show a side seldom seen by their fans. It has become a collaboration as well. The band even offered me some music that has never been heard and Mike went into the studio to create some more music for the soundscapes. This is a look at Pearl Jam that no one has seen yet. A trip through northern Italy with the band, through the document and through abstraction.”

Track Listing: 

Severed Hand (Milan)
World Wide Suicide (Clips from all Italy dates)
Life Wasted (Torino)
Corduroy (Verona)
State of Love and Trust (Milan)
Porch (Verona)
Evenflow (Torino)
Better Man (Verona)
Alive (Milan)
Blood (Verona)
Comatose (Pistoia)
Come Back (Pistoia)
Rockin’ In The Free World (Pistoia)

Bonus Tracks: 

A Quick One While He’s Away – with My Morning Jacket (Torino)
Throw Your Arms Around Me (Pistoia)
Yellow Ledbetter (Milan)

>> PJOnLine’s special about this release available here <<

UPDATE (07.31.2007): After theDVD announcement, italian fans were a little bit puzzled and amused by the ‘strange’ translation of the DVD title: many contacted the Ten Club in order to make them aware of the naive translation error. Tonight,  has changed the italian translation of the DVD title from ‘Immagine nel telaio’ to a more correct ‘Immagine in cornice’.

UPDATE #2 (08.02.2007): According to this article, highlights of the DVD include Ed Vedder jamming with My Morning Jacket on “A Quick One While He’s Away”, Vedder backstage in Torino working on Italian translations to greet the crowd, bassist Jeff Ament going for a pre-show skate at a local park outside Bologna, McCready and Vedder rehearsing an acoustic version of “Lukin” on the upper-most steps of the ancient Arena di Verona, Mike McCready walking through the streets of Bologna, chatting with fans and conversing with a local elder, touring keyboardist Boom Gaspar and Vedder visiting an ancient cathedral in Pistoia and talking with a local about the musical culture of Italy and the fame of Pistoia’s organs. Boom plays a chilling original song on the cathedrals organ, entitled “Heaven Can You Hear Me Now?”.

UPDATE #3 (08.14.2007): A teaser for the DVD ‘Picture in a frame’ has just been released:

It has also been revealed that the DVD running time will be 153 minutes and that the packaging is a hard bound 24 page digi-book with a series of photos that look like lobby cards for the film. Here’s the DVD cover art (click to enlarge):

UPDATE #4 (09.13.2007): The band’s official site has just released two clips from the upcoming Pearl Jam DVD Immagine In Cornice “Picture in a Frame”, which are available here and here.

PEARL JAM Verona 16.09.2006
PEARL JAM Verona 16.09.2006
Vedder & McCready16.09.2006

UPDATE #5 (09.14.2007): Three more clips have just been added here, here and here.

Friday 07.27.2007
 18.00 “Ed Vedder being honored as Environmentalist of the Year”

During the 18th Waterman’s Weekend, which will be held August 23-24, 2007 at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point (CA) and is organized by The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), Ed Vedder will be honored as Environmentalist of the Year. It is still unknown wheter the Pearl Jam singer will show up at the cerimony or not.

In other news, Ed Vedder and actor/director Sean Penn were seen in Las Vegas, at Social House restaurant on July 25, 2007 (PHOTO). The two are collaborating on Penn’s next film project ‘Into the wild’: Sean Penn directed it while Ed Vedder wrote several original songs for the soundtrack.

Tuesday 07.24.2007
 23.30 “Chicago warm-up show on August 2, 2007”
Pearl Jam will play a private pre-Lollapalooza warm-up show on August 2nd at Chicago’s historic Vic Theatre. A special Ten Club sale will begin Thursday, July 26th at 11 A.M. Pacific time. You must be an active member as of Friday, July 20, 2007 and must be 18 or over in order to purchase the tickets. Tickets are available ONLY in pairs (one pair per member) and will be $150 per pair plus appilcable fees.
Thursday 07.12.2007

 03.00 “Ed Vedder: a cameo in ‘Walk Hard'”

It seems pretty sure that Ed Vedder has an extended cameo at the end of a movie called ‘Walk Hard’, directed by Jake Kasdan (‘Orange County’). Someone who just saw a test screening of the movie revealed directly to us: “[Vedder] is the one who introduces Dewey to the stage at the end for his tribute. He gives a pretty big speech and it’s quite funny… he’s definitely in the movie and he’s quite funny” [thanks Steve]. The movie is a musical biopic parody spoofing the likes of ‘Walk The Line’ and ‘Ray’ and has John C. Reilly (‘Magnolia’) playing Dewey Cox, a fictional rockabilly musician with shades of Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. Over the course of Cox’s life, he crosses a lot of real-life music legends. Beside the aforementioned Reilly, the cast so far also includes Jack White from The White Stripes as Elvis Presley and Jack Black, who will play Paul McCartney. The script is written by Judd Apatow (who already directed the funny comedy ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’). ‘Walk hard’ is due out on December 14th (U.S. Theatrical Release Date).
Tuesday 07.10.2007
 21.30 “Charity auction: a coffee with McCready”
The Ten Club has just announced a new charity auction:, supported by the band’s lead guitarist, Mike McCready. The lucky (and rich!) winning bidder will got a pair of weekend passes to Lollapalooza (general admission for all 3 days of the festival, which Pearl Jam will headline on August 5th), 3-nights hotel stay at Chicago’s premiere Sutton Place Hotel, an autographed, limited-edition poster from Pearl Jam’s 2006 world tour … and a coffee with Mike McCready and friends on the morning of August 5th. All proceeds from this auction will go to CCFA and Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, dedicated to patients with Crohn’s disease.
Friday 07.06.2007
 21.30 “Pearl Jam #1 of Top 15 green friendly musicians”
The U.S. non-profit environmental organization ‘Grist’ has published a list of Top 15 green friendly musicians and bands. Pearl Jam are #1, this is the motivation: “These down-to-earth rockers made headlines during their tour last year when they donated a total of $100,000 to nine organizations working on climate change, renewable energy, and other green causes [their ‘Carbon Portfolio Strategy’]. On their previous tour, the band donated funds to help preserve Madagascan rainforest. But looking in the rearview mirror, these grunge gods have always been committed to eco-causes — from staging benefit concerts to busing with biodiesel”. Here you can find the complete list.
Monday 07.02.2007
 19.00 “Ed Vedder scores Penn’s ‘Wild’ with near solo album”

According to this article, Pearl Jam singer Ed Vedder has written an entire album’s worth of original songs (!!) for Sean Penn’s new directorial effort, “Into The Wild”. The soundtrack CD featuring music in the film and inspired by the movie will essentially be the closest thing Vedder has ever come to releasing a solo album and is due September 18. According to IMDB, the film is scheduled for a September 21 release (in the U.S.A). As PJOnLine reported a few days ago, the trailer confirms the PJ’s singer participation and says “original songs by Eddie Vedder” (and it also appears that Vedder has a small role in the film as he is in the cast credits as well >> UPDATE 07/04: Contrary to Internet reports, Billboard’s Jonathan Cohen states that Vedder does not appear as an actor in the movie, just on the soundtrack). Much of the film was also shot in Seattle which explains some if not all of the Vedder connection.

Vedder is also among the artists, authors and film stars choosing their favorite Sonic Youth songs for the compilation “Hits Are for Squares,” which is due to hit Starbucks locations in early 2008.

 00.00 “First confirmations about the upcoming live DVD + Lollapalooza webcast”

First semi-official confirmations about the long-awaited live DVD that should document the 2006 italian dates are leaking out. Jeff, answering a question about his bass which is up for auction on eBay , has revealed that the DVD is ‘due out this fall’. We don’t have any more specific information about this release at the moment, but further official confirmations should be coming soon.

>> UPDATE (07.06.07) Billboard has just confirmed that ‘it seems a sure bet that Pearl Jam fans will have a new live DVD [that will document the 2006 italian dates] via Rhino to play on repeat before the holidays are out’. More info coming soon, so stay tuned!

We’ve also learned that the entire Lollapalooza festival will be webcasted live (link). Single-day tickets for Pearl Jam show on August 5th are still available here .

Sunday 07.01.2007
 13.00 “Pearl Jam to testify on behalf of Roskilde families”
Pearl Jam will testify in a bid to help the families who lost their loved ones at the 2000 Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Before the rock group played in Copenhagen on Tuesday night (26 June 2007) – their first gig in Denmark since the tragedy – frontman Eddie Vedder and his bandmates requested a meeting with the lawyer for the families who have so far sued the festival to no avail. High Court lawyer Tyge Trier announced that either frontman Eddie Vedder or guitarist Stone Gossard will show up in court to testify on behalf of the families. Four of the families demand the festival assumes responsibility for what happened and are looking to seek payment of 170,000 Danish kroner ($31,000/GBP15,500) in each case. The amount is to cover the funeral costs and the upkeep of the burial plots. Source: Starpulse.