News – July/December 2008

Sunday 12.14.2008
 20.00 CET “Various news from Pearl Jam’s camp”

On December 3, Jeff Ament took part in a live online chat on, website of the famous U.S. TV channel devoted to sports. During this chat, fans asked him some questions; one of them was: “When can we expect the new album?” and Jeff answered: “We’re working on it… this one’s souffle-like so it might take a while”. A full transcript of the chat is available here.

Speaking about the new album, McCready appeared at the Tractorn Tavern in Seattle on December 9, for a set with his Shadow ’86 (a video of the whole show is available for streaming here, for the setlist click here). After closing with ‘Yellow Ledbetter’, Mike addressed the crowd and said that Pearl Jam were recording and writing, had about 9 songs and that Ed had come up with something really punk and cool the day before that he was really excited about.

Stone Gossard is one of the participants of a new initiative,, whose goal is to promote clean energy technology in Washington State by raising awareness about renewable energy technologies and encouraging people to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The Pearl Jam guitarist shows off his new electric car and its features in this video .

Eddie Vedder has been nominated for a Grammy for his song “Rise”, from “Into The Wild”, in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category, among people like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Paul McCartney. The winner will be disclosed during the cerimony, which will took place on February 8, 2009 (nominations are listed here)

The Pearl Jam singer is also featured in a new compilation, titled “SurfAid – The Music”, that will be released on December 12, 2008 (available exclusively in New Zealand. It will be available worldwide via iTunes from January 2009). This benefit compilation will help raise funds for SurfAid International, whose mission is to improve the health of people living in isolated regions connected near the some of the world’s foremost surfing sites. Vedder is featured on “World Where You Live”, performed by Crowded House with Ed Vedder at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, on September 1, 2007 (info).

Pearl Jam has donated a guitar to be auctioned off online (link) in support of Red Feather’s mission, whose goal is to build sustainable homes for American Indian families. This Pearl Jam guitar is a rare Wandre, signed by each member of the band and was originally designed in the early 1960’s by Wandre Pioli in Cavriago (Reggio Emilia, Italy).

In conclusion, Pearl Jam are among the artists featured on “Live From Bonnaroo 2008,” due in January on DVD, a retrospective on the 2008 edition of the famous American festival. Among with Jack Johnson, Metallica & My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam are featured with “Better Man/Save It 4 Later” from their 06/14 performance at Bonnaroo 2008 (info).

Thursday 12.11.2008
 15.00 CET “Pearl Jam announces the reissue of ‘Ten’ in four special edition packages”

Confirming a rumor that’s been floating around the web lately, Pearl Jam has announced, through their official website has been totally graphically renewed for the occasion) the reissue of their debut album, ‘Ten’ in four new and expanded editions. All four editions will be available for purchase on March 24, 2009. The reissue of ‘Ten’ serves as the launch of a planned two-year catalogue re-release campaign leading up to the band’s 20th anniversary in 2011. Each ‘Ten’ package will include two versions of the album: the remastered version of the original album plus an accompanying remixed version done by the band’s long-time producer, Brendan O’Brien. Pre-orders of the Super Deluxe Edition has already begun, through the Ten Club at this link, for 140 US $ (shipping costs not included). Pre-Orders will be randomly selected to be signed by PJ members.

“The band loved the original mix of ‘Ten’, but were also interested in what it would sound like if I were to deconstruct and remix it,” says producer Brendan O’Brien. “The original ‘Ten’ sound is what millions of people bought, dug and loved, so I was initially hesitant to mess around with that. After years of persistent nudging from the band, I was able to wrap my head around the idea of offering it as a companion piece to the original – giving a fresh take on it, a more direct sound.”

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, who served as the art director for the original ‘Ten’ packaging, reprised his role for the reissues collaborating with designer, Andy Fischer, of Cameron Crowe’s Vinyl Films (‘Into the Wild’ soundtrack LP). The goal was to assemble the ultimate fan-piece,” explains Fischer. “Something Pearl Jam lovers could pore over as they experience an indelible record all over again, in an entirely new way”. “The original concept was about really being together as a group and entering into the world of music as a true band… a sort of all-for-one deal,” says Jeff Ament. “There were some elements of the original ‘Ten’ artwork that didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, due to time constraints. With this reissue, we’ve been able to take our time and invest resources into making the design the way we had originally intended.”

In the process of digging through his archives for this project, Ament came across an old cassette marked “Momma-Son” – the fabled original Pearl Jam demo tape featuring the first recorded versions of “Alive,” “Once” and “Footsteps” (better known to fans as the “Mamasan trilogy”). A quick history refresher: Ament and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready had recorded instrumental tracks of these songs to help solicit a singer for their newly formed band. Mutual friend – and then Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer – Jack Irons suggested they send the tape down to San Diego surfer and little-known singer Eddie Vedder.

Completely inspired by what he heard from these musicians that he then only knew by name, Vedder quickly wrote lyrics, put these vocals to the music tracks and shipped the tape back to Seattle. Upon hearing how Vedder had transformed the songs, Ament, Gossard and McCready asked him to come up to Seattle so they could meet and have an official “tryout” together. Shortly thereafter, Pearl Jam was born. (A replica of the “Momma-Son” cassette will be included in the Super Deluxe Edition of ‘Ten’). Jeff Ament describes the experience of re-visiting that tape with singer Eddie Vedder: “I think the first time that Ed or I had opened any of those boxes was a few weeks ago. I knew that the original ‘Momma-Son’ cassette was somewhere, but I hadn’t listened to it in 17, 18, 19 years. It was cool to sit down and play it for the first time with Ed and see his reaction. And to find that 90% of it stayed exactly the same as what ended up on the record. A lot of elements were identical. There was some energy flying around at that point even from 1,300 miles away from Seattle to San Diego.”

Details on specific extras for each of the four packages are listed below:

1. Legacy Edition (2-disc set in mini-LP style slipcase)
· Disc 1: original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered (original mix)
· Disc 2: original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered and remixed by Brendan O’Brien, plus six bonus tracks: “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “State of Love and Trust,” “Breath and a Scream,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat”
· Re-designed packaging

2. Deluxe Edition (2-disc set plus DVD specially designed hardbound package)

· Disc 1: original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered (original mix)
· Disc 2: original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered and remixed by Brendan O’Brien, plus six bonus tracks: “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “State of Love and Trust,” “Breath and a Scream,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat”
· DVD of Pearl Jam’s previously unreleased 1992 MTV Unplugged performance including never before seen bonus performance of “Oceans” with 5.1 surround sound audio remix

3. Vinyl Collection (2-LP set) 
· LP 1: original Ten tracklisting remastered for vinyl
· LP 2: original Ten tracklisting remastered for vinyl and remixed by Brendan O’Brien


4. Super Deluxe Edition (2-disc set plus DVD, 4 LPs and replica cassette in linen-covered, slip-cased clamshell box)
· Disc 1: original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered (original mix)
· Disc 2: original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered and remixed by Brendan O’Brien, plus six bonus tracks: “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “State of Love and Trust,” “Breath and a Scream,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat”
· DVD of Pearl Jam’s previously unreleased 1992 MTV Unplugged performance including never before seen bonus performance of “Oceans” with 5.1 surround sound audio remix
· LP 1: original Ten tracklisting remastered for vinyl
· LP 2: original Ten tracklisting remastered for vinyl and remixed by Brendan O’Brien
· LP 3 & 4: Drop in the Park – Live at Magnuson Park in Seattle on September 20, 1992 (audio mixed by Brendan O’Brien)
· Cassette: replica of original “Momma-Son” Pearl Jam demo cassette featuring “Alive,” “Once” and “Footsteps”
· Package also includes an Eddie Vedder-style composition notebook filled with replica personal notes, images and mementos from the collections of Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament, a vellum envelope with replicated era-specific ephemera from Pearl Jam’s early work and a two-sided print commemorating the Drop in the Park concert. To coincide with the special reissue of Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ album, the Ten Club has also annonced a contest, in which you could win a signed copy of the ‘Ten’ Super Deluxe Edition. More info available here (note: entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia).

*‘2,000 Mile Blues’: according to Billboard, it’s a Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired jam with improvised vocals from Ed Vedder. Maybe an early version of ‘Yellow Ledbetter’?

Monday 11.24.2008
 17.00 CET “New Ament radio interview + random news”

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament made ad interview with radio 101.1 KUFO-FM in Portland during the Cort and Fatboy show (mp3) on November 19. Ament confirmed that Pearl Jam will probably begin to record the new album in spring 2009 and hope to release it next summer/fall, approximately. In the same interview, Ament also mentioned the possibility that the recent Green River reunion may lead to a new album (the same thing was confirmed the following day by Mark Arm, Mudhoney and Green River frontman, during an interview on the same radio show).

Talking about Jeff Ament, a few notes of “Just Like That”from his solo debut album “Tone”, are being used as opening music for a new web series called “Mayne Street”, produced by and fully available for streaming at

Ed Vedder is interviewed in a new book about Kelly Slater, the famous American surfer, titled “Kelly Slater: For The Love” to reveal stories and anecdotes about his friendship with the surfer (link).

In conclusion, on December 9, 2008, Mike McCready will perform with his Shadow ’86 for a Jimi Hendrix tribute set at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle to benefit “Threehouse For Kids”.

Sunday 10.19.2008
 11.00 CET “Vote For Change? + new collaborations”

A trailer for the film “Pearl Jam: Vote For Change? 2004” has been posted to Pearl Jam’s Official YouTube Channel. The film, captured by two young filmakers (Coan Nichols and Rick Charnoski) on the 2004 Vote For Change Tour that Pearl Jam was a part of, was filmed on the beautiful Super8 format. A clip taken from the movie with a performance of “Given To Fly” from their 2004 show in Reading, PA, is also available at this link.

The film will be made available in digital format through the Digital Lounge, a new space created at the Ten Club for all Pearl Jam digital content, and will be divided in 4 parts, added daily starting October 31. On election day November 4, the complete film will be available for streaming at

Talking about digital stuff, Jeff Ament’s first solo album, “Tone”, is now available for mp3 download at a special price of $4.99 directly from (‘goods’ section).

More collaborations for Vedder: a new EP of John Doe, former X singer and guitarist, has just been released, only through indie stores (like Easy Street Records). The EP, titled “The Golden State “, includes five versions of the track: live, demo, remix, the album version (from the excellent “A Year In The Wilderness”, released last year) and a new version played and performed by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney.

Vedder also appears on a new edition of Tom Petty’s DVD “Runnin’ Down A Dream” which is set for release on October 28, 2008 (link). In this new version, the Pearl Jam singer is interviewed and is also featured in the DVD bonus performing “The Waiting” (integral version) from Petty’s show in Denver on June 30, 2006.

In conclusion, Ed Vedder is featured in an interesting, very political Q&A interview with Josh Brolin (actor in “No Country For Old Men” and in the upcoming “W” by Oliver Stone, among many others) published on the November issue of Interview Magazine (a transcript is available here).

Friday 10.10.2008
 15.00 CET “Gossard and McCready to perform at voter rally + new Gossard material”

Pearl Jam’s official website has announced that Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman), Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and his band Shadow ’86, Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard with the Hank Khoir, Boots Riley of the Coup and special guests are set to perform Monday, November 3, 2008 at the Showbox at The Market to encourage voters to get to the polls the following day. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.

Another video of Stone Gossard and Barb Ireland, taken from the ‘Songs For Eating And Drinking’ project, has surfaced. They perform an unreleased tune by Stone, titled “Salmon Song”: check it out here. Talking about Stone, this week’s exclusive song, “Beyond Measure”, has been released at This new track is available alongside previously released tracks of Stone Gossard’s new songs, “Both Live”, “Your Flames” (live and studio) and “Little One” (live). Live videos of “Your Flames”, “Little One”, “1999” (Prince cover) and an unreleased new song, “Haiti”, are also available for streaming.

Sunday 10.05.2008
 15.00 CET “Harrybu McCage e Green River live + collaborations”

Some Pearl Jam members have confirmed a few more live dates: Matt Cameron will be playing a show at High Dive in Seattle on October 17 with his jazz side project, Harrybu McCage. Tickets are on sale here. The Green River official MySpace (their reunion was celebrated with two epic shows last July, in Seattle) has anticipated that the band has plans to play in Portland on 11/28/08 – location TBA – and in Seattle at the Showbox at the Market on 11/29/08 for the Supersuckers 20th anniversary concert (Green River and Zeke will be the opening acts). Tickets are available here. There are also thoughts of more shows in the not too distant future. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more.

Some fast updates about a few collaborations regarding Vedder and Cameron: the official website for “The People Speak” TV miniseries is now online at this link. Scrolling down the complete cast list, we see that Ed Vedder performs three songs: “No more”, “Masters of war” and “Here’s to the State”. More Vedder-related: there is finally a definitive DVD release date for the documentary “Too Tough To Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone” (widely talked about here): November 4th, 2008. The DVD is already available for pre-order on Amazon (link) & similar online stores. In conclusion, Matt Cameron offered his talents both as a musician and production assistant to the album “Seven Songs For America & One For The World” by the Bergevin Brothers, a project born after Matt Cameron and other artists assembled last January in Seattle to record a song ( “Fired up, Ready to Go”) to support the Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign. More info here.

Thursday 09.18.2008
 19.00 CET “Stone Gossard’s new solo project + Ed Vedder new song available now 
Following the recent release of bassist Jeff Ament’s “Tone,” Pearl Jam’s official website announced that guitarist Stone Gossard plans to release his second solo project in the coming months (the follow-up to his 2001 debut album, “Bayleaf”). One track from the as-yet-untitled effort, “Your Flames,” can be purchased in both studio and live versions (0,99 $ each) from the band’s website, which is also home to a dedicated Gossard page featuring live-in-the-studio videos. This mini-site will be an an ongoing resource for Stone’s music and special projects; additional, exclusive live video and audio tracks will be made available on September 24th and October 1st.

Gossard collaborated on the new music with singer/songwriter Pete Droge, vocalist Barb Ireland and multi-instrumentalist Hans Teuber, among others. The project is being tied into Timberland’s DIG IT campaign, which promotes environmental activism through music (more info here: Gossard will play four October live dates in support of the initiative with his band Hank Khoir, featuring Barb Ireland and the Roy Kay Trio along with others.

Here are the mini-tour dates:

Oct. 1: Boston (Wilbur Theatre)
Oct. 4: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)
Oct. 11: Los Angeles (Avalon Theatre)
Oct. 18: San Francisco (Grand Ballroom)

A limited edition number of Ten Club tix will be made available for purchase starting Sept. 24th at for $40 per pair. Proceeds from the sale of these tickets go to environmental organization Conservation International. All other tickets to these concerts will be given out to volunteers who are participating in Timberland’s DIG IT daytime tree planting and re-greening events.

In other news, a couple of Chicago radio stations are playing an official version of “All The Way”, the song written by Vedder for the Chicago Cubs (at the request of Ernie Banks) and taken from his 08/21 Chigago solo concert. “All the Way” is now available for download at (for 0,99$) and, according to Pearl Jam’s website, it may also be sold on CD and “souvenir 45 singles.” Also check out Eddie Vedder merch from his August ’08 solo tour is now available in the newly added ‘Eddie Vedder Goods’ section @ Ten Club.

Sunday 09.14.2008
 22.00 CET “Walter Veltroni quotes Chris McCandless from ‘Into The Wild’ “

Walter Veltroni, national leader of the italian Democratic Party (PD) and thus leader of the centre-left opposition, appeared yesterday at the closing conference of PD’s politics summer school in Sinalunga (Siena). Veltroni took the stage on the notes of “Hard Sun” and “Society” from Ed Vedder’s “Into the Wild” and made a long speech, quoting a phrase from Chris McCandless, the main character (and real-life character) of the movie “Into The Wild” by Sean Penn: “Happiness is only real when shared” (minute 73, video below) and also showing some extracts from the movie. Veltroni left the stage on the notes of “Hard Sun”.

“Into The Wild” quote @ minute 73

Wednesday 09.10.2008
 22.00 CET “Ed Vedder in ‘Slacker Uprising’ + McCready in ‘Experience Hendrix’ “

As anticipated one year ago, Ed Vedder is featured in the latest Michael Moore documentary, 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. 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 (Pearl Jam’s singer performs “Don’t be shy”, from Moore’s Seattle date). The 97-minute film is titled “Slacker Uprising” (formerly “Captain Mike Across America”) and will be released exclusively online beginning September 23 for free. The free offer only lasts for three weeks, and it’s only available at this link to people in the U.S. and Canada. The DVD release date is set for October 7, 2008 (Amazon pre-order: link). Trailer available here.

In other news, Mike McCready appears, among many other artists, in “Experience Hendrix” DVD, available at Jimi Hendrix’s official store & Amazon (link), which documents two tribute concerts to the legendary Seattle guitarist that took place in San Diego and Seattle. McCready plays on “Killing Floor” from the 02/22/2004 concert at the Paramont Theatre in Seattle. More info at this link.

Wednesday 09.03.2008
 22.00 CET “Jeff Ament solo album + random news”

Pearl Jam official website has announced the release of Jeff Ament’s first solo record, titled “Tone”. Starting today, a limited edition of the album is available for pre-order at Pearl Jam’s official store and is set to be released on September 16th only at U.S. independent music stores. It will only be available on CD as part of a one-time-only pressing of 3,000 copies.

A mini-site has been launched,, featuring info on the album, its tracklist (which Pearl Jam OnLine anticipated a few days ago) and a box containing 30 questions posted by members of the Pearl Jam Ten Club message boards and answered by Ament himself.

The songs featured in “Tone” were penned over the last eight years, selected from more than fifty-plus “works in progress” and tell the tale of a group of characters from a small town in Montana and their slow integration into life in the big city.

“Tone”, played entirely by Ament (except for the drums on seven songs, played by Richard Stuverud, and the lead vocals that King’s X Dug Pinnick sang on “Doubting Thomasina”), was recorded and mixed by Brett Eliason. All the lyrics have been written by Jeff Ament.

As for the 10 tracks included in “Tone”, “Bulldozer” is the ‘oldest’ (written in 2000) and “Hi-Line” is the newest, written for a film based on the short story “Dry Rain.” “The Forest” was actually put to tape by Pearl Jam 2 years ago, but Ed Vedder never got around to recording vocals for it.

Jeff Ament doesn’t have any plans to tour in support of his solo record but says he “eventually” may play some solo gigs with friend Richard Stuverud.

Ament, interviewed by Billboard, has also confirmed that, later this fall, Pearl Jam will reconvene to continue work on its eighth studio album. “Hopefully sometime this winter we will knock a record out and,” he says. “We have five or six almost finished instrumental beds, and maybe 15 other things from which we could definitely get three or four songs out of”. He also hinted that the band could play some shows in Southern USA next year.

Random news:

A video of the concert Mike McCready played with Shadow ’86 at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle on August 27 is now available for streaming here.

The DVD release of the documentary “Body of War” is set for October 28 in the USA. It’s already available for pre-order on Amazon (link).

In conclusion, limited quantities of 2008 Pearl Jam Tour Merchandise have been added to Pearl Jam’s official store (in the ‘Specials’ Section).

Sunday 08.24.2008
 17.00 CET “All the latest Pearl Jam updates…”

Here are the latest news from Pearl Jam’s camp…

As we anticipated a few weeks ago, Jeff Ament will release a solo record. Titled “Tone”, the album is already available for pre-order @ Lous Records online store and is set for release on September 16, 2008, though there is no official confirmation.

“Tone” is made up of 10 tracks recorded in Montana over 12 years by Jeff Ament with a little help from Richard Stuverud (former Three Fish drummer) and King’s X frontman Dug Pinnick, who lends vocals to “Doubting Thomasina”. Interesting note: instrumental versions of “The Only Cloud In The Sky” and “The Forest” (credited as “Forest Is My Church”) were featured on “Immagine In Cornice” DVD.

Here are the artwork and full tracklist:

01. Just Like That
02. Give Me A Reason
03. Bulldozer
04. Relapse
05. Say Goodbye
06. The Forest
07. Life of a Salesman
08. Doubting Thomasina
09. Hi-Line
10. The Only Cloud In The Sky

Stone Gossard appeared at the Sand Point Naval Air Station in Seattle for the project “Songs For Eating And Drinking (And War)”, whose goal is to bring together different musicians and let them share songs, food and drink.

On the official website you can see a video of Stone performing a Hank Williams cover, “Cool Water”, with Barb Ireland (The Fags).

Stone, together with singer Vince Mira, will also appear on September 14, 2008 at The Living Room in New York City for a HDSA foundraiser (tickets here).

Matt Cameron will perform at the Tractor Taver in Seattle on September 30, 2008, with Hater, his side project with Ben Shepherd, former Soundgarden bassist (info and tickets here).

Last but not least, Ed Vedder will perform at a television special organized by “Stand Up To Cancer” to support cancer research. The event willl be broadcasted by CBS, ABC and NBC on September 5, 2008 – 8PM ET/PT.

In conclusion, the Pearl Jam singer appears in a video, produced by Pancake Mountain, performing the song “Make A Difference” with 3MJ and puppet Rufus Leaking. The song has been written by the kids, whose father is serving in the military, and the video was recorded in the afternoon on 8/17/08 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, during EV’s recent solo shows.

Tuesday 08.05.2008
 13.00 CET “A solo album for Jeff Ament, too?”
In an interview Jeff Ament gave on a spanish surf-skate magazine before PJ’s summer tour, some interesting news emerge: the Pearl Jam bassist has just finished recording a 10 song solo album, titled “aTONEment”, which he is planning to release this summer by the Ten Club. He’s also currently working with his old hardcore punk band, Deranged Diction: they plan to release a record with some old songs they recorded in ’82 in Montana but never officially released, plus some brand new material. He has also completed work on a long-in-the-works album with King’s X leader Doug Pinnick, that will be released next year. As for Pearl Jam, he says the band will be back in studio in autumn/winter. (Source & pic: Staf Magazine)
Friday 08.01.2008
 22.00 CET “Mike McCready live in Seattle in August + official bootleg artwork”

According to Seattlest, Mike McCready will rock a couple of small Seattle clubs in August. McCready’s UFO tribute band, Flight to Mars will turn up at an El Corazon supporting Duff McKagen’s new band, Loaded (tickets here). On August 27, McCready’s Shadow ’86 (his first band, reunited after 20 years at this year’s CCFA) plays a Jimi Hendrix Tribute at the Tractor (tickets here).

Pearl Jam has released official bootleg artwork for their 2008 tour. It can be found on their website here (you can also download all 13 at once in this .zip >> link)

Tuesday 07.29.2008
 15.00 CET “‘Rise’ in a commercial to raise cancer awareness + Pete Townshend on Ed Vedder”

“Rise”, from Eddie Vedder’s soundtrack to “Into the Wild” is being used to raise awareness and resources to fight cancer. For more information, please visit

In a recent email Pete Townshend sent to Rolling Stone editor Jenny Eliscu, The Who guitarist revealed that back in 1993 he convinced Ed Vedder not to retire from Pearl Jam and music. In the mail, Townshend praised the band’s performance during the recent VH1 Rock Honors tribute show to The Who: “I only heard Pearl Jam from my trailer-dressing room, and it sounded amazing. Eddie seems to be very shiny these days. To think he nearly quit in 1993 and went back to some surfing beach. Lucky he came to speak to Uncle Pete. I told him — submit.” (Source: RS)

Thursday 07.17.2008
 17.00 CET “Matt Cameron & QOTSA for Natasha Shneider + Pearl Jam in ‘Rock Band 2′”
On Saturday August 16th at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, Queens of the Stone Age will perform a concert in celebration of the life of friend musician Natasha Shneider (Eleven, QOTSA), who recently passed away. QOTSA will be accompanied by friends PJ Harvey, Jack Black + Kyle Gass, Matt Cameron, Brody Dalle, Jesse Hughes, Billy F. Gibbons, Chris Goss, and Alain Johannes. Proceeds from the event will go to defray the costs associated with Natasha’s battle with cancer. Tickets are $100 and go on sale this Saturday, July 19th @ You can also make a donation (Source: Interscope)

In other news, the tracklist for the forthcoming “Rock Band 2” videogame has just been revealed and Pearl Jam’s “Alive” is one the songs included. (Source & full tracklist: Pitchfork).

Wednesday 07.02.2008
 22.00 CET “Ed Vedder plots East Coast Solo Tour

The Ten Club has just announced that Eddie Vedder will embark on a month-long solo tour beginning August 1st in Boston and ending August 22nd in Chicago with select dates in Canada.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Friday, July 11, 2008through or at Ticketmaster outlets. The base ticket price for all shows is $75 USD plus additional venue, service and handling fees. A special, limited ticket pre-sale for current active members of the Ten Club will begin at 9am PDT on July 7, 2008 and run through 5pm PDT on July 9, 2008,

Here’s the full list of tour dates for Vedder’s ‘East Coast Solo Tour’:

Aug 01 Boston MA, Opera House
Aug 02 Boston MA, Opera House
Aug 04 New York, NY, United Palace Theatre
Aug 05 New York, NY, United Palace Theatre
Aug 09 Newark, NJ, NJ Performing Arts Ctr
Aug 10 Montreal, QC, Salle Wilfrid Place
Aug 11 Montreal, QC, Salle Wilfrid Place
Aug 12 Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
Aug 13 Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
Aug 16 Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
Aug 17 Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
Aug 19 Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
Aug 21 Chicago, IL, Auditorium Theatre
Aug 22 Chicago, IL, Auditorium Theatre

Liam Finn will open all shows on the solo tour.

**Please note: The August 10th Montreal date is a “ticket reservation” pre-sale. The show is not confirmed. Once tickets are sold to the public for the first Montreal show, the second show may be added. If the show is added, your credit card will be charged and your tickets will be confirmed.

*** All dates are subject to change.