Ed Vedder solo tour in Australia ~ The Ten Club has announced that Eddie Vedder is heading down under for his first ever Australian solo tour kicking off on March 10th in Brisbane and ending on
March 27 in Adelaide April 1 in Perth. Vedder will be supported by the US-based folk-pop duo Evil J & Saint Cecilia (featuring Australia’s own Eliza Jane Barnes and Ceci Herbert) at all shows. A special Ten Club ticket pre-sale will begin December 2 (all details here).
Eddie Vedder Solo Tour Dates:
10 March QPAC Concert Hal Brisbane, QLD
12 March QPAC Concert Hal Brisbane, QLD
13 March QPAC Concert Hal Brisbane, QLD *
15 March Royal Theatre Canberra, ACT
16 March Civic Theatre Newcastle, NSW
18 March State Theatre Sydney, NSW
19 March State Theatre Sydney, NSW
20 March State Theatre Sydney, NSW *
24 March Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC
25 March Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC
27 March Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA
31 March Riverside Theatre, Perth *
1 April Riverside Theatre, Perth *
(*) recently added dates
*UPDATE* (12.07.10) Grammy Nomination for “Backspacer” ~ The nominees for the 53rd Grammy Awards (the cerimony will be held in Los Angeles on February 13) were announced a few days ago. Pearl Jam’s latest studio album “Backspacer” has been nominated in the “Best Rock Album” category along with Neil Young, Tom Petty, Muse and Jeff Beck.
Kobalt music to administer Pearl Jam catalogue ~ Leading independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group has signed Pearl Jam to a long-term worldwide exclusive administration deal. Kobalt will immediately begin administration of Pearl Jam’s forthcoming new material, and assume administration of the band’s first two albums, “Ten” and “Vs.” According to a press release announcing the deal, the band will reissue Vs. and Vitalogy next year. In addition, Kobalt will administer all of lead singer/songwriter Eddie Vedder’s solo catalog including his soundtrack to “Into The Wild” and the song “Better Days,” from the “Eat Pray Love” soundtrack, plus new solo works. In 2012, the rest of Pearl Jam’s entire back catalog (featuring the albums “Vitalogy,” “No Code,” “Yield,” “Binaural,” “Riot Act,” “Pearl Jam” and “Backspacer”) will move to Kobalt. “We’re extremely proud and honored to be working with Pearl Jam and look forward to a long relationship with new releases and other exciting activity planned for their 20th anniversary in 2011,” said Ahdritz.
Stone Gossard interviewed on Pearl Jam future plans ~ Stone Gossard, recently interviewed by Glide Magazine, has confirmed that Pearl Jam will record new material and probably play some live dates in 2011. Gossard also said that in the coming months he will be busy with Brad, his side project, for some US dates. On December 7, the band will appear as the musical guest on US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Furthermore, Gossard attended the Green Seattle Day 2010 on November 6 to discuss the environment, an issue he’s been involved in for years.
Pearl Jam sign a letter to Barack Obama ~ Pearl Jam, along with 90 other artists (including Ozzy Osbourne, REM, My Morning Jacket and others), wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama to urge him to do everything possible to support recovery activities on the Gulf Coast following the ecological disaster caused by BP.
Live On Ten Legs ~ Kicking off the band’s twentieth anniversary year, Ten Club announced the release of “Live On Ten Legs”, a live compilation featuring 18 Pearl Jam tracks recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours. The album (recorded by John Burton and remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason) will be available on CD, vinyl (both already available for pre-order on www.pearljam.com) and digitally on January 18, 2011. Due out January 17, a deluxe version is already available for pre-order hereand it will include a CD, double LP package, four mini poster reprints, five live photos and a tour laminate. “Live on Ten Legs” is a follow up to “Live on Two Legs,” which consisted of performances recorded during the band’s summer 1998 North American tour.
Here’s the tracklist of “Live On Two Legs” and the related official promo video:
1. Arms Aloft (Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros)
2. World Wide Suicide
4. Got Some
5. State of Love And Trust
6. I Am Mine
7. Unthought Known
8. Rearview Mirror
9. The Fixer
10. Nothing As It Seems
11. In Hiding
12. Just Breathe
14. Public Image (Public Image LTD)
15. Spin the Black Circle
18. Yellow Ledbetter
Ed Vedder on the new R.E.M. record ~ In a recent interview with Spin, REM bassist Mike Mills confirmed that Ed Vedder will appear on R.E.M.’s new album (“Collapse Into Now”, due out Spring 2011) for a duet with Michael Stipe on a song titled “It Happened Today”
This All Encompassing Trip ~ “This All Encompassing Trip” is a new book, a musical travel diary written by Canadian fan Jason Leung, who has been following Pearl Jam on tour since 2005, travelling around the world. The book is available here (English only).
Lil Wayne’s “Better Man” remix ~ The new Lil Wayne record (“Weezy’s 90’s Ball, Volume One” released on November 4) features a remix of Pearl Jam’s “Better Man” (go to Pearl Jam OnLine’s Facebook page to have a listen).
Pearl Jam: what are they doing? ~ While waiting for the two Pearl Jam sets at the Bridge School Benefit on October 23/24, all band members have been pretty busy in recent weeks. On September 18, Ed Vedder married his longtime girlfriend Jill McCormick (Billboard). The ceremony took place on the beach in Kailua (Hawaii) and was attended by approximately 70 guests, including Tim Robbins (best man), Sean Penn, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Neil and Liam Finn. Stone Gossard has been touring with Brad between September and October (for details, check out our ‘On the Road’ section) and Jeff Ament has built a skatepark in his hometown of Big Sandy, Montana (an interview with Jeff is available here). McCready played some concerts with friends and colleagues in the Seattle area, while Matt Cameron gave several interviews with his old mates, Soundgarden, promoting the band’s anthology album, “Telephantasm”, released in late September.
Pearl Jam is 20! ~ October 22, 2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of the first concert held by Mookie Blaylock/Pearl Jam at the Off Ramp Cafè in Seattle. Stay tuned to commemorate the anniversary with us! *UPDATE* (10.22.10) Pearl Jam and SIRIUS XM Radio have announced today that it will introduce Pearl Jam Radio, a commercial-free music channel devoted to the music of Pearl Jam on Friday, October 22, the 20th anniversary of the band’s first public performance. Pearl Jam Radio will launch with a special airing of the band’s 10th anniversary concert recorded in Las Vegas on October 22, 2000. The concert will be heard in its entirety on Friday, October 22 at 6:00 pm ET. The first day of Pearl Jam Radio on SIRIUS XM will also feature rarely heard highlights from the band’s very first concert performance on October 22, 1990 at Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle, Washington (click here for more info).
From The North ~ Now available at www.wammybox.com the debut CD by Kevin Wood And From The North, titled “Malfunkshun Monument”. The band consists of Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel), Regan Hagar (Brad), Corey Kane and Kevin Wood, brother of the late Andy (lead singer of Mother Love Bone). The CD includes several unreleased Andy Wood lyrics. Thanks to Valeria for reporting.
Ed Vedder live for the WM3 ~ On August 28, 2010 Ed Vedder along with Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) and other special guests will perform at the Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock (Arkansas) for a show in support of The West Memphis Three (click here for more info).
Pearl Jam to play Bridge 2010? ~ A few days ago Mike McCready joined the band Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs in Los Angeles to play a few songs. After the concert a fan approached Mike, who revealed that Pearl Jam will perform at the Bridge School Benefit 2010 and that the Pearl Jam docufilm that director Cameron Crowe is shooting should be released around August/September 2011.
*UPDATE* (08.29.10) Stone Gossard, interviewed by Billboard on August 23, confirmed that Pearl Jam will appear at the annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California, on October 23 and 24. According to the guitarist, it will be the best way to celebrate the band’s 20th birthday “So that’s our 20th anniversary, which is fitting. It’s perfect: not too blown up. It’s not about us, it about all those kids that are on stage with you and about Neil Young and his commitment, his influence.” The Bridge School dates begin the day after Pearl Jam’s exact anniversary. Oct. 22 marks the date in 1990 that the band, then called Mookie Blaylock, played its first show in Seattle’s tiny Off Ramp club. It will be Pearl Jam’s eighth Bridge appearance. The group first played the benefit, which supports Young’s school for children with severe physical disabilities, back in 1992.
Gossard also told Billboard that Pearl Jam will probably tour South America in 2011 and this is what he said about Pearl Jam’s plans to record: “The band has been talking. We were actually talking about trying to get in before Bridge School but I think this Band Of Horses [tour] with Brad is going to make that harder to do. But the band is definitely going to get together probably without Ed and start to hammer out some more demos and get some stuff to the point where he can hear. So no plans, but no rush.” Stone also revealed that reformed Soundgarden (with Matt Cameron on drums) will probably play more shows in 2011: “I’m looking forward to seeing some more Soundgarden shows. I hope that that’s part of the mix of next year. Matt getting out there and playing some dates with Soundgarden would make the world so happy.”
Side Projects ~ Given the momentary break from Pearl Jam, band members have all “resurrected” their side projects: Stone Gossard’s Brad will play a few dates in the U.S. in October and November opening for Band Of Horses; Mike will appear on September 2 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle (along with Duff McKagan, Shawn Smith and others) for the benefit “Hootenanny For A Healthy Gulf”, while Jeff Ament just played a show in Montana with Deranged Diction, the hardcore band he was part of in the early Eighties (reunited in 2008). Matt Cameron is continuing to play with Soundgarden. After playing Vic Theatre and Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago last August, the band will release a ‘best of’ on September 28, 2010, entitled “Telephantasm”, containing a previously unreleased song called” Black Rain “(a “Badmotorfinger” out-take). The full tracklist can be found here.
Musicians giving props to Pearl Jam and a special greeting to this website ~ While Julian Casablancasa, during a recent interview with NME, expressed his desire to produce a Pearl Jam song (“It would be a dream,” the Strokes frontman said) and while Kings Of Leon, interviewed by TheOlympian, once again talked about how much they’ve been influenced by Pearl Jam, a few days ago the staff of PJ Online met the Gaslight Anthemfrontman, Brian Fallon, during the Italian stop of the tour in support of their latest album “American Slang”. With the help of Walter of Rude Records, Brian was kind enough to spend some time with us for a chat about his band, Pearl Jam (his favorite band!) and he also had something to say to our viewers. Thank you, Brian!
Ed Ved about Robert Pollard new record ~ Not only many well known musicians are big Pearl Jam fans, but also Pearl Jam are fans of great musicians. Here is a statement released by Ed Vedder about the new Robert Pollard album (Guided By Voices), “Moses On A Snail”:
“It sounds to me like Robert Pollard uncharacteristically took ten years to make this one… He will tell you otherwise, but I don’t believe him. It’s too fucking good. If it were any other group this would be seen as their masterpiece. I think for Bob it’s just another good day of weaving words into a kaleidoscope of one of a kind, thought-provoking perspectives. Robert Pollard rules. All hail the King.”
Euro bootlegs 2010 ~ PJ Radio will be premiering the Europe Tour shows all through this week and next week, starting on Tuesday, July 20th with the Dublin and Belfast shows, played back to back and in their entirety, beginning at 12 Noon Pacific/ 3pm Eastern / 8pm London time. Replays will happen fairly soon after at 6pm Pacific/ 9pm Eastern. The rest of the week will play out with the London and Nijmegen shows on Wed. July 21, and the Berlin and Gdynia shows will play on Thurs. July 22. All times will be the same as listed above. It has not yet been announced when all the other shows (including Venice) will be broadcast, so please keep an eye on the PJ Radio Twitter for the schedule. Bootlegs will go on sale the days of each show broadcast as well (www.pearljam.com – ‘goods’ section > 2010 EU Bootlegs).
Unthought Known live video ~ A new Pearl Jam video has been released yesterday on the band’s YouTube channel. It’s a live version of “Unthought Known” filmed in Berlin on June 30 using a MacBook that Vedder brought on stage, driven by an operator (Len Skapp). Interesting credits: Wes C. Addle (aka Ed Vedder) and Bernard Shakey (aka Neil Young)!
Directed by: Wes C. Addle
Camera Operator: Len Skapp
Concept By: Bernard Shakey
Jack Irons, new record ~ Former and unforgotten PJ drummer Jack Irons is going to release his second and new solo record. “No Heads Are Better Than One” will be available August 24th. It will be digitally distributed worldwide by The Orchard and available at iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster etc. Physical product will be available through the Pearl Jam Ten Club (‘goods‘ section). Check out the music previews by clicking here!
Pearl Jam to take a break after Euro tour ~ On July 10, Ed Vedder told the crowd at Lisbon’s Optimus Alive festival (video): “Thank you for coming to our last show. Not our last ever, but our last in a long time.” Vedder’s words immediately spread across the web, raising fans’ fears of a prolonged stop and forcing Pearl Jam publicist, Nicole Vandenberg, to issue a note to put the brakes on rumors. “(It’s) nothing serious. He says that at the end of all tours, meaning that the tour is over. I think the remarks got a bit lost in translation.” Pearl Jam doesn’t have any shows lined up at the moment, and Vandenberg did not elaborate on any of the band’s future plans, or whether they had finished their support of last September’s record, Backspacer. (Source: Seattle Weekly)
Amongst The Waves Music Video ~ Straight from pearljam.com: “Pearl Jam premiered 06.30 their new music video “Amongst the Waves” in conjunction with the launch of Pearl Jam’s new web page www.pearljam.com/oceans. The third single from Backspacer, “Amongst the Waves” was created by our friends at VOLCOM and is streaming for free from www.pearljam.com/oceans and at www.nationalgeographic.com. The launch “Amongst the Waves” is part of Pearl Jam’s larger effort to highlight www.pearljam.com/oceans and raise awareness on the efforts of various organizations working diligently on ocean preservation. Beginning July 6th, “Amongst the Waves” will be available for sale on iTunes with proceeds from the U.S. sale of the video benefiting partner organization Conservation International’s Ocean Campaign“.
*UPDATE* By clicking below, you can download a free live version of “Amongst The Waves” from the Philadelphia concert on October 31, 2009:
Born in 1980, she joined the pearljamonline.it team in 2007, in particular taking care of the English version and the texts and translations section. Co-author of “Pearl Jam Evolution”, always looking for news and curiosities about the band.
Favorite song: Given To Fly
Favorite album: Vitalogy
Favorite bands/artists other than PJ: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Mark Lanegan, Cat Power, Ramones