Monday, November 21, 2011

An Open Letter to the Producers of All Encompassing Trip

To Whom It May Concern,

All Encompassing Trip, the call-in radio show hosted by Tim Bierman and The Rob on SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio, was one of the greatest developments for Pearl Jam fans in recent memory.  We here at TheSkyIScrape featured its inception in our Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2010.  It gave fans a window into the management of the band, stirred up excitement about upcoming music, products, and events (did you do a Google search for “pearl jam festival” they day after Kelly Curtis’ guest appearance?).  We tuned in for every episode and spreading news and discussions across the fan community.  I doubt that excitement for the band has been higher since Pearl Jam’s early career.

Two months ago, you aired the last episode of All Encompassing Trip.  We don’t pretend to know and understand all the various stipulations and intricacies that have to fall into place for a globally syndicated call-in show to air or how hard it is to do that on the road, but please take a moment to hear the plea of your fans.  In the words of a great songwriter, from wherever you are … come back.

Since you’ve left the air, Pearl Jam has completed their Canadian Tour and has visited five South American countries.  Fans want to ask the hosts and band members about the tour.  They want to scream praise for the band’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon.  They want to discuss the four hours of bonus features in the Pearl Jam Twenty DVD and BluRay.  Those that aren’t, want to ask if there will be more of those boxed sets available in the future.  

In the end, the return of All Encompassing Trip may not be planned or possible.  If that’s the case, we will have to deal with it an find closure in our own way, most likely in a stack of bootlegs and a cold bottle of Faithfull Ale.  But if it’s possible … if you can … take the reigns.  Steer us toward the clear.

Sincerely yours,