Thursday, April 30, 2015

Crowdfunded Pearl Jam Show "Unlikely to Happen"

Although they remain (naively) optimistic, Pearl Jam fans that have been raising funds via Tilt to fund a show at Forest Hills in Queens were dealt a hard blow this week as Pearl Jam manager, Kelly Curtis, told The Village Voice that Pearl Jam is unlikely to ever play a crowd funded show.
We love the passion and enthusiasm of the fans who have spearheaded Pearl Jam Crowdfund efforts.  However, with more and more of these crowdfunded show proposals cropping up, we want to be clear before fans invest their earned money into these efforts that they are unlikely to happen.

The band's shows are booked through their management and touring agents. A lot goes into scheduling, routing, producing, and promoting safe and successful shows for our fans. We will continue to rely on our experts in the field to ensure this remains the case for the band's future tours.
Daniel Sheffer, the organizer behind the Forest Hills effort, says that falls short of a "hard no," and that they will continue working toward a show.  We wish them good luck, but is it ethical to keep fundraising for the remote possibility of a such an event?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ed and Mike Surprise Sonics Fans at Easy Street

The Sonics performed at Easy Street in Seattle last night in celebration of Record Store Day.  Fans were surprised by the appearance of Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready.  The setlist is below.  Ed sang on Have Love and Leavin' Hear [sic] Mike stepped in for Strychnine.

Thanks to PearlJamOnline from whom I stole pictures.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Consequence of Sound has reported that Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend will be performing a benefit concert in Chicago
Joining the two iconic performers on stage will be Townshend’s brother, guitarist Simon, as well as various touring members of The Who: drummer Zak Starkey (also Oasis); bassist Pino Palladino (also Paul Simon, D’Angelo); and a trio of keyboardists in John Corey, Loren Gold, and Frank Simes.

The show will raise money for Townshend and Roger Daltrey’s charity organization Teen Cancer America, which supports programs for teenagers with cancer through the University of Chicago Medicine. Tickets for the tribute/benefit event go on sale Tuesday, April 21st at 10am at the Rosemont box office and through Ticketmaster.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pearl Jam Adds Bogotá to 2015 Tour

Pearl Jam announced today that one of the previously undetermined South American tour dates will be their first ever trip to Columbia.  Bogotá to be exact.  Pearl Jam will play Estadio El Campín on November 25th.

For more information and ticket sales, visit

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A&M Records Sues For Control of Temple of the Dog

At the time of his death last year, Ten and Temple of the Dog producer, Rick Parashar was embattled with A&M Records over who actually owned the master tapes of Temple of the Dog, the project created by members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden to honor their late friend, Andrew Wood.  Now his brother and fellow London Bridge Studios founder has taken up the battle.  Of course, by "battle," we mean refusing to hand over the masters to A&M despite legal threats.

Could someone be working on a remaster or re-release of the album?  Do fans want that?  Do the bands?  None of the members of Pearl Jam or Soundgarden have weighed in on the matter.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mystery Vinyl Sale!

Is that a blue Fixer?  Oh yeah, yeah it is.  And you've got a chance ... a small chance ... of landing one.  Maybe also a Lightning Bolt Sevens box, a Benaroya boxed set, a color PJ20 set, and lots of other rare and exciting vinyl items.

Pearl Jam is celebrating Record Store Day at 10am EDT with a Mystery Vinyl Sale.  For $50 +S&H, you get one 12" item and one 7" or 10" item from the list below.  Amounts are also listed, so start calculating your chances!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Stone Talks Vitalogy Foundation on KISW

This week Stone came to the KISW studio to talk to BJ Shea about the Vitalogy Foundation and the work they do.  Other topics you might be interested in are how Stone is dealing with his new kid, hallucinogens in South America, rock and roll, and Seattle.

Two dollars of every ticket to KISW's Pain in the Grass benefits the Vitalogy Foundation.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pearl Jam March Madness: DO THE EVOLUTION Wins!

It was a long, hard road for our champion.  After annihilating Whale Song, can't Keep, Fatal, and In Hiding our champion barely beat Brain of J and lost to Faithfull by 1 vote in the final match of regular season play.  But Do the Evolution earned a spot in the final 16, where triumphed in close matches over former champions Immortality (2 votes) and Corduroy (7 votes).  The semifinals saw a rematch against Faithfull, with Do the Evolution winning handily the second time around. Last Exit was the arguable favorite going into the finals, but in a breathtakingly close matchup Do the Evolution triumphed 40-39, becoming the first Yield champion in the history of the REAL pearl jam march madness. 

Congratulations Do the Evolution, our 2015 winner!