Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pearl Jam's Brown Sugar Bourbon

Heritage Distilling Company in Washington has partnered with Pearl Jam to make a "The Home Shows" themed brown sugar bourbon.  This, of course, is not Pearl Jam's first foray into alcoholic beverages.  Fans of Vitalogy may have partaken in some whiskey, and fans of PJ20 had some of the best Pearl Jam beer on Earth.
Heritage Distilling Company is proud to have inked a partnership with Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation to produce a special edition Home Shows themed BSB-Brown Sugar Bourbon. A portion of the proceeds from each bottle sold will go to the Vitalogy Foundation’s Home Shows program, to fight homelessness in King County. Pearl Jam will be performing The Home Shows, two shows at Safeco Field August 8 & 10, 2018, and as part of the shows, have committed to giving at least $1 million to fight homelessness in King County.

Bottles of Heritage Distilling Co. Home Shows label BSB-Brown Sugar Bourbon will be available exclusively from the website and at Heritage Distilling’s Washington tasting rooms, including locations in the Ballard and Capitol Hill neighborhoods in Seattle, Gig Harbor and Roslyn. $20 from each bottle sold will be donated to the Vitalogy Foundation for this effort with a goal of raising $200,000 total.

This is a limited edition bottling run. Once all bottles are gone no additional bottles under this label will be made.
Each bottle will run you $35 (plus shipping and handling, which varies by state).  

Monday, June 25, 2018

London 02 Arena Rescheduled for July 17

From the Ten Club:
The rescheduled Pearl Jam show from Tuesday, June 19th at the London O2 Arena, will now take place on Tuesday, July 17th 2018 at the same venue. All tickets from the original date will remain valid for this new date.

Please contact your point of purchase for all ticket enquiries. Ten Club ticket holders will be contacted directly.

Thank you for your understanding and support. See you at the show!

The Anywhere Shows, Episode 3 is Now Available

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If you’ve been paying attention to the Seattle rock scene during the past 30 years, or if you’re a Pearl Jam fan, there’s a good chance you’re aware of Chris Friel.

He’s perhaps best known for his time playing in Goodness. He’s also currently the drummer for local rock stalwarts Sweetwater and early in his career he was a member of Shadow (Mike McCready’s pre-Pearl Jam band for those unaware). Of course Chris also played a small, but very integral role in the story of Pearl Jam by drumming on the original demos of “Black,” “Times of Trouble” and “The King.” Those recordings would eventually make their way down to San Diego where Eddie Vedder would hear them and begin his relationship with Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and eventually form Pearl Jam back in 1990.

Chris was nice enough to join us for the third episode of The Anywhere Shows: A Pearl Jam fan podcast, where we had a lengthy and wide-ranging conversation about all things Pearl Jam. Some of the topics covered include:

  • What it’s like being the opening band for Pearl Jam
  • Spontaneous surprise recording sessions with Eddie Vedder
  • Teaching Stone Gossard how to play guitar
  • The many styles and talents of Pearl Jam’s many drummers
  • Recording with The Rockfords
  • How much he got paid to record those tracks on that infamous demo tape
  • Hearing unreleased Pearl Jam music
  • Shadow’s experience with Guns N Roses in LA
  • Pearl Jam songs that sound too much like Journey
And if you missed the Episode 2 interview with Mike McCready and Nancy Wilson (cuz, y'know, we kind of did), you can give that a listen here.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Come On Down Reissue

Jackpot Records has finished work on the first of their Green River reissues.  They are accepting pre-orders for Come On Down, sourced from the original 1985 master tapes, on pink vinyl with a demo of Your Own Best Friend from the Deep Six compilation.

The album will be available digital services on June 29th.
Released in 1985, Green River’s “Come On Down" was a record existing in its sonic universe--out of step with its own time. Was it glam? Was it punk? Was it metal? Was it cool? We now know it was one of the building blocks of what Mark Arm would coin as "grunge", but in 1985 this record was a silent groundbreaker. It was not only the raw, sludgy, slower guitar sound that makes this band important in its place in rock history, but the members of Green River would go on to lead some of the biggest names in the genre: Mudhoney and Mother Love Bone, the latter of which also contained the roots of Pearl Jam. In 1986 they signed with Sub Pop Records and one could argue loudly that without Green River in 1984, there might be no Sub Pop Records today.

Originally released on the forward-thinking Homestead Records in 1985, "Come On Down" is now being reissued for the first time on Jackpot Records. It has been mastered from the original master tapes by original producer and recording engineer Chris Hanzsek (Soundgarden, Melvins) as well as a tape transfer by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden). The record will also include the iconic original cover artwork and a printed inner sleeve with the lyrics and a photo of the original master tape box. We're proud to announce that this record will also include a rare, unreleased bonus track. Come drink in the sludge that kick started it all.