This weekend, our friends to the north Boston hosted the annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert run by Chicago Cubs owner Theo Epstein.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was in attendance, and pulled out all the stops for his performance, covering Talking Heads to The Who, Aerosmith to The Rolling Stones, and most importantly, “Bobby Jean” by Bruce Springsteen himself. Done up in Vedder’s soulful style, the song slays. Check out the fan-shot footage below.
While out on the road for a “very North” American tour (read: mostly Canada), Philadelphia musician Dave Hause and his band The Mermaid launched into a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Rearviewmirror” during an April 8th show in Winnipeg. The song was originally included on the Seattle outfit’s 1993 effort Vs.
It’s been ten years since Brandi Carlile released her incredible breakthrough album, The Story, and to celebrate the ten-year anniversary, a tribute album titled ‘Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child’ is on it’s way. Out on May 5th via Legacy Recordings, this release is teeming with amazing artists–including iconic rockers, Pearl Jam.
Pearl Jam covers Carlile’s song, “Again Today,” by throwing an up-tempo, jam-worthy spin on it. Foregoing Carlile’s stripped down opening, Pearl Jam dives right in from the first striking power chord. This doesn’t detract from the song’s raw emotion, however, as Eddie Vedder’s vocals drip with aching intensity throughout, and is backed by Carlile herself in the powerful chorus. Continue reading →
You’ve got to hand it to Pearl Jam: when they throw a party, they go all in.
The year was 2009, and the scene was South Philadelphia arena The Spectrum — a space that, since opening its doors in 1967, was the site of hundreds upon hundreds of concerts and home to various pieces of local rock and roll lore…as well as, you know, sports and whatnot.
The storied venue had been on the chopping block since June of 2008, and curiosity was strong among the local music community about who would be the last to play its stage. The announcement went out in July of 2009, and it was perfect: following a pair of performances by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, The Spectrum would shut down in late October with a four-night stand by Seattle rockers Pearl Jam – with the final show landing on Halloween. There was no way this was going to be anything short of incredible. Continue reading →
Yesterday we featured Pearl Jam covering Aerosmith at their weekend show in Boston. Today: video of J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. jammin’ with Eddie Vedder and the boys Sunday night at Fenway Park on Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Watch it below. Continue reading →
It could be argued — say if rock critic and punk purist Greil Marcus were your arts and culture professor — that a gaudy spectacle like last night’s Pearl Jam show at Wells Fargo Center wouldn’t hold much genuine value, for all its pomp, its loathsome corporate sponsorship and overpriced domestic beer, in contrast for example with the intimacy and palpable hunger of a younger band playing a smaller space (which, in Philly, would have a much better tap selection too).
Of course, Pearl Jam were that younger band at one point, sweating all over those smaller rooms through loosely hanging, open-fronted plaid, stomping those stages in scuffed black Doc Marten’s boots. In July of 1991, touring in support of their anthemic debut record Ten, they played to a modest audience at South Street’s JC Dobbs, a local premiere that Eddie Vedder likes to frequently evoke with Philly crowds. And less than a year later, the band played The Trocadero, just a few months before setting a new record for album sales with 1992’s Vs.
The next time Pearl Jam would return to the Philly area would be six years later, following a notable battle with Ticketmaster, waged and lost, that saw their noble-minded boycott of Philly venues in favor of Jones Beach in New York and Meriweather Post Pavilion down by DC. By then, the band was a heavyweight festival headliner, playing almost exclusively at blockbuster concert venues.
Still, despite prime Vitalogy-era Pearl Jam having gone MIA at Philly venues, Vedder noted early on in their nearly three-hour set last night that the band’s played Philly a total of some twenty-two times, at a rate that almost works out to once a year since their inception two-and-a-half decades ago. They seem to have a special affinity for the city, an ongoing mutual love-affair highlighted by four consecutive and largely sold-out marathon shows in October 2009 to close down the Spectrum, in celebration of the building’s 40-year lifetime before it was demolished a year later.
The reception last night at Wells Fargo certainly served as testimony to that relationship. Continue reading →
Look out, you rock and rollers – Pearl Jam is headlining two nights at the Wells Fargo Center this spring. The Seattle rock icons, who we last heard from in 2013 with the release of their 10th LP Lightning Bolt, will be in town Thursday, April 28th, and Friday, April 29th; tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, January 29th at noon. No word yet if a new music is enroute along with these shows, but you can revisit Lightning Bolt in its entirety below. Continue reading →