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Seattle alt-rock pioneers Pearl Jam kicked off the first night of a two-night stand at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly last night. The band’s set neared three hours and totaled 34 songs with two encores, according to a quick recap posted by the folks at IRadioPhilly.com. Frontman Eddie Vedder took the stage wearing a Rocky t-shirt, and cracked jokes about the band’s last South Philly appearance, at The Spectrum’s final show in 2009. As Dan DeLuca of the Philly Inquirer reported via Twitter, Vedder kicked off the show saying “You were probably here when we tore down the Spectrum, right? F- it, let’s tear down this place, too. But we’ll do it slowly, brick by brick. Let’s make a long evening of it.”
The set was career-spanning and included some of the band’s staple classic rock covers, like “Mother” by Pink Floyd. Watch a video of them playing that one below, and see them ripping up Ten‘s “Why Go.” You can also listen to Pearl Jam’s recent appearance on World Cafe with David Dye, where they were interviewed by director Judd Apatow, and check out the setlist from last night after the jump. Pearl Jam returns to the Wells Fargo Center for night two of their stay in Philly tonight; tickets and information on the show can be found here.
Celtic-influenced 80s rockers The Waterboys will play the Electric Factory tonight on their first North American tour in six years. Tonight’s show coincides with the release of the band’s new album, Fisherman’s Box. The six-CD box set includes songs that were recorded during the band’s Fisherman’s Blues sessions from which their same-titled 1988 album was born. Watch the band perform the classic track below. Get tickets here.
Today World Cafe brings you the second part of director and writer Judd Apatow’s interview with Pearl Jam as the release of their tenth album, Lightning Bolt, nears. Listen to part one of the interview and watch a video of the conversation here.
The album is streaming a week ahead of its release date via iTunes; listen to Lightning Bolt in its entirety here, and get tickets and information on the band’s headlining shows at the Wells Fargo Center on 10/21 and 10/22 at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Today, NPR Music premieres a video – and World Cafe, the radio version – of a conversation with Pearl Jam and writer and director Judd Apatow that you can watch and listen to below. World Cafe will broadcast the interview in two parts. Listen to part one below; it will also be broadcast today on WXPN at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET and on stations around the country here. Part two will run tomorrow on World Cafe.
Writing about the video, NPR Music’s Ann Powers says:
It’s a pleasure to watch these interviews. Through the Apatow interviews, a full portrait of Pearl Jam at 26 emerges. Guitarist Stone Gossard’s words on “digging in” get to the heart of what it’s like to be in a long-standing working unit. Jeff Ament’s joy in playing with his mates shines through his enthusiastic responses. Matt Cameron, the band’s drummer, shows his acerbic cool. Mike McCready talks about the meticulousness with which he still approaches his guitar solos. And Eddie Vedder , philosophical as always, hones in on how he keeps making Pearl Jam new for himself and for the band’s loyal fan base.
Listen to part one of the World Cafe segment below, and watch NPR Music’s video of the interview.
After closing the Spectrum with four shows in 2009, and performing Made in America in 2012, the band plays the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, October 21st and October 22nd. Get tickets and information on the show here. Pre-order Lightning Bolt here.
Pearl Jam are now streaming their new album, Lightning Bolt, on iTunes. The album is being released on Tuesday, October 15th. You can stream the album here. Tomorrow and Wednesday the band will be on World Cafe with David Dye, in an exclusive interview by Judd Apatow. The World Cafe will run both days at 2PM ET and 8PM ET. After closing the Spectrum with four shows in 2009, and performing at Made in America in 2012, the band plays the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, October 21st and October 22nd.
Today, elder statesmen of grunge Pearl Jam released its first new music in almost five years. Along with the roaring single “Mind Your Manners,” the band also announced that the Lightning Bolt LP – its first album since 2008′s Backspacer – would be released on October 15th, right around the two-night stand at the Wells Fargo Center the band announced on Monday. The new song sounds, pretty much, like Pearl Jam. Big drums, loud riffs, Eddie Vedder’s gravely baritone voice howling aggressively out of the speakers. What do you think of the new Pearl Jam? Is it great? Is it what you expected? Does it live up to the band’s legacy? Let us know.
Legendary 90s rock group Pearl Jam have been pretty idle lately, minus a few shows here and there. Now, it appears they’re back with a huge North American Tour including two shows at the Wells Fargo Center October 21st and 22nd. Last time the group was in Philly, they put on an unforgettable performance at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival and with back to back shows this fall, their next Philly visit is sure to be just as incredible. Tickets go on sale July 27th. Below, watch a video of the band closing down The Spectrum with a performance of “Yellow Ledbetter.”
Neil Young recently released the sprawling rock record Psychedelic Pill with Crazy Horse. Young plays this Thursday evening, November 29th at the Wells Fargo Center with Patti Smith opening. There’s no hiding our love for Neil so as we ramp up to Thursday night’s show here’s some of our favorite covers of his songs.