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 →
Let the debate ensue! The nominations for next year’s class of induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. No surprise for some….questionable for others? You decide. Continue reading →
1952 – The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, hosted by Bob Horn and later by Dick Clark as American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.
1966 – Herb Alpert performs for Princess Grace Kelly at her Monaco palace.
1959 – Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army.
1963 – Stevie Wonder becomes the first artist to score a US #1 album and single in the same week with the album “Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius” and the single “Fingertips part 2;” also the first live recording to top the charts.
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 →
Arcade Fire was in the covering mood this weekend at a festival in Canada as the band performed a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA.” Check out some fan video below. Continue reading →
1963 – The Beach Boys release “Surfer Girl,” the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote and the first one he produced.