September 27, 2000 |
Call it the ultimate fan's ultimate dream, or a bootlegger's nightmare, but Pearl Jam has just released 25--yes, 25!--live albums. It's the latest example of how the Internet is reshaping pop music--a move that probably would have been inconceivable without the distribution capabilities provided online. The new albums are all two-disc affairs, each one a complete concert from Pearl Jam's summer tour of Europe.
September 26, 2000 |
Pearl Jam fans will have their loyalty tested today. The rock band isn't just releasing a new album--it's putting out 25 of them. In an unprecedented attempt to beat bootleggers at their own game, the Seattle-based band is selling two-CD sets recorded live at more than two dozen concerts during a European tour earlier this summer. "We just thought it was pretty cool," said guitar player Mike McCready. "If fans have to buy bootlegs, it can cost them $50.
December 26, 1998 |
Who would have figured that two of the most affecting qualities of pop music during 1998 would be gentleness and humility? And who imagined that Pearl Jam and Alanis Morissette would be the artists who best expressed them? In the early '90s, Pearl Jam and its singer Eddie Vedder helped define grunge, the raw rock 'n' roll style whose main emotional gears are anger and angst.
July 11, 1998 |
It's day 13 of Pearl Jam's U.S. tour, and Eddie Vedder is backstage at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, playing--not guitar, but pingpong. Grimacing as one of his returns sails out of bounds early in a match with drummer Matt Cameron, Vedder looks around sheepishly as if to say, "Just warming up." When another shot is wide by several inches, both musicians laugh so hard they bend over.
July 4, 1998 |
It might sound like a put-down to suggest that the lyrics to Pearl Jam's "Wishlist," the most memorable single so far this year, could have come from an elementary class homework assignment. These lines are typical of the song's almost childlike innocence: "I wish I was the messenger/And all the news was good./I wish I was the full moon/Shining off your Camaro's hood."
February 14, 1998 |
Four albums, three tours and one nasty and very public fight with Ticketmaster since its last visit, Pearl Jam is finally returning to Los Angeles. The Seattle rock quintet, which has played only a handful of concerts in recent years partly because of its dispute with Ticketmaster over ticket surcharges, announced plans Friday for a 33-city summer tour of the U.S. and Canada that includes its first L.A.-area show in six years.