Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary details emerge…


Have you been revisiting Pearl Jam lately? Did Live on Ten Legs strike the right chords? Seriously, with so many lo-fi bands nowadays sharing qualities of the ’90s alt. rock movement, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic for that scene. Then there’s the whole 20th anniversary shindig Eddie Vedder and his rock ‘n’ roll pals plan to throw.

Speaking of that soiree, Rolling Stone has more details. While the location has yet to be set (somewhere in the middle of the country, is all anyone knows), the Pearl Jam-curated event will be a two-day festival, featuring a slew of bands and headlining performances by the hosts themselves. “We’ve played enough festivals that we know what makes them exciting,” Ament tells RS. “We want to give people places to go that aren’t necessarily musical – second stages and all that kind of stuff. We’re asking our friends if they want to play a couple of shows with us.” Fans can expect unique setlists, but Ament insists they won’t be playing albums through and through.

But, that’s not all. As we reported earlier this month, the band will also celebrate with two reissues and a Cameron Crowe-directed film. Ament spilled some beans there, as well. The Vs. and Vitalogy reissue sets will come, not surprisingly, chock full of unreleased material, “including an alternate version of “Corduroy” and a guitar-and-organ version of “Betterman”), an entire 1994 Boston show and a cassette from their Monkeywrench radio series.” Odds are that’s not all, either. Do you remember their Ten box set?

What Cameron Crowe has done for them is something special, too. “I just saw a rough cut,” Ament continues with RS. “It was so fucking weird seeing footage of stuff I didn’t know anybody was taping at the time. The whole movie is Cameron’s love letter to us – but it’s equal parts complimentary and really painful. It shows our growing pains and some real bad times, including Roskilde [the 2000 Danish festival where nine fans were trampled to death during the band’s set]. It was just really hard to watch.”

Rolling Stone goes on to report that the film should arrive in late summer, around the time the band plans to celebrate in whatever state they end up choosing. As for their followup to 2009’s highly underrated Backspacer, Ament delivers some good news: “We’re ready to work on new songs and get excited about what’s ?ahead.”

He’s probably not alone there.

Eddie Vedder 2011 Tour Dates:
03/10 – Brisbane, AU @ QPAC Concert Hall
03/12 – Brisbane, AU @ QPAC Concert Hall
03/13 – Brisbane, AU @ QPAC Concert Hall
03/15 – Canberra, AU @ Royal Theatre
03/16 – Newcastle, AU @ Civic Theatre
03/18 – Sydney, AU @ State Theatre
03/19 – Sydney, AU @ State Theatre
03/20 – Sydney, AU @ State Theatre
03/24 – Melbourne, AU @ Palasis Theatre
03/25 – Melbourne, AU @ Palasis Theatre
03/27 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton Theatre