In 2020, we celebrate three whole decades of Pearl Jam. But March 19, 2020 also marks the 30th anniversary of Andy Wood’s death. Aged just 24, the Mother Love Bone frontman died of a heroin overdose right before his band’s debut album Apple was released and was promised to shoot the band to stardom in the early grunge days. Surviving bandmembers Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament decided to start over with a new band, that would later be known as Pearl Jam. The life and death of Andy Wood are therefore important to how Pearl Jam was created and maybe even how the musical landscape of the early 90s was drawn.
This article is a big fan’s portrait of Andy Wood and a discussion of what might have happened, if history had been different.
The 11th studio album from Pearl Jam, will soon be released, judging from the latest Ten Club newsletter. However, it’s all a bit mysterious!
The band has been hinting all day on social media, and now finally after more than six years of waiting it’s closer to being official than ever. But we’re still not quite sure what it all means!
The newsletter sent fans all over the world on a treasure hunt to find posters that via augmented reality were supposed to give some clues on the new album. From what we have gathered so far, the title seems to be Gigaton. And the theme seems to have something to do with climate change, judging from the imagery.
We have heard from relatively reliable sources that the album is going to be a tad quieter than what we’re used to. There has been speculation amongst fans, and perhaps a little hope too, that with the current political situation in the United States, the new album was going to be a little more on the angry side, like what we saw with Avocado.
However, from what we have heard it is not going to be so this time. We expect to get something more reflecting and thoughtful. Perhaps inspired by the increasing focus on the environment and climate change, that the band has been aware of and working with actively for years. Which does not sound bad at all.
We will keep this article updated as we find out more information.
The rumours have been circulating both on and off the great internet for quite a while now. The November Ten Club newsletter included a reminder to keep fanclub memberships up to date (and we all know what that usually means), and Santos L. Halper (Ten Club) has been reminding people to do the same on the official Pearl Jam forum.
Lately, we have been hearing the same cities and approximate days from a variety of unrelated sources, so now we dare to share what we think we know about the tour plans for 2020.
We will be updating this article if we hear new rumours or if something changes to the dates and cities that we have already listed. So keep checking back.
Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Mount Rainier may be the first places that come to mind, when you think of Seattle – and they are indeed very recommendable for all tourists visiting. But when you are a Pearl Jam fan, some other places are absolute Meccas to visit!
This is a list of the top 10 most exciting and historic Pearl Jam related places and experiences in the Emerald City:
A little while back, an Icelandic fan started an online petition to get Pearl Jam to play a show in Iceland. As there are not many places that we would prefer more to see Pearl Jam than Iceland, we had to support the cause – but we were also curious to know more about the background for the petition. Who was behind it and how was the idea born?
We got in contact with Throstur Bragason, the man behind the petition, and did a small Q&A with him.
Attention all Pearl Jam poster junkies. This is big news for you guys. And for anyone else who’s interested in poster art for that matter. This Saturday, July 27, Haight Street Art Center in San Fransisco is opening the exhibition Pearl Jam: Live In Two Dimensions.
Mike McCready and Kate Neckel, who together form the music/art duo Infinite Color and Sound will be going on the road in the US this summer/fall. They will be joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer.
Danish fan Sofie went to see her second ever Eddie Vedder concert in Berlin – which was amazing, of course! Though she travelled to Germany alone, she ended up hanging out with many (new) Pearl Jam friends – and went on a little treasure hunt around town to try to meet Eddie.
After a night of meeting and drinking with other Pearl Jam fans, I met my Norwegian friend Cecilie in front of Hotel de Rome in the morning of the day of the concert. We waited for Eddie to come out for 4,5 hours in the burning sun, but nothing happened. A couple of friends showed up and kept us company for a while and we also talked to two German guys who also waited for Eddie. At noon, I got a tip that Eddie was at The Ramones Museum, and Cecilie and I got a cab – but when we got there, Eddie had already left the building. Cecilie and I hung out and got something to drink in the tiny, but awesome café/museum and the two German guys showed up too and joined us.
The following article is a fan review of Eddie Vedder’s first and so far only show in the Nordic coutries, played at Heartland Festival in the small town of Kværndrup in Denmark two years ago today, on June 3rd, 2017. The fan review was written the day after the show and published on the Pearl Jam Nordic Facebook page.
Today, as we anticipate Eddie Vedder’s European tour which starts this Sunday in Amsterdam, we bring this article in remembrance of an amazing experience in Denmark in 2017.
But nothing comes for free! You have to help us come up with a name for our new mascot, the punk skeleton. The artwork was done by Chicho from Tigre Tattoo Parlour in Copenhagen, and we’re already feeling like the little skinny punk is already a part of our Jamily. So of course it needs a name. It is up to you to decide if it’s a boy or a girl or something completely different.