It’s often been said that Lou Reed’s influence was exceedingly disproportionate to his sales figures. That statement is proven by three of today’s biggest bands, which have performed his songs in the days following his death on Oct. 27.
Throughout their entire career, Pearl Jam have always paid tribute to the classic rock that inspired them, from covering the Who and Neil Young to lead singer Eddie Vedder joining Bruce Springsteen onstage at Wrigley Field last summer. Last night (Oct. 26) at the XL Center in Hartford, Ct., the group pulled out a couple of less-likely songs from their childhood record collection, Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’ and ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.’
Remember your first concert? You were probably somewhere in the nosebleed seats, trying to pick out the supertiny bassist from the supertiny rhythm guitarist onstage while hollowed-out versions of the band's most popular songs echoed throughout the arena's crappy audio system. An 8-year-old Pearl Jam fan's first concert was nothing like that.
Selling millions of records has helped more than a few artists mellow out, but watching their debut album climb the charts only made Pearl Jam angrier. They took out their aggression on the follow-up, 1993's 'Vs.'
With their new disc ‘Lightning Bolt’ due out tomorrow (Oct. 15), NBC’s ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ will celebrate Pearl Jam next week (Oct. 21-25) with various musical guests digging into the extensive Pearl Jam catalog and performing songs in honor of the band. In addition, the week will culminate with Pearl Jam performing back-to-back nights on the show.
Back in 1990, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was the creative force behind the band Temple of the Dog in tribute to his lost friend and Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood who passed away the same year. Temple of the Dog was a musical juggernaut chock full of talent with Stone Gossard on guitar, Jeff Ament on bass (both former members of Mother Love Bone) along with Matt Cameron and Eddie Vedder. A super group by definition, the collective released one self-titled disc and only played live one time together.
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is certainly outspoken with his personal ideology, and in a new video interview, the legendary frontman addressed the issue of guns. In a display of his passion for the subject, Vedder went as far as to say he almost wishes "bad things" upon gun owners who make the pro-gun argument that "it's fun."
Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt' album is set to arrive on Oct. 15, but it was a lengthy journey getting to the completion of the band's latest disc. To give fans a little insight into the creation of the effort, Pearl Jam have posted a nine-minute short film shot by directing pal Danny Clinch.
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