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December 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Eddie Vedder didn’t speak to the crowd until Pearl Jam was a few songs into its end-of-tour show at KeyArena Friday, but once he started, he kept up a conversation all night.
“We don’t have to travel anywhere, so we can give it all we got,” he said.
Seattle has seen plenty of memorable Pearl Jam shows over the decades, but Friday’s was epic: a 37-song, three-hour-plus set. Near the end of the encores Vedder even brought out Mark Arm and Steve Turner of opener Mudhoney, plus Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and the Seattle supergroup ripped through “Search and Destroy.”
October 15, 2013 at 5:30 AM
Maybe Pearl Jam’s new album, “Lightning Bolt,” should have been the album to earn the name “Ten.” “Lightning Bolt” is not only the group’s 10th studio album, but also one of its most consistent and mature.
The band’s 2009’s “Backspacer” proved Pearl Jam could still top the charts and stay relevant in a rock landscape much changed from the early years. “Lightning Bolt” may do even better on the charts because it achieves something few legacy bands manage: It takes a classic sound but builds upon it with nuance, so that it sounds new but without being jolting.
All the essential Pearl Jam touches are here: Mike McCready’s crunchy guitar solo on “Sirens”; Matt Cameron’s infectious backbeat on “Getaway”; Stone Gossard’s riff-heavy punch on “Let the Records Play”; and Jeff Ament’s bass thunder on “Infallible.” Pearl Jam has always been a better band in concert than on its studio records, but “Lightning Bolt” shows that performance gap narrowing, and the band sounds cohesive here.
July 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Perhaps the album title is a nod to this band? Probably not, but the teaser trailer for the band’s 10th studio album features a small snippet of a new song that sounds a bit harder and more punk. The album will be available on Oct. 15, 2013. For more info, visit the band’s website.
From the band’s website: “Lightning Bolt is available for pre-order today at pearljam.com/lightningbolt. The first track off of the album, “Mind Your Manners” will be released today worldwide on radio.”
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