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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.”
December 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Seattle-based Pearl Jam — one of the most influential rock bands of the 1990s — has been outdoing itself on a two-leg, 24-date fall tour in support of its current album, “Lightning Bolt.” The marathon show includes more than 30 songs, among them “Pendulum,” “Leaving Here,” “Do the Evolution,” “Black,” “Alive” and “Rearviewmirror.” The concert features two lengthy encores and such showstoppers as The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” and guitarist Mike McCready’s incendiary, Jimi Hendrix-inspired version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
More than a half dozen songs from “Lightning Bolt” are included, among them “Sleeping by Myself,” originally recorded for Eddie Vedder’s 2011 solo album, “Ukulele Songs.” The five-member band featuring McCready, Vedder (pictured), Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Matt Cameron (who divides his time between Pearl Jam and Soundgarden) is finishing up the tour in Seattle, which could mean that fans are in for an especially long and vigorous performance.
7:30 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $65.50 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Gent Stout, Special to The Seattle Times
November 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Sic transit gloria mundi, as they say in the record business. Alas, the glory week has passed that saw Seattle bands Pearl Jam and The Head and the Heart in the Top 10 of the Billboard album chart. Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” (review here) now clocks in at #28 and THATH’s “Be Still” (feature here) is at #110.
In other Seattle band chart news, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” (review and profile here), on the chart for 58 weeks and topping out at #2, is now at #53. Kenny G’s “Holiday Collection” has re-entered at #165.
Here’s the current, Seattle-absent Billboard Top 200 album chart:
1. Lady Gaga, “ARTPOP”
2. Eminem, “The Marshal Mathers LP 2″ (our review)
3. Various Artists, “NOW 48″
4.The Robertsons, “Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas”
5. Katy Perry, “Prism” (our review)
6. Kelly Clarkson, “Wrapped in Red”
7. The Beatles, “On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2″ (our review)
8. Drake, “Nothing Was the Same”
9. Lorde, “Pure Heroine”
10. Miley Cyrus, “Bangerz”
And here’s the title video from the Top album in the country:
October 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Ayron Jones and his mentor, Sir Mix-a-Lot, don’t like to define Jones’ music with labels like “blues” or “hybrid rock.” They don’t necessarily welcome comparisons to the giants that have influenced Jones, namely Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.
But it’s hard to listen to Jones’ debut album, “Dream,” without hearing the ghosts of the past — and without viewing the album as the next evolution of the blues, a way for it to stay relevant to a new generation. “Dream,” self-released today and produced by Mix-a-Lot, is a fiery, raw blend of blues and rock that makes the familiar seem new. (more…)
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.
October 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM
by Nicole Brodeur
Seattle Times columnist
Eddie Vedder’s favorite place to perform is Easy Street Records in West Seattle.
Matt Cameron has never forgotten is early days behind the kit at bygone Seattle bars like the Ditto Tavern.
And someday far in future, Stone Gossard hopes he’s anywhere but doing to Britney/Celine thing and taking up residency in Vegas.
These are just a few of the truths that emerged Thursday night, when the five members of Pearl Jam gathered for the first time with a small group of fans for a “Town Hall” sponsored by Sirius XM, home of Pearl Jam radio. (A broadcast of the event will air on Sirius XM Oct. 11. “Lightning Bolt” will be released Oct. 15.)
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.”
July 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Pearl Jam is set to play 24 shows across North America, finishing with a homecoming show on Dec. 6 at KeyArena in Seattle. The tour kicks off Oct. 11 in Pittsburgh and finishes with a handful of Northwest shows, including Nov. 29 (Portland), Nov. 30 (Spokane) and Dec. 4 (Vancouver, BC).
Tickets for Pearl Jam’s North American dates go on-sale Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. local time. A special ticket pre-sale for current Pearl Jam Ten Club members (as of July 7, 2013) begins today. Visit www.pearljam.com for full details.
Full schedule below.
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