Twenty years ago last month, Pearl Jam‘s Ten was released, and its slow-burn first single “Alive” (not to mention members’ pedigrees from Mother Love Bone and Temple Of The Dog) built the band’s buzz until they exploded with “Even Flow” and “Jeremy.” The rest is history—but certainly worth celebrating, no? Cameron Crowe thinks so: he’s made PJ20, a documentary about the band from inception to present; it hits theaters in two weeks.
Pearl Jam thinks so too. To celebrate the anniversary, Pearl Jam hosted a two-day concert this weekend outside Milwaukee, WI. (It’s not Seattle, but as tickets and lodging go, it beats a cruise!) Each of the bands who participated (including The Strokes, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Mudhoney) played two sets—one each day—and many musicians guested during other bands’ sets. For example, Eddie Vedder turned up during Glen Hansard‘s set to sing the female vocals on the Once duet “Falling Slowly”:
The weekend’s most exciting guest, though, wasn’t a member of any of the bands performing, though he was the founder of Temple Of The Dog: Chris Cornell. He joined Pearl Jam on both nights for a number of Temple Of The Dog songs, including their 1991 hit “Hunger Strike.” These mini-sets were just a small part of the three-hour sets Pearl Jam played, packed with twenty years’ worth of hits, deep cuts, B-sides, and covers, plus plenty of guests from the other bands. For a Pearl Jam fan, this must have been not merely a backwards-looking exercise in nostalgia, but an amplified blast of a weekend from a band that’s very much alive.
Pearl Jam Reward Fans With Epic Two-Day Festival [Rolling Stone]
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