Pearl Jam: Home and Away – MoPoP Museum August 11th Opening

Pearl Jam: Home and Away – MoPOP Museum, Seattle, WA

Photo by Danny Clinch

Get a first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future through more than 200 artifacts directly from Pearl Jam band members and their Seattle warehouse, including instruments, stage props, original art, and a photo op featuring the towering letters from the front of Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten.

The exhibition opens Saturday, August 11 and is included with your MoPOP general admission.

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Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

You had to understand once Pearl Jam announced their fall tour that a new studio album was imminent. Many times tours are designed to promote and support new album releases.

Starting today you can pre-order Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt at either Pearl Jam’s Web site (see link in image below) or at iTunes. The album will be fully released on October 15, 2013.

Pre-order the “Lighting Bolt” and get instant digital access to “Mind Your Manners” in your www.pearljam.com account.

Pearl Jam North American Tour 2013

Pearl Jam is one of the top concert acts I have yet to witness live.  They announced their 2013 Tour dates slated in North America for the fall. They have several concert dates near us and I hope I can score tickets to see them when they go on sale 10/27. I thought I had a paid Pearl Jam Ten Club Membership but alas I do not so I don’t qualify for the pre sale tickets (:. Keeping my fingers crossed I get seats for October in Brooklyn, Hartford or Worcester…

Soundgarden – King Animal

First new Soundgarden album in 15 years, King Animal!, available on Tuesday 11/13/12

King Animal will be available as a Box Set, a Deluxe CD,  and 180 gram double vinyl. View and pre-order all the deluxe editions at www.soundgardenworld.com.

Photo: "Heaviness with us never came from just cranking the volume and tuning the strings down." - Kim ThayilPhoto: © Don VanCleave

You can also stream King Animal in its entirety on iTunes now. 
Sirius XM Pearl Jam Radio – Channel 22
Soundgarden ‘King Animal’ Album Special Today at  9:00 pm ET

Soundgarden is back with their first album in over a decade and band members Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron premiere ‘King Animal’ on Sirius XM’s Pearl Jam Radio. Pearl Jam guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard celebrate the occasion and sit down with the Soundgarden members to discuss the band’s beginnings in Seattle, how their unique sound was born and what it was like to be back in the studio to record their newest album.

Rebroadcast: Mon 11/12 11:00 am ET; Tues 11/13 5:00 pm ET

Seattle & Pearl Jam Twenty Years On

Photograph by Dean Fox, Photolibrary

Twenty years ago this summer I was working for Microsoft Corporation. I experienced Seattle, Washington as a beautiful sprawling metropolis for the first time in the fall of 1992. Little did I realize it would become the most visited city (exclusive of New York City) I would travel to and cherish in the United States. I have been to Seattle 14 times in the past 20 years. Seattle is an exciting and vibrant place to experience. I developed an affinity for Pearl Jam that year as their album, Ten was gaining momentum in parallel to my new career. The city was living and breathing a unique music art form that Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden were evidencing to the world.

I love travelling back to Seattle and visiting the Experience Music  Project, a Rock and Roll Museum in Seattle Center, next to the Space Needle and Seattle Center Monorail. The architecture of the building is amazing. The exhibits give extensive information about the Seattle music scene. It cements the understanding and the linkage Seattle, Washington has with rock music history. We are members of this museum and love the affinity we have with the art and pop culture it expounds.

I have spent time with the music and history of Pearl Jam. We had intended to attend the premier of the Cameron Crowe documentary Pearl Jam Twenty but Snowtober disrupted our plans by knocking out the power to the theater in our market. Biding my time I took advantage of my Barnes & Noble Christmas gift card that my loving wife gave me. I purchased the Pearl Jam Twenty book(at a 60% discount!) and the companion DVD. This will be my weekend music sojourn. I look forward to digging in deep to learn more about the musical evolution of Pearl Jam and the music of related groups in Seattle.

It’s time!

Why Pink Floyd? The Wall

Cover of "The Wall"
Cover of The Wall

Why Pink Floyd? week culminates with my thoughts and observations about The Wall.

The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s Why Pink Floyd? Week ends tonight in spectacular fashion with Pearl Jam doing “Mother” from The Wall.

I find The Wall to be the creative apex of Pink Floyd’s collective musical genius. It also happens to be the split in the nuclei for Pink Floyd. The Wall is very much Roger Water’s baby, as it is his story.

The stress and strain on the band members during The Wall’s recording sessions are well documented. I won’t take the time here to get into the dynamics that took place. When The Wall collapses into rubble and the dust clears we witness a very different Pink Floyd standing in our midst.

I have always felt it was unfortunate that Richard Wright was forced to resign from the group by Roger Waters. I love his signature keyboard sound. He created a rich fullness with his textures of layered sound. In my estimation he took the Hammond B3 organ to amazing new heights. Of all the members of Pink Floyd I witnessed at The Dark Side of the Moon concert in 1973, Richard Wright organ playing etched himself the firmest in the my memories.

Much has been written and analyzed about The Wall. Certainly The Wall has taken on a life of it’s own over time. I am constantly intrigued by the dimensional variations The Wall has given us over the decades since it went on stream in 1979.

First as a limited series of live concerts in 1980 that created a major stir because a cardboard wall was constructed in front of the band, walling them in and then, being torn down at the end.

Next The Wall was turned into a film directed by Alan Parker and was released in 1982. The Wall broke new barriers with multimedia, as recorded film footage with actors was interspersed with wild animations from Gerald Scarfe (which we first saw on the double album cover art and as part of the live show). I a liken Scarfe’s graphic art to Ralph Steadman’s manic art.

The Wall was later performed and filmed in Berlin as a celebration for the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Roger Waters engaged producer Tony Hollingsworth to create The Wall – Live in Berlin, at a location once occupied by part of the Berlin Wall. It featured such guest stars as Rick DankoLevon Helm and Garth Hudson of The BandThe HootersVan Morrison,Sinéad O’ConnorCyndi LauperMarianne FaithfullScorpionsJoni MitchellPaul CarrackThomas Dolby and Bryan Adams, along with actors Albert FinneyJerry Hall,Tim Curry and Ute Lemper. This concert features my favorite collaborative edition of “Comfortably Numb” sung with a fierce passion by Van Morrison.

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Roger Waters has been touring steadily with The Wall Live since 2010 . He brings The Wall Live to North America Stadiums (including Yankee Stadium) in the second quarter of 2012.

Roger Waters: The Wall Live

An effort was made to produce and bring The Wall to Broadway. The closest that came to realization was a two week off-Broadway production in Boston, Massachusetts in 1996.

The Why Pink Floyd? Immersion Box Set will become available on February 28, 2012. This will complete the Why Pink Floyd? product distribution campaign.

The Wall - Immersion Box Set

Why Pink Floyd? Week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Image via Wikipedia

Every night this week the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show will be celebrating the Why Pink Floyd? campaign of 2011 remasters and collectors’ editions.

Expect to see The Shins and  Nick Mason tonight.

Tuesday night musical guests will be Foo Fighters and Roger Waters.

Wednesday evening features MGMT.

Thursday’s show stars Dierks Bentley.

Friday will showcase Pearl Jam.

Today the pig was floated above Battersea Power Station in L0ndon much to the delight of commuters and fans all over the planet.

Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty Documentary

The first full trailer for the forthcoming Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary documentary was released and distributed virally on the Web.

Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.

You can read all about the world premiere, festival showings, the 9/20 screenings, the key cities where it will be shown and the PBS American Masters Series event in October in this Web article at Broadway World, http://goo.gl/mvcEv

I have been a firm believer in the power of music to cause change, heal people spiritually, and increase our internal happiness.

Get psyched along with me here 😉

I like the formula of Cameron Crowe, Pearl Jam, David Lynch and the planned distribution options coming up in September.

I add this music documentary to my “must see” and “own” list.