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Temple of the Dog will reunite and tour for the first time…

Chris Cornell formed the band, Temple of the Dog in the year 1990 ’cause he wanted to pay tribute to his friend Andrew Wood (who died of drug overdose) who was the singer for Mother Love Bone. The band Temple of the Dog featured Chris himself and members of Pearl Jam. Yes, even Eddie Vedder was in Temple to sing backup vocals for a few  songs and sung parts of “Hunger Strike” w/ Chris. The song “Hunger Strike” became a huge hit… the video was played constantly on MTV/VH1 and the song was all over the FM radio back in the day. I’ll never forget it. “Hunger Strike” is one of my favorite songs of all time and I still love the song now. Will Eddie himself be a part of this tour so he can sing “Hunger Strike” with Chris? Probably. That song can only be sung by those two guys, nobody else. I can’t see anybody else singing Eddie’s vocal part toward the end of the song, “I’m going hunnnnngggggrrrrryyyyyyyy” and then Chris goes, “going Hungry aaahhhhhhhhhhhh”. You get the deal.

The Temple of the Dog tour just announced, yeah, this is the band’s first tour ever ’cause the band never toured. They just recorded in the studio ’cause they wanted to make a tribute for their friend. That’s all they made that album for.

They’re doing this as a celebration for the 25th anniversary of that album they did. I used to have that album on CD but not sure what happened to it. Maybe somebody borrowed it from me and never gave it back or whatever but this reminds me that I should get this album again. I’ll probably buy it from Itunes sometime.

Question is, will Temple of the Dog record a second album together in the studio? Who knows. We’ll have to wait and see what the band decides. I’d love them to do a second album.

Kev

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam does the ice bucket and challenges Bruce Springsteen…

Here’s another pretty good ice bucket… Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam. Eddie’s speech is pretty funny if you can understand what he’s saying, lol. He seems like a cool dude, though!

Eddie challenges Bruce Springsteen, the Boss. I hope Springsteen does it. Will Bruce do it? We’ll have to wait and see on that one too.

Kev

Netflix Pick (Streamable): Pearl Jam 20

Last night, I watched the “Pearl Jam 20” documentary film by Cameron Crowe on Netflix, as I said I would. I think it’s one of the best rockumentaries I’ve seen in a while. “Pearl Jam 20” celebrates 20 years of Pearl Jam, that’s the whole point of it, but the film mostly focuses on the band’s past. This film will give you a lot of insight on the band’s history and it’s really interesting stuff.

This film will show you how Pearl Jam all started and how they first got together. Then the film will show you how they became superstars in the mainstream in the 90’s. Pearl Jam first started through Mother Love Bone. An 80’s hair metal band that featured singer, Andrew Wood, who would later pass away due to overdosing on heroin. The band also featured Pearl Jam members, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard. After, Andrew Wood, died, Jeff and Stone wanted to keep playing music.

Their friend Chris Cornell, wrote a few songs about Andrew Wood in tribute to him, “Reach Down” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven”. So Chris reached out to Jeff and Stone, together they formed, Temple of the Dog, to do a collaboration on an album together. Chris was the one who brought in Matt Cameron as drummer and Eddie as backup singer. While Pearl Jam was already formed before Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam didn’t release their first album “Ten” later on, soon after the Temple album. Temple released their album before Pearl Jam did.

Back in the old days of Pearl Jam in the 90’s, they were just young kids. Watching this documentary certainly brought back memories from their past, I remember watching all that stuff on TV back in the day. I remember the young Eddie Vedder, being a crazy perfomer. This guy certainly was never afraid of heights ’cause when they would do outdoor concerts, Eddie would climb on the ceiling and do all kinds of risky stunts on stage while performing. Eddie doesn’t perform like that anymore because of his age obviously.

This doc only gives you behind the scenes stuff of their first three albums. Everything about Pearl Jam’s past is in there, including the controversial story where a boy kills himself over the Pearl Jam song, “Jeremy” and their battle with Ticketmaster.

They also talk about how the band is lucky to be staying together playing music with the same guys after all these years. Most Seattle bands have broken up over the years, but Pearl Jam stuck around. It’s clear that Pearl Jam don’t care about being superstars at all, ’cause they don’t make music videos too much and they released their latest album, “Backspacer”, without a label. They released that album on their own budget.

It’s amazing to me how Eddie’s vocal style never changed over the years. He always sang the same way. That unique deep voice of his. This was a pretty inspiring film and it’s a well made documentary. The interviews were entertaining too. There’s a lot of never before seen footage included as well. The band never liked that term, “grunge”, and they never cared about winning awards.

Whether you’re a longtime Pearl Jam fan or a newbie, this is a must see. This was great to see.

I still need to see the Foo Fighters documentary, “Back and Forth”, which is out on DVD I believe, so I que’d that through the Netflix DVD rental. I should be getting the Foo Fighters movie in the mail soon, I’ve been wanting to see for a while as well.

Glad I finally watched “Pearl Jam 20”, the soundtrack album on CD is also great to listen to.

Kev

Report: Eddie Vedder to play two solo shows at “The Palace Theater” in Albany, N.Y. this summer…

Eddie Vedder, the Pearl Jam frontman, just unleashed tour dates for his solo tour. Vedder will kick off his solo tour in Albany, N.Y. at the Palace Theater, June 8th and 9th. Does this mean that Vedder will be spending the night in Albany that weekend? Looks it.

What will Vedder play in his solo tour? Probably the usual stuff…songs from the “Into the Wild” movie, a bunch of Pearl Jam songs acoustically, and covers of other bands/artists songs. Maybe Eddie will throw in some new and rare stuff as well.

Billboard reports:

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/pearl-jam-s-eddie-vedder-announces-solo-1003960627.story

Another concert I’m interested in going to, I’ll think about this one.

Kev

Report: Eddie Vedder rocks solo, plays first show in Los Angeles…

Eddie Vedder decides to take a break from Pearl Jam to do a solo tour in support of his album soundtrack for the film “Into the Wild” (the album is one of the best Soundtracks of a film I ever heard) by playing his first show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The audience at the Wiltern venue was jam packed with mostly Pearl Jam fans of course. Eddie Vedder mostly played stuff from the “Into the Wild” soundtrack in it ‘s entirety, he also played several cover songs and of course, you guess it, he played some Pearl Jam songs acoustically as well.

Eddie also had special guest duets on stage, Liam Finn dueted with Eddie in the song “Society” from “Into the Wild” and Ben Harper played slide guitar and sang with Vedder on a few songs too.

Throughout Eddie’s entire acoustic set, the audience screamed and begged him to perform “Yellow Ledbetter” seems like that’s the only song the audience wanted to hear, nothing else. Eddie played at the Wintern for 2 hours and 2 nights in a row.

Entertainment Weekly reports:

http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2008/04/eddie-vedder-so.html

If I was at that concert, I would have been there to appreciate the music, rather than being obsessed of forcing Eddie to play “Yellow Ledbetter”. Sounds like a great show Eddie played, I would have loved to been there. I would have loved to see him play those songs from “Into the Wild” live. That would have been an amazing experience.

If you were a true Pearl Jam fan, you would respect Eddie as a solo artist. Sounds to me the Pearl Jam fans don’t respect Eddie as a solo artist, they just wanted him to play Pearl Jam songs throughout the entire thing.

I would suggest Eddie to not allow Pearl Jam fans at his acoustic shows and just have regular music fans if he wants to be respected as a solo artist.

The audience was just a bunch of wannabe Pearl Jam fans. Sad.

Kev

 

 

Thought: Eddie Vedder doing acoustic folk music…he should do “more” of it…

While many are not fans of Eddie Vedder’s longtime band Pearl Jam, I would still strongly suggest you check out his acoustic solo work for his soundtrack to the movie “Into the Wild”. Vedder composed all the music on the soundtrack except for one track Kaki King has a song in the movie too but it’s not included in the soundtrack since “Into the Wild” is strictly Eddie Vedder’s album.

Eddie Vedder’s acoustic work is truly beautiful stuff….really, he does a very good job at it. I really think Vedder should continue the acoustic folk genre whenever he takes a break from Pearl Jam. He should definitely do another acoustic solo CD in the future.

Next time I go to the mall, I also plan on picking up the DVD for “Into the Wild” and Vedder’s soundtrack album to the movie as well. Eddie Vedder’s acoustic music is probably the best acoustic music I’ve heard in years…

Listen to these tracks to see what I mean, check out these songs “Society” and “Rise”. I’m actually thinking about learning the chords to these songs so I can cover them myself. I’m just blown away and Vedder’s singing just sends chills down my spine in these songs with the great melody and vocal lines. I’m kind of upset at the Oscars for not nominating Eddie Vedder for Best Soundtrack, he truly deserves an Oscar for this.

Enjoy and happy easter.

Kev