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Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame trying to induct all the 90’s grunge bands… when will STP, Soundgarden, Alice In’ Chains ever get in?

So Nirvana and Pearl Jam are now in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. It definitely seems like that the Hall of Fame is trying to induct all the 90’s grunge bands. When will Soundgarden ever get in ’cause they are eligible, I would think? Stone Temple Pilots is just about eligible, I think they’ll be eligible next year. Alice In’ Chains is Hall of Fame worthy and they are definitely eligible ’cause their first album “Facelift” was released in 1990. The Pixies are considered a grunge band and I think they’re worthy too.

I think it’s interesting that the Hall of Fame are trying to induct 90’s grunge bands which is the right thing to do. That genre definitely did change rock n’ roll history.

Aaaaahhh, the good ol’ 90’s. I miss those days when rock n’ roll was all over the mainstream… grunge and alternative rock they used to call it. Even though the Smashing Pumpkins were not considered grunge music, I think they’ll make their way into the Hall of Fame at some point. I think the Pumpkins deserve it for sure especially the original lineup: Billy C., D’arcy, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin. I love the Smashing Pumpkins, always did.

I’m a huge fan of the 90’s era and I’ll tell ya right now that I still listen to that kind of music. I love 90’s music and still do. All that music was a big part of my teenage years. I was in high school during those years. I think I was in junior high when Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and Pearl Jam “Ten” first came out. I remember buying those albums when they came out and still have those CD’s in my collection right now, still sitting on my CD shelf. I remember back then Pearl Jam’s “Ten” was being played everywhere I go. I would hear other students playing that album on their boomboxes and shit like that. That album was a massive hit back then. So if you don’t think Pearl Jam is Hall of Fame worthy, you’re out of your fucking mind. Of course, Pearl Jam is worthy. They accomplished so much. They’re still together doing their thing with the same members. I don’t like Pearl Jam anymore but I admired their career and what they did in the past. I know the Hall of Fame is probably getting knocked for picking Pearl Jam but I think they did the right thing. Pearl Jam had quite a history and legacy. Can’t deny it whether you like them or not.

With all this being said, I hope the Hall of Fame inducts Soundgarden, STP, Alice In Chains and the Smashing Pumpkins soon. I think STP will be next for 2018 ’cause they would hit 25 years with their first album “Core” by now.

Kev

Congrats to the new Rock n’ roll Hall of Famers…

I’m pretty happy with all the inductees for the next Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Yes is finally in which is about time! I’m a huge fan of Yes. They’re one of my favorite rock n’ roll bands of all time!

I stopped liking Pearl Jam but I will always love their first three albums ’cause I thought “Ten”, “Vs.” and “Vitalogy” were pretty amazing records. Still love those records now. Their newer stuff? Not so much but Pearl Jam are legends and they accomplished so much. That can’t be denied. They’re the start of the grunge movement in the 90’s.

Tupac I do like but I don’t listen to him that much but I should. I respect his legacy and what he did to the hip hop industry. Yes, “hip hop” is rock n’ roll, get over it.

Joan Baez, I’m not a big fan of either but respect her legacy and what she did to the industry.

I do love ELO and Journey for sure. 2017 Hall of Fame is pretty decent this year; although, I’m disappointed that Steppenwolf got snubbed this year but there’s always 2018 for them.

https://www.rockhall.com/class-2017-inductions

Kev

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

Could Temple of the Dog reunite at Bridge School Benefit???

I just noticed that Soundgarden and Pearl Jam are booked for Neil’s Bridge School Benefit. Does that mean there is a possibility that there is going to be a Temple of the Dog reunion? Remember Temple of the Dog was a super group that had just Chris Cornell singing with Pearl Jam members including, Eddie.

That would be kick ass if Temple of the Dog gave us a surprise performance… maybe for a few songs or they perform that untitled album in it’s entirety. It be cool to see Eddie and Chris sing, “Hunger Strike” together again and I’m sure they will.

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

The Top Ten Best Pearl Jam Songs…

Pearl Jam has always been one of my favorite bands. I respected them in the 90’s and still respect them now. They are one of the only grunge bands that never broke up and still going today. Congrats go to Pearl Jam for staying together for this long. I think it would be fun to celebrate the band’s 20 years by naming 10 of their greatest songs, in my opinion.

Here’s the list:

1. “Alive”

(I think this was the first song I heard of them, and immediately I was blown away.  I first heard the song when I saw the video on MTV, of course. This is a beautiful and powerful song. Love it too much!)

2. “Oceans”

(This is my second favorite PJ song off the “Ten” album. It was never a radio single, but still a great song. You can hear the emotion in Eddie’s vocals. His vocals were the best in this song, in my opinion.)

3. “Why Go”

(I think this the band’s most heaviest song ever. It has an incredible guitar riff, Eddie’s voice sounds really angry throughout the whole song. Just a bad ass song overall, love it.)

4. “Animal”

(Love the guitar riffs, the lyrics, and the vocals are awesome. Short song, but very catchy and one of the best songs of “Vs.”.)

5. “Rats”

(This has always been another favorite song of mine off of “Vs.”. PJ takes a different genre by going funk. I love the funky groove and makes you want to dance to it.)

6. “Tremor Christ”

(One of their most underrated songs, and I don’t think they ever played this live. This one of their darkest songs. I love the opening guitar riff. Very unique and different. PJ not afraid go to different directions.)

7. “Bugs”

(Another killer tune off of “Vitalogy”. It’s just an organ and Eddie’s voice.)

8. “Yellow Ledbetter”

(Like a lot of people, this is a favorite PJ song of mine too.)

9. “Nothing As It Seems”

(This is an extremely powerful song, this is the best song off the album “Binaural”, very haunting and creepy.)

10. “Johnny Guitar”

(One of their new songs of “Backspacer”. Best song off the album. Killer guitar riffs. Just a badass tight rock tune.)

Cool Videos: Temple of the Dog makes a surprise reunion…

The band Pearl Jam, are celebrating their 20 years of being together as a band, and their way of celebrating it, they play a surprise, PJ20, show on Sept. 3rd, at the Apline Valley Music Theatre, in Wiconsin. Before Pearl Jam played their set, Eddie Vedder invited Chris Cornell to sing four songs which would reunite, Temple of The Dog. Nobody ever thought a Temple of The Dog reunion would happen but it did. If Soundgarden can reunite why can’t, Temple? I think Temple should go back in the studio and record a second album because I loved their first one.

Enjoy the videos. Both Eddie and Chris seemed pretty thrilled to be back together and they still sound great!

Kev