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Pearl Jam's drunken MTV debacle: Cameron Crowe looks back -- an EW Exclusive

Twenty years ago, director Cameron Crowe decided to follow his much-loved debut, 1989’s Say Anything, with a romantic comedy set in the world of the Seattle music scene.

That movie was Singles (1992), and when Warner Bros. got first sight of it, just before the Seattle music scene exploded, they determined to shelve it. Then grunge went mainstream, and many of the bands featured in the movie, including Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, would go on to multiplatinum superstardom.

The biggest of these bands was Pearl Jam, the members of which were cast as Matt Dillon’s bandmates in the fictional Citizen Dick. The studio reconsidered, and then planned to release the movie to capitalize on the current hottest music trend with their “grunge movie.”

But not before they would ask Crowe to call in a favor from Pearl Jam. This would prove near disastrous, as Crowe — whose love letter to the band, the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, opens Sept. 20 and includes the now infamous MTV footage — remembers…

“When Harry Met Sally… was the big hit as we were filming, I think. I think the studio saw Singles and thought, ‘What is this guy with the dreads, shaking?’ That’s Layne [Staley], man! From Alice in Chains! ‘Uh, where’s Billy Crystal? C’mon man, give us the thing we know.’ And it just kind of solidified into positions. They didn’t understand the movie at Warner Bros. They weren’t that happy they made it. We were editing it and trying to just finish it and fighting to finish it and no one wanted to put it out.

And then, ironically, Nirvana broke. Actually, Alice in Chains broke. Then Nirvana broke. Then the kind of zeitgeist story started to become Seattle. And then Pearl Jam broke and the studio was like, ‘Okay. Well, all right, the guy that shakes his head with the dreads, we like him now. But we need MTV to do a promotional party so we can kick the movie off to let people know they can see all this crazy popular Seattle music.’ READ FULL STORY

Perry Farrell's favorite Lollapalooza memories: Lady Gaga dives, Pearl Jam flies, and Patti Smith frightens the children

Next weekend, Perry Farrell will once again take over Chicago’s massive Grant Park and welcome some of the biggest names in music, including Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Foo Fighters and My Morning Jacket, to Lollapalooza.

The long-running festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year (the very first Lolla, in 1991, traveled across the country and featured Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice-T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes and Fishbone), and in honor of all those epic sets and crazy tales, here are Farrell’s five favorite Lollapalooza memories.

Ice-T & Body Count (1991)
“On the first Lollapalooza, Ice-T used to come out during the Jane’s set and we would perform [Sly Stone’s] ‘Don’t Call Me N—–, Whitey.’ It was always a real heavy experience. [To start] I would tell a ‘n—a’ joke to the audience and everybody would laugh, and as they’re laughing, out Ice-T would come from the shadow. He’d slip right behind me and he’d go ‘Don’t call me n—a, whitey!’ That’s how we’d get into it. Then we would end up doing a square dance together.”

Pearl Jam (1992)
“Pearl Jam played the second Lollapalooza. Eddie Vedder is just the consummate showman and gives you every last bit of sweat and blood and guts in his performances. I remember him jumping into the crowd off a speaker stack that was really high. I couldn’t actually believe he did it. The crowd carrying him away will stay in my memory as one of the moments when I knew that Lollapalooza was really an important component to modern music.” READ FULL STORY

Pearl Jam releases trailer for Cameron Crowe-directed 'PJ20' documentary

Believe it not, Pearl Jam‘s debut album 10 celebrates its twentieth birthday this August.

Fittingly, the band and Oscar-winning director Cameron Crowe have been working on PJ20, a documentary due for release this fall.

Today they revealed its trailer, featuring rare and unseen footage of the iconic Seattle rockers and in-depth interviews with mates Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament among others, covering their rise to fame and subsequent rocky adjustment to the spotlight, and how they learned to soldier on as one.

Check out the trailer here:


Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam documentary: Watch the teaser here, and learn how they chose their name

Pearl Jam have been close with director Cameron Crowe for years (they even appeared in his 1992 movie Singles), and as part of their year-long 20th anniversary celebration—which also includes the release of deluxe reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy—Crowe is releasing a long-in-the-works documentary.

The short trailer for PJ20 (which you can watch after the jump) features vintage archival footage of the group discussing how they just changed their name to Pearl Jam. Originally, the group was called Mookie Blaylock, after a former NBA point guard (there’s even a shot of a marquee that touts Mookie Blaylock as the opening act for Alice In Chains).Legal issues forced them to change the name to Pearl Jam, and they’ve run with it ever since.

There’s a lot of terrible early ’90s fashion and plenty of goofing around in a van, which means that the film itself, scheduled to get released later this year, should reveal a lot about one of the most interesting and enduring bands in the world. Check out the brief teaser for yourself.


Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and Maroon 5 debut new music for launch of Patagonia Music Collective

jack-johnsonImage Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesJack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Mason Jennings, Pearl Jam, Maroon 5, and the Zac Brown Band are just some of the eco-conscious musicians teaming up with outdoor clothing company Patagonia Inc. to exclusively release previously unavailable songs.

The Patagonia Music Collective will charge $.99 for each track, with net proceeds going directly to the environmental organizations of the artists’ choice. Starting today, the songs will be available in Patagonia stores and on iTunes, for sale on two separate albums of 11 tracks each.  Subsequently, one new benefit track is to be released each week.

Jack Johnson, who debuted his latest music video, “From the Clouds,” on last week, will be contributing a live version of his song “To the Sea.” For Johnson, his involvement was a natural outgrowth of his engagement in other eco-friendly charities and his friendship with Patagonia founder—and fellow outdoorsman—Yvon Chouinard. “I first signed up for 1% For the Planet, which Yvon launched in 2001,” Johnson says. “You donate at least 1% of all your earnings for the year to environmental non-profit groups.”

For the Patagonia Music Collective, Johnson intends for proceeds from sales of his song to benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which he says “supports environmental field trips in which kids can get out of the classroom and get into nature.”

Bonnie Raitt has chosen the non-profit public interest law firm Earth Justice as her recipient. “I’ve been a supporter of Earth Justice for almost a decade, because, as their slogan states, ‘the Earth needs a good lawyer,’” she says. She’s teaming up with Jon Cleary on a live duet of his “So Damn Good.”

Other exclusive tracks include a live version of the Zac Brown Band’s “Cold Hearted,” Mason Jennings’ “Don’t Let the World Go Black,” Maroon 5’s acoustic take on “Wake Up Call,” and, fittingly, a live recording of Pearl Jam’s “Oceans.”

Jack Johnson’s new video ‘From the Clouds': Watch it here — EXCLUSIVE

EW exclusive news: Leaked Eddie Vedder song 'Better Days' is his contribution to the 'Eat Pray Love' soundtrack

roberts-vedderImage Credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty ImagesOver the past couple of days, the always-exciteable members of the Pearl Jam message board community have been scrambling to figure out the origin of an accidentally leaked Eddie Vedder-sung track apparently called “Better Days.” The song was hacked from the secure site of Monkeywrench Records, Pearl Jam’s label, and spread — as such things do — like wildfire across the web, with speculation ranging from “It’s a lost track from Riot Act!” to “It’s this year’s Christmas single!” (You can hear the leak here.)

How about: It’s Eddie Vedder’s contribution to the Eat Pray Love soundtrack! A source close to the band has confirmed exclusively to that the track is a new original from Vedder, intended to play during this summer’s Julia Roberts-starring odyssey. Lyrics like “My love is saved for the universe, see me now I’m bursting / on one planet, so many turns, different worlds” would certainly seem to jive with Elizabeth Gilbert’s story of global self-discovery, and there’s an exotic edge to the instrumentation that could happily live in Italy, or India, or Indonesia. Eat Pray Love star Javier Bardem and Vedder are friends, which may explain Ed’s participation. And considering 7 million people or something bought Gilbert’s book, it’s a savvy involvement for anyone.

Now that we know what the song’s for, what do you think, Mixers? (And you, Jamily friends?) A worthy contribution to the soundtrack? A worthy soundtrack for Vedder to contribute to? And if you’ve just now heard the leak, what do you think?

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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready on composing music for 'Fringe', taking singing lessons, upcoming PJ reissues: A Music Mix Q&A!

Mike-McCready-fringeImage Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images; Justin Stephens/FoxI do not know if you are watching Fringe over on the Fox network, but if you are not, may I ask why? Are you afraid to let yourself be happy? Do you like Glee? Well, Fringe did a musical episode last week that was sort of like if Glee and Raymond Chandler went on a date to a Tim Burton movie. No? Still not into it?


What if I told you that Pearl Jam guitar wizard Mike McCready wrote some music for last night’s episode? Is that something you might be interested in? Yes? Oh good. Then here is a Q&A with McCready where we talk about that, as well as his new hobby (singing lessons!) and some ideas being tossed around for the upcoming reissue of PJ’s second album, Vs. And if you missed last night’s Fringe, you can watch it after the jump. Because now you want to! READ FULL STORY

Eddie Vedder serenades Conan O'Brien in Seattle: Watch it here!

Conan O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on TV” tour swung through Seattle last night, and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (who were Conan’s first Tonight Show musical guests) stopped by for a three-song set of emotional essentials. There was inspiration in “Rise Up,” from the Into the Wild soundtrack. There was love via the John Lennon-inspired “Oh Coco.” And there was fight-the-man passion, as Vedder closed the set slamming tambourines into the Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” with guitarist Mike McCready in tow, and the Legally Prohibited Band (formerly the Max Weinberg 7) in full force. Never knew that song was missing a horn section until this morning. Anyway, watch ‘em all embedded after the jump and weigh in. As my co-worker Leah Greenblatt might ask, is this amazeballs? (Note: Conan sure thought so, which is more or less all that matters these days. Oh, Coco!) READ FULL STORY

Olympic Playlist of the Day from bobsledder Curt Tomasevicz

During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, wanted to find out what music is inspiring US athletes. So we asked a variety of Olympic competitors what song (or playlist of songs) they’ll be grooving to before they compete. We’ll run these throughout the Games. Good luck, Team USA!

Curt Tomasevicz, four-man bobsled (on NBC tonight)

“Better Man” by Pearl Jam
“Simply put: greatest song ever. I love the sound, feel, and lyrics”

“Cover Me” by Candlebox
“I listened to the song when I was on the plane to join the bobsled team for first time.”

“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Lyrics contain simple and true life lessons.”

“Don’t Follow” (acoustic) by Alice in Chains
“I love the sound of the blend of the voices.”

“Yellow Ledbetter” by Pearl Jam
“Mike McCready playing great guitar & Eddie Vedder’s wonderful singing. It can be interpreted different ways for different people. It’s a somber and deep meaningful song to me.” READ FULL STORY

On the scene for Pearl Jam in L.A.: What are your favorite live performances from Vedder & Co.?

Caught the last of Pearl Jam’s four L.A. shows yesterday, and, in the wake of the two and a half gigs I witnessed during their stand at the Gibson, I wish to heartily endorse this tour for any of you who may still be on the fence. (This is an admittedly unlikely scenario.) The band is tight, energized, and finding freedom in a set list full of set pieces: We now know to expect a visit from the string section after the first encore break, but their contributions on “Just Breathe,” “The End,” and the bow-shredding fury of “Lukin” are most welcome; we know Ben Harper will emerge shortly thereafter for “Red Mosquito,” and his lap-slide will buzz perfectly throughout the song’s swing. We know “Fixer” and the other Backspacer tracks will mesh with older material like they’ve been there for years, and “Alive” and/or “Yellow Ledbetter” will probably take us home. But amidst the expected, there’s always a flash of giddy surprise, and for those of us who’ve attended entirely too many Pearl Jam shows over the years, it’s those flashes that keep us coming back.

The guys seemed a bit antic last night — during “Porch,” Eddie Vedder bummed a drink off some dude in the front row, then climbed into the crowd on a security guard’s shoulders; Mike McCready and Jeff Ament played tag during “Spin the Back Circle”; I think Matt Cameron was using light-up drum sticks on “Why Go” — and they also delivered three absolute gems that I shall file away with the other PJ concert highlights I revisit from time to time, thanks to the band’s comprehensive bootlegging policies. First, a slow-building, hypnotic “Present Tense,” preserved here in all its YouTube glory:

The other standouts were an atomic-sized “Love Reign o’er Me” and “Crown of Thorns,” the old Mother Love Bone single made that much more resonant thanks to Tuesday’s brief Temple of the Dog reunion. By the time Jerry Cantrell showed up again on MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams,” it felt damn near anti-climactic.

What about you, Mixers? I know we’ve got some PJ loyalists out there — what are your highlights from this band’s tremendous live oeuvre, either on this tour or tours past? I’m pretty sure my all-time favorite moments have happened at the Gorge, and I’m pretty sure they’re hard to top… but maybe you can convince me otherwise in the comments!

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