Pearl Jam Announce More 20th Anniversary Plans
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:39:02
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and manager Kelly Curtis revealed their plans for the grunge band's 20th anniversary celebration this year.
In addition to deluxe editions of Vs and Vitalogy, which will include previously unheard demos and alternate takes of hits, an entire 1994 concert from Boston and a cassette from Eddie Vedder's '90s "Monkeywrench Radio" shows, the band also has a planned a documentary from Cameron Crowe in the works and a headline slot on their own festival some time this summer. Curtis says the band members are not very nostalgic, adding that "They're always thinking about the next record – not old stuff."
As for Crowe's documentary, Ament says, "I just saw a rough cut. It was so fucking weird seeing footage of stuff I didn't know anybody was taping at the time. The whole movie is Cameron's love letter to us – but it's equal parts complimentary and really painful. It shows our growing pains and some real bad times, including Roskilde [the 2000 Danish festival where nine fans were trampled to death during the band's set]. It was just really hard to watch." The film is slated to debut in late summer and I cannot wait to see it.
As for the band's first-ever festival, Curtis described it as a "weekend bash" that will take place somewhere in the middle of the U.S. It is expected to be a two-day event, with Pearl Jam playing a headlining set each night. "We've played enough festivals that we know what makes them exciting," Ament said. "We want to give people places to go that aren't necessarily musical – second stages and all that kind of stuff. We're asking our friends if they want to play a couple of shows with us."
But don't expect Pearl Jam to get drunk on nostalgia. "Ed and I were just going through old photos, journals and clippings for the box set," said Ament. "By the end, we were both like, ‘Ugh, we're done with the past for a while.' We're ready to work on new songs and get excited about what's ahead." What is your favorite Pearl Jam record?