Pearl Jam Announces More 20th Anniversary Events
Pearl Jam is continuing to celebrate the band’s 20th year in style, by announcing more special events for fans. Besides the recent live album that was just released, Live On Ten Legs, the band has just revealed that there are some special releases and a documentary in the works. In an interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Jeff Ament and manager Kelly Curtis told the publication about some of their plans. Pearl Jam will release deluxe editions of Vs. and Vitalogy, as well as a documentary from Cameron Crowe. The band also plans on headlining their own festival some time this summer. The deluxe releases of Vs. and Vitalogy are said to add previously unheard demos and alternate takes of hits, including an entire 1994 concert from Boston and a cassette from Eddie Vedder's '90s "Monkeywrench Radio" shows. Curtis told the magazine that the band members are not usually ones for nostalgia. "They’re always thinking about the next record – not old stuff." The band’s manager noted that he did see a cut of the upcoming documentary from Crowe.
"I just saw a rough cut. It was so f--king 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. As for the festival headlining slot, Curtis describes it as a "weekend bash" that will occur some where in middle of the U.S. It’s 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. 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,” notes Ament.