Posts Tagged ‘Eddie Vedder’

I’ve already published a long reaction/opinion piece on the Chris Cornell tribute even – ‘I Am the Highway’, which focused mostly on the musical performances and the final Soundgarden performance.

Here, I wanted to create an additional space to talk about a different side of things: and specifically the speech Pearl Jam and Temple of the DogsStone Gossard made and the position he seemed to take on Wednesday night. The role Gossard was playing, beyond his musical presence, may have escaped some people.

A lot of people have been critical of the event, based largely on a dislike of Vicky Karyanis, who was the event’s primary organiser. (more…)



Bit late getting this post up, but December marked 20 years since the release of Pearl Jam’s third album, Vitalogy, in 1994. While I’m not sure how many fans would consider it Pearl Jam’s best album, it is certainly their strangest strangest and most awkward.
Vitalogy could be said to have marked the first conscious step in the direction away from the kind of insane commercial success PJ had experienced with their first two albums.


Nirvana legend Krist Novoselic has entered into the controversy over Eddie Vedder’s perceived “anti-Israel diatribe” at the Milton Keynes Bowl in July.
I already posted extensively on this subject, having been at that show, the last of Pearl Jam’s 2014 European tour. Now Novoselic, a friend of Vedder’s, has written in support of the Pearl Jam frontman’s position in his excellent blog This Is Krist Novoselic.

“Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world,” the former Nirvana and Sweet 75 bassist said in an article that further explores the highly divisive and toxic Israel/Palestine issue, further saying that “it is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band.” (more…)

In the modern cyber age of Social Media and utterly overflowing over-abundance of unhesitant personal opinion, it really is so much easier to find yourself hating complete strangers and also genuinely understanding (1) how stupid people are, and (2) how much utter garbage spews out of people’s social media loudspeakers.
Just spend fifteen minutes on Facebook or looking at comments sections anywhere and your desire to retreat from civilisation and become a Cat Lady will increase; or a Cat Gentleman – but there doesn’t seem to be a male equivalent in that cliche.


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Noticing that yesterday marked twenty years to the day of the release of Pearl Jam’s Dissident single, I decided to write a post highlighting my favorite 10 Pearl Jam singles over the years; then about a paragraph into doing that I realised it would actually be more interesting to talk about tracks that never were singles but so easily could’ve been.



On 5th April it will be precisely 20 years since Kurt Cobain died.
Aside from making me feel like I’m awake a few years passed my bedtime, it also prompts me to look back at that sensitive point in time, remembering what it was like, while also looking at Cobain’s legacy across the two decades that have unbelievably now elapsed.

This is a fan-centric post by someone who’s never quite gotten over that body being found in that bleak garage in April 1994. In looking back at that moment, that year, and the twenty year aftermath, I will also be getting into some of the conspiracy theories or Cobain Murder Theories too – but, really, this isn’t an article about theories, but about the impact of that day in April 94 and its reverberations.

I really do remember Cobain’s passing as if it were yesterday. I was about thirteen when he died and I’d only been listening to Nirvana for about six months (I’d only heard Nevermind and In Utero at that point, not Bleach yet), having come to them via REM at first; my favorite band before that having been.

But Cobain’s music – and it has to be said, his death – had a profound effect on me, both at the time and for many years after. It’s nothing new, in fact, to suggest his death had a profound effect on that generation (or two) – and was a defining moment.

As a relatively young person at the time, the manner of his death made me think about life and death, the nature of suicide, the transience and fragility of both hero figures and of existence itself, and and the strange notion of being lionized almost against your will, as Cobain claimed to be. The irony being that by choosing the manner of death he did, he only ensured his permanent lionisation for all time.

What is certainly true for me (and I suspect true for a number of fans) is that in all of the twenty years since Kurt Cobain died, it has felt like a part of my consciousness or psychology has remained tied to that moment or has remained lingering in the sad or bleak images of that lonely-looking garage or greenhouse where Cobain’s life ended. (more…)


One of the great rock photographers of a generation, Steve Gullick, has produced a priceless photo journal capturing his time with some of the greatest bands and musical personages of one of music’s most fertile, legendary eras. (more…)


Pearl Jam‘s first album in four years is reason to be curious and (guardedly) excited.

There are definitely good omens in the air; the Dead Kennedy’s-inspired (according to Mike McCready) ‘Mind Your Manners‘, released in July as the album’s lead single, has whetted the apetite (along with its very cool video; Pearl Jam really do make some damn cool videos, especially for a band that generally doesn’t do videos – ‘Jeremy‘ and ‘Do The Evolution‘ remain two of the best music videos I’ve ever seen), boding well for the broader album to follow. (more…)