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Sep.
27th

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready talks about new DVD, Italian hecklers and ’80s metal

Pearl Jam laid low for a spell after having a big year with their self-titled comeback album. But in recent weeks, there’s definitely been a lot of band-related stuff to talk about: Getting censored by AT&T; Eddie Vedder’s solo soundtrack for Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild” flick; a brand new DVD, “Immagine in Cornice,” that documents the band’s tour of Italy.


Yesterday, ax man Mike McCready was cool enough to check in and elaborate on all of the above. And here’s what he had to say about …


… his reaction to the

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Sep.
26th

The Monkeys are moving

I just got this from Monqui, the group booking the upcoming Arctic Monkeys show in Seattle:



The Arctic Monkeys show that is scheduled for this Saturday (September 29) at the WaMu Theater is moving to the Paramount Theater. All previously sold tickets will be honored for the Paramount show. Tickets will be available for the Paramount show through Ticketmaster outlets.


Sep.
26th

Eddie Vedder follow up

In response to the previous blog post, Pearl Jam publicist Nicole Vandenberg said that Eddie Vedder solo dates had been discussed but that none had been booked. Hmm. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how that all unfolds.


Anyway, check back on Friday when I should have some audio clips of Mike talking about the new DVD, rough Italian crowds and – German metal band Scorpions? Stay tuned.

Sep.
26th

Band mate adds to speculation that Eddie Vedder will tour

In recent interviews, Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder has hinted that he might play a few shows in support of his solo soundtrack for Sean Penn’s critically acclaimed new film “Into the Wild.” And guitarist Mike McCready seemed to confirm those plans this morning during an interview that mostly focused on Pearl Jam’s excellent new concert DVD, “Immagine in Cornice,” which was released on Tuesday.


When asked what everyone would be doing until Pearl Jam reconvenes to work on a new album next year, McCready said he believed Vedder would play Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit

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Sep.
23rd

Scenes from Endfest 16 (So how was Smashing Pumpkins, you ask?)


Sure, the way Billy Corgan (above) went about “reuniting” the Smashing Pumpkins was kind of dubious. But based on the band’s headlining slot at Endfest last night, it doesn’t look like the guy really needs James Iha or D’Arcy that much, after all. The singer-guitarist appeared cocky and self-assured from the moment he stepped on stage. And he backed that smug aura up as he and his new band (original Pumpkin drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and able stand-ins Ginger Reyes, Jeff Schroeder and Lisa Harriton) roared to life with “United States,” from the new

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Sep.
23rd

Scenes from Endfest 16 (Bright Eyes and Social Distortion)





Bright Eyes, lead by Conor Oberst (top) may not have been an ideal main stage follow up to Satellite Party, as the energy level dropped quite a bit during the band’s set. But the songs were good, with some obvious Dylan influence, and I wish I’d caught the group during its recent appearance at the Capitol Theatre in Oly, which was surely a better setting. (And is that my old calculus teacher

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Sep.
23rd

Scenes from Endfest 16 (The Used are so dreamy … or something)




The under 21 set at Endfest on Saturday seemed to get the most hot and bothered over Utah-bred hardcore outfit The Used. I overheard one girl in front gushing over how sexy front man and former Kelly Osbourne beau Bert McCraken (top photo) is. And granted, I’m not a hormonal teenage girl punker – but, huh? (If only I’d learned to sing or play guitar instead of wasting my time on all those journalism and philosophy classes in college.)

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Sep.
23rd

Scenes from Endfest 16 (Satellite Party trumps everybody)





Satellite Party delivered Endfest 16’s best performance, enhanced greatly by the decision to lean heavily on material from Jane’s Addiction, group leader Perry Farrell’s first and best band. "Jane Says" and "Stop" were big hits. But fans went wildest for quirky MTV hit “Been Caught Stealing,” which Farrell introduced with a rambling account of shoplifting the belt he was wearing from the previous day’s tour stop in Vancouver, BC. (Hey, before you

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Sep.
23rd

Scenes from Endfest 16 (Hot Hot Heat, The Bravery)

Here are a few more shots from Endfest 16. Stay tuned while I work up some shots on the Smashing Pumpkins, Social D, Satellite Party and the rest.





Victoria, BC’s Hot Hot Heat (top) – which include lead singer and keyboard player, Steve Bays and guitarist Luke Paquin on the main stage at Endfest 16. On the What’s Next stage, the Bravery’s Scott Endicott (middle photo) sounded a lot like the Cure’s Robert Smith but looked more

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Sep.
23rd

Scenes from Endfest 16 (Against Me!)



Florida political punks Against Me! returned to Puget Sound for Endfest 16, months after their high octane gig at Hell’s Kitchen. Since the Tacoma show, the outfit – which includes guitarist and lead vocalist Tom Gabel(above) and singer-bassist Andrew Sewart – has become a mainstream commodity and been heaped with critical acclaim for its major label debut “New Wave.” I could see what some of the fuss was about as the band rocked the What’s Next stage with its agit-punk sound.

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