Wednesday, April 25, 2007

News: Confirmed Support Acts

These are, to date, the officially confirmed support acts for the European Tour.

Katowice - Linkin Park, Coma

London - Idlewild

Dusseldorf - Interpol, Futureheads

Copenhagen - Futureheads

Nijmegan - Incubus, Kings Of Leon, Satellite Party

News: Poll Results

In the last poll, we asked : What Is The Best Opener At A PJ Concert?

Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy
Severed Hand
Of The Girl
Inside Job

With over 300 votes counted, Release won this poll by a country mile! I must apologise to those of you those favourite opener is Long Road - I can't believe i forgot it!

This weeks poll is the age old question - Who Is (In Your Opinion) PJ's Best Drummer?

Vote away!


News: Dusseldorf Venue Change


"The new venue for the Dusseldorf show will be the ISS Dome. Fan club tickets will not be affected. All Ten Club early entry benefits will still apply. Regular tickets for this show can be purchased here."

Article: Vedder Rockin' In Magical Place

From the Honolulu Advertiser just before the weekends Kokua shows:

Hawai'i is rarely far from Eddie Vedder's thoughts. The Pearl Jam vocalist has a Neighbor Island home where he spends a good part of the year fully engaged in surfing winter north shore swells. Those same waves were also where he met good friend, mad talented Hammond B-3 organ player, unofficial sixth member of Pearl Jam and Waimanalo native Kenneth "Boom" Gaspar. Vedder also gives back to his part-time home whenever possible.

When Jack Johnson asked him to perform at a fundraiser last December in support of the North Shore Community Land Trust, Vedder squeezed Pearl Jam into a small pavilion at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center for a tight, incendiary set that was the very sweet equivalent of what it might be like catching the band doing Seattle club gigs again. And after almost sitting-in at two previous editions of Johnson's annual Kokua Festival, Vedder said "yes" to a full solo set with Gaspar at this weekend's sold-out fourth go-round of the environmental-education benefit concerts.

Vedder phoned from a recording studio in his hometown Seattle where he was working on solo music for "Body of War," a documentary on the post-war life of 25-year-old Iraq War veteran Tomas Young who was paralyzed from the chest down. The film was produced by Phil Donahue and directed by filmmaker Ellen Spiro.
In a relaxed one-hour chat that revealed a very humble and at times disarmingly humorous soul, Vedder spoke gratefully about his friendships with Gaspar, Johnson and pro surfer Kelly Slater, covering Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Hawai'i '78" at Pearl Jam's epic tour-ending Blaisdell Arena show in December, and his new "Body of War" compositions.
He also spoke seriously and passionately about his belief that people, not politicians, hold the key to changing the trajectory of U.S. environmental policy.

Where are you calling from?
I'm in the studio in Seattle. I'm working on a few batches of songs.
I'm doing a couple of songs for this movie on a soldier I just met. He came home from Iraq with a gunshot wound that took out his spine and he's been left in a situation where nothing below his chest really works at all, including his stomach and all that. So he's really in an intense physical condition. There's a lot of challenges. And he's so heroic.
And I feel patriotic because he's standing up against this war ... speaking out against this war. He's not (been) able to maintain his old friendships with all of the guys he served with because it's kind of unpopular to do that.
The way he says it ... soldiers that are still for supporting Bush are like chickens supporting Colonel Sanders.
He's an incredible young man. I've been talking to him a lot lately. And I've written a couple of songs for him ... kind of becoming his voice for this movie.

Is the film a dramatization? A documentary?
It's a straight documentary showing his activism and showing his life. I think it's going to be called "Body of War" and it's just about finished so we're adding some music to it. ... His name is Tomas Young.

Is he from Washington state?
He's from Kansas City. He signed up (on) September 13th (2001) to fight the bad guys. And by the time he's trained and he goes over, he's going to a different place and a place he never expected to go.
You can read a lot or you can listen to the Bill O'Reillys of the world or even the liberals that have not been, or certainly haven't served, and you're not going to hear it like you hear it from somebody who was there or somebody who's experienced it.
And, of course, now it's coming out. I mean, you don't get awards for being right. A lot of people were saying this (was) a bad idea from the get go — including the biggest protest this globe has ever seen — before we got into this mess. ...

At least it's getting to the mainstream now. People see that it's a (expletive) nightmare.
Are these songs solo tracks?
Yeah. I'm just throwing a few things together on my own.

How did you and Boom wind up playing together at Kokua Festival this year? Did you volunteer? Did Jack recruit you?
I've almost played the last two years. I was going to play the second one, but I got snowed in (in) Seattle. I think you had some weather (issues in Hawai'i). It hit everybody at once.
Last year, I was on an outer island with my guitar and was flying to either O'ahu or Maui or something — wherever the first (concert) was last year. And I had to get home for a family emergency.
So this year, Jack felt that if he put me on the bill then I'd have to come. (Laughs.)
I'm on the bill, but we don't know what's gonna happen. But obviously, any time you get to play the Islands and any time I get to play with Jack is going to be a good deal. Everyone's looking forward to it. ...

How long have you and Jack known each other?
Well, I think I met his pop (North Shore surf legend Jeff Johnson) first. I met his brothers before him. So maybe there's a screening process that they put you through before they introduce you to Jack. (Laughs.)
But apparently I squeaked through.
I would imagine it's been a few years ... maybe 2002 or something. I'm not sure. But I knew of his music before.
(The Johnson co-directed surf documentary) "Thicker Than Water" was probably my introduction to his art.

How did you meet?
It was through Kelly Slater that I met Jack's family first and then, later, Jack. (It was) Jack's dad first. We went on a paddling canoe trip and then I met the brothers ... and then, of course, his mom Patti.
Some of the people I'm honored to know and have actually become good friends of were actually introduced by Kelly. He kind of swims in magical circles, not only in beautiful waves. He has great circles of friends, and I was honored to be included.
I've done some traveling with Kelly and ... met some great people around the world and have been really fortunate to know the Johnson's and the nice community of people up there on the North Shore.
Kelly's behind that all.

Is Kokua Festival the first time you and Boom have performed together like this?
I don't think I've ever played a gig by myself that wasn't a benefit. And with all those times, I've played with different people here and there. But I don't think I've ever played a show with Boom.
I think the first show that Boom and I ever played together was with the band. I think (Pearl Jam guitarist) Stone (Gossard) was missing because he was (doing) an environmental (project) in Australia at the time. We played the House of Blues, opening for The Who. I think that was Boom's first gig with us.
It's great to see the world and see rock 'n' roll through the eyes of a local. It's really a romantic and magical story: our friendship and seeing him travel the planet.
And one thing was cool. We went to Europe. And Boom and his wife Pinky had never been to Europe. We (went) over there last summer and we played Portugal. ...
Some time — a couple of hundred years ago — a couple of brothers named Gaspar took off from a port in Lisbon and ended up in the Islands. And I think it was the first time that one of Boom's family had been back to Portugal since.
To explain that to the audience in Portuguese and then have them see this guy return with a band playing some powerful music was a kind of moving experience.

I'll bet the feeling was the same for Boom.
I think that there's a natural chemistry change when you spend a lot of time in (Hawai'i).
I think you appreciate these things more because you're away from sidewalks and satellites. You're kind of protected a bit from normal white noise that's everywhere, and city landscapes. And I think that your nerves are up on your skin in a really positive way.
You're connecting with ... (Vedder searches for words)
... our surroundings?
Yeah. In a positive way, you're more vulnerable to pure feeling through emotions in regards to appreciating your life and appreciating things that happen. It's not just another day on the subway where you almost have to try to meditate yourself out of your body.
I'm just getting long-winded and going nowhere. But I guess what I want to say is that Boom's way of being is infectious.

I chatted with Boom prior to Pearl Jam's December show at Blaisdell Arena. He really does seem to take absolutely nothing he has achieved for granted — family, friendships, his life experiences here.
Yeah. I thought I was that way, too. And for the most part, I was. But it's gotten even deeper since.
He's been a tremendous ... not to make any kind of a reference to The Beatles in regards to our band, but he's like our Billy Preston, you know? (Laughs.)
He told me his first impression of you — when he met you on the waves and didn't know who you were — was that you were "a swell guy." What did you think of Boom?
It's all been good. It's all been good. I've never thought anything but good about him since I first met him.

How did you find out that he was a damn good keyboard player, too?
I saw him play at a small little wake on one of the outer islands on a very small hillside away from everything. There was a young man who had been part of the musical community ... who passed away at an early age, and they had a bit of a wake for him (and) played some music on somebody's back porch.
And I knew I was watching a world-class (Hammond) B-3 (organ) player. I couldn't believe my ears.
So I knew that he could play before I met him. That's how I first saw him — when he was playing.

His highest compliment for you was that you came across very local in your demeanor, your values and your beliefs. So much so, that he told you, "Brah, you sure you not reincarnated and was Hawaiian before?"
(Vedder pauses, clearly moved.) Wow. Yeah.

What has Boom brought Pearl Jam musically and through his personality?
I think the biggest thing is what we talked about. We've been able to see, in a way, the things that we've accomplished as a group ... through a new pair of eyes and another heart and, in some ways, a heart that was untainted by some of the stuff that we had been through. (A heart) less hardened from some of the stuff we had been through early on.
In fact I think when Boom and I got together, (Pearl Jam) was going back into the studio to record after what for us was the hardest challenge and moment in our lives — when we lost nine people at that show in Denmark.
(In June 2000, nine fans were crushed to death during Pearl Jam's set at the Roskilde Festival.)
It was a healing time for us. And a good way to put it is, Boom was like stem cells, you know? (Laughs.) And he came in and just helped repair. He was part of the healing process in a big way. Fresh new cells that ... found every spot that we were ailing.
He seemed to give us new life.

Pearl Jam's three-hour December tour-ending show here was, for want of better words, pretty darn epic. Was that because the band hadn't played Honolulu in 13 years or is that how every final show on a Pearl Jam tour goes off?
You always think that the last show is going to be the one, but it's usually the second-to-last show.
It seems like the last show is going to be the end-all to some long journey, you know? But for some reason, that's not how the gods play along.
This was a rare occasion, I think, where it really did come together in a way that was, for us, extremely memorable. I think that a lot of things lined up for us. We had a good week of playing beforehand.
It was a real meaningful opportunity for us to get to play (a benefit show) up at Waimea Falls and to be able to contribute back to the Islands in the form of the North Shore Community Land Trust — realizing that (it's) a really rare coalition that made the preservation of 1,100 acres ... of land at Pupukea and Paumalu possible.
It was a great opportunity to be part of that. I felt the vibe was really positive up there. So that kind of just began the whole trip.
The good thing is that you've got to wait for your equipment to get from Australia (where Pearl Jam had been touring). So we had a few days (for) everybody in the band and the crew to get into the water a bit.
And it was a bit of a washing off of all the tour dates. It was just a great way and a great place to end what was probably the most extensive touring we'd done since 2000.

One of the highlights of the Blaisdell show was your very reverent cover of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's (and the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau's) "Hawai'i '78." How did you first become acquainted with the song and Israel's music?
I don't even remember. It just seems like it's part of the atmosphere. It's part of the land, you know?
If you're on some kind of hike or if you're on a long paddle ... you just kind of hear that stuff in your head. In some ways, he became, for me, the voice of the Islands.
I can't tell you when I first heard it. I just feel like there's speakers hidden in the trees and they're playing Brother Iz at all times. That's how I feel. (Laughs.)

"Hawai'i '78" is definitely one of Iz's most powerful recordings. But why did you want to do it?
It was just one that I felt a connection to. I can't say (the connection) was more than (with) other (Kamakawiwo'ole songs). It was just something that kind of emerged to the top there. I don't know why.
We played it at sound check that day and there it was. So it was just like a ... (Vedder searches for words) a glass ball that came up on shore for us.
Were you nervous at all about doing it? It's such a beloved composition locally.
I think that I'd be nervous for somebody who didn't know what that song means. I'd be nervous if somebody was going to touch on that song without knowing where it came from. That wasn't the case for me. ...
We didn't expect anything from it. It was more (us) wanting to play it to get it into the arena and get it into the atmosphere. We were almost asking Iz to kind of come down and check us out and give us a blessing; and, at the same time, not really thinking too hard about it.
When I heard that it was getting played on the radio, the first thing I remembered was being choked up at the audience's reaction. I remember feeling the response of the local audience and getting choked up and wondering if it affected the vocal, you know? (Laughs hard.)
Your throat tightens up when you get emotional like that. So I was just trying to contain myself and let myself go at the same time.
This is really talking a lot about myself, isn't it? (Laughs.)

It's OK. It was a great moment. ... It certainly moved a lot of the people that went to the show.
I heard that after. And I'm glad it was accepted because we came at it from a pure point of view.

What do you admire most about what Jack and Kim Johnson are trying to do with the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation and Kokua Festival?
First, their ambition for positive change. Not to just give back, but to do it in such an intelligent and effective manner.
Jack's got a "Whitney Houston thing" — "I believe the keiki are our future." He's like Whitney Houston without the drug problems. And his wife is way more stable than Bobby Brown.
There's a knee-jerk vibe to want to do good. You can raise some money and you can donate some time. But to really get involved with a progressive way of thinking that can become a prototype for others to follow? That becomes not just a full-time job but a lifestyle.
They prove it can be done with ... even putting on shows. ...
There's an organization that's kind of coming together now ... (Pearl Jam) has been looking into it and taking some meetings ... called ... a Smart Project. They're saying that we can start putting on shows with a lot of things in mind, looking at our environmental impact.
(Pearl Jam has) been doing things like carbon-offset stuff where we figure out what kind of carbon we put out into the atmosphere in the daily business of touring from buses and trucks and things. And then we try to offset that by preserving parts of rainforests and things like that.
This is just part of this Smart approach. They're looking at waste reduction, the carbon-offset stuff. Sustainable sourcing of (tour merchandise) — which is (looking at) who makes your T-shirts, where the material comes from and (ways) to do that in such a way that's a positive. ...
You're doing all these things within the business of your group or your concert thing and you're not being a liability to the planet. You can create a situation where this becomes the norm and then you end up making a large impact.
This is the kind of thing that Jack and Kim ... don't just do in their business lives. It's the way they live their lives.
And it's really important because once you see it done, then you realize it can be done.

Jack and Kim do live a good deal of their home life "green." Do you?
I'm in Seattle. My house is mainly what we call "wet." (Laughs.)
But Jack and Kim went one beyond. They even did cloth diapers. So they're still teaching us things.
Just when we think we're pretty close, they're raising the bar over there.
What's your take on our country's environmental policy under the current presidential administration?
One of the first things that happened — and this is pre-9/11 — was that a lot of the energy policies were rewritten by the energy companies. These are the meetings that, if you remember, were kept secret. And they went to court to keep the minutes of these meetings secret. I believe the meetings were with (Vice President Dick) Cheney and all the attorneys from the energy companies.
And so they rewrote policy, and rewrote law. And the people that they let rewrite the law, as far as I understand it, were the energy companies. ...
It's one of the first things they did (after the 2000 elections), if I'm not mistaken. And that's an incredibly dangerous procedure or process if you think of who's in control of something as fragile as our environment.
We like to think of ourselves as a superpower and as leaders. But if we can't lead in some kind of way where we don't even participate in something like the Kyoto Protocol, then we have no business suggesting that we're leading this planet in any kind of positive way. It's a travesty.
I think what you're seeing and what's going to have to happen is things like (Kokua Festival) or a gift of a movie that Al Gore and his co-workers have put out, "An Inconvenient Truth," that seems to have hit a lot of people.

And it's never too late.
It's just a really important time. ... It's up to the community to start doing these kinds of things on their own. ... You've got a number of mayors across the country — maybe 50 to a hundred of them — saying, "We're going to run our cities in congruence with things like the Kyoto Protocol whether our nation as a whole chooses to sign on it or not."
At some point, with politicians being grotesquely financed by large corporations, it's going to be up to the people to educate themselves. Through technology and the Internet, etc., information is accessible and it's up to the people to educate themselves and act and let the people lead.
(Politicians) want to be elected. Right now, as opposed to six months ago, you probably will be able ... to have an anti-war candidate because that's how the people are feeling. Finally.
And (it's) the same with the environment. When people want that and they feel it's a concern, these guys will want to be elected. So they will be environmentally active candidates.
It's like you will create that candidate by what you demand. It's like supply and demand.
The most disheartening thing is when you hear people say, "I just don't feel like I can do anything about it." And I think, as a testament to what kind of power the people actually have ... I would guess that when this administration hears people say they don't think people can do something about it, it makes them very happy.
It gives them license to do whatever they want. ... (And) they have. And in a very arrogant and incredibly unattractive fashion. And I think in such a way that doesn't really represent the people that live in this country.

Pearl Jam has never been shy in the past about supporting presidential candidates it believes in. Are there any presidential hopefuls the band is supporting for 2008, or are you still watching what unfolds?
You know, to be honest, I think that Democrats and the media and everybody should be a little less concerned with our next election and a little more concerned with stopping this war immediately. Like now!
Talk to these moms. Talk to these guys that are coming back with injuries. And then try to watch the news and hear things about Hillary's haircut and YouTube advertisements or something.
There's a lot of people that will ... be dead or maimed in two years of this war continuing. That needs to be addressed right now. We'll figure (the presidential primaries) out.
When did we start talking about candidates two years ahead of time? ...

How is all of this affecting the songwriting you're doing right now for "Body of War"?
At this point, I'm just writing what comes out. And there's so much coming out.
If you talk to this young cat Tomas Young at any length you realize that this conversation could be recorded and turned into a book. So in some ways I'm just trying to write his book in songs, or something.
I'm glad that I have an outlet.
And that's the thing that everyone should realize. Protests are an outlet. Or writing letters is an outlet. Educating yourself, in a way, is an outlet.
Let's be preventative. If we had a disease and we had to get it cut out, then the next thing we'd want to do is make sure we tried to prevent the next outbreak. ...

Do you see the public having a real effect on changing policy?
I think it's taking place as we speak.
Pete Seeger talks about a giant teeter-totter and people with teaspoons trying to level off the teeter-totter by putting little teaspoons of sand on the one side to level it off and get it to come their way. ... Some of the teaspoons have holes in them. And they're only putting little bits of sand (on their side). And then one day, it just goes over to their side.
And (the other side) wonders, "How did that happen?" And it's, like, "Ah, it's those guys with the damn teaspoons."
It's out there. It'll catch fire. You have to believe it.
You can't sit around as a father or as parents, as Jack and Kim would relate to. You can't. You've gotta know that you're raising your child and that they're going to have a beautiful world to live in.

It's really interesting to teach your kid about the planet. My daughter (Olivia) is 2. And she's grasping the planet and that it floats around in the middle of a black soup. And she's trying to figure it out.
But she's trying to figure it out. At age 2! And that has to be a positive thing for the future. I had great parents growing up. But I can't imagine them sitting me down to teach me about the environment. It was just a different time.
I'm not much into computers. But just this morning (I found) this thing called Google Earth. Have you heard about it?
Well, if you go far back you're looking at the planet and all the vast black stars and such. And then you actually zoom in into your house. (Laughs.)
She's able to see it in a way that I'm just seeing for the first time myself.
And then you can go from Seattle to the North Shore ... and look underwater and see everything that leads up to the (northwestern Hawaiian Islands).
It's incredible! Incredible!


News: Kokua mp3s

We do not have, nor will we be posting mp3s of either night at Kokua festival last weekend.

Heather, who has very kindly put up some mp3s on her blogspot, has contacted me so you all know where to get some Kokua!

Head over to, and remember to thank Heather :)

Photos: Ed & Boom At Kokua

Monday, April 23, 2007

Setlist: 2007-04-21/22 Kokua Festival, Waikiki Shell, HI (Ed & Boom)

Throw Your Arms Around Me, Don't Be Shy, No More War, Indifference, I Am Mine, Betterman/(People Have the Power) Corduroy (w/Jack Johnson), Elderly Woman (w/Jack Johnson), So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star
JJ set with EV included:
Soon Forget, I Shall Be Released, Watch Outside

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, Driftin', I Am Mine, No More War (full band), Throw Your Hatred Down (full band), Wasted Reprise/Hawaii '78 (full band), Betterman/(I Wanna Be Your Bofriend) (full band), Watch Outside (full band, Jack Johnson on bass), Corduroy (full band with Jack Johnson on bass), Elderly Woman (full band, jack johnson on bass and dueling vocals), Indifference (full band)

No More War is a new song. The band is not PJ, but a group of Hawiians.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The 3 P's Campaign

As you may remember, back in 1998, fans voiced their love of the song Breath at concerts by shouting for it, and taking along posters displaying the song's name, and after a few shows, the band took notice and played the song after a 4 year absence from the setlist!

The same happened this year when fans carried similar banners/posters etc. to shows in order to get the song Leash played again, and it was once more sucessful, with the song becoming a staple in the setlists of the 2006 World Tour.

This year, we want the same to happen again, using fan power to bring a tune back from the dead, and so we present The 3 P's Campaign:


To your right you can download a flyer/poster to print off and take with you to any shows you may attend! If enough fans participate, then we can get the band to bust out this old classic once more!

Print a copy for yourself, print one for your friends - do whatever it takes, and we can bring back Pilate!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The AR Vault: New Shows Available

Now Available in FLAC, mp3 and with Artwork:

The 1998 Yield Tour: Leg II

#24 1998-06-29 United Center, Chicago, IL
#25 1998-06-30 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

News: Gone Video

J Records held a competition to create a video for the last single (radio) from Avocado - Gone.

The winning entry can be viewed on Youtube:

News: New Podcast Available

The latest episode of the Pearl Jam podcast is now available to download! To get a copy, go to

This episode's Our Favourite Shows will be delayed in uploading to the OFS site. I will get them up soon, so keep checking back and i'll keep you all posted :)


Monday, April 16, 2007

The AR Vault: More Shows Available!

In FLAC or mp3 with Artwork

1992 Ten Tour: Leg I

#05 1992-02-08 Alaska, Oslo, NOR (Not Available, Not In Circulation)
#06 1992-02-09 Pumpeheust, Copenhagen, DEN
#07 1992-02-10 Virgin Records, Paris, FRA
#08 1992-02-11 Locomotive, Paris, FRA


Saturday, April 14, 2007

News: Mike On TV

"SEATTLE, Wash. – KIRO Television is proud to present “KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Profiles” on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News anchors Steve Raible and Margo Myers will take you behind-the-scenes for rare, personal stories of men and women in our community who have gained notoriety in the public eye or made significant contributions to the quality of life in the Northwest.

For nearly two decades, Mike McCready, the lead guitar player for Pearl Jam has battled the ups and downs of rock and roll life. And for nearly two decades, he’s battled a very personal debilitating inflammatory condition known as Crohn’s Disease.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News anchor/reporter Amy Clancy tells us about Mike’s climb to fame, his bout with substance abuse and his reasons for breaking his silence and educating people about Crohn’s Disease."


The AR Vault: More Shows Available!

The 1998 Yield Tour: Leg II

#21 1998-06-24 Rushmore Civic Center Arena, Rapid City, SD
#22 1998-06-26 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI
#23 1998-06-27 Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI


Friday, April 13, 2007

The AR Vault: New Shows Available

Now Available:

1998 Yield Tour: Leg II

#16 1998-05-07, Seattle, WA
#17 1998-06-14 RFK Stadium, Washington, DC
#18 1998-06-20 Grizzly Stadium, Missoula, MT
#19 1998-06-21 The Canyons, Park City, UT
#20 1998-06-23 Fiddler's Green, Englewood, CO

All in FLAC and mp3 with Artwork.


News: New Charles Peterson Exhibition

"Photographer Charles Peterson is set to exhibit his iconic photos of the grunge era in a new exhibition.
Peterson's exhibition, called 'Come As You Are: Seattle's Rock Legacy', will take place at Soulcatcher Studio in Seattle. The exhibition will feature unpublished photos of Nirvana as well as shots of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Alice In Chains.
Director of Soulcatcher Studio, Eric J Keller, said "His photographs perfectly capture the birth of this musical movement; the raw energy, emotion and authenticity."
To get details of the exhibition go to"


If you can't quite place the name, Charles Peterson collaborated on the Place/Date book with Lance Mercer.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

News: Ed To Play Hullabaloo

"An extraordinary evening of musical entertainment to aid a musical cause will celebrate its third year when the “Hullabaloo” benefit takes place Saturday, May 5, at The Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater (6126 Hollywood Blvd.).
Created by Flea, bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Keith Barry, dean of the nonprofit Silverlake Conservatory of Music (SCM), which they co-founded in 2001, “Hullabaloo” raises funds for the SCM, including to provide scholarships to more than 100 low-income students whose families would otherwise be unable to afford instruments and/or lessons as well as to expand the school’s summer camp program.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 21st and will be available only over the web at Attendees at the festive event, which begins at 6 p.m., will be treated to a night of entertainment from actor Woody Harrelson and magician/musician Rob Zabrecky plus very special performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Charlie Haden, Ditty Bops, students and faculty of the SCM, and other special guests. Hors d'oeuvre, a light buffet, and an open bar with spirits, wine, beer and champagne will be served throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction and Zabrecky will conduct the live auction to raise funds for the school's programs. Attendance is limited to only 1,400 guests. Ticket donations are $500 (VIP) or $250 (General Admission), both of which include food, beverage and parking. VIP tickets include a Hollywood rooftop after party and special private performance my Mickey Avalon.
Born of the resolve of Flea and long-time friend and fellow musician Barry to fill the void left by cuts to music education programs in public schools, SCM’s focus is on the youth of Silverlake. However, children and adults from all over Los Angeles are welcome and encouraged to participate. Flea and Barry, who met at Fairfax High School, share a love for music that was nurtured in Fairfax's music program. Passionate about the benefits of music education, their desire to give something back resulted in the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. “We believe,” say the founders, “that the study of music enriches not only the life of the musician, but the community and society as well.”
The event's name, “Hullabaloo,” was chosen to signify the youthful enthusiasm heard emanating from the SCM's storefront location on Sunset Boulevard in Sunset Junction, Silverlake. The Conservatory’s eight classrooms are filled with instruments, teachers and students, with instruction, discussion, laughter and, of course, lots of music. To these students, the SCM represents a future full of the joy of music and the sense of accomplishment felt by those who make it. The “Hullabaloo” committee is chaired by Liz Garo, Jennifer Rey (SCM’s Deputy Manager) and Melanie Tusquellas."


News: Mike - "We're Touring For Fun!"

Pearl Jam has "no set date" for returning to the studio to follow-up last year's self-titled album, but the group couldn't pass up a series of "pretty cool offers" on the live front this summer, guitarist Mike McCready tells
Pearl Jam will hit the road in Europe for three weeks beginning June 8 in Lisbon, and will also headline the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 5.
"People still want to see us and we're having fun doing it," McCready says. "The last year-and-a-half run was a long one for us. We're all getting a little bit older and having families. But these seemed like good opportunities, so we're going to take them."
With a laugh he adds, "That being said, we're probably not going to go out for another year-and-a-half tour for the rest of our lives."
Since wrapping that extensive outing in December, band members have been demoing material on their own while staying in occasional contact via email. McCready says he has tested out some ideas with guitarist Stone Gossard and drummer Matt Cameron in separate sessions as well.
"When we get it all together, we'll decide to do a record," McCready says. "That may be a year from now or half-a-year from now."
Pearl Jam did hit the studio at the tail end of 2006 to record a cover of the Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" for the new Adam Sandler film "Reign Over Me." Sandler approached Vedder to cover the tune at a Los Angeles show last year, but the frontman, an admitted Who fanatic, was a bit nervous about going through with it.
"Eddie asked Stone and I what the guitar players thought, and I told him, 'I know you can nail this,'" McCready says. "I've heard him messing around in the studio, singing Who songs by himself in the vocal room in-between takes, and he's nailing it there. I knew he'd put everything into it, because he'd know Pete Townshend might someday listen to it."
On the Brendan O'Brien-produced final version, which was released as the A-side of the band's annual holiday single for its fan club, Vedder unleashes blood-curdling screams the likes of which have rarely been heard from him on record. "It's funny -- Stone says he has this natural fuzz box on his voice and he's definitely using it here," McCready says.
McCready and his U.F.O. tribute band Flight To Mars will anchor the fifth CCFA benefit on Saturday in Seattle. Vedder and Pearl Jam keyboardist Boom Gaspar will also be on stage April 21-22 in Honolulu for Jack Johnson's Kokua benefit, and Vedder has also signed on for an acoustic set at the Hullabaloo benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music on May 5 at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theatre.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

News: New PJ Fanzine Available

A new PJ fanzine, 'Trading Stories With The Leaves' has just completed it's first issue! This fan-based project features:

- Fan's Photographs
- Visual Art
- Current Events
- A Message Board Interview
- Poetry
- Concert Memories
- A Competition
- Fan's Recipes

This issue is based on the No Code album.

To download, right-click and save-as:

Help! The Army Reserve Needs You!

As we're sure you're all aware, Pearl Jam hits the road in June to begin another trek through Europe!

We are currently in the process of developing a tour page for the site, which will chronicle the '07 leg of the Avocado tour, and we want you to contribute!

If you are going to any (or all) of the European shows, get in touch and let us know if you would be interested in sharing your experiences with us - you could write a review of the show, tell us about your trip to see the band (whether they are playing in your backyard, or if you've undertaken a transatlantic journey to see them), tell us about the city they are playing in, share photos, videos, recordings, whatever, we are interested in hearing from you.

We are also interested in hearing about your experience of a PJ show from different perspectives, for example the contrasting views of someone who is 16 as opposed to 56, or someone who is seeing PJ for the first time as opposed to the 100th!

Anyway, at the risk of rambling on, to get in contact with us e-mail us at and put 'Live In Europe' as the title header.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

PS: For those who are interested in contributing, there may be a PJ related treat in it for you!

Activism: A Word From Mike

"Many of you know that I have Crohn's Disease. For those who don't, it's a chronic debilitating illness that causes ulcers on the colon or other areas of the digestive system. Symptoms can include extremem abdominal pain out of nowhere and URGENT need to find a bathroom. This can happen 20 to 30 times a day. Many other things can go wrong, but I've made it my mission to do RIGHT by this nasty disease. THIS IS WHERE ACTIVISM COMES TO PLAY.

Every year for the past 5, I have played with FLIGHT TO MARS to raise money and awareness for the CCFA. This year's show is SATURDAY APRIL 7th at the SHOWBOX in SEATTLE. Get your tickets here. Later in the month (APRIL 20), the annual NW Chapter CCFA luncheon takes place in Seattle. Click here for more info on both events. By getting to know other kids or grownups that suffer through the CCFA, I have been able to change my life in a POSITIVE way.

I have met so many kids who have suffered far more than me that have a great outlook in life. THIS IS THE REASON THAT I SPEAK OUT!!! Many thanks to all who come out to these events or care enough to support the CCFA (Canada, too...CCFC great job up there!). For all you non-Seattleites, check out for more ways you can get involved in your own communities.


Source: Mike McCready c/o

Activism: Earth Day 2007

PJ want you to know all about Earth Day....

"Earth Day 2007 is quickly approaching. Check out Earth Day Network's list of nationwide events to see what's happening in your neck of the woods on April 22nd.
How have you treated your planet over the past year? Earth Day is the perfect time to make the choice to make some change.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:
CHANGE YOUR LIGHT BULBS: Energy efficient light bulbs reduce pollution up to 75% and save you about the same amount on your energy bill. Stock up at
PLANT A TREE: The cooling effect of a healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners running 20 hours a day. Pick the right tree for your home with the Arbor Day Foundation.
OFFSET YOUR C02: Help reduce C02 emissions by offsetting your carbon footprint. Calculate your footprint and offset it through Conservation International and Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
EAT LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL: Eating locally grown produce and buying goods from local vendors cuts back on the amount of pollution, while giving back to your community's economy. Don't forget to bring along a reusable bag to tote your purchases. Check out Treehugger's guide for shopping green here."


News: PJ Officially Confirmed To Play Lolla!

"Pearl Jam will headline this year's Lollapalooza Festival on Sunday, August 5th in Chicago's Grant Park. Low-priced Earlybird 3-day passes go on sale tomorrow, April 3rd at 7 AM CDT here.

Get 'em while the price is right-the cost for the weekend pass will increase on April 12 when the complete festival lineup is announced or when this initial allotment runs out.
No single-day tickets will be available until further notice.

There are no Ten Club tickets available for this show."