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AlltheWay23 wrote:What is Pearl Jam today?
Since they put out one of my favorite albums of all time back in 2006 (7 years ago) what have they done??
-Put out a 36 minute album that was average
-Put on two of the best live shows I've ever seen at Madison Square Garden in 2010
-Put on a whole lot of average festival shows
Is it a side project with the occasional live show that means something? never seen the things like this but, now, it really appearslike this
Is it a band taking their time to put out another classic rock & roll album in the iTunes/American Idol era?
Who is Pearl Jam today?
Interested to hear people's opinions on this....
veddertown wrote:Heavily discussed topic and like many posts on here I do know where you're coming from although don't share your opinion as such. Agree on Backspacer to an extent as it isn't on par with earlier releases but some people love it and it did help to turn another generation of fans on to them. I don't think they consider PJ anywhere near over and for me the side projects are what is probably keeping them together, you know the old cliche about "musical differences". Side projects help aleviate conflict in the studio when any indivdual brings something to different to the table. They know the importance of this and at the same time the projects get their ideas out to an audience to a good degree of success.
Toured the album extensively with a lot of stunning shows, released all the shows and topped it off with the Immagine In Cornice DVD.
Returned to play a difficult show in Denmark and showed that they can play festivals and still draw a huge audience. Did an amazing show at the Vic followed by a good Lolla show.
2008: Continued to play shows with no album to support and brought a lot of rarities into the setlists showing a fun side to the band.
2009: A handful of very good Euro shows including the tiny Shepherd's Bush show. Backspacer of course supported by small tours visiting East and West US and Aus/NZ. Four shows to close the Spectrum.
2010: Continued to tour in support of Backspacer with some amazing shows visiting more US cities and Europe including more festivals.
2011: PJ20 of course which some thought should really have been part of a larger US tour. Still it included Canadian and South American tours which both had a number of amazing shows. Extensive PJ20 related merch including a movie, soundtrack and hard cover book.
2012: Extended the PJ20 celebrations to Europe and played a few US festivals and show in Montana. Controversially played the Oracle event and created a stir by putting a made in China shirt in the 10c store.
2013: South America festival shows completed with two July shows to come and some kind of US tour to follow later. On the verge of releasing their 10th studio album.
Not the busiest band on the planet but with private lives and side projects they aren't exactly idle either. The quality of the shows are always open to debate but the two MSG shows are by no means the best thing in the last seven years although still great. If you give time to listen to the festivals some of them have been very good. We know they won't be doing huge tours which some people accept better than others and the anticipation for the quality of the new album is high right now. And they do continue to not only make every show and poster available through the store but constantly try new ways of making the boots sound better which has been hugely successful. Who are Pearl Jam today? Still the best live band around in their category and are now in classic band status with a countinuously growing fanbase which is getting younger. I don't get as excited as I used to either but come touring time I'll be like a kid at Christmas...
Foriginal Sin wrote:They are a band that has nothing to prove. They don't even need to make another record as far as I'm concerned. If they were a shitty live band I may have walked long ago. They do their thing, we do ours and we meet up once in a while and just party for 3 hours. They are in a perfect place, I think they love knowing they have a hardcore following of faithful fans that will sellout pretty much any show and sing every lyric (or every guitar riff in Argentina 2011) from Release to YL. By them going out on their own side projects they refresh. Those average festivals are AMAZING shows to the casual fan that couldn't name their last 7 albums. And for what it's worth, Backspacer did get nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for 'Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song (The Fixer). They've done enough. Just keep coming around every few years like an old best friend from High School and lets let loose for a few hours.
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