I remember the first time I heard Pearl Jam like it was yesterday. It was only few weeks after I started my new high school, I had just turned 15, and one of my new friends gave me a disc man with earplugs and had me listen to the album ‘Ten’ during lunch break. I was into popular rock and ‘pop punk’ at that time (Limp Bizkit, Sum41, Lit – you know the drill) but this was the very first time, besides Nirvana, I had ever heard grunge. I didn’t understand anything from what was happening musically and didn’t really care for it at first, but as soon as Eddie Vedder started singing, the rest of the world seized to exist and I completely and irrevocably fell in love with his voice.
On Tuesday Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes (backed by undisclosed special guests) will be there to cover “Coduroy”, followed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready with country star Dierks Bentley and the Roots on Wednesday. On the final two nights, Pearl Jam will be there to wrap up the week with new music from Lightning Bolt.
To get into the mood for these amazing days – which will be one the musical highlights of my life since I will be seeing Chris f*cking Cornell acoustic live in a solo show in Chicago!!! -, watch this legendary video from Pearl Jam in 1992, on the Dutch festival “Pinkpop”, closing the show with one of my favourite songs “Porch”.
What do you mean ‘rock is dead’?!