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14. września 2005 - Trasa po
Potwierdzily sie krazace od jakiegos czasu w sieci pogloski na temat planowanej trasy Pearl Jam po Ameryce Poludniowej. Muzycy z Seattle rozpoczna swoje pierwsze tournee po krajach tego kontynentu juz 22 listopada koncertem w stolicy Chile Santiago.
Podroz zespolu do Ameryki Lacinskiej trudno wlasciwie nazwac "trasa koncertowa" w doslownym znaczeniu, albowiem Pearl Jam zagraja tylko osiem koncertow i to w zaledwie w czterech krajach: Chile, Argentynie, Brazylii i Meksyku, w ktorym juz zreszta wystepowali.
Oto jak przedstawia sie poludniowoamerykanskie mini-tournee Eddie Veddera i jego kolegow z zespolu:
listopad 2005 r.
22 Santiago, Chile
25 Buenos Aires, Argentyna
28 Porto Alegre, Brazylia
30 Curitiba, Brazylia
grudzien 2005 r.
2 Sao Paulo, Brazylia
4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazylia
7 Monterrey, Meksyk
9 Mexico City, Meksyk.
7. i 12. lipca 2005 - USA Today - Artykuly..
Grupa Pearl Jam została uznana przez czytelników
jednego z najpopularniejszych amerykańskich dzienników - USA Today -
za najlepszy zespól rockowy wszechczasów wyprzedzając m. in. The
Doors, R.E.M, Van Halen i wielu innych... Dodatkowym rarytasem dla fanów
Pearl Jam jest wywiad przeprowadzony na lamach tej samej gazety z
Mikem McCreadym, w którym opowiada o swoich inspiracjach muzycznych,
problemach z wytwórniami fonograficznymi... Warto przeczytać na
pewno. Niestety, tylko w wersji angielskiej :(
# 1And the greatest American rock band ever
I knew last week's column would spark heated debate among music aficionados, but I didn't realize just how intense it would get until the e-mail started pouring in — more e-mail, in fact, than I've received about any other column.
And though the results were close, there could only be one winner. So, without further ado, I present your top pick for the greatest American rock band of all time:
Everybody's all-American: Pearl Jam outranked Nirvana, Van Halen and The Doors in last week's poll.
By Danny Clinch
Yes, the Seattle rockers outranked powerhouses such as Van Halen (No. 3), The Doors (No. 9) and Nirvana, which landed at No. 18. At first, I was shocked by the choice (to be honest, I fully expected Aerosmith to win). But the more e-mail I read, the more it began to make sense.
Why is Pearl Jam the greatest? Here's what you said:
•They've stayed true to themselves. "Instead of selling out with videos and constant press coverage, they pulled back at their height, and focused on the music," wrote Willie McNabb in El Dorado, Ark. "They belong up there with Neil Young, Zeppelin and The Beatles because they never compromised their integrity, which is really all any of us have."
•The music rocks. From Atlanta reader Tom Baker: "They've continually reshaped their sound, album after album, and are still making great, vital music 12+ years into their career. What else could you want?"
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•Their records sell ... "... because they're good, not because they've been hyped to death by the media," McNabb added.
•There have been scores of imitators. "How many Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder knockoffs have invaded rock radio since Ten?" asked Scott Jordan, another Atlanta fan.
•Their concerts are first-rate — and affordable. Jake Mohlman from Barrington, R.I., praised the band for keeping ticket prices low. "It's unique in an era when most artists gouge their fans to the limit," he wrote. "Likewise, releasing their shows on low-cost bootlegs brings a new dimension to seeing one of their shows."
See below for the rest of the top 20 and more of your comments. For more debate, feel free to chat with me at 1 p.m. ET.
2. Aerosmith. "Their first hit was in 1973, and they're still selling out concerts," wrote Brooklyn Center, Minn., reader Darren Slack, who added that "fans don't boo them if they play stuff off their latest album" and they're "probably one of the first groups teenagers and parents both dig (and not in a Pat Boone kind of way, either)." Said David Matthews from Tampa: "No one died, no one got p—-ed and left the band, no one got kicked out and was replaced — and their ability to rock the house is still going strong."
3. Van Halen. "How many bands from America have been as huge as Van Halen, then had to replace the lead singer and still be as popular, or even more popular, than before?" asked St. Louis reader Christopher Cokenour. "Van Halen's songwriting, whether with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar, took you to a place of happiness, never getting too heavy, never being too stupid." In addition, Patrick Beam in Little Rock was one of several readers to say "Eddie Van Halen influenced every guitarist that was alive or has been born since."
4. The Eagles. "They win for longevity (I've got my ticket stub to their 1977 Hotel California tour), concert performances (also have ticket stubs from six 'farewell' concerts), they write their own songs and have tons of records sold," said longtime fan Sheri Broom from Savannah, Ga.
Whitney's picks for the top American bands (they go to 11)
5. Journey. "No contest!" said Deer Park, Texas, fan Bob Barney. (He went on to type the band's name 12 times using a large font and a spectrum of colors.) From Ronda Nelson in Terre Haute, Ind.: "They have been rockin' for over 30 years and are out on tour right now supporting a new CD."
6. Guns N' Roses. "A lot of people have said that it's unbelievable that Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine and Patience could have all come from the same band," wrote Laurie Hamilton from Bennington, Vt. Said Marlborough, Mass., reader Matthew Sychantha: "These guys practically set up the world, combining punk, thrash metal and hair metal in an interesting, twisted style."
7. The Grateful Dead. "I feel a band's records are limiting; true musical genius comes through live music," wrote Carl Fuller, a Dead fan from Flagstaff, Ariz. "The Dead also created an entire tribal subculture in society. Few bands can claim this honor."
8. Queensryche. Some reasons why, according to David Russell in Fishkill, N.Y.: "They've endured 25 years of the changing rock scene. They still tour all the time, selling out all the time and putting on an unbeatable live show. Their music has evolved with the times and has never failed to succeed. Their lyrics are constantly full of thought-provoking material and deep meaning. They are the best all around band ... period!"
9. The Doors. "They had the complete package: musicianship, lyrics, songs and stage presence," wrote Michael Morris from Bourne, Mass. "But more importantly, their music has far transcended the band (even with the cult-psycho-martyr status of Jim Morrison) and stands the test of time. No one was doing, or will ever do, what The Doors did. They were the original alternative band, and that makes them the greatest American band."
10. R.E.M. "Their ability to link lyrics with great depth to an alternative/folk/rock sound is unparalleled in the world of music," said Lebanon, Pa., fan Jay McCumber. "There is no one who sounds like R.E.M. except R.E.M. Automatic For The People is the greatest American rock record ever."
11. The Allman Brothers Band and Fleetwood Mac (tie). "Duane Allman was one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived; a legitimate argument could even be made that he was the best," wrote Pittsburgh fan Ned Twyman. Jeff Sprankle from East Haddam, Conn., agreed, adding, "this band has had benders that have lasted longer than most bands' careers." As for the Mac, Debbie Gultice in Xenia, Ohio, said "harmonies between Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are haunting. And who has ever heard of a band with three songwriters who can create hits?"
12. Metallica. From Patrick Dickens: "Although I don't like where heavy metal is today, Metallica essentially created an entire sub-genre of rock 'n' roll. Even if some won't give them credit for creating heavy metal, there is no doubt that they defined it and carried everybody else along on their backs."
13. KISS. "Thirty-two years, millions of records, massive merchandising and a fan base that does not want them to stop touring, ever" qualify them as the best band, according to Christopher Burke in Colorado Springs. As for those live shows, Michael Gershe in Akron, Ohio, said they're "the most fun you can have for two hours with your clothes on."
14. The Ramones. "Every band, American or otherwise, has been influenced by them in some fashion," said Raleigh reader Tom Maeser. From Matt Cox: "They didn't burn out, they didn't fade away, and they weren't a one-hit wonder. They were a band who played to make music and turn people on. I got turned on to the Ramones in the fifth grade, and today, 20 years later, they are still my favorite band, and my kids' favorite band."
15. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival (tie). Steve Howell from Bear, Del., had a few things to say about E Street: "From a recorded album perspective, (their) stuff is indescribable. If you haven't seen them, don't walk, run, to get tickets the next time they are in town. The first thing you will think after the show is, 'I want to — no, I need to — go again tomorrow night.'" And Creedence? "They define good ol' American rock," wrote Andrew Neuburger in Olathe, Kan. "They have 20+ songs that get regular play on many different radio formats. A great combination of rock, country, R&B, rockabilly and swamp pop made their songs accessible to everyone."
16. Dave Matthews Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd (tie). "DMB is the epitome of what American rock stands for: huge tours, loud rock and the working class," wrote Gabriel Wallis in Greenville, S.C. Mike Minnick in Morton, Pa., praised Skynyrd's "killer songs ... and they still tour in spite of losing so many members. And the music still sounds the same as when they were still complete."
17. The Beach Boys. "The Beach boys, fueled by Brian Wilson, were the only band to compete with arguably England's best-ever rock band, The Beatles," wrote Milwaukee fan Nick Blavat. "Pet Sounds still pushes what music is, even by a 2005 standard. Brian Wilson's George Lucas-like re-touching of the Beach Boys' unreleased masterpiece, Smile, clearly shows their staying power and influence in American music."
18. Nirvana. From Greg Mahoney, a college professor in Georgetown Township, Mich.: "The first time I heard Nevermind, to paraphrase Beck out of context, I knew things were gonna change, I could feel it. To bolster the point: I do most of my research in China, (and) during the nation's first Beer Festival, held in Shenzhen, a teenage cover band fronted by a punked-out Chinese girl ripped through Smells Like Teen Spirit with all the ferocity of Cobain and Co. Indeed, things had changed, and you could feel it."
19. The Replacements. Among Bill Walsh's long list of reasons for picking the 'Mats, the Illinois reader said that "Tommy Stinson was 13 when they recorded their first album, Sorry Ma, Forgot To take Out the Trash, "the high school in Heathers is Westerberg High" and, finally, "What other band would have the cojones to name an album Let It Be, which is better than the Beatles' version?"
Rounding out the list is ...
20. Bon Jovi. Unfortunately, most voters chose not to elaborate why Jon, Richie and the gang were tops. I guess they wanted the music to speak for itself — or maybe they were just too busy rocking to type.
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Fourteen years and counting: Catching up with Pearl Jam
Last week, Pearl Jam was named the top American rock band by Pop Candy readers.
This week, the band's lead guitarist, Mike McCready, was kind enough to answer some of your questions via e-mail. See below to learn more about the group's new album, the hardest PJ tune to play and, perhaps most importantly, the name of McCready's favorite American rock band.
Pearl Jam's Live at Benaroya Hall, which captured a mostly acoustic concert, was released in 2004.
What can you tell the fans about the new album and the next tour in North America? — Kasey Lawson, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The new album is about halfway done. It sounds incredible. Ed (Vedder) is singing like I have never heard. He has raised the bar on all the songs. I think we all have pushed each other to make (dare I say) a really classic and rockin' album. There's no release date set for the record or the tour yet, but we hope to be out playing in the States next year.
Later on this year, you will be opening for the Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh. Can you tell us how that came about, and what kind of set list you guys are planning? — Chris Mishler, Johnstown, Pa.
I believe someone called our manager and asked if we'd open, and we said sure. We'd done this once before, and it was an amazing experience. I am not sure about the set list yet, as we will decide that the day of the show, per our usual. We might play an hour ... I can't wait; the Stones are my favorite band!
How does Pearl Jam decide on the set list every night? I think a lot of Pearl Jam fans would say that half the fun of going to see your shows is the surprise of not knowing which songs you're going to pull out of your hats. — Lauri Mancinelli, Cambridge, Mass.
We like to keep the fans surprised, and we like to keep it fresh for ourselves, too. A lot of the times Ed will sit down an hour before the show and look over the previous night's set. We will add or subtract songs according to how we feel or what we think will feel right in that particular town. At some shows, the set list gets changed while we are on stage. I know Ed thinks about the set very hard throughout the day in order to make the best show possible for the fans and for us.
The signing of Pearl Jam to J Records seemed to go under the radar. Was there anything specific that swayed you guys from Epic and/or to J? — Clint Brownlee, Seattle
I think our relationship with Epic had run its natural course, and it happened to coincide with the fulfillment of our contract. We decided not to resign with them. The opportunity to start a new relationship was exciting to us. We met with a lot of great labels, including J. We like Clive Davis and his staff a lot. There's a level of respect there that went both ways. The band felt great about what J could offer and the way they would allow for us to do our thing creatively. We already put a record at with J last year —Live at Benaroya Hall — so this next record will be our second with them.
After 14 years in one of the most well known and highly regarded rock bands in the world, how are you and your band members able to keep such a low profile? Your names never pop up in any magazines unless it is regarding your music. Is it difficult to maintain that anonymity? — Trey Busch, Walla Walla, Wash.
Early on we decided to keep a lower profile all around to let the music speak for us. It was by design that we mostly used pictures that you could not necessarily see what was going on, and that didn't really focus in on the band, but instead focused in on a theme. This was done to maintain our anonymity a little bit so we could all live normal lives and keep our focus on music. There are some really cool video pieces out there, though — we have done some videos that I've really liked and we may do them again. At this point, because we have stayed the same course for so many years, I feel like we are freer to make choices that are motivated by what feels right creatively at a given point in time.
Mike, I'm 16 and have been listening to you since my dad first bought Ten. My question is that you said once that Corduroy was your least favorite Pearl Jam song, so what would be your favorite? — Kyle Cunningham, Sarasota, Fla.
My favorite slow song is Nothing Man; it is dark but gives hope at the same time. My favorite rocker is Go because it is heavy and chaotic.
Would you please take just a minute to address your personal struggle with Crohn's disease, the strides that are being made in finding a cure and what each of us can do to help? Thanks for all you do. — Matt Thompson, Oklahoma City
I have had Crohn's for about 19 years. It is a debilitating disease that affects my colon. I have lived most my life with chronic inflammation and constant pain with immediate diarrhea. Due to the symptoms, it's one of those topics that doesn't make the "dinner conversation" list and that a lot of people feel embarrassed to talk about. I started talking publicly about it because I didn't want people to have to suffer silently — it's disempowering.
More than two million men, women and children suffer from Crohn's disease and/or Ulcerative colitis. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet along with medications such and Imuran and Colazal. The diet, I believe, is the only thing that has worked for me, though. People like you can help by contacting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and finding out more about these diseases, or by donating money for research at www.ccfa.org. The CCFA helped me figure out that I was not alone with my disease anymore. Every time I make a new IBD connection I feel hopeful!
Mike, I've seen many of your shows from the states to Japan. What show is the one that stands out for the group as your best show ever? — Willis Harold Bassett, Des Moines
I think the best show was the second night at the Key Arena in Seattle in 2000 (I think?). Whatever the date, the hometown crowd was incredible. It was also at the end of our tour, so we were firing on all cylinders.
What is the hardest Pearl Jam song to play? — Bill Hayden, Cleveland
Definitely In Hiding. I am constantly watching Stone (Gossard)'s fingers. I try not to mess it up but usually do … There are many changes and notes to remember.
What do you think about the state or rock music? Is it in a lull, dying, or does hip-hop just have everyone fooled? What bands out there have what it takes to really put rock back on the map? — Sean Fader, Phoenixville, Pa.
I think rock 'n' roll is still kicking with bands like Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, Supersuckers, Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers, The Strokes and others. I believe it goes through cycles every 10 years or so.
I've read that you consider your playing spiritual. Can you elaborate on this a bit? — Leslie Scott-Russell, Palmyra, N.Y.
I get into a state of consciousness that I can't explain. It is about feeling and not thinking. I get positive chills and insight into things that I can't get to any other way. It is Healing of the Soul.
What do you think has contributed to the staying power of Pearl Jam? — Melissa Parker, Anniston, Ala.
The fans. They have been with us through thick and thin. I am constantly amazed at their support over the years. I also think it's the fact that we kind of operate under the radar when it comes to non-musical aspects of our lives. We also take time to be away from each other to live our separate lives, which allows us to be excited when we come back together to play music.
I'd like to know how you managed to quit smoking while still hitting the studio and touring. — Sharon Sherman, Toronto
I was running around on stage out of breath and I couldn't stand it anymore. I decided before an Australian tour that I had to quit. It wasn't working anymore. (It never was!) I read a book called Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking. It has been almost three years, and I am so glad I stopped.
Who do YOU feel is the greatest American rock band of all time? — Chris Lemanski, New Britain, Conn.
I think everyone in the band would answer this question pretty differently. But KISS inspired me personally to pick up a guitar and go for it. My life would have been different without Paul Stanley or Ace Frehley. They would have to be the greatest on my list as an influence to my life at 11 years old.
Pop Question: What's your favorite music video?
And no, it doesn't have to be a Pearl Jam clip (though I'm guessing a few folks might name Jeremy). E-mail me your responses by July 15, along with your full name, city and state. I'll share some answers in next week's column. And thanks for making this three-week series of rock columns so successful!