UPDATE: The four special expanded editions now due on March 29.
It’s been 20 years since Pearl Jam released its first album, ‘Ten’. To celebrate, a deluxe version of the band's second and third albums (1993’s ‘Vs.’, 1994’s ‘Vitalogy’) will be reissued. However, this is Pearl Jam so why not also unveil a Cameron Crowe-directed documentary about the band and host a massive self-curated festival?!
“In our wildest imagination, we never even thought we’d last this long,” says bassist Jeff Ament. Adds Curtis, “Our goal is to document the fact that we’ve been around for 20 years – people who haven’t seen this band for a long time are gonna say, ‘Oh, yeah, I remember!’"
The Vs. and Vitalogy box will come with previously unheard bonus tracks (including an alternate version of “Corduroy” and a guitar-and-organ version of “Betterman”), an entire 1994 Boston show and a cassette from their Monkeywrench radio series.
The Crowe documentary chronicles the band’s entire career. “I just saw a rough cut,” says Ament. “It was so fucking weird seeing footage of stuff I didn't know anybody was taping at the time. The whole movie is Cameron’s love letter to us – but it’s equal parts complimentary and really painful. It shows our growing pains and some real bad times, including Roskilde [the 2000 Danish festival where nine fans were trampled to death during the band’s set]. It was just really hard to watch.”
To top it off, Pearl Jam are planning a massive 2-day multi-band event somewhere in the middle of the US – with Pearl Jam headlining both nights of course! “We’ve played enough festivals that we know what makes them exciting,” says Ament. “We want to give people places to go that aren’t necessarily musical – second stages and all that kind of stuff. We’re asking our friends if they want to play a couple of shows with us.”
It’s business as usual after the celebrations though. “Ed and I were just going through old photos, journals and clippings for the box set,” says Ament. “By the end, we were both like, ‘Ugh, we’re done with the past for a while.’ We’re ready to work on new songs and get excited about what’s ahead.”
Just to wet your appetite, here’s an old favourite, Black, live – enjoy!