We've mentioned this before, but instrumental national anthems are better than vocal performances nine times out of ten. Another example: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before last night's MLS Cup playoff match between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC.
Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn—along with linemen Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang—went to Pearl Jam's show in Milwaukee Monday night. Reader Collin was also there, and did confirm that Flynn was enjoying himself.
Pearl Jam played in Pittsburgh Friday night and since Pirates closer Jason Grilli's entrance song is "Whipping," he joined the band onstage to fire up the crowd.
Pearl Jam played a rain-delayed show at Wrigley Field Friday night and before Eddie Vedder began singing the Cubs tribute song "All The Way," he introduced Ernie Banks, to the delight of the Chicago crowd.
My homework assignment from my good friends at Deadspin was to write about my interaction with Pearl Jam and in particular Eddie Vedder in honor of their 20th Anniversary. The difficulty in this assignment is writing it without coming off like a name-dropping ass. Well for those of you who don't like me—enjoy, and for…
Here's another batch of PJ fan notes submitted by readers. If you have more, please send them our way. Ed's storytelling on the rooftop at Murphy's, a possible urban legend, and a memorable autograph snub.
Just as I suspected, there are dozens of lame white people with shitty musical tastes that read Deadspin. Take Erik, who submitted the Eddie Vedder autograph you see above with this accompanying story:
If you were going to pick a day to be a fly on the wall, you could do a lot worse than Oct. 8, 1990, in the dank downtown Seattle basement-cum-rehearsal space where Eddie Vedder, having arrived on a plane from California that morning, sang with Pearl Jam for the first time.
Vacuous, unchecked rock lore holds that Pearl Jam—before they settled on the sploogiest name in pop music history—were first called Mookie Blaylock. Grunge's stadium heroes would have been named after a very good, but never great, NBA point guard, if only Blaylock hadn't taken notice and forced a name change.
Fine. I admit, this is selfish. No one else on the staff was ever as excited about the prospect of a Music Week featuring Pearl Jam as the unifying theme, even though this band's sports-music connection is more obvious than most. They'll deal.
The Seattle Mariners are hosting the Rays on Friday evening, and because they already had a bobblehead night for Felix Hernandez, they have no choice but to start honoring local grunge rockers. Friday night is Mike McCready night at Safeco Field, which also happens to overlap with a benefit night for the Crohn's &…
Interesting couple weeks around these parts. The distractions are so prevalent that it's easy to forget that, lo, your team is in the World Series.
Pearl Jam is spending this week in residence at the Spectrum and conveniently offering "ring girl" updates for grungy Phillies fans who temporarily chose rock over baseball. Sell outs.
SI writer Jeff Pearlman criticized ESPN's Peter Gammons for the way he handled the Alex Rodriguez interview, accusing the venerable baseball writer of "softball questions and limited inquisitiveness."