Pearl Jam´s “Vs.” was released on this day in 1993. Wow, time flies. Such a great album. #PearlJam

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I was 19 years old when Pearl Jam and “Ten” entered my life and changed it. Pearl Jam became my rock n roll saviour during the 90s expressing a lot of the crap and darkness you go through when you´re young, confused and angry. Since that august in 1991 I have been on the sideline with Pearl Jam and loving every moment of it. And when I saw them live in Copenhagen in 2007 a wish came true that was planted in 1991. Thanks for all the magic which I´m truly grateful for as a fan. Keep the music coming.

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Early days..

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The countdown on Pearl Jam’s website has finally hit zero and with it comes news that the band will release their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, on October 15th. Helmed by the band’s longtime producer Brendan O’Brien (who’s also worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Audioslave and the Gaslight Anthem), Lighting Bolt follows up the band’s last effort, 2009’s Backspacer. Preceding the album announcement, Pearl Jam revealed a 24-date North American trek: the first leg kicks off in Pittsburgh on October 11th and will wrap up in New Orleans with their previously announced headlining slot at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Leg two begins November 15th in Dallas and ends with a Seattle homecoming on December 6th. Tickets go on sale July 26th. (via Rolling Stone Magazine)

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has said that the band will definitely be releasing a new album this year. Speaking to Rolling Stone, McCready said that the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Backspacer’ will be coming out “this year, for sure”. Of the content of the album, which will again be produced by Brendan O’Brien, McCready said inspiration was taken from Pink Floyd and punk rock, adding that the record is ‘experimental’. He said: I would say as a cliché answer it’s kind of a logical extension of what ‘Backspacer’ was. But I think there’s a little bit more experimental stuff going on. There’s a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it, there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff. McCready said that seven songs are ‘relatively completed’ and there are an additional 15 ‘ready to go’. “We’re excited to get it done, because we’ve kind of been waiting for about two years to do it,” he explained. In turn, The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon recently revealed that Pearl Jam have inspired his own band’s plans for their next album. The New Jersey four-piece, who last year released their fourth album ‘Handwritten’, already have ideas for their fifth LP according to Fallon. He told Rolling Stone: “I want to do the ‘No Code’ record [Pearl Jam’s fourth album], that one. They did these three rock records, and [then] they all of a sudden went left turn. And everybody went, ‘What the hell?’ Then later, five years, they went, ‘This is amazing.'” (via NME)

On This Day in 1991 – “Ten” was released. Time flies….

Wow….

It´s interesting how certain bands makes a strong impact on you. Bands that you keep coming back to. Some of my bands are The Police, Steely Dan, AC/DC, Simple Minds etc. Bands that defines you as a person. And one band that defines me in many ways is Pearl Jam. I still remember vividly the summer of 1991 when I first heard about Nirvana from glossy music magazines and through radio. No internet back then… Grunge was on the uprise. I was 19 years old. I was mesmerized. Then came “Alive” with Pearl Jam and turned my musiclife upside down. “Ten” became my soundtrack of 1992. Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains was adding to my life, Seattle’s Big Four. But, I kept coming back to Pearl Jam. Nirvana ended up in the shadows and Kurt with it. Same with Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. While Pearl Jam went from clarity to clarity. “Vs”, “Vitalogy”, “No Code” etc. I love how important integrity is to them. For example taking on Ticketmaster back in 1994. For the fans. For us. They wander with us who love them. They care. They know how it is to be a fan and they have no interest to forget that. 20 years has passed and I can´t believe it. It feels like yday I saw the black and white video to “Alive”. Saw “PJ 20” by Cameron Crowe the other day. I had literally goose bumps throughout bigger part of the documentary. It´s a beautiful piece of film. I revisited my teens through it. My relation with Pearl Jam continues. Eddie, Mike, Stone, Jeff and Matt you are my musical heros. I salute you.