The Seattle based alternative rock and roll band “Pearl Jam” just ended their summer tour of Europe with a July 10 concert in Copenhagen; while the PBS “American Masters” TV series is still celebrating the band with the Cameron Crowe documentary “Pearl Jam Twenty” (also known as “PJ20”). In fact, a recent promotion for the famed “American Masters” TV series reminds fans of Pearl Jam that although their U.S. tour doesn’t begin until September, “watch the full documentary Pearl Jam Twenty here on the American Masters website.” In turn, the documentary charts the history of this Seattle, Washington, based band – from the demise of “Mother Love Bone,” and their legendary battle against Ticketmaster ripping off fans to the tragedy of the infamous “Roskilde Festival” in 2000 – thus making this PBS TV show a sort of “consolation prize,” quipped one fan – until Eddie Vedder (vocals), Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), Mike McCready (guitar) and current drummer Matt Cameron return to the U.S. this fall to launch their 21st year touring as a band. Moreover, PBS has announced that this popular American Master’s documentary – that first premiered in 2011 and was again aired this past May – is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. In turn, Crowe says PJ20 is a must for Pearl Jam fans, and the famed director said he was pleased to bring it to the masses on PBS.
American Masters is a TV series “devoted to America’s greatest native-born and adopted artists,” states the show’s website; while this PBS TV show first debuted back in 1986 as America’s showcase for artists, actors and writers.
Cameron Crowe brings Pearl Jam to PBS
Legendary “Rolling Stone” rock and roll reporter Cameron Crowe is now a self-proclaimed “Baby Boomer,” and thus the audience for “American Masters” today mirrors Crowe’s enjoyment of modern music; with “Pearl Jam Twenty” being presented on public TV with big themes and bold color and, yes, the blistering sounds of Pearl Jam.
In turn, Crowe wants fans and others - who may not know about this Seattle band - to go back in time to Pearl Jam’s early years leading up to the band’s formation; with PBS putting no restrictions on “the chaos that ensued with Pearl Jam soon after being catapulted into superstardom.”
The American Masters promotion for “Pearl Jam Twenty” also reminds fans – such as “Blake” of Eugene, Oregon – just how “they created this inner trusted circle that I remember back when they played Eugene in the late 80’s. It was amazing how they went from this indie Seattle neighborhood band to superstardom.”
At the same time, Crowe has created “part concert film, part insider hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists, the film celebrates the freedom that allows Pearl Jam to make music without losing themselves, their fans, or the music lovers they’ve always been,” adds the American Master’s TV show overview that reminds fans that this Pearl Jam “approved” documentary is now ready to few for free online.
Pearl Jam spends summer in Europe
While fans up in Seattle and down here in Eugene have enjoyed Pearl Jam’s recent 20th anniversary with this American Master’s documentary “PJ20,” fans such as Blake say “it’s time for Eddie and the band to come back to the Pacific Northwest where they belong.”
Pearl Jam recently completed a massive European tour that included “three” festival concerts on the famed Isle of Wight in England; while also playing concerts in Belgium, France, England, Sweden, Berlin and this past week their final Europe gig in Copenhagen.
In turn, sources say the the band is currently on "holiday" in Europe; and set to enjoy the Summer Olympics in London before returning home to Seattle to prepare for it's fall U.S. concert tour.
According to this American Master’s documentary, Pearl Jam has sold over 33 million records in the U.S.; and an estimated 60 million worldwide.
Also, the PJ20 documentary noted how some music experts view Pearl Jam as “the most popular American rock & roll band of the ‘90s;" with Pearl Jam becoming eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
As of July 12, the Pearl Jam concert dates for their U.S. tour include:
-- Two shows at the “Music Midtown Festival” in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21 and 22
-- A Pearl Jam concert in Missoula, Montana on September 30
In addition, fans in the Pacific Northwest – such as “Blake” of Eugene – say “the word on the street is Pearl Jam will be playing Seattle, of course, and also gigs in Portland and Eugene” in the fall; with PBS continuing to promote the “American Masters” Pearl Jam Twenty documentary on this TV show’s website for those fans who are unable to see the band in concert.
Image source of the American Masters TV documentary poster for “Pearl Jam Twenty” that's now available for "free" viewing on the show’s website. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Jam_Twenty