Pearl Jam Salutes Retailers With Surprise Set
Pearl Jam treated 120 independent music retailers visiting Seattle for the annual Coalition of Independent Music Stores convention to a private show Friday at the city's Easy Street Records store.Pearl Jam treated 120 independent music retailers visiting Seattle for the annual Coalition of Independent Music Stores convention to a private show Friday at the city's Easy Street Records store. The group ran through such oldies as "Even Flow," "Spin the Black Circle" and "Corduroy," the new song "Crapshoot" and covers of the Dead Kennedys' "Bleed for Me" and X's "The New World," the latter featuring X principal John Doe on vocals.
Several Pearl Jam members buy their music at Easy Street, and frontman Eddie Vedder had seen several in-store performances there in the past. "This just came from the heart," Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis tells Billboard.com. "The band said, 'We love this store, you have a bunch of people coming to town who love music, so let's do it.'"
"This was easily the best in-store performance our members have ever seen," says CIMS president Don Van Cleave. "We all walked away stunned."
Other acts that performed around Seattle as part of the convention included Kings Of Leon, Kinski and members of My Morning Jacket and Death Cab For Cutie.
Vedder also re-appeared at Easy Street on Sunday to perform during Doe's set. The pair sung "The New World" and X's "Poor Girl," previously recorded by Vedder with the Supersuckers for the 2000 benefit album "Free the West Memphis Three."
As previously reported, Pearl Jam is in the midst of recording its eighth studio album, material from which will be previewed on a September tour of Canada. Curtis says the band is hoping to release the project, which will be its first for J Records/BMG, before the end of the year.