"It's our third show ... this is in support of a new album that is actually not out yet," Lindsey Buckingham half-apologized, having begun his set with two songs from the disc in question: "Gift of Screws," due Sept. 16.
It was the birthday present everybody wanted from the start, as proto grunge band Green River reunited for its first major show in 21 years yesterday (July 13) as part of Sub Pop Records' 20th anniversary party at Seattle's Marymoor Park. "If they were that good back then, they never would have broken up," marveled a fan afterward.
Is director Cameron Crowe a secret Sub Pop A&R man? During "the Grunge Years," the former Rolling Stone scribe gave us "Singles," a valentine to the Seattle scene with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard joining Matt Dillon in Citizen Dick ("Touch Me I'm Dick!").
Sure, there were Nirvana songs on the first day of Sub Pop's 20th anniversary bash at Seattle's Marymoor Park. They just happened to be by the Vaselines. The shambling Scottish duo, so greatly loved by Kurt Cobain he covered them three times, joined Seattle pioneers/survivors Mudhoney as the symbolic high points of the event.