A song Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder wrote about Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley on the day of his death will be released on “Lost Dogs,” the group’s upcoming double-disc rarities collection. The track, dubbed “4/20/02,” is not listed on the album but can be found several minutes after “Bee Girl,” the last song on the set’s second disc. “Lost Dogs” will be released Nov. 11 by Epic, the same day as the concert DVD “Live at the Garden.”
“It was a real personal song [Vedder] wrote the night we all found out [Staley] died,” Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard As previously reported, Pearl Jam will play four benefit shows in the coming days: tonight (Oct. 22) in Seattle, Oct. 25-26 at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit outside San Francisco and Oct. 28 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Fifty pairs of the best seats for the Santa Barbara show, which quickly sold out, are being auctioned on eBay, with all proceeds going to benefit the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai hospital.
In other news, Pearl Jam has pacted with Apple’s iTunes Music Store to offer paid downloads directly from its official Web site. The initiative was fostered by Apple’s new software iTunes Link Maker, which allows site operators to generate direct links to the iTunes store.