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Campaign launched to save mixing board used by rock icons

April 18th, 2014 3:20am EDT
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Owners of a Seattle, Washington-based recording studio have launched an online crowdfunding campaign in a bid to repair a mixing board used by the likes Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

The 1973 Neve 8049 console was installed in the iconic London Bridge studio almost 30 years ago, but it is in need of some serious repairs.

In an effort to preserve the machine's rich history, the studio owners have taken to IndieGogo.com to ask music fans to help restore the "technical heart" of the studio and keep the board accessible to local musicians.

Their goal is to raise $75,000 (£46,875) by Saturday (1...
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Pearl Jam's ex-manager to serve 14 months in prison for theft charges

March 2nd, 2014 8:30pm EST
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Pearl Jam's former manager has been sentenced to 14 months behind bars for stealing $380,000 (£237,500) from the rockers.

Rickey Charles Goodrich pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree theft in December (13) after abusing his position as chief financial officer of the group's management firm, Curtis Management, between 2006 and 2010.

The 55 year old was handed the prison punishment during sentencing in a Washington court on Friday (28Feb14), when he was given two weeks to turn himself in to authorities.

King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office spokesman Dan Donohoe says, "(Goodric...
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Pearl Jam's Former Manager Admits To Embezzling $300,000

December 23rd, 2013 12:49pm EST
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Grunge pioneers Pearl Jam's former manager has pleaded guilty to stealing $306,000 from the band.

Rickey Charles Goodrich, who served as chief financial officer for the group's management company, Curtis Management, between 2006 and 2010, admitted six counts of theft at a court in Seattle on Friday.

According to Seattle Weekly, Pearl Jam hired a private investigator to look into Goodrich's finances and it was revealed he had transferred money from their account in order to pay off his own debts.

Goodrich has paid back $125,000 and has agreed to refund the remaining $181,000. He could ...
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Pearl Jam rock out at epic hometown gig to wrap up U.S. tour

December 9th, 2013 3:10am EST
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Veteran rockers Pearl Jam treated fans in Seattle, Washington to a three-hour concert marathon on Friday (06Dec13) as they played their first hometown show in four years.

The Sirens stars returned to the city to wrap up the North American leg of their Lightning Bolt tour, and they made sure they went out with a bang by rocking through the night.

Frontman Eddie Vedder kicked off the gig with Pendulum and rolled out renditions of hits including Corduroy, Better Man, Alive and Daughter, while he also performed a solo cover of Velvet Underground's After Hours as a tribute to late frontman Lou...
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Concert Review: Pearl Jam Live In Texas (Photos)

November 21st, 2013 12:45pm EST
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The mighty Pearl Jam arrived in Dallas, 11/15/2013 to play the sold out show at The American Airlines Center. Headlining their latest album “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam came to make some noise. While the band did indeed make some “noise,” they were shortly overpowered by the menacing shrieks of their faithful fans; fans deriving all the way from Houston and Austin to even far away places like Guatemala and Europe. Pearl Jam, a band who hadn’t seen Dallas in over 10 years, knew they had a big performance ahead of them. Opening up the show with “Pendulum”, a track off the band’s late...
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Soundgarden To Hit The Road Without Matt Cameron

November 15th, 2013 8:16pm EST
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Reunited grunge rockers Soundgarden will go on tour without drummer Matt Cameron next year due to the musician's commitments with his other band Pearl Jam.

Cameron joined PJ in 1998, a year after Soundgarden split, and he has spent the past few weeks busy promoting Pearl Jam's new album Lightning Bolt.

Eddie Vedder and his bandmates are expected to continue an ongoing tour well into 2014, and although dates have yet to be announced, Cameron wants to keep his schedule clear so he can honor his commitment to the group.

The decision means he will not be able to join his Soundgarden pals ...
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Phish, My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule Play Tributes For Lou Reed

October 29th, 2013 12:47am EDT
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The song may have been in the band's repertoire since Halloween of 1998, but on Sunday night Phish opened their show at Hartford, Connecticut's XL Center with a bittersweet, yet rousing rendition of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll" in tribute to late music legend Lou Reed.

Reed passed away earlier in the day due to complications stemming from a liver transplant he had back in May.

Following the eleven-and-a-half-minute epic, frontman Trey Anastasio asked the crowd for a moment of silence for "one of the greatest artists who's ever lived."

Prior to the show Anastasio posted a tribut...
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Pearl Jam's 'Lighting Bolt' Strikes At No. 1 On Billboard 200

October 24th, 2013 8:50am EDT
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I believe that it was last week I suggested to readers to ‘take your pick’ at which album would debut at no. 1.  Somehow when formulating such a statement, I must have forgot about a certain veteran band who would manage to sell six figures – oops! Pearl Jam debuts atop the Billboard Albums Chart with 166,000 copies of Lightning Bolt sold.  Pearl Jam definitely aren’t strangers to debuting at no. 1 as several of their sets have landed there.  166,000 copies is a solid start in this day and age, though not exactly ‘breathtaking’. Still, it leads one to believe that the ceiling is wider than ...
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Pearl Jam strike at the top of the U.S. charts with Lightning Bolt

October 23rd, 2013 8:30pm EDT
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Pearl Jam have scored their fifth number one album in the U.S. by dethroning Miley Cyrus and keeping Sir Paul McCartney off the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

Lightning Bolt debuts at number one with 166,000 first-week sales, more than doubling second-placed Miley's Bangerz. McCartney's acclaimed new release New enters the countdown at three with 67,000 copies sold.

Pearl Jam previously topped the Billboard 200 with Backspacer, No Code, Vitalogy and Vs. Lightning Bolt is the group's 11th top 10 album.

Rounding out the new top five, Drake's Nothing Was the Same slips a spot to four, and ...
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British newcomer beats Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney to U.K. number one

October 21st, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Pearl Jam and Sir Paul McCartney have been beaten to the top of U.K. albums chart by young singer/songwriter John Newman.

The 23-year-old Brit edged out the rock veterans to claim number one with his debut release Tribute, leaving Pearl Jam trailing in second with Lightening Bolt and The Beatles legend taking third place with New.

In the U.K. singles countdown, OneRepublic score their first British number one with Counting Stars, replacing last week's chart-topper, Miley Cyrus' hit Wrecking Ball, which slips to two.

Rounding out the top five are boyband Lawson with Juliet, James Blunt wi...
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Pearl Jam celebrate baseball boost onstage with Pirates pitcher

October 14th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Rockers Pearl Jam celebrated the fact they'll soundtrack baseball's upcoming World Series on TV by sharing the stage with Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jason Grilli at their tour opener on Saturday night (12Oct13).

The Pirates were knocked out of the play-offs last week (ends11Oct13) by the St. Louis Cardinals, but Grilli was all smiles as Eddie Vedder welcomed him onstage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to rapturous applause.

The band has given executives at U.S. TV network Fox Sports extensive use of 48 of its songs for promotional use leading up to the World Series coverage and during the sev...
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Beyonce, One Direction, Kanye West & More Stars Join Global Citizens Ticket Initiative

May 2nd, 2013 4:19pm EDT
Beyonce
Several high-profile music acts have joined a new initiative that rewards fans for social activism. Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, One Direction, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Usher, Ke$ha, Foo Fighters and Neil Young are among those who signed up for the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative.

The campaign allows fans to accumulate points when they help further change by signing petitions, contacting government representatives, or raising money for charity. Points can be used towards a lottery to win free concert tickets.

Over the next three years, each of the acts involved will give away one pa...
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12 Music Acts That Need To Headline Halftime At The Super Bowl

October 17th, 2012 3:01pm EDT
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Now that Beyonce has officially been named the headliner for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, we've decided to put together a little wish-list of acts that we think should provide the entertainment during the 30 minutes of downtime the players have to get rejuvenated for the second half of the big game.

With this year's addition of Beyonce, last year's headliner Madonna, and 2011's Black Eyed Peas shows we also think it's time to get back to some tried-and-true rock and roll.

Check out our picks after the jump...

Alice Cooper

The original shock-rocker puts on a ...
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Pearl Jam Allows Long-Time Fan To Create Set List

July 6th, 2012 5:17pm EDT
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Frontman Eddie Vedder has made one Pearl Jam fan's dreams come true by flying him to a concert in Amsterdam to pick out the band's set list.

Brian Farias, who has been to see his favorite band more than 108 times, has been a member of Pearl Jam's fan group Ten Club for more than two decades, and on June 27th, his years of loyalty paid off.

The Rhode Island native was selected to join the hit-makers in Holland for a meet-and-greet and present the tunes he'd like the rockers to perform - and the 46 year old confesses it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

He tells RollingStone.com, "I ...
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Pearl Jam Donates Signed Guitar To Burglary Victims

December 27th, 2011 9:33am EST
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Eddie Vedder and his Pearl Jam bandmates made one family's Christmas wish come true by donating a signed guitar to replace a special memento which was stolen in a burglary.

The band handed over a signed instrument to Josh Hardy from New Hampshire in 1992 when he was dying of brain cancer and after his death; the instrument was left to his younger brother, Ben.

The precious guitar was recently stolen from Ben in a break-in and subsequently returned with the musicians' signatures scrubbed off, but the 34 year old was delighted when a special delivery from the band arrived just before Chri...
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Pearl Jam To Join Tom Petty & Bruce Springsteen At Isle Of Wight Festival

December 8th, 2011 11:44pm EST
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Pearl Jam have completed the 2012 Isle of Wight Festival headliner line-up by confirming they'll close the Saturday night of the event in June.

The appearance will be the second of eight shows the rockers will perform in Europe next summer.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will headline the first night of the festival on June 22 and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will close the three-day affair on June 24.

The Vaccines, Noel Gallagher, Noah and the Whale and Elbow have also been added to the bill.
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Henry Rollins Celebrates The West Memphis 3 Release

August 20th, 2011 9:00am EDT
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Henry Rollins Celebrates The West Memphis 3 Release

Punk icon Henry Rollins is celebrating on tour in Scotland after learning the West Memphis 3 are free men in Arkansas.

The former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman was among the celebrities campaigning for the release of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin, who were jailed for the murder of three boy scouts in 1993.

The three men have maintained their innocence ever since they were jailed for life in 1994, and on Friday they were released from prison after pleading guilty to the crime during an emergency hearing.

But,...
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Eddie Vedder's Friend To Walk Free From Jail After Admitting To Killing Boy Scouts

August 19th, 2011 8:48am EDT
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Two of the incarcerated three men Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder has been seeking justice for over the past decade are to plead guilty to killing three boy scouts in return for their freedom, according to shocking new reports.

The West Memphis 3, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin, were each sentenced to life in an Arkansas prison in 1994 for the satanic killings. Echols was also sentenced to death and has been on Death Row ever since his sentence began.

The three men maintained their innocence for 17 years and their fight for a new trial was picked up by Vedder and celebriti...
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Matt Damon Had Special Music Interests While Filming 'We Bought A Zoo'

August 6th, 2011 10:30am EDT
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Matt Damon's new movie "We Bought A Zoo" was a very musical experience because he insisted director Cameron Crowe play Sigur Ros star Jonsi's soundtrack tunes on the set.

In the film, Damon plays real-life widower Benjamin Mee, who brought a dilapidated zoo back to life in honor of his late wife - and he found the Icelandic star's music, and other tunes Crowe played on the set, helpful for his character building.

Crowe tells WENN, "We played Jonsi's music a lot in the making of the movie, along with some Pearl Jam, too, and Neil Young. Matt Damon is a big fan of all this music, so we lite...
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Eddie Vedder And Pearl Jam Celebrate 20 Years With Release Of Documentary

May 31st, 2011 11:56am EDT
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It’s hard to believe it has been 20 years since Pearl Jam helped start the grunge movement with the release of their groundbreaking album, Ten. Fast forward to 2011, and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam on Vimeo.Mookie>>>PJ from Pearl Jam on Vimeo.is rocking out with a ukulele? He explains.

Pearl Jam is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with the release of their documentary PJ20, directed by good friend Cameron Crowe, plus reissues of Vs and Vitalogy, as well as 20th anniversary shows.

"We're just trying to get together a bunch of friends and bands we've played with in the past an...
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Disturbed Release Benefit Single For West Memphis Three

April 30th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
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Rockers the Disturbed are handing over the proceeds from download sales of their new single to the families of the West Memphis Three.

The new track, "3," will be available at the group's official website and all monies from sales will benefit the Damien Echols Defense Fund, which helps cover legal fees, forensic testing, and investigative fees for the three men known as the West Memphis Three, who many believe were unjustly convicted of murder in Arkansas in 1994.

The Disturbed bandmates are among many celebrities and high-profile people who strongly believe that Damien Echols, Jason Bal...
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Pearl Jam Bassist Says Documentary Will Be Tough To Watch

January 22nd, 2011 7:45pm EST
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Pearl Jam are struggling with scenes from their upcoming Cameron Crowe documentary because some footage brings back memories they'd rather forget.

The group gave Crowe, a longtime fan, access to rare video clips and backstage interviews and the Almost Famous director is now piecing the footage together for a major retrospective, which will mark the band's 20th anniversary.

But bassist Jeff Ament admits a lot of the film will be difficult to watch.

He explains, "I just saw a rough cut. It was so f**king weird seeing footage of stuff I didn't know anybody was taping at the time. The whole ...
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Michael Stipe & Eddie Vedder's New Single Leaked Online

December 21st, 2010 11:34pm EST
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A new musical collaboration between rockers Eddie Vedder and Michael Stipe has leaked online.

"It Happened Today," which features on R.E.M.'s new album, leaked on Monday night.

Pearl Jam star Vedder has long been associated with Stipe and R.E.M. - he often appears onstage at concerts and he inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

R.E.M.'s Collapse Into Now is set for release in March.

Neither Vedder, Stipe nor R.E.M. have commented about the Internet leak.
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Eddie Vedder Marries In Hawaii

September 20th, 2010 11:35am EDT
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Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is a married man after exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend in Hawaii on Saturday.

The rocker wed his model fiancée Jill McCormick in front of famous guests including actor Sean Penn and musician Jack Johnson, according to US Weekly.

It is the second marriage for Vedder, who proposed in Washington, D.C. last year - he divorced Beth Liebling in 2000 after a six-year union.

Vedder and McCormick are parents to two daughters, Olivia, six, and Harper Moon, who is nearly two.
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Eddie Vedder Preoccupied By West Memphis Three Case

September 2nd, 2010 11:00am EDT
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Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder fears his personal life is suffering as he fights on behalf of three men he believes have been falsely accused of murder - because he spends so much time working on their case.

The singer is an outspoken supporter of the men known as the West Memphis Three who in 1994 were convicted of murdering three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Vedder is among a number of stars, including Johnny Depp and Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, who believe the trio is innocent and have been campaigning for their release.

The Alive hitmaker regularly visits ...
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Should These Bands Or Artists Be Considered For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

September 1st, 2010 2:31pm EDT
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Not all musicians can be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, it brings to mind some music acts worthy of consideration in the future. Let us know which yet to be named bands or artist do you think should be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Performers:

Journey

Classic Rock band Journey is currently experiencing a new wave of popularity thanks to televised musical programs American Idol and Glee.

Nirvana

Rock act Nirvana crashed into the 90's obliterating the Heavy Metal music scene with a new revolutionary industry termed movement known as "Grunge."...
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Scott Weiland: 'Rock & Roll Bands Perform Live'

August 30th, 2010 11:45pm EDT
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Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has fired back at reports he is using backing tracks on the road.

The allegations were aimed at the rocker after he tumbled off the stage during a show in Ohio last week and appeared to keep singing.

Fans at the concert were stunned when Weiland continued singing seconds later without sounding flustered or breathless.

But the singer insists he's just professional.

At a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night, Weiland addressed the rumors, stating, "There has never been a time in the 25-plus years that I have been singing with the...
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Kiss & Slash Are Big Nominees At Classic Rock Awards

August 13th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
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Rage Against The Machine, Kiss, AC/DC and Slash are leading the nominations for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards, with two nods each. Rock legends Kiss and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are both nominated in the prestigious Album of the Year and Band of the Year categories.

However, competition will be tough - a staggering 16 artists have been shortlisted for their recent releases, including Wolfmother, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden. Other competitors hoping to be named top group include AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.

In the Event of...
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Wolfmother Cancel European Tour

June 1st, 2010 8:26am EDT
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Australian rockers Wolfmother have canceled their entire European tour - frontman Andrew Stockdale has been taken ill and is unable to travel.

The band was due to play a series of gigs over the summer including several shows with veteran rockers Kiss and sets at Germany's Rock Am Ring this week and Britain's famous Download music festival on June 11th. They were also set to support Pearl Jam at London's Hard Rock Calling event on June 25th.

However, the group has now scrapped all its European dates for June and July because singer Stockdale has fallen sick.

A statement from the band, ...
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Courtney Love Apologizes To Billy Corgan Online

March 17th, 2010 11:59pm EDT
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Courtney Love has issued a heartfelt apology online to Billy Corgan in the hope of repairing her fractured relationship with the Smashing Pumpkins rocker.

The Hole star took to Facebook on Tuesday after Corgan went public with his feelings about Love in recent Spin and Rolling Stone magazine articles.

The rocker told Spin, "After almost 20 years of friendship, I have decided to break all ties to Courtney. I don't want anything to do with her."

In another interview with Rolling Stone, he then added, "I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape or form. You can't throw enough th...
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