In the midst of their summer tour
, Pearl Jam
treated a few hundred lucky fans to an intimate performance for a taping of VH1 Storytellers on Wednesday, May 31 at Avalon in New York City. "VH1 Storytellers: Pearl Jam" premieres Saturday, July 1 at 10pm. MHD: Music High- Definition Channel, MTV Networks' music-centric high-definition channel will simulcast the episode at the same time. Pearl Jam joins Dave Matthews Band
, Green Day
and Bruce Springsteen
as the most recent artists to take the stage and share their stories.
The episode treats fans to a unique experience as Pearl Jam performs new songs from their latest self-titled album Pearl Jam
(click for review) in addition to previous hits. In quintessential "Storytellers" form, the band (Eddie Vedder
, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron) answer questions from fans and in a new interview give an honest and revealing look at the stories behind the songs. Viewers will get a unique opportunity to hear the inspiration behind such hits as "Betterman" and "Alive" and from their new album Pearl Jam, "Worldwide Suicide," "Life Wasted" and "Gone."
Woven throughout the show are political musings and points of view by the band and a solo acoustic performance by Eddie Vedder of "Here's To The State." The song is a reworking of late folk singer Phil Ochs
' song "Here's to the State of Mississippi" with a new title and lyrics directed at President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Evangelist Jerry Falwell and Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.
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