Happy 20th Anniversary to Pearl Jam!

I know a lot of people are more than ready to move on from Seattle’s infamous reputation for grunge music. I, however, have a particular fondness for this music, especially one band in particular. 2011 is Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary year and I want to show them some love.

I wish could say my first memories of Pearl Jam were watching them play sometime in the early 90’s at one of the classic Seattle venues that no longer exists, but that would be far from the truth. In reality, my first memories consist of listening and singing to Pearl Jam on the car rides home from kindergarten. Naturally this provided me with somewhat of a unique musical taste during my playground days.

The rest is history. I never thought my favorite band would be producing new material and consistently playing shows for the next twenty years of my life. I think it goes without saying, the band has a very special place in my heart. So here’s to you, Pearl Jam, a big thank you for sticking around long enough so I could actually understand what you are singing about (although I must admit I still make up my own words to “Yellow Ledbetter”).

As part of their 20th Anniversary year celebration they have released Live on Ten Legs (available both on CD and vinyl). The record features 18 of their best live tracks from the past decade. In addition to this release, there will be lots of surprises headed our way including the already announced film, book, soundtrack and merch (to name a few). What else could we possibly ask for?

Live on Ten Legs hit the shelves this week so be sure to grab this precious nugget of Seattle history. Considering their well known appreciation of their fans (thanks Ten Club!), I have a feeling it is going to be a good year!

For more information be sure to check out pearljam.com.


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