Pearl Jam has just announced that they too are jumping on the video game wagon by readying Pearl Jam: Rock Band. Regardless of the band, the Rock Band video game series is always fun. It’s just extra sweeter when it’s actually a band you truly enjoy. However, Pearl Jam is uping the ante. This time around instead of picking from the bands studio output they are using live concert versions from their 19+ years of touring. The best part is you get to vote which versions of the songs end up in the video game.
Get your vote on, by clicking here.
Thanks to JT for tipping us off.
The band is touring to support “Backspacer” which received critical acclaim upon its release in the fall and quickly found its way into my CD library at home (where it stayed for months without being listened to). There were some good songs on it, but it marked the end of the 2-3 minute recording room jam sessions that made “Ten” timeless.
While this past CD didn’t really do it for me, seeing them live is an experience. It’s made me spoiled to go to another show and expect at least 2 hours of play minimum. If you can swing it, I suggest you see a show. It’s definitely worth the money. Just don’t wait to get tickets – they go faster than Captain Flintheart when he’s pleasuring his mistress.
This past weekend I attended a bachelor party in lovely Boston, MA – the birthplace of liberty some say. (Other historians and nay-sayers will argue in favor of Philadelphia, but Captain Flintheart will tell you there is no such freedom in that city. I disgress, getting back to the story.)
I was rather stoked for this bachelor party being it’s for a buddy of mine I’ve knew since grade school. He moved to Connecticut for some reason and has been in isolation ever since. Regardless, I was excited for the weekend, but I was curious on the ironic choice of Boston for two reasons:
- a bachelor party is typically the “last hurrah” before the bachelor loses their freedom forever through marriage; and
- the very same Patriots that fought for our precious liberty out of Boston would be alarmed with some of the laws that now exist within the Commonwealth of Massive-two-shits.
The first irony I list is relatively easy to understand. Angry Bostonians created the stir that eventually led to the Revolutionary War and our subsequent freedom. A bachelor party signals the end of said freedom.
The second irony is due to all the ridiculous laws the Commonwealth has adopted that are pretty random. Want a list?
- Out-of-state visitors that are younger than 25 years of age cannot purchase alcohol at events, i.e. concerts, baseball games, etc.
- It is illegal to order a Lobster Tail a la carte at a restaurant.
- Drinking out of pitchers is forbidden due to Commonwealth Law.
- Bars and Restaurants cannot discount beverages to attract revelers, i.e. no Happy Hour
I’m sure there may be one or two random laws we came across or tried to break this past weekend that are not on the above list, but you get the point. These are some random laws which limits the freedoms of people who choogle in Boston.
Bartenders definitely infringed in my opinion as they ripped a pitcher out of my hands while I was about to take a swig. In addition, not being able to order a Lobster on the side with a side of mashed potatoes is horse shit. I was victim to the “less than 25″ rule a few years back at a Pearl Jam show. And for the life of me, I can’t figure out the bit with no happy hours. I’m appalled.
Well, not all is lost. On the way home, I witnessed one of the greatest scenes ever:
Yes. That is a woman filling up her gas tank from the wrong side because she just wanted to make “it work.” It didn’t. It was rather humorous and made me less angry about the random laws that exist in the Commonwealth of MA.
Word to the wise, consult a lawyer before traveling to this Commonwealth. On a side note, why the hell is a Commonwealth and what does that mean?
While you’re taking a break from the NFL action this Sunday, be sure to head to the store to pick up Pearl Jam’s eighth studio album, Backspacer!
Here’s some distribution info compliants of Ten Club:
“You can order Backspacer at iTunes.com/backspacer. The iTunes version contains a killer digital version of the package called iTunes LP.
Also, check out this great price on Backspacer if you live in the U.K.
The Target version of the CD and the iTunes version contain 2 free concert downloads chosen from a list of 11 PJ shows.
Stay tuned for details on free concert downloads from the vault through the Ten Club version of the CD.”
Having been a fan for a billion years, I’m a bit nervous about this album. But, every new Pearl Jam compact disc usually takes one or two plays to stick with you just like the rest.
Who am I kidding, I’m psyched! Make sure you make it out on 9/21 to pick it up!
So none of the Captain’s really write about anything that happens in our personal lives or during “meetings,” which are pretty much excuses to meet up and get wasted, but maybe that is going to stop.
About a year ago, I happened to catch a Pearl Jam show with Captain Flintheart and Captain Kirk in Hartford, Connecticut. If you’ve never been to Hartford, it’s a nice town during the day, but at night after 2 AM, watch your back. Holy shit.
Pearl Jam put on a rocking show and afterward, we did what we do best. Hartford does have a great scene at night, but everything ends at 2 AM on the dot. There are no bars that stay open extra late to accommodate those who can boogie with the best of them. Having no place else to go, we all went back to drink more at the hotel. Because the alcohol finally kicked in for me, I couldn’t exactly recall the events after we got back, but someone else could…
The note above was left under the door the following day. Talk about pretty cool. Feel free to take a stab and what happened to who in the note. We’ll let you know if you’re right. I this helped us finish the detective work of piecing the night together the next day at the McDonald’s she recommended. On a side note: who the fuck works on a Saturday and stays next to the downtown bar scene?
Because Pearl Jam is awesome and we try to keep you up to speed on awesome things, here is Pearl Jam’s new single “The Fixer” from their ninth studio album Backspacer coming to your local record store September 15th:
Some even better news: the fellas are touring this fall! It’s going to be tough to grab tickets for these shows that are listed, but keep checking back for updates on added shows.
Happy fucking birthday America. I hope you are all drinking heavily, grilling burgers, listening to Bruce Springsteen, womanizing, swimming, playing baseball and doing all the other things red blooded Americans do.
In honor of such a momentous occasion we’d like you to start your day off with Pearl Jam and Neil Young. What could be more American than that?
Authors note: Neil Young is Canadian.