Pearl Jam To Headline “Encore Weekend” Of 2021 Ohana Festival

Pearl Jam will be headlining both nights of the special “encore weekend” that was added to this year’s Ohana Festival. That event will take place at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA on October 1-2 and it will also feature: Beck, Lord Huron, White Reaper, Pluralone, Amythyst Kiah, St. Panther, Vanillaroma, Brandi Carlile, Sleater-Kinney, Margo Price, ZZ Ward, NHC (feat. Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney), Joe Wong And Nite Creatures, and Naked Giants. As previously announced, Pearl Jam will also be headlining the final night of the festival’s first weekend, which will be held on September 24-26.

Funko To Release New Pearl Jam Pop! Rocks Vinyl Figures

Funko have announced a new set of Pop! Rocks vinyl figures based on Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron. The figures are expected to be released in August and they can be purchased as a five-pack at pearljam.com.

Pearl Jam Announce “Deep” Archive Of Live Shows

Pearl Jam have launched a digital collection of concerts, which they are calling “Deep.” The collection features 186 bootleg shows and 5,404 tracks that were recorded between 2000 and 2013. Fans can head to an immersive web hub at Deep.PearlJam.com where they can check out various shows and fan-curated playlists along with concert descriptions that were written by members of the group’s Ten Club. They can also try out the Custom Setlist Generator to put together setlists written in Eddie Vedder’s handwriting. Notably, the setlists will also serve as streamable playlists.

Pearl Jam Tribute Band Change Name To Legal Jam After Receiving Cease And Desist Letter

As previously reported, Pearl Jam recently sent a cease and desist letter to a tribute band called Pearl Jamm, due to their name being too close to the band’s actual name. Now, the cover act have issued a new statement saying that they have since changed their name to Legal Jam.

The tribute band said the following:

“We appear to have set the internet on fire this week and it’s time to extinguish the flames. A name doesn’t define us. We do what we do out of love and respect for Pearl Jam. We have always been clear that we will ‘Yield’ to Pearl Jam’s demands and equally clear that our disappointment was only ever of the timing and manner in which those demands were made.

We are proud to announce our new name: ‘LEGAL JAM’ which we thought would be fitting and under which we will continue to perform the music of Pearl Jam in the most heartfelt and authentic way. We look forward to reconnecting with our own fans (and other tributes) who have been so supportive through this as well welcoming the new fans who have joined us over the last week, as soon as we are back on the road.

With love,

Santi, Richard, Matt, Tim & Andy
‘Legal Jam’ (formerly Pearl Jamm)”

Pearl Jam Reportedly Send Cease And Desist To Tribute Band Pearl Jamm

Pearl Jam have apparently sent a cease and desist letter to a tribute band called Pearl Jamm, due to their name being too close to the band’s actual name. The group reportedly said that the tribute act is “damaging the Pearl Jam brand and causing confusion” and that they want them to get rid of all merch, email addresses, and web domains with the moniker.

Peral Jamm told BBC the following:

“No one’s ever come to a show, got to the end of the show, came to us and demanded money back because they were expecting to see Pearl Jam play The Garage in Highbury.”

A legal correspondent added:

“Brand value is very important for musicians and artists and bands because they trade on that in order to sell music. From a tribute band point of view, it’s important to use a name that’s not too close to that of the original band. It’s important not to use logos that are identical to those used by the original band.”

Pearl Jamm also shared an open letter they wrote for Pearl Jam:

“To Eddie, Jeff, Stone, Mike, Matt, Boom; to Pearl Jam, you have broken our hearts.

You have known of our tribute band for years yet have waited until a global pandemic to have threatening legal letters sent. This isn’t the Pearl Jam we know and love, the Pearl Jam that stands up for social issues and against corporate giants. Yet your lawyers tell us it is indeed you, the band, that are behind this.

We know how Matt Cameron felt about his heroes, Kiss, when they took umbrage to his own tribute band ‘kiss’ (lower case). No one has ever confused us or our merchandise with you or your merchandise, and so to say that is “likely” is clearly nonsense. We have not caused you or your brand any damage whatsoever, in fact we have done quite the opposite.

Such was the pressure exerted by the aggressive wording of the legal letters we received, we have questioned whether we even want to continue. We know of at least one other tribute band that decided to call it a day over this. It may have been easier, cheaper and more effective for one of you to reach out to us personally. We would have done that for you. But not like this.

Your actions are out of character and unreasonable yet our love for the music endures. We sincerely hope that, despite confirmation to the contrary, you are blissfully unaware of actions being taken in your name. We invite you to respond either publicly or privately and rescind the legal threats that have been made.

We would like to thank our own fans who have shown us overwhelming support since this story broke and who have voiced equal disappointment in the actions of Pearl Jam

With love,

Santi, Richard, Matt, Tim & Andy (‘Pearl Jamm’)”

[via Loudwire]

Pearl Jam And Lin-Manuel Miranda Announce Virtual Fundraiser For Georgia Senate Runoff Election

Pearl Jam will be teaming up with composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda for a one night only conversation in which they will discuss “their artistic inspirations and why they use their microphones for activism.” The virtual event will take place on December 16 at 8:30 p.m. EST and it will “raise money to engage the Georgia Latino community in advance of the January 5th runoff election.”

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder commented:

“Georgia came through for America and now it’s time for America to come through for Georgia. We — along with millions of others — are fans of Lin-Manuel for both his art and his activism and we are excited to work together to support progressive organizations Latino Victory Project, Latino Community Fund of Georgia, and the Hispanic Federation. We hope you will join us live on December 16th as we talk music, art, and activism.”

Miranda added:

“I’ve long admired Pearl Jam’s music and commitment to advocacy — and their music has made an impact on me since I was a teenager. I haven’t met them yet, but have wanted to for a long time. We thought it would be fun to meet in front of our fans while raising awareness and resources to make sure we get out the vote for the Georgia runoff election.”

Comedian Wayne Brady will host the event and tickets can be found HERE.

My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Tool, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Received Pandemic Assistance Loans

Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to give loans to businesses to help them pay their employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report, $660 billion was given out to 600,000 companies including ones owned by Slipknot, Green Day, Tool, My Chemical Romance, Guns N’ Roses, Disturbed, Eagles, Nickelback, Papa Roach, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Cheap Trick, and more. One of the aforementioned artists, My Chemical Romance, told Rolling Stone the following about their decision to take a PPP loan:

“Like most tours that were happening this year, My Chemical Romance’s world tour was cancelled. MCR received PPP money to ensure their crew is funded in these times of uncertainty until we are able to be out on the road again. We are so grateful to these skilled, dedicated people – some of them are parents, others caretakers, still others who simply have rent to pay – and this money helps them take care of themselves and their families.”

“Pearl Jam: Art Of Do The Evolution” Book To Be Released In October

A new book focusing on Pearl Jam’s 1998 video for “Do The Evolution” is set to be released on October 6 via IDW Publishing. The 200-page hardcover book, which is titled “Pearl Jam: Art Of Do The Evolution,” is currently available to pre-order from various retailers including Amazon.

Here’s a description of the book:

“See the art that helped create the Grammy Award Nominated music video Do the Evolution by legendary band Pearl Jam, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 inductee.

Drawing inspiration from the Grammy Award nominated music video of the same name, Do the Evolution takes fans inside this unforgettable work of art. Directed by visionary comics legend Todd McFarlane (Spawn) and veteran animator Kevin Altieri (Batman: The Animated Series), this achievement in animation told a graphic and dark history of the world in four gripping minutes and is widely considered one of the best music videos of all time.

Now, the full story of the making of this historic video will be told. Lushly illustrated by the video’s striking animation cells with never before seen storyboards and designs from the video, the video’s co-producer, Joe Pearson, will guide readers through the fascinating process of bringing the band’s vision to life in this one-of-a-kind art book.”

McFarlane said the following in the book’s introduction:

“The history of mankind in as condensed a version as you will ever see. In this book, you’ll see and read about some of the process of how we pulled off such a Herculean task… It’s filled with so many wonderful examples of how dozens of creative people come together to put together what would soon become a Grammy-nominated video.”

Pearson commented as well:

“Being able to produce this seminal animated video at my studio for Pearl Jam and to work with super talents like Eddie Vedder, Todd McFarlane and Kevin Altieri was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And then to see the positive and continuing worldwide reaction of millions of fans to our group effort was the icing on this dense cake of edgy music and animation.”

Justin Eisinger, IDW’s editorial director of graphic novels and collections, added:

“Pearl Jam’s ‘Do The Evolution’ brings the threat of man’s quest for domination into stark, relatable terms, a theme that remains at the forefront of current conversation. Filled with bold imagery and layered visual storytelling that accentuates the already searing lyrics, McFarlane and Altieri created a video that spans the history of mankind. And now their groundbreaking work can be fully appreciated in this in-depth, behind-the-scenes book that explores how it all came together.”