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.”

Pearl Jam Release Uncensored Version Of “Jeremy” Video For First Time

Pearl Jam have officially released the uncensored version of their “Jeremy” music video for the first time. The band commented:

“In addition to the equity protests taking place around the country, [June 5] also marks National Wear Orange Day. The increase in gun violence since the debut of “Jeremy” is staggering. We have released the uncensored version of the video which was unavailable in 1992 with TV censorship laws. We have also released an updated Choices shirt with all proceeds to support organizations working to prevent gun violence. We can prevent gun deaths whether mass shootings, deaths of despair, law enforcement, or accidental.”

Pearl Jam Go Behind-The-Scenes Of Their “Retrograde” Video

Pearl Jam have shared a behind-the-scenes look at their animated video for “Retrograde”. You can check that out below:

Director Josh Wakely told Rolling Stone the following about making the video during the ongoing quarantine:

“The workflows were very weird, the video conference calls innumerable, and the sheer number of people involved — over 150 — was huge. Even though most of us have never met, I think we all feel inspired by what we accomplished together.

My sincere hope is that in the future, people everywhere can think of themselves as part of a unified team in pursuit of an urgent, common goal. This new kind of distributed teamwork seems like the right way to overcome not just complex video production challenges, but also the many shared environmental challenges we face as inhabitants of planet Earth at this moment in history. We can use technology, creativity and everything else in the toolbox to battle the existential crises of our time — from COVID-19 to the climate crisis to homelessness, inequality, hate and more. As the song says, ‘It’s gonna take much more than ordinary love to lift this up.'”

Pearl Jam To Perform At “All In WA” Virtual COVID-19 Relief Concert

Pearl Jam are among the artists that are set to perform during a virtual COVID-19 relief concert for All In WA, the nonprofit started by Washington governor Jay Inslee. The event, which will also feature Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Brandi Carlile, Macklemore, Dave Matthews, and more, will broadcast on June 10 at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel and on Seattle-area NBC affiliates. Amazon will serve as the sponsor and the company’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will be matching all donations with a maximum of $25 million.

Pearl Jam Offer Fans A Chance To Win VIP Concert Experience As Part Of “All In Challenge” For COVID-19 Relief

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has accepted the “All In Challenge” to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts. Fans that donate money via allinchallenge.in will have a chance to win an insane “birthday package” from the band.

Here’s a description of the prize:

“No matter when your birthday actually falls, you can choose which day you and a guest celebrate big with this never before offered Pearl Jam Birthday package. Join legendary Pearl Jam frontman, Eddie Vedder, for a concert experience you’ll never forget. You’ll start the day off with a soundcheck, where you’ll work with Eddie on the setlist for the night. Enjoy your view from good seats and then the soundboard for the first half of the show, and take your spot on the side of the stage for the second half. While you’re up there, Eddie will put you to work as a crew member and also share a bottle from his personal red wine stash with you. You’ll ultimately join Eddie and the band on stage for a “birthday” celebration, where the crowd will sing to you and you’ll get to blow out the candles on your cake. After an unforgettable night, you’ll take home your gift – your own Fender Telecaster guitar, signed by the Grammy Award-winning band. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.”

Pearl Jam To Release “Gigaton Visual Experience” On Apple TV

Pearl Jam’s special listening experience for their new album “Gigaton” ended up getting cancelled last month due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the band have still found a way to bring the immersive audio-visual event to their fans. Tonight at 12AM ET / 9PM PT, the group will be releasing the experience in Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision via Apple TV for seven days, before making it available to rent or buy. “Gigaton” producer Josh Evans commented:

“I’m excited for fans to be able to immerse themselves in the sound and to hear the depth and layers of these songs and performances. It’s truly a unique way to experience this album.”

Pearl Jam Premiere New Song “Quick Escape”

Pearl Jam have premiered a new song titled “Quick Escape.” This track is from the band’s new album “Gigaton,” which will be released on March 27. Furthermore, the group have also launched a “Quick Escape” video game along with the song.