Major Update On Pearl Jam’s 2016 North American Tour

A member of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club forums spoke to a rep at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center’s box office yesterday. She said she has a confirmed Pearl Jam tour for spring 2016. “Sir, I can’t give specifics at this time but they do have a tour scheduled in the time frame you mentioned, I highly recommend calling back in a few days and I will be better able to assist you.”

In mid October, a list of rumored cities and dates for a spring 2016 Pearl Jam tour surfaced on the forums.

2016 Rumored Pearl Jam Tour Dates:
4/8 Ft Lauderdale
4/9 Miami
4/11 Tampa
4/13 Jacksonville
4/15 Atlanta
4/16 Nashville
4/18 Columbia SC
4/20 Charlotte
4/21 Raleigh
4/23 Lexington
4/26 Pittsburgh
4/28&29 Philly
5/1&2 NYC
5/5 Buffalo
5/6 Albany or Hartford
5/8 Quebec
5/10 Ottawa
5/11 Montreal
5/13&14 Toronto

Last week, I published a story on Alternative Nation about Eddie Vedder dedicating Pearl Jam’s cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in Rio de Janeiro last night to a fan named Pierre-Antoine Henry, who was tragically killed at Eagles of Death Metal’s show in Paris nearly two weeks ago by ISIS terrorists. Our story had video of Pearl Jam’s performance of “Imagine,” but not Vedder’s speech we had a transcription of. A friend of Pierre-Antoine reached out to me asking for audio of Vedder’s speech, so it could be played at his funeral to dedicate “Imagine” to him.

I reached out to Pearl Jam fans on Twitter and the Ten Club boards searching for the audio, and then I e-mailed a contact in Pearl Jam’s organization, and despite the band being on tour in South America, they managed to quickly pull the professional audio of the speech and get it sent to Pierre-Antoine’s friends and family in time for the funeral. It was a total class act move on the part of the Pearl Jam Ten Club organization, and it made me quite emotional when I was told that they had sent it. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up for Pierre-Antoine. Read Eddie Vedder’s tribute below, as transcribed by Sea on the forums.

“I wanted to say…I wanted to send out a message. Playing these shows it feels like family. A really, really big family. And of course we are always concerned about safety. For yours, for ours, for the crew, for everybody. You know music can bring joy. It also can help you deal with anger. It can also help you with sadness. And when you get a gathering of people at a show all these things become more powerful because you are sharing them with all these other people at the same time.

And it makes the senseless, senseless tragedy that occurred last week in Paris even more upsetting and the fact that it happened during concert with a great band and great Parisian fans it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core and it broke our hearts even more when we and more deeply when we heard that someone, a really good man, a father of two, a great husband, great brother, a great son and he was always in the front row of the shows when we played in Europe. And we found out recently that he lost his life, when like all the others he deserved very much to still be living…so tonight we would like to ask…(Ed begins speaking Portuguese. I think he is saying that he wants to play the song for the family of Pierre-Antoine Henry)”

Chris Cornell Says Kids Want To Sound Like Skrillex More Than Nirvana

Soundgarden singer/songwriter and solo artist Chris Cornell spoke on the current state of rock music in a video interview with The Rock FM, as transcribed by Alternative Nation:

“I think really to understand the current state of rock music you sort of have to be able to shift the perception a little, or think about what rock music means…and to me I think kind of, and I think what it always meant from the very beginning that it was sort of the homespun music of the street…or anybody’s music, it was the voice of anybody who wanted to do it, who felt like doing it. You didn’t have to be musically educated, you didn’t have to be literally educated, you didn’t have to come from royalty…you could be anyone and anyone could participate in it, like country and western.

I think a lot of that has shifted to the hip hop world or even the electronic world, where now, you can make an album on a laptop inside a studio apartment and young kids that are listening to music, as opposed to guitar based rock music or even music that even be made on a laptop, and they’re learning how to do it, and that’s inspring them. They have the capability of doing that. I think having technology, plus having some really huge hip hop artists, has shifted that to where the first urge of some kids who write a song or make a recording, might not be guitar, bass, drums and vocals, it might not be “let’s try to sound like Nirvana”, it might something much more in the direction of hip hop or rap or electronica, it might be Skrillex instead.”

Tool Add Shows To 2016 Tour

Tool have announced four new tour dates:

– January 14: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
– January 20: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
– January 22: St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Center
– January 31: New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

A Tool source recently told Alternative Nation that this was the only leg planned for this tour, so you better buy tickets to see the band in January!

Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”

He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.

“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”

Morrissey: “The Stage Is My Social Network”

In a new interview with the Paraguayan publication “Ultima Hora”, Morrissey covered his life in music, the influence of the New York Dolls and Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, his platform of social networking and more frank and open answers to prying questions. The full interview (in English) can be seen here.

One of Morrissey’s earliest influence has been the New York Dolls. He actually incited them to reunite a couple of years back and enjoys some kind of relationship with the band. Of their legacy and influence he says:

“I was very young when I first saw them in 1973, and that is the time when one seeks to belong. Immediately I became another person. They made the perfect balance between shouting, anger, humor and violence, and suddenly everything made ​​sense. If you love music, but haven’t got those two albums: New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much, Too Soon (1974), then you are losing out. David Bowie and Roxy Music were receiving all the praise, but never were as ingenious. However, the New York Dolls were funny and deadly.”

Of Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde (of whose work and name he has made reference to in his music), Morrissey spoke on what first “drew him” to his work:

“I think he becomes more important over time. Everybody quotes Oscar Wilde … so far, in 2015. His words can be applied via any modern society, while Shakespeare’s and Charles Dickens’ words can’t. Wilde understood everything about the human condition, but remember that he was killed by the British Judical System, which wanted to destroy him because he was too smart for them. If he were alive today, they would have killed him anyway. Even now in England all who speak out are sacrificed by the newspapers. One can be a zombie or something and you just will be reduced. Oscar Wilde got scoffed by the establishment for being smart and right, so I got it.”

Morrissey’s attitude towards the music and industry, especially these days, may seem unconventional (integrity is a four-letter word these days) but it really works for him. He claims that “the stage is my social network” and it’s very true. Having seen Morrissey four times (soon to be five), he absolutely utilizes the stage for the issues he is passionate about, like animals rights and objection to issues like police brutality and the British monarchy, showcased through mirages of film set along seamlessly to music. Though he has an incredibly dedicated fanbase and large platform to speak his mind, he has considered leaving music as he described in the interview, “the music business is difficult. I have been cheated many, many times, and so it becomes difficult to live with that, because people who cheat you are protected by well-placed friends in high places. But I love singing, I can say that honestly. I dream of creating and working in an animal sanctuary, but around the world there are offers for me to continue singing and I’m happy to do so as long as people want me.”

It will be Morrissey’s first show in Paraguay after a number of complications prevented him from touring South America several months ago. He expressed concerns with Paraguay’s social issues, “I know that people [in Paraguay] struggle and that there is a big problem with potable water, but the media in the UK and US are obsessed about what is happening elsewhere.”

Most promising, however, is Morrissey’s will to not be anyone else than himself:

As a living music legend, I imagine that you’ve got a very chaotic life. On a normal day, where do you discover beauty?

“Nowhere. I feel much better when I avoid the news. It’s all so predictable, poisoned and prepared for horror. We all seek a system that helps us to find the meaning of life, but it’s getting hard to find, and it’s a great relief when we discover that nobody speaks to us. We all live our day to day trying to deal with it. Educated people have made a mess of the world, however, they have made ​​uneducated people feel responsible. One will not find a corrupt banker in prison.”

You can catch Morrissey in a limited US tour in the next following weeks as we reported here. Tour date are also below:

December 29th – San Francisco – The Masonic
December 31th – Los Angeles – Galen Center at USC
January 2nd- Las Vegas – The Joint

AlternativeNation’s classic interview with Morrissey, of which I participated in, is available here. If you haven’t read it, it’s a worthwhile read.