[photogallerylink id=96783 align=left]Exactly 20 years ago this past Saturday, August 27th, [lastfm]Pearl Jam[/lastfm] released their debut album Ten. Music critics at the time doubted them, yet 9 albums and 60 million records later they are considered one of the most influential bands of the 90s. 2011 has been a celebration of their 20th anniversary, with festivities such as the release of Live on Ten Legs (the compilation of live tracks from world tours from 2003-2010), reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy in a deluxe format, the upcoming release of Cameron Crowe’s film Pearl Jam Twenty (accompanied by a book and soundtrack album), and finally, a 20th anniversary destination weekend bash.
[photogallerylink id=86371 align=left]Let’s say you are Eddie Vedder. You’ve traveled the world bringing good old rock and roll to the hearts and minds of young people from an array of contrasting languages and cultures. You need to pick a place to celebrate 20 years of being awesome, and where do you pick? Why, East Troy, Wisconsin of course.
Pearl Jam will be headlining the PJ20 Festival at Alpine Valley over Labor Day Weekend (September 3rd and 4th) with a variety of guests. Also scheduled to perform (both days) are the Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Glen Hansard and Liam Finn. This is their only U.S. appearance on the tour.
Tickets are still available online. Check out a map of the venue here and info on the upcoming PJ20 film at www.pj20.com.