Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I'm Back!

I'm Back!

I know it has been a while since I posted...
October and Novemeber were crazy!

From my last few updates you know I 
was busy with
the Project to help my friend meet Stone Gossard.

If you would like to read about the
adventure you can go here
and read all about it!
 The last few posts there are of our time
with Stone and a few other 
members of Pearl Jam.

It was an amazing time for me and my friend

I thought I would just share a few photos
of the trip with you here
today just to get back into the swing of things!

Glad to be back guys!
Thanks for stopping in...
December is going to be a blast!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

About to embark on an All Encompassing Trip....

Thanks for waiting out
my absence this last month
in order to support
my friend Clinton.
I would like to say that if you have not seen 
it on the other site....
My little project worked!
Clinton will be meeting Stone Gossard
in Charlotte,N.C.
on October 30th!

I am over the moon for him
and I am greatful
to be able to go with him
to photograph the event for him!

If you want to see the updates
check in at

Last Tuesday I attended the Pearl Jam
show in Philadelpia, PA..
an amazing night indeed!
I got 4 of my favorite songs at the show
and one or two
were ones they don't play that often.
I'll be sharing my roadtrip with
you here this next two weeks...
following the band from 
Charlottesville, VA
 Charlotte, NC...

Excited and nervous.
ready to meet up with so many fellow
Jammers who have become like
and to hang out with Clinton for
a few days and watch
his dream come true!

Until then here is a clip from the show at Philly...
one of my favorites
now checked off my PJ bucket list!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Checking in from Pittsburgh - Lightning Bolt Tour!

Just thought I would check in 
and share this rare gem
that was played in Pittsburgh
on opening night of 
Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt tour....


I'll be back at it here on a regular basis
after October 30th 
and my leg of the East Coast tour is up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Seeking Stone Gossard - update

Just giving you guys an update 
on the other site...
we just have a few weeks left
to help Clinton meet Stone..

If you have not visited 
please take a look and read
his story at the site

We appreciate the help!

Here is a little something by Stone 
for the weekend..

Thanks for checking in!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Update on Seeking Stone Gossard......

Just wanted to give a little
update on the other site I 
talked about in the last post
Nine days down
and pics still coming in!

Please go over and take a visit!

Here is one of our most popular ones!

A mini Stone who wanted to help out!

Go over and take a look
and if you would like to help out and send in
your own picture let me know!

Visit here at

Here is a little Pearl Jam for the weekend...

Hail Hail in reference to the picture above...
The song is 14 years old when it is played here
and the guys still have the same energy and passion 
when they play it 
like they did when it was first released!

Hail Hail everyone and have a rockin' weekend!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A small break to help a friend.....

Just wanted to check in
and let you know I will posting a bit
less frequently for the next
month or so.
If you visit this website
which I am running you will see why...
 Still has to do with  music
and a worthy cause...

Thanks and please visit...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Photo Friday...err make that Fun Friday....

I'm going to keep it lighthearted 
today and I wanted 

to share a few comics ...
The PJ family is good at sharing these fun
tidbits ..
here are a few of our recent favs...

and for the ladies...
 I know..I know GUYS...
but you have to admit you probably laughed!

Hope you are having a great Friday!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Vitalogy.....The marrying kind....

So today I thought
I would have some fun with Vitalogy...
this picture plate especially makes me laugh...
 A bit fuzzy - but it reads
"The woman who marries a man with physiognomy similar
to the above, the weak points in whose character are further described 
on page 184, is likely to have a life full of trouble and to rest in a 
premature grave.
Mothers caution your daughters."

What does Physiognomy mean?
Physiognomy (from the Gk. physis meaning "nature" and gnomon meaning "judge" or "interpreter") is the assessment of a person's character or personality from his outer appearance, especially the face. The term physiognomy can also refer to the general appearance of a person, object or terrain, without reference to its implied characteristics, as in the physiognomy of a plant community.
If you are dating, meet, or are married to 
someone who has
facial characteristics like the man above-
if you are a guy
who looks like that one...
you better go see a psychiatrist , 
get a nose job, 
or a serious makeover...
but according to the good doctor
you were just born a jerk!

Ha! This book continues to surprise me 
every time I turn a page! 

To go along with our theme today
here is Pearl Jam performing
an acoustic arrangement of 
at the Bridge School benefit 2010.
Take a listen....
it is a totally different arrangement of the song 
and I think you will be pleasantly surprised if you
have not heard this version.

Until next Saturday Vitalogy fans...
Have a Rockin' Day!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Photo Friday...Alice in Chains @ Isleta Ampitheatre

This Friday's photos
of Alice in Chains
fresh from the oven..
sent to me
by Frank Dolan...

He took these shots at the
Isleta Amphitheater
in Albuquerque, NM just a few days ago
on August 31st.

and before we go there....
I know AIC is a touchy subject for some...
If you agree or not about the decision to come back
years later
after Layne's passing...
I just want to say - this is about the fan experience.
NO one expects Layne to be replaced -
 he can't...
Frank said he had a great time - 
this was his first live AIC show...

 Mike Inez rockin' the hair and Jerry's new lack of .....

Frank also managed to come away with some nice

How cool is that?!

Frank has been following AIC for a long time. 
He thought that William DuVall was great and holds up with the band well. 
He said they put on an amazing show 
and Jerry was great 
to finally get to see play guitar live.

We're glad Frank had such an awesome experience!

I would just like to include a link to an interview Mike Inez
gave to The Columbian....
 and here is a bit from the interview about Layne's absence...
"I don't think there's closure, per se. That seems to me like the wrong word," Inez said. 
"You obviously move on and the world keeps spinning and the gigs keep coming and stuff like that, but sometimes, especially like on the tour bus late at night when there are no sounds going on and it's really silent, I start thinking about Layne and stuff like that, still to this day. And I don't ever want to stop thinking about Layne."

please read the whole article here

I personally think if you give the music
a chance - William is NOT trying to be Layne or imitate his
He and Jerry have found a way to harmonize 
and keep the same feel of Alice
You never hear William trying to copy Layne's nuance's.
When you hear him sing older Alice tunes I think
he is actually doing a beautiful tribute
to Layne in carrying the music on.

Frank also sent us this wonderful link
to a video he took of the
 band performing

 Thanks to Frank for sharing with us.
Alice in Chains is really making some great music again...
and Layne will forever be in our hearts and minds.
he is simply irreplaceable.



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Why Not? Happy Birthday to the "Guru"

I usually don't
do the 
"Happy Birthday" stuff
but I thought today why the heck not?
Let's make it fun...

On this day back in
Rock n' Roll history

 Kim Thayil was born...
(taken from a crazy 90's comic and re-adjusted)

I have to admit
I have always loved Kim's sense of humor
very dry - and a lot of times
it seemed like interviewers had no idea when he
was being sarcastic because he pulled such a straight
face when doing it.
I'd watch the interviewer trying to figure where to go next
or actually trying to come back at him...
never realizing he was totally un-serious.
You'd finally see the smallest hint on his face
of satisfaction in knowing this person had NO idea
who they were really interviewing or why.
If you passed his test - then he really opened up.
Had a great vid to share and the damn thing won't load.
instead -
An old tune - recently played..
Slaves and Bulldozers
I love how it looks like it takes absolutely no effort from Kim....
So Happy Birthday Kim -
We're officially adding your
"mugshot" to the wall this week too!
Keep Rockin'...

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Vitalogy and some Corduroy.....

Thanks for coming back
to delve into
Vitalogy again this week....
Just wanted you to see the massive size of this book
compared to the Pearl Jam booklet...
Today I'm going to keep it simple 
but maybe not sweet...
Did you ever notice page 17
in the PJ book?
A set of dental x-rays...
definitely fitting for the medical contexts
of the book right?
Did you look close enough to see that the x-rays
are labeled as belonging to Eddie Vedder?
With a date of 12/9/92?
Of course I have to wonder if that was the date
the films were taken
or is that some significant date Ed marked on there
More investigating to come.
When you look closely at the the bottom
box on the x-ray where the 
examiner should fill in their name
(usually the doctor is signed here in case of identifying needs)
there has been a label placed in to the box
with the word
Pearl Jam fans usually know all about the
premise of the song Corduroy...
Referring to a jacket that Ed used to wear.
When the whole "grunge" thing  exploded
and became exploited...
Ed felt that way about himself too...
exploited and not in control..
Seeing ads in fashion magazines
for "grunge" style clothing...
now going for hundreds of dollars
it was really quite ridiculous. 
"I don't want to hear from those who know-
they can buy but can't put on my clothes" 
exemplifies his feelings towards the frenzy...
"those who know" - I'm thinking the people who create the hype-
who "know" what's cool..where everything is happening...
what the latest and greatest is....
"they can buy" - self explanatory
"but can't put on my clothes"
 a person can't gain an identity
or acquire an attitude 
or walk in someone else's shoes -simply from a purchase..?
You can't be ME...
I know he thought is was pure stupidity and greed.

I'm going to examine Corduroy a little further in the future...
today was just the beginning...
This is when Corduroy was a "New song"
something they had just written-
not available in stores..
quoting Ed here...
take a listen...

Have a Rockin' Day guys! 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Photo Friday...Mike McCready / Shadow

Photo Friday....

I have a few fans working on some of
their personal photos....
so until they are ready
I thought I would give
Mike McCready a little plug here...

Today's photo is a self shot of Mike from his Twitter feed...

The story is...
Mike reunited with his 80's band
Shadow this week for a little
show at Easy Street Records in Seattle ...
The guys seemed to have a blast - old friends
having good fun and rocking out together.

I love that Mike always seems eager to help out
a friend with a cause, 
to take time to stop with fans,
 just loving life lately and so into his work.

He has talked about his struggles before
and of all the PJ members he was the only 
one I was surprised to hear he had so much
inner turmoil.

A song like Inside Job
(written by Mike)
that I featured in my personal photo
on Wednesday...
is a peek into the soul of someone
who is sharing their troubles and trying
to come out on the up side.

Here is the Shadow
show at Easy Street

I also want to give Mike my humble thanks for
trying to help shine a light on
Healthcare reform by sharing his story about Insurance 
coverage denial becasue of his Crohn's
I have had a similar experience with Healthcare
and it is scary and unfair.
I could tell a long story that would shock most
but we're all about music here - so we'll stow it for another time.
Mike has also lent his persona
to help friend Steve Gleason spread the word about
I have written about my personal
experience with ALS on another blog
and I will share it here eventually.
(only because of Mike and Pearl Jam's involvement in the cause)
You can tell Mike has a big heart 
and his efforts
no matter how small he may think they are -
are greatly appreciated.

You can follow Mike on Twitter 

Have a Rockin' Day guys!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Music....Ben Shepherd - In Deep Owl

I wanted to throw in
an extra post this week
to share some
great new music.

Soundgarden bassist
Ben Shepherd
released a solo
project 2 days ago 
on August 27th,2013
"In Deep Owl"

I have to admit I was not sure what
to expect from Ben.
I think he is a total animal on the Bass sometimes
and then others 
he's tearing it up
 but he looks totally bored.
He cracks me up.
He's entirely under-rated in my opinion. 

If you have an open mind
and don't expect everything to be
I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Of course I do hear the elements
that I hear in SG music here and there.
But at this point it's his DNA right?

Here is a track from the

Check out his web-site 
for Information on the album
how to get it, FB,etc.

Congratulations Ben on a wonderful piece of work.

My point again -
these boys labeled 
"grunge" years
ago have many more complex layers
than what the media lets you believe.
Check out and explore music for 

Have a Rockin' day guys!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Images from Lyrics....Inside Job

 make yourself a pact, 
not to shut doors on the past
just for today,... I am free

Inspired by Inside Job....
Pearl Jam...

Beautiful sound from Verona Italy 2006...

Have a Rockin' Day!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vitalogy ,Lightning , and a game of 7 degrees?

Sometimes life gets in the way...
So today is Viatlogy Monday....

While reading early on I caught this
little fun passage about what to do
if struck by lightning....

 (excuse my photography)
Throw water on the person...use artificial respiration because
people who have been declared dead have recoverd
up to an hour afterwards?
Yeah - don't think any of those are going to work.
The best part is the last -
If you can find a battery pass an electric current 
up and down the spine and extremities for 2 minutes...
God only knows what an 1880's battery was like?
I'm hoping this was in the vein of forethought for
what we now use 
known as an AED or
 an  automated external defibrillator.
and here are some illustrations
of what "CPR" was like in this era...
  to help inhale...
 to help exhale....
I'm guessing most patients did not recover !
How am I relating this to PJ music today?
Well the whole lightning blot thing struck me as funny
because of the new album...
"Lightning Bolt"
and then this happened at Wrigley Field
the night they debuted the new track
titled aptly
"Lightning Bolt" as well...
 Pretty crazy huh?
So now we have started a 7 degrees of Vitalogy thing right?
Here is the track played at Wrigley Field...

and by they way...
lets make another connection -
1st the book-
2nd the title of the new album-
3rd - the lightning strike
4th - the song "Nothingman" on Vitalogy
the lines
"caught a bolt of lightning - cursed the day he let it go"
So we have made a connection from 1880 all the way around to 2013.
things happen for a reason right?

Have a Rockin' Day guys!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Vitalogy Monday?.....

Hey guys!

Sorry my Vitalogy post had to be put on hold
until Monday.

Until then
enjoy some acoustics for


Friday, August 23, 2013

Photo Friday.....Andrew Wood

The photo for today
 is more like a scan....
but following in my purpose
I think it does tell a story....
I came across several of these pages for sale
several months ago on E-bay....
Handwritten lyrics by Andy Wood...
(here is a link to the page E-bay)

The description says the seller acquired them
from someone close to Andy.

I have to admit the first time I saw them it actually made me sad.
I know we live in a capitalist society and what you own is yours to do with...
Andy was only 24 when he passed
and this year marked the 23rd Anniversary of his departure.
It seems un-real.
Like it was only yesterday....
It is so cliche' but the older we get time passes so quickly.
How is it possible it has been over 20 years?
That being said - I guess it made me
sad because it still seems too soon for things like this
to be bought and sold in my mind.
I'd like to think whomever gave it to this person
hoped someone would really
cherish ,appreciate , and preserve it.
Hopefully that will be the case.

That being said
 it is neat to be able to view something like this.
To get a peek into the mind of
the Man of Golden Words..
during 1983.
All this being said I would like to encourage you
to go and watch the movie
by Scot Barbour
The film really gives much more insight
into Andys life and where he was coming from.
Much more than what was in PJ20.
Interviews with friends, family,
 and a lot more footage of Andy that you have probably never seen.

To close today instead of music
I wanted to share a video
with some behind the scenes footage...
It was taken during the "baby" photo shoot
for Mother Love Bone
I think it just gives a nice glimpse into
the boys and Andy when they were
not "performing"...
Andy is "working" yet funny and being himself...


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Images from Lyrics......Leash

Images from Lyrics.....

"I am lost, I'm no guide, but I'm by your side...
I am right by your side"

Now let's have a listen....
Leash by Pearl Jam....
College Park, MD
One of my favorite shows ever!

Have a Rockin' Day guys!

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Music from Seattle......The Walking Papers

Today I'm going to switch
things up a bit and talk about
some of the NEW music coming out of Seattle.

Today I'm going to share a bit about
The Walking Papers

There really is a lot of evolved music
coming out of Seattle...
I have to admit the first time I heard of
The Walking Papers was a few months ago.
Funny enough it was on Xana LaFuente's
(our dearly departed Andrew Wood's fiance)
Then I started hearing more buzz about
them through other 10C fans.

When I finally pulled them up
I was pleasantly surprised.
They have been referred to as a 

The funny thing to me however is no one
made mention of the fact that
pretty much all of the band members are 
VERY well seasoned and well known musicians.
The chatter was just that they were this great new band...
not like they were trying to ride on
their past.
The fans seemed to not care about
where in musical history they came from.
Just that they were amazing and refreshing. 

Line up includes-
 Jeff Angell – lead vocals, guitar, piano
Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
Benjamin Anderson – keyboards, backing vocals
Barrett Martin – drums, percussion, upright bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Former members of great bands like
 Gun's and Roses
The Missionary Position
Screaming Trees
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam even made some contributions 
to the album.
Their album was mixed by Seattle legend Jack Endino
 and released in Oct. 2012

They recently played at great show at
Easy Street Records
alas - something was going
on with the mic and you really can't
hear the vocals much.
It was a great live performance though.
I decided instead to pull two songs to
show what I think represent the range
The Walking Papers
The first I don't think you will expect from
a band with the members you just read.
It's haunting , beautiful, and a bit twisted ...
"The Butcher "

and now we will rock out
"The Whole World is Watching"
Pretty cool huh?
Not what you were expecting was it?!
Thanks to all the great bees who have been buzzing
The Walking Papers!

P.S. - Just in case you did not know-
Duff McKagan is Seattle born and bred.
I'm going to get into a little bit of Duff's
 mad musical circles
from when he was a teenager
a little later on.

Have a Rockin' Monday guys!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Vitalogy...Hysterics...and F-Me in the Brain

Today we're going to look
at a  fun passage in

This one I just love because it attempts to
explain what
Hysteria is and who normally suffers from it...

 Here is where I know the smart - alec men in the audience
are going to say "Oh - yeah" 
stuff they blame on P.M.S. etc...
I think the point at which the passage reads
"crowding of the intellect  to the neglect of the body;
solitary vice and novel reading are among the many causes of this disease;
also disappointments in love"
and I'll stop there.

For real Mr. 1800's doctor?!!
Reading a book or trying to learn is going to make a woman
Or we shall be driven mad by our disappointing love life?!
If this isn't a load of wad I don't know what else is?!
Remember the other day how I was commenting about
how people were twisting facts to control and influence people.
I take that back for this specific passage...
whomever wrote this one
obviously had no good relationships with any female
or at least he cared not to find anything out about the real
person or persons he was living with.
What a schmutz!
I don't think there is any Pearl Jam song other than
"F me in the Brain" that could
go along with this passage.
I often wondered why F me In the brain was only played
twice by the band...
maybe someone was just a little hysterical himself
and having "woman" problems?
The song was played on 
Nov. 5th 1993 in Indio, California
and on 
Friday Nov. 26th 1993 in Boulder, Colorado

Today let's hear the hysterical Eddie Vedder
F**ck  Me In The Brain
at Indio
and to make it even more fun
it involves the
"Shoe the Shoe-less rant"
 If you've never seen this you are in for a ride!
and in case you can't guess
there is adult language used here...

Who's hysterical now?
Thanks to TwoFeet Thick for the great upload...

Have a rockin' weekend guys!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Photo Friday....Matt Cameron's postcard from the past.....

I'm really excited to
share today's photos....

A couple of weeks ago I was looking
for some albums on E-Bay...
I came across a listing for The Screaming Life EP
by Soundgarden...
an original pressing.

 I clicked on the listing and there was also a small picture
of a postcard the seller was willing to throw in with
the album...
and here it is....

 Big Deal you say...
let's look at the back...


(I'd blow it up bigger but the side bar covers the signature)

 Pretty neat huh?!
I did some research and indeed
the band was in Oklahoma on the date the postcard
was postmarked.
However it gets a bit confusing after that.
I can not find an MTV New Music Awards...
However there was something called  
the CMJ Radio Network which made an audio recording
of their Oct. 26th award ceremony which included
"Ugly Truth" from Louder Than Love
by Soundgarden. 

then there is this clip
that MTV taped for 120 minutes
and called it the CMJ Music Marathon...
 I'm assuming it was all bands from the CMJ shows
and some of their
videos on 120 Minutes... 
(God I forgot about that show)
Chris and Kim at their smart-alec best... 
Blast from the past huh?!
So I think it was just a mix up of events being that they
were both being held at the same time and intertwining.
I like how he was excited about the new bus and the chance
for some exposure.
There's great video footage out there of Jason Everman ,Stone Gossard
and Jeff Ament discussing this new "cool" bus...
that they had really wanted one with 
dragons on it, warriors, and Unicorns 
along with some other kinds of ridiculousness 
in the conversation. 
Maybe I'll share that later...
I have a few pics to share later of some early Soundgarden
in the van and those shared hotel rooms.
So who was  the postcard recipient Billy Atwell ?
Billy is also a drummer like Matt!
A new find for me - the band he refers to as the Inbred was
quite popular for a time in their circle.
Of all places in Morgantown, WVA.
Who knew WVA had a hardcore scene
back in the 80's?
I have to say I think that's pretty cool.
I have a nephew who lives in WVA and he's
always felt a bit out of place..
He's definitely more alternative compared to the scene
where he grew up.
Maybe this would make him have some renewed faith 
in sticking with being yourself.
If a hardcore punker Could make it in WVA in the 80's
you certainly can too!
I of course then had to look up the band 
and Billy is a kick-ass drummer!
The band is pretty darn good!
They broke up 
but Billy is still out there kickin' it!
He is still living in El Paso as far as I can tell.

It would be interesting to know 
how Billy and Matt met...
Look the Inbred up for some fun on You Tube along with album title Family Affair.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into a bit of Matt Cameron
and a piece of his past...
Here is a 2011 live version of Ugly Truth
Matt's drumming is a lot more aggressive and polished at the same time
and I like the more mature control Chris has
over his voice.
The early versions are great but 
Chris always sang in that really high pitch 
and I prefer the one he is using now.
Have a Rockin' Day and come back tomorrow
for our weekly look into Vitalogy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Images from Lyrics...Alone

Images from Lyrics...

Inspired by
Alone - Pearl Jam

I usually don't feel the need to explain...
that photo was taken at the end of my block.
A name scrawled into wet cement a long time ago.

2 lines in the song-
"On the street he's walking wounded"
"Anything to get his heart off Nicole"

That nickname "Nicky" and the red paint spatter....
how strange is that.
Just thought it was too cool not to share.

Rock on guys!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

So who the Heck is Mookie Blaylock?.....

So who the heck is
Mookie Blaylock?

this is Mookie Blaylock ...

but wait...
this is Mookie Blaylock too...

Yeah...I know....

Die hard fans - you know this story...
New fans - here's a quick version...

Bass Player Jeff Ament was interviewed
by newspaper -The Missoulan
and this was his story...

"When we were recording our first record, we had a per diem of about $10. So when we got lunch at the store across the street, we'd always buy a pack of basketball cards. When we turned in our tape, we didn't have a name for the band yet so we put a Mookie Blaylock card in the case. We were about to go on a tour and still didn't have a name and needed one quickly. We were told it didn't need to be the name that we were going to use forever, just something for the tour. Someone saw the Mookie Blaylock card and said, ‘How about Mookie Blaylock?' We decided to go with it and did a 10-show tour with Alice in Chains as Mookie Blaylock. Mookie was cool about it, too—he didn't sue us. I actually got to meet him later on and shoot around a little bit. We also made a Pearl Jam T-shirt with a picture of him on it. I guess we owe Mookie a lot."

Of course we know they eventually changed the name
Pearl Jam
and the rest is history...

I'm sure Mookie never imagined being linked
 forever in history
to one of the best rock bands of all time...
Let's listen to a little Mookie Blaylock
shall we?

This video was taken at The Club with No Name
Funny how the guy introducing them
"This is not Mother Love Bone"
This is the entire show
so if you have some time to kill
the footage includes Mookie Blaylock
Alice in Chains...

I know, I know....all my Ten Clubbers are like
tell us something we don't know!
Don't forget
 - we are helping to school a whole new generation of fans here...

Rock on guys!

P.S. - I forget to mention Mookie's number is