First of all, thanks to Antsmarching for pointing out that Dave and Eddie Vedder have played together before. The thought of the two of them together on stage is like….heavenly. Eddie nutty? Really? Where does that come from….is it from what he says at shows? That’s the red wine talking. Have you heard what Dave says at shows? That’s, well, many natural things talking at once. Goodness, I can only imagine what the hell I would say or do if I was in the public eye. Let’s all be happy I’m not. But I am not here to debate, I want to campaign!
Since both DMB and Pearl Jam are celebrating their 20 year anniversaries, shouldn’t they do something together? There are many of DMB fans who also love PJ. Deep dark secret-I was in love with PJ before DMB. In high school I had quite a crush on Mr. Vedder. My first PJ show was in 1994 out in Springfield, MA. Mudhoney (love them!) opened and it was a couple of days before Kurt Cobain died. My friend and I had a plan to kidnap Eddie and bring him back home. We were hoping he would just sing for us. Ten was one of those albums that defined my youth. The lyrics and music were just the perfect blend for teen angst. Oh the nostalgia……no wonder I bought some Doc Martens and flannel shirts recently.
I didn’t see my next PJ show till 2003 but I always see those guys when they come around. A couple of summers ago, I saw two PJ shows and two DMB shows in the same week….hardcore! Thankfully they were shows down in Mansfield. If they were Hartford shows, I would still be recovering. So the campaign is to have both bands play something together, just a song will do. I know that one band has traditionally fallen more under the “jam” genre and one is more “post modern punk” but DMB have been really rockin it lately and PJ have explored a mellower side. Maybe they are ready to meet somewhere in the middle.
I can picture both bands on stage, Carter and Matt banging away; Stefan and Jeff grooving ; a sick sonic guitar trio of Tim, Stone and Mike; Boyd, Jeff, Rashawn and Boom weaving it all together and then those two other dudes strumming their acoustics and mumbling something into their mikes. Let it be a festival where I can camp and continue to develop my hacky sack skills. I can yell “yellow ledbetter” and the band that actual plays that song will be there to play it (though I enjoyed yelling it at the summer DMB shows). Common ground? Neil Young, just cover some Young songs, it will all be good. So let the campaign begin: DMBPJ 2011!!!!!!