Pearl Jam exhibition opening at museum of pop culture
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Pearl Jam will be the subject of a new exhibition at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle, it was announced on Monday (May 7th). Billed as the most extensive celebration yet of the group’s music, the exhibit will feature more than 200 artifacts provided directly from members of the band or their Seattle warehouse. The exhibition, dubbed “Pearl Jam: Home & Away,” will coincide with the band’s Seattle concerts and opens to the general public on August 11th.
Pearl Jam archivist and videographer Kevin Shuss said, “With the help of the talented crew at MoPOP, we’re using the idea that we started with at PJ20 and taking the Pearl Jam Museum to a whole new level. Focusing on items from tours and memorabilia from the band’s warehouse, the exhibit will be a must-see for any Pearl Jam fan.”
Spanning 28 years, the exhibition will feature personal instruments, equipment, stage props, original typewritten lyrics and notebooks, original poster and album art, set lists, and a photo op featuring the towering letters from the front of Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut album, Ten.
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready told us he’s appreciative of the long career he and the band have had: “When it comes down to it, getting to be 50 years old and looking back at that and going, ‘Wow, done all these Pearl Jam records and toured all over the world and played at a thousand-plus shows and got to make a career out of this,’ I’m very lucky and I’m aware of that, and I feel grateful that I’m still doing this.”
“Pearl Jam: Home & Away” will be included with MoPOP general admission and will remain on view until early 2019.
The group’s Seattle concerts, dubbed the “Home Shows,” will take place on August 8th and 10th at SafeCo Field. They’re part of a late summer run of seven North American dates that will include a show in Missoula, Montana and two-night stands at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park.
CHECK IT OUT: For more info on the exhibition, go to MoPop.org:
SIDE NOTES: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard reunited this past Saturday (May 5th) during a benefit show at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle with the other surviving members of their previous act, Mother Love Bone, for their first performance in eight years. In addition to fellow original Mother Love Bone members Greg Gilmore on drums and Bruce Fairweather on guitar, the show had a slew of guest singers filling in for late frontman Andrew Wood, who passed away in 1990. Fan-filmed footage of the show can be seen below (Loudwire):