October 25, 2013 |
GLENN BECK is moving to Philly. Kind of. In the wake of the news that Rush Limbaugh will be returning to 1210 WPHT, I've learned exclusively that Beck will give his Internet-only TheBlaze Radio Network a Philadelphia feel by adding local news and weather twice per hour and traffic four times per hour, provided by partnerships with local news and information services. Philly is the first market for the localized expansion, but I hear Beck wants to move to more markets.
October 24, 2013 |
When Pearl Jam performed "Wishlist," a song from 1998's Yield , during its three-hour sold-out show at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, Eddie Vedder added some lyrics not in the original. "My only wish is to wish for nothing," the leader of the enduring Seattle band sang. "Who could ask for more than that?" Then, before pushing off to "Sirens" from the sturdy new mortality-contemplating Lightning Bolt , Vedder, 48, elaborated on his Zen grunge idea. He told of being a 15-year-old "idiot" who used to grind up cheap speed pills known as "Black Beauties" on his first Fender Stratocaster.
June 27, 2011 |
In his now 20-year role as Pearl Jam's vocalist and lyricist, Eddie Vedder has been regarded as brooding, obtuse, intelligent, and intense. What he has probably never been thought of, until now, is charming. It is through his new solo efforts, the live Water on the Road Blu-ray and the sweet and aptly titled Ukulele Songs , that his levels of gracefulness have become apparent. During his sold-out solo show Saturday at the Tower Theater, with opener Glen Hansard and a few special guests, the elegant manner in which Vedder embraced songs old, new, borrowed, and blue was mesmerizing in a way that bested even his weightier performances with Pearl Jam. For all this allure and panache, Vedder never lacked for aggression.
November 1, 2009 |
Forty-two years after opening its doors with the Quaker City Jazz Festival, and 15 months after its impending demolition was announced, the Spectrum said the last of its long goodbyes in South Philadelphia last night. The master of ceremonies for the momentous occasion was Eddie Vedder, the charismatic rock star whose band, Pearl Jam, played the final four shows at the venue, which opened in 1967. The grand finale brought the curtain down on the storied arena, which was home to championship Flyers and Sixers teams before the Wachovia Center opened in 1996.
June 13, 2009 |
Eddie Vedder is a golden god to that sector of the rock-audience demographic that loves sports as much as it loves music. On Thursday night, the first of a two-night sold-out solo stand at the Tower Theater, Vedder regaled the crowd with tales of soul-brother handshakes with Dr. J and bar-hopping during the NBA Finals with Sean Penn and Jack Nicholson (wherein a beautiful woman walks up to Jack and asks if he wants to dance, and Jack responds that...
May 29, 2006 |
The most "alternative" thing about Pearl Jam in 1992 was the band's hometown. Alt-rock's heavy punk-indie hybrid style was born in Seattle, so any group with four Seattleites must be alternative - even if frontman Eddie Vedder was a California surfer dude, even if their riffs were the stuff of conventional hard rock. Throughout the '90s, however, the band struggled admirably to live up to that tag's musical and social implications, growing rawer yet more experimental, and adopting a staunch anticorporate stance.
May 26, 2006 |
The summer concert season tunes up - big time - this weekend, with the Jam on the River on Penn's Landing and Pearl Jam across the river at the Tweeter Center in Camden. Summer means lots of big names and big shows - in addition to the oversize events highlighted here, there are plenty of others, mostly at the Tweeter, where it seems as if there's a marquee name most nights: Def Leppard and Journey on June 23; the Dave Matthews Band on June 27 and 28; the Warped tour (with Joan Jett and Against Me!
October 3, 2005 |
It's been a dozen years since Pearl Jam, with Nirvana, stood at the center of the culture as Seattle's godheads of grunge. As he made clear during the band's sold-out show Friday at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, Eddie Vedder is keenly aware of that passage of time. "We don't need to be crowd-surfing like it was some video from 1992," the 40-year-old singer said as he surveyed a sea of jostling bodies. "We're all older, smarter, and perhaps more fragile now. " And, he might have added, still able to command a mass audience hungry for muscled-up rock-and-roll.
April 30, 2003 |
There's a level of trust between Pearl Jam and its audience that has become virtually unheard of among big acts and their fans. Pearl Jam's members know they can open a sold-out arena gig - such as Monday's 2 3/4-hour marathon at the First Union Spectrum - with the Southern Gothic strum of Victoria Williams' "Crazy Mary" and not lose the frothing crowd. The audience obliges the band, sensing that the sonic butt-kicking it craves - like the white-knuckle double shot of "Spin the Black Circle" and "Hail Hail" that quickly followed - will be just around the corner.
April 4, 2003 |
COMEDIAN Rosie O'Donnell demanded a retraction from the National Enquirer yesterday for: a) Saying she was actually a space alien; b) Claiming she ate her cat during a marathon midnight snack; c) Reporting that she was not-so-secretly a man; d) Publishing a story stating she and her live-in partner, Kelli Carpenter were on the verge of splitting up. Yeah, the answer is d. Like who cares. The story, published in the April 15 issue (so how can we really be sure it's not true since April 15 is 11 days from now)