Pearl Jam Network: A Fan's Obsession for Awhile
This was Adam Frucci's website created as a comprehensive resource of Pearl Jams lyrics and song information. It provided along with tour information, searchable lyrics archive, quotation database, exclusive photos, and original features such as the Rumor Pit. The content below is from the site's 2002 archived pages. The resurrected site is a tribute to not only Adam's drive when he was a passionate Pearl Jam fan, but also to the band itself. Enjoy
We welcome you to the Pearl Jam Rumor Pit
Issue #50 - March 26, 2002
Hey Jammers! This newsletter was created as a direct link to the fans. If you would like to ask a question about Pearl Jam, the Vitalogy Health Club asks that you please direct your questions (not fan club issues) to OfTheSea@aol.com or DigitalKat@aol.com. We're off now...into the Pit!
6/5/02- Ten Club Newsletter Coming Soon:
Don't miss the latest Ten Club Update on the next newsletter.
Reminder: If you'd like to receive Newsletter 19 and haven't joined yet, you can join on www.tenclub.net for the next week and still make the mailing deadline.
4/20/02- Layne Staley of Alice in Chains (1967-2002):
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Layne Staley. His memory will live on forever in the hearts of everyone he has touched. Peace, Kat and Sea.
4/17/02- New Album Update:
There's a rumor going around that it's completed...not true, they're still in the studio. As usual, it'll be done when it's done...release will be early next year. We can't wait either. :)
Flashback to Rumor Pit #39 when we first dared to speak of the phenomenon known as N.P.J.A.A. (New Pearl Jam Album Anxiety). Yes Jammers, we've seen signs of it happening again -- rumored release dates, possible track listings, continuous requests for details on the new album. If you are dreaming of track lists and contemplating every record release date on your calendar, you too, may be afflicted. While there is no cure -- and really why would you want to be cured? -- years of intensive research have proven that symptoms can be relieved by a groovin' regimen of listening to Pearl Jam's music and tipping cows. Other than that...it's just a wee bit too early for N.P.J.A.A., but the time's going to fly by and before we know it, the albums will be out! (we're just kidding about the tipping cows part.)
Rarities and Studio Album Plans...
We're happy to report that Pearl Jam will be going back into the studio in April to finish work on their new album. It's going very well. They're also working on the rarities album and should be deciding on the final tracklisting in the next month or so. The rarities should be out by end of this year now with the new studio album following it early next year.
The "T" Word...
There are a lot of rumored shows and tour stops flying around at the moment but there are no shows scheduled. As usual, they like to hit the road right after a new studio album comes out. Current thinking/plans are to tour in Australia/New Zealand next, possibly kicking off again from Hawaii.
Brad, Stone's side band, will be releasing their third album this summer on the Redline record label. They'll tour in support of the album some time in 2002-2003. No tour dates are available at this time but you can keep an eye out for them.
Class of 2002...
If you weren't able to see Ed's compelling tribute inducting the Ramones into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York on March 18th, you can find a transcript on Synergy in the Echoes section. You can also follow the link included there to VH1 for the video version of Ed's speech honoring the amazing Ramones.
Reminder: Eddie has contributed a song to the upcoming Ramones tribute album due to be released in June or July.
PEARL Rumor: There was printed in a newspaper here in Brazil that Eddie is going to record some kind of benefit album with Bono from U2. Is that true?
JAM Fact: No.
PEARL Rumor: Any truth in the rumour of a solo album by Eddie Vedder?
JAM Fact: No.
PEARL Rumor: The rarities album is going to be titled "Music for Rhinos" after a very old PJ shirt designed by Ames.
JAM Fact: False.
Q: A radio station in Portland, Maine announced the cancellation of Rage Against The Machine at Ozzfest, the RATM album is still due for release and Soundgarden may be getting back together. Is Matt Cameron leaving Pearl Jam?
A: Matt is staying. Everything is fine.
Q: Will the current climate of world events affect Pearl Jam's choices of where to tour?
Q: Will the decisions be made for the safety of their fans?
Q: Now, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have done it.... R.E.M. have done it.... The WHO have done it...So, when is Pearl Jam going to be on The Simpsons?
A: We turned it down a few years ago.
Q: Will Brendan O'Brien have anything to do with the new album?
Q: This year's Christmas single caused some controversy for some fans. What was the band's reaction to that? Personally I thought it was bold and brilliant.
A: No big reaction.
Q: I was wondering if you know what happened to the artwork that was used in the Jeremy video (the various ones that were surrounding Jeremy in the woods) and if it is possible to purchase them.
A: Director Mark Pellington has it.
Missing Gear Guru Found...
Q: What can you tell us about Ed's ukulele?
A: Ed's main uke is a 1940's Martin tenor ukulele. He also has an 8-string tenor uke that he likes, but I can't recall the manufacturer at this time. I believe he procured it while in Hawaii. The 8-string, conversely, is not a vintage instrument. The uke Ed smashed at the All Tomorrow's Parties show was his first ukulele. It was a very inexpensive standard, or concert, ukulele, manufactured by Tanaka, I believe. However, it did get used live for a while before Ed invested in some nicer ukes.
Q: I was wondering if you can tell me what brand and key harmonica Eddie Vedder plays in Smile. One of my friends says it is a Chromatic E, but I read online that it is a Diatonic C.
A: For all PJ songs which may utilize harmonica (except Last Soldier), Ed uses a Hohner Marine Band harmonica, regular tuning key of G. The Marine Band model is a diatonic scale. For more information, http://www.hohnerusa.com/2000/harmonicas/dia/diatonic.html
Ten Club Ticket Query...
Q: On the next tour, will fan club tickets be distributed on the same system as the 2000 tour?
A: Probably not.
Q: If not, what are the changes? How will it work?
A: We will most likely stick with the same pick up at the Ten Club window policy, but we're working on some exciting changes. Stay tuned. We'll keep you posted.
The Ten Club: Please send your questions about fan club issues to the Ten Club only. You'll find Ten Club updates on the official Ten Club website. We just have to forward the fan club mail if it's sent to us and that's a slight delay. Thanks!
Heard Rumors? Have Questions? Ask, We're An Ear.
When you send your rumors and questions in to us at the Rumor Pit, please put "PJ Rumor Pit" in the Subject line of your question message and please remember that personal questions, requests for autographs and lyrics information won't be answered. Don't forget to check the past Rumor Pit issues in case your question has already been answered.
Peace and Love,
Kat and Sea