Happy birthday Eddie, Merry Christmas, and thanks to you and the band for an excellent and thrilling Pearl Jam year 2018. I've had several memorable personal meetings with band members and saw seven shows (and were at the venue for two canceled ones, Buenos Aires and London) on three different continents. A close to perfect year, except for one thing … What's happening with this new album?
A year ago today we launched a kickstarter campaign, to see if there was anybody out there, who'd be interested in reading about my history with, and passion for, Pearl Jam. After a few days Kickstarter wrote, 'you're statistically 63% likely to succeed' (oouchh!) but after just 13 days we met our goal, and people continued to donate through out the entire campaign. Thank you so much to all 250 of you out there, for believing in me and making this happen.
After a whole lotta PJ around the Globe in more than one way, I was ready for a slight break, when Anders Stokholm from Cinemateket invited me to introduce Let's Play Two, and sell some books at a music film festival in Copenhagen.
Once again it turned out to be a great and memorable night. My initial idea was to introduce the film and then hang in the bar, waiting for whoever might be interested in a book. Didn't expect much since I spotted quite a bit of familiar faces, who I knew, already had it.
Wouw, sitting here in hometown, Copenhagen, flashing back, slightly blown away. One day shy of six months ago since I took the plane to Santiago, Chile. Going more or less directly from the airport to venue to see Pearl Jam, and the same day I held a copy of 'The more you need – The less you get' in my hand for the first time (Stone Gossard got the very first one). Seven shows, two canceled ones (Buenos Aires, and London). Three long talks and meals with Stone Gossard on three different continents, more precisely Santiago, Seattle and Berlin. Short catch up and photos with Mike McCready, longer talk, especially concerning the wilderness of Southern Chile and Argentina with Jeff Ament, and various chats with members from crew and management. No sight of Matt and Ed this time, never met Boom.
Grunge. For many years an epithets no one would be associated with, especially the bands that defined it. But time goes by, and many things looks different today. That includes the perception of the genre, and the need for the same, as well as Seattle, the city and area where everything started out in the late 80s. The movement went from a small, local subculture, to a global dominant rock industry in no time, which according to sales alone, hit the absolute top, and at least according to the lexical meaning of the word, became mainstream.
What a week. Visiting this fine City in May, I was invited to present ‘The More You Need - The Less You Get' at Nordic Museum in Ballard August 9th, fitting perfectly with the Home Shows. I was also invited to join The Wishlist Foundation for both pre-parties, to sell, and sign the book. Furthermore I got the assignment from Danish Music Magazine Gaffa, to write a story on the Home Shows, as well as the celebration of Sub Pops 30th anniversary at Alki Beach on Saturday the 11th. So I ended up having my hands full in this week in Seattle so to speak.
After a pretty rocking and rolling 2018 in Latin America, Europe, USA, and various festivals in Denmark it was great to turn off the devices and get back into the roots of what brought us here.
My father is danish, I've lived in Copenhagen, or close by suburbs, my entire life, but my mother is Norwegian ( and very much so). 56 years in Denmark has hardly changed her accent (my old classmates were always terrified when she picked up the phone) and she kept the Norwegian heart and spirit intact as well. This means that I've spent a tremendous amount of time in Norway partly known for a stunning and wild nature, with mountains, see, snow and rocks, whereas Denmark is more like a fine, nice kept garden.
Well, here I am with my rescheduled ticket for the second show for the O2 in London, of no use. A long time I go I booked the family vacation in Norway after the PJ Europe tour was over, but there you go. While all you are rocking out in the free World (or however we should label the state of the Union(s) at the moment) I'll likely be out swimming or fishing with all three, now grown up kids, in the ocean surrounding Bergen. I'll think of you.