Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pearl Jam: PJ20 documentary to air on PBS in October

It’s going to be quite a Fall for Pearl Jam fans.

More details on some of the band’s 20th Anniversary live celebrations were unveiled this week: Pearl Jam will host and headline a Labor Day weekend concert celebration at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on September 3rd and 4th, followed by a ten-date Canadian tour.

More info on the Labor Day event can be found here.

In addition, PBS has just announced a broadcast date for Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty.”

The documentary will see its broadcast premiere on Friday, October 21, 2011, 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS, on the network’s “American Masters” series, and part of the first-ever PBS Arts Fall Festival - a multi-platform event, featuring nine programs with a range of artists and performances from around the country.

Carved from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage, “Pearl Jam Twenty” is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe.

“Pearl Jam is a groundbreaking band, and Cameron Crowe is an amazing filmmaker. I’m thrilled that this remarkable documentary will be a part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival,” said PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger. “American Masters’ ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ joins eight other new broadcasts of classic and contemporary programs showcasing the range of the arts in America.”

2011 is a yearlong celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20-year history. The band started off the year with the release of a new live compilation album, "Live on Ten Legs," followed by the expanded reissues of "Vs." and "Vitalogy" in March.

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Pearl Jam – Just Breathe
Austin City Limits (2010)

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