10 July 2005
if you don't like pearl jam..please don't blame me...blame USA Today :) * I link the article in USA Today; just click the title above*
as a huge fan of PJ, I am surprised because I thought PJ is not in the radar screen anymore.
to be honest, I thought there are two greater bands still around: Rolling Stones and U2, but maybe because the criteria is "american" rock band so they didn't count. I like Rolling Stones and U2 a lot, but pearl jam is my love.
anyway, these are some of the reasons why PJ are the greatest american band (as appears on USA Today's column):
•They've stayed true to themselves:"Instead of selling out with videos and constant press coverage, they pulled back at their height, and focused on the music," wrote Willie McNabb in El Dorado, Ark.
•The music rocks:From Atlanta reader Tom Baker: "They've continually reshaped their sound, album after album, and are still making great, vital music 12+ years into their career. What else could you want?"
•There have been scores of imitators: "How many Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder knockoffs have invaded rock radio since Ten?" asked Scott Jordan, another Atlanta fan.
•Their concerts are first-rate — and affordable: Jake Mohlman from Barrington, R.I., praised the band for keeping ticket prices low. "It's unique in an era when most artists gouge their fans to the limit," he wrote. "Likewise, releasing their shows on low-cost bootlegs brings a new dimension to seeing one of their shows." (Notes-Yes it's true, I paid $25 for PJ, $60 for Dave Matthews Band, $30 for Coldplay and I heard Rolling Stones is more than $100...)
Ok, that's all....but it's safe for me to say, even if pearl jam is the worst american rock band I still love PJ.