It’s that time of the month for a Pearl Jam post.
I figured with the all excitement still swirling from last weeks election that I would mention the recently released documentary Pearl Jam: Vote for Change? 2004.
The documentary was shot all on 8mm, so it looks pretty sweet. The filming took place during the 2004 Presidential Election, when a bunch of bands ranging from The Boss, R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, The Dixie Chicks, John Mellencamp, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie and many more, hit the road in several key states for the Vote For Change Tour. The tour had several acts play in different cities of a state, or region, during the same night to get people to vote out George W. Bush.
Pearl Jam was also part of the tour and had a duo of filmmakers, who were known for their skating documentaries which is how they met Jeff Ament in the first place, to follow the band from rehearsals in Seattle to a Late Show with David Letterman appearance to Reading, PA, Toledo, OH, Grand Rapid, MI, St. Louis, MO, Asheville, NC and Kissimee, FL.
The documentary interviews not only the band, but also fans at the shows and random folks along the way , sharing what the purpose of this tour was all about, as well as, the importance of voting. It also shows the band rehearsing and some of the performances from the tour. It’s interesting, frustrating and amusing at the same time.
While there is an obvious political theme to the documentary, it also provides music geeks with some behind the scenes footage about touring. Through the interviews with the band, the doc shows how this tour came together and the work behind it, like rehearsals and the hardships of the road. As a fan, I really loved this aspect of the film.
This documentary also shows why I love Pearl Jam. These guys have nothing to hide, and are always willing to invite fans to places beyond their studio albums. They’ve had a couple of live DVD’s and Single Video Theory, which documents the recording of Yield. All these DVD’s capture the band in a new light, for better or worse, and give fans more of Pearl Jam to digest.
But here’s the best thing about Pearl Jam: Vote for Change? 2004, the band has put the thing up right here on their site. So you can watch the entire thing for absolutely nothing. Damn, these guys treat us too good. And we’ll repay them for still buying it. It’s only fair.
If you’re still not sold, check out the trailer.