The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle is saluting hometown band, Pearl Jam with a new statue of the late Andrew Wood. Wood helmed the pre-Pearl Jam band, Mother Love Bone.
The idea came to light after member, Jeff Ament visited Wood’s gravesite and felt that more should be done for him. Ament told Rolling Stone, “I was just like, ‘God, this should be so much more rad. So the whole way home we were riffing, ‘If anybody I know deserves a statue, it’s him.’ He would be the one that would love it. There’s a lot of things that would be different, not just for me, but for the entire Seattle musical community, had it not been for him.”
After that gravesite visit, Ament commissioned the statue. A statue of Soundgarden and Audioslave’s vocalist Chris Cornell will be erected in Seattle later this month. Cornell was Wood’s roommate and close friend when he died.
Pearl Jam: Home and Away exhibit opens this weekend in Seattle.
IN OTHER PEARL JAM NEWS… They played their first in a string of summer stadium shows in Seattle on Wednesday night. They had a 33-song set that included a cover of The Beatles’ “Help” that segued into their own “Help Help,” which was a collaborative performance with Brandi Carlile. Eddie Vedder also covered The White Stripes “We’re Going To Be Friends.”
Pearl Jam will play Seattle again tonight (Friday) and have already pledged to donate at least $1 million from ticket sales to support Seattle’s homeless population.
Source: https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/08/pearl-jam-cover-the-white-stripes-seattle/ and Loudwire
- Between 1987 and 1990, Wood fronted Mother Love Bone, an influential Seattle hard rock band that featured guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament.
- Tragically, Wood died of a heroin overdose on March 19, 1990, before the July 19 release of Mother Love Bone’s only album, Apple.
- After Wood died, Gossard and Ament formed the band Mookie Blaylock, which soon solidified its lineup and changed its name to Pearl Jam.