PJ have lined up an incredibly special summer for us by inviting an enormous variety of awesome bands to share the stage with them this summer! If you're not familiar with some of the bands, here's our highly subjective introduction:
Confirmed so far:
Goodness: The hometown Seattle connection, and some of Mike's homies from his Shadow days. They're powerful, poppy, and lead vocalist Carrie Akre always puts on an energetic performance. Sound samples and more on the band's official site, linked above.
Zeke: Many of you are familiar with Zeke from when Eddie played their single "West Seattle Acid Party" on Self-Pollution Radio, or more recently, from their great set on this year's Monkeywrench Radio. They are an ugly, energetic, no-holds-barred punk band, and you're gonna love 'em or hate 'em. They have a new album out on Epitaph, but it's not nearly as good as their early singles or first album.
--Seattle [7/21], Las Vegas
Iggy Pop: The great-granddaddy of all punk rock, the mighty Iggy Pop is one of the most legendary performers in rock and roll - EVER. Frontman of the Stooges, one of the first punk bands ever, he went on to work with people like Lou Reed and David Bowie, and influenced everyone from R.E.M. (who covered his "Funtime") to Henry Rollins, to one Stone Gossard, who wanted to call Green River the Dum Dum Boys after an Iggy Pop song. He will kick PJ's butt, guaranteed. =) Lame record company link, but it was the best we could find - hear some tunes, see some photos, get ready to be kicked in the face like it's 1978.
--Indianapolis, E. Lansing, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Montreal
Mudhoney: Do these guys need any introduction? We don't think so. By the time you see them, their long-awaited album will finally be out. Watch for a Green River reunion at this show. =) For the neophyte, the link above will give you the info you need.
--Raleigh, Atlanta, Birmingham, Greenville, Knoxville, Virginia Beach
Cheap Trick: The rulers of 70's power pop, you know them for such hits as "Surrender". Or maybe you don't. Maybe your older brother or sister or neighbor (or hell, parent) has a scratched vinyl copy of "Live At Budokan" hidden somewhere. Dig it out, turn it up, and see what we mean. The tour this summer features the band playing various albums in their entirety from start to finish; let's hope we get "In Color" or "Live At Budokan" in Toronto. Brush up on your history at the band's official site, above.
Murder City Devils: Local Seattle boys, just signed to Sub Pop, they are incredibly energetic, personable, and just plain old kick ass punk rawk. They are just GREAT! Their web site, above, is one of the coolest things we've seen in ages.
--St Louis, Kansas City, Dallas
Spacehog: We think we remember Stone listing Spacehog as one of his favorite records last year, but otherwise we can't explain this connection, nor do we have an opinion one way or the other about this addition. =) However, the site above is excellent and can tell you all you need or want to know.
--Albuquerque, Phoenix, San Diego
X: The seminal kings of LA and West Coast old school punk, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom have reformed this year for one more tour. You will be kind to them or Exene will kick your ass (if we don't get there first). Apologies for the lame link, but it was the best we could find.
--Las Vegas, LA, Sacto
Frank Black: AKA Black Francis, the obstreperous frontman of the late, lamented, legendary Pixies, the Jonathan Richman of the 90's brings his insightful lyrics and unusual perspective to the stage. The connection? Was there anyone in the 80's who didn't listen to the Pixies constantly? =) Find out more at the site above.
--Denver, Rapid City, Alpine Valley, Chicago, Minneapolis
The Wallflowers: Alterna-hit radio wonders, with the worst cover of any song we have ever heard (their mauling of David Bowie's "Heroes"), have been added to the Seattle show. We have no comment, nor do we see it necessary to provide a link, but wonder wtf is up exactly with this particular choice. :-|
Ben Harper: "Soulful, inspirational and pure" is how the site above describes Mr. Harper, and we'd have to agree. A long-time PJ favorite and veteran opener, we're pleased to see him added to this tour as well.
Sean Lennon: Pull out your copy of Yield and check out the dedication on the "In Hiding" page: thanks, Sean. Coincidence? Obviously there's a friendship here, and we really like his new stuff. If we have to tell you who his dad was, get out a history book.
Still rumored:Chris Cornell: Someone else who requires no introduction whatsoever, the former Soundgarden singer is releasing his solo debut this summer, and is hotly rumored to appear at a few shows.
Jerry Cantrell/Alice In Chains: NOT OPENING! There is no more AiC, and Jerry is on the road with Metallica. This from their management. (Yet another reason not to listen to what the radio tells you!)