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Wow…it’s been a long time since I’ve posted! Since my last post, I’ve made a trip to Salem for Haunted Happenings, attended an epic Pearl Jam show, and decided to go back to school. Preparing for a career change to graphic design has been so far both very rewarding and time consuming, especially while maintaining my full time job. Since my Etsy shop will be on hiatus until graduation, I have decided to shift the focus of my blog to music, travel, and my new adventures in design.

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On Thursday, I attended the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn. Some of the highlights of the evening for me were Peter Gabriel’s heart-felt performance of “In Your Eyes;” the spectacular tribute to Linda Ronstadt featuring Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood; and the awesome jammed-out version of “I Can’t Go for That” by my Philly boys, Hall and Oates.

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The most meaningful part of the evening for me, as a quintessential Generation X-er, was the induction of one of my favorite bands, Nirvana, just five days after the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. The performance was EPIC, featuring, along with Krist Novoselic on bass and Dave Grohl on drums, four-hard rocking females, led off by the incomparable Joan Jett rocking out on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and culminating with a hauntingly beautiful performance of “All Apologies” featuring the amazing Lorde.

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This Class of 2014 ceremony ushers in a new era for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, with one of the most prominent bands of the ’90’s now an inductee. Next year, Green Day is eligible and in 2016, Pearl Jam. These bands I came of age with are now falling into the classic rock category. I regularly joke about how that makes me feel old, but in all honesty, I truly feel a sense of pride when I see a teenager or college student wearing a Nirvana tee shirt or attending a Pearl Jam show. The true test of the staying power of any music is the way it continues to inspire new generations, much in the same way I was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin back in the day…

Peace, Love & Rock n Roll!

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this week in my musical world

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I need to add one more band to this list, the Black Crowes

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This past Friday, I attended an amazing Black Crowes show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. The Robinson Brothers and Company rocked out on a killer set list that included perennial favorites such as Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Thorn in My Pride and Jealous Again, as well as newer jams like Movin’ on Down the Line and cover tunes like my favorite, Lou Reed’s Oh Sweet Nuthin’. All in all, a very solid outing by one of my favorite bands for the past 20 or so years.

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I was very excited to learn that the Black Crowes will be coming back to the area this summer, on Sunday, August 11th at the Mann Music Center at Philadelphia’s lovely Fairmount Park. They will be performing with another one of my favorite bands, the Tedeschi Trucks Band. If you like bluesy jams, the soulful voice of Susan Tedeschi, and the virtuosity of guitarist Derek Trucks, this is a double header you do not want to miss!

UP NEXT…SOUNDGARDEN

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My next concert is coming up soon and I am totally stoked to see Grunge legends Soundgarden on Friday, May 3rd at the Borgata Casino! As I listen to Chris Cornell’s amazing vocals, I will fondly reminisce about my misspent youth…

PEARL JAM ALBUM WATCH

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And speaking of Grunge legends, I am please to report that progress was made during the most recent Pearl Jam studio sessions. Speaking to Rolling Stone, guitarist Mike McCready said that the follow-up to 2009’s Backspacer will be coming out “this year, for sure”. McCready said that seven songs are “relatively completed” and there are an additional 15 “ready to go.” “We’re excited to get it done, because we’ve kind of been waiting for about two years to do it,” he explained. Of the content of the album, which will again be produced by Brendan O’Brien, McCready said inspiration was taken from Pink Floyd and punk rock, adding that the record is “experimental,” and “a logical extension” of what Backspacer was. Music to this Jammer’s ears!

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After the LA recording sessions, Pearl Jam headed down to South America to perform at festivals in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. The link below is from a YouTube clip of Eddie Vedder rocking out at Lollapalooza Chile with the Queens of the Stone Age to Little Sister. Need more cowbell, Eddie!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wdFBGxAreRc

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That’s it for now…life is good and the soundtrack is great!

Peace, Love, and Pearl Jam,
Erin

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