I saw the new Cameron Crowe documentary "Pearl Jam Twenty" in it's one night only theatrical release last week. (more in some cities). It will be shown on PBS "American Masters" on October 21. Even if you aren't into Pearl Jam, I think most of you will still find it an interesting film. A far bit better than "Behind the Music".
Anyway, as you would expect, there is coverage about how PJ was overwhelmed with it's fame in the early years. I never fully understood this. If in fact, they wanted to be successful, what's with all the posturing about not wanting fame when you get it?
However, as Eddie explained it, I got a much better understanding. He wanted the GPN lifestyle! He thought, quite logically, that Pearl Jam would have to get a van or bus, and tour clubs, be a support act, and otherwise pay the dues almost any band has to go through. Instead, "Ten" turned them into huge headliners almost immediately. I honestly think Eddie feels a little deprived he didn't get to do it the way GPN and just about every other band has to do it.
I gotta think, that as much as GPN seems to enjoy the road, by now, they would prefer flying to headline gigs at large arenas. It's what they are made for IMO.