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Friday, September 25, 2009

Pearl Jam cuts corporate ties, throws industry a Monkeywrench

click to enlarge COMING SOON TO A REST STOP NEAR YOU
  • COMING SOON TO A REST STOP NEAR YOU

By Matt Camp

Pearl Jam, one of America's most popular and ever-present bands has cut its final tie with the record industry. It is releasing its ninth album, Backspacer, through its own record label, Monkeywrench. The group has signed a deal with Target to distribute its album, however.

It is widely believed Pearl Jam wanted to cut all corporate ties but decided that without a proper distribution channel, album sales would suffer.

Pearl Jam is not the only band to cut ties with corporate America, but it is the most successful band to do so. It will be interesting to see if this is the future of the music industry, as a whole.

Pearl Jam goes on tour next month.

City

Date

Venue

Relocated Venue

Seattle, WA

Oct 3rd

Quest Field

Kappa Sigma House, University of Washington

Portland, OR

Oct 5th

Nike Amphitheatre

Cheryl Jackson's Sweet Sixteen, Avondale Estates

Los Angeles, CA

Oct 10th

Staples Center

Open field between 6th and Washington Ave

Dallas, TX

Oct 15th

Exxon Music Park

Bobby Johnson’s Keg Party

San Antonio, TX

Oct 17th

AT&T Center

The Alamo *not affiliated with rental car company

Atlanta, GA

Oct 23rd

Verizon Wirless Amphitheatre

Lambda Chi Alpha House, Georgia Tech

Charlotte, NC

Oct 26th

Lowe's Motor Speedway

Corner of I-77N and I-277W

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 25. For ticketing information, show up to the venue two hours early. The band will be selling tickets and passing out information directly. Do not contact Ticketmaster.

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