“In our wildest imagination, we never even thought we’d last this long,” Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament told Rolling Stone earlier this year while discussing the band’s 20 year long career. Band pal, director Cameron Crowe will be releasing a documentary to celebrate it that doesn’t spare the pain, or the terrible 90’s hair styles.
“I just saw a rough cut,” Ament said. “It was so fucking weird seeing footage of stuff I didn’t know anybody was taping at the time. The whole movie is Cameron’s love letter to us — but it’s equal parts complimentary and really painful. It shows our growing pains and some real bad times, including Roskilde [the 2000 Danish festival where nine fans were trampled to death during the band’s set]. It was just really hard to watch.”
On the lighter side, this clip from the film (slated for September 2011 release) shows the band screwing around in a van, talking about their old hero, Mookie Blaylock: