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 May 2001

 

                On May 1st, Pearl Jam finally released their DVD "Pearl Jam Touring Band 2000" which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Music Video chart that same week.. This visual document from Pearl Jam's North American leg of the "Binaural" tour originally came together in a casual way: Three crew members started filming the shows for posterity, and when the band saw the results, they opted to transform it into an official release. On May 4th, Matt Cameron's sideband 'Wellwater Conspiracy' started a two gig tour around New York.

 

05/04/01 - Irving Plaza: New York, NY (Wellwater Conspiracy)

Setlist: Far Side Of Your Moon, I Got Nightmares, The Ending, Lucy Leave, Right Of Left Field, Of Dreams, Hal McBlaine, Brotherhood Of Electric, Thing In E, Sleeveless, You Do You, Trowerchord

 

05/05/01 - Maxwell's: Hoboken, NJ (Wellwater Conspiracy)

Setlist: Far Side Of Your Moon, I Got Nightmares, The Ending, Lucy Leave, Right Of Left Field, Of Dreams, Hal McBlaine, Brotherhood Of Electric, Thing In E, Sleeveless, You Do You, Trowerchord 

 

Wellwater Conspiracy - The Scroll and Its Combinations                    On May 15th, Pearl Jam confirmed their appearance at the Bridge Benefit shows by the end of the year.  On May 22th, Matt Cameron's sideband (Wellwater Conspiracy) released "The Scroll and its Combinations". The Album features a vocalist billed as Wes C. Addle on the track "Felicity's Surprise". Well, Wes actually is Eddie. "The Scroll And Its Combinations" also features Cameron's former Soundgarden mates, bassist-turned-frontman Ben Sheppard and guitarist Kim Thayil. Wellwater recorded the album at Space Studios, a converted Kentucky Fried Chicken joint in Seattle that Cameron purchased and refurbished.

                    "We gave him [Eddie] a tape first, and he came down within a week or two and had the lyrics that he had written and popped it out in one afternoon. It was pretty easy, and he did a great job. He had been a fan of our first record and I think he liked the band. It was something that he was excited to do and we were thrilled to have him be a part of it", Matt Cameron.

                    During the month of May, Stone reactivated his part-time band Brad. Brad, fronted by Satchel singer Shawn Smith, recorded several songs for an untitled [by that time] third album.

                    "We recorded for about 20 days a couple of months ago [May 2001]. We've got a bunch of material. It will be the same personnel as the touring band. Jeremy Toback won't be playing on it, but Mike Berg played on it. Shawn [Smith] had a big old pile of songs and melodies and we just sat down every day and wrote a new song. It was a truly satisfying recording experience. We went in, and we really trusted each other. We tried to be a good band together, and I think it sounds like that. It's raw. It has a strong emotional pull to it", Stone Gossard.

                    "I would say it's probably more like the first album, although that's probably a cliche. In terms of how we wrote it, we spent more time just writing songs. We're a little less self-conscious about this record than we were about "Interiors." We went into that kind of thinking we needed to make a hit record. This one showcases Shawn's melodies. He's just got melodies after melodies. He writes beautiful songs. It's really a treat for me. I ended up playing bass, and drums on one song. We all mixed it up a lot. [Drummer] Regan [Hagar] played guitar on a couple of songs. We got in there and got to experiment, but at the same time, it was pretty focused", Stone Gossard.