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20 years already

September 20, 2011 - Marguerite Lanthier
Twenty years ago it was the height of grunge, with bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden at the top of the music scene. Seattle was the place to be for music. Now all these years later, bands from that era are back in the limelight. Recently I attended Pearl Jam's 20-year anniversary festival. It featured a special secret guest appearance by Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, which made the two nights also a short Temple of the Dog reunion. Pearl Jam, which has continued to release new albums, has been re-releasing some of its early albums to commemorate the anniversary. They are also the subject of a new documentary by Cameron Crowe, who featured the band in a cameo in the 1991 film about the Seattle music scene, “Singles.” Pearl Jam famously shunned the spotlight for years, but they seem to have mellowed with age. Soundgarden reunited last year, toured this past summer and are at work on a new album. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of "Nevermind," which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, Universal is re-issuing the remastered album Sept. 27 with various special editions. Bonus material includes obscure B-sides, alternate mixes, live recordings and video of the Nirvana's 1991 Halloween concert at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. The band was disbanded after the suicide death of lead singer Kurt Cobain in 1994.



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