There are moments in life that you know, as you're living them, that you will never forget the wash of amplified nuance, the enhanced color and feeling unfolding before and around you.
One such moment occurred on October 22, 2000 at Pearl Jam's highly anticipated concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, when the Seattle grunge survivors paid a lengthy homage to Andrew Wood, the late frontman of PJ precursor Mother Love Bone.
The show marked the tenth anniversary of the band's very first appearance, at Seattle's Off Ramp Cafe, and the song – widely known as MLB's signature track – struck a deep chord among the nostalgic diehards.
I was there to witness it firsthand. Listen below to the 10/22/2000 version of Crown of Thorns, which is a part of the sountrack to Cameron Crowe's upcoming Pearl Jam Twenty documentary (watch the trailer):
Pearl Jam Twenty hits cinemas September 20th – pre-order the soundtrack now.
Oh, by the way my fellow Pearl Jam maniacs – You may also be interested to know that the previously-secret 21st track from the Pearl Jam Twenty Official Soundtrack is "Given To Fly (Instrumental version)," a title you can take over to http://www.columbiarecords.com/pj20/21-crave for your chance to win a numbered Pearl Jam Twenty Lithograph! And of course, keep an eye on PJ20.com for the full soundtrack and festival details!