Pearl Jam put on a free show in their hometown of Seattle this week in 1992. Nearly 30,000 fans turned out for the event, held in the city’s Magnuson Park.
“It’s a free show, it’s a free atmosphere,” singer Eddie Vedder said. “It’s taken a while to actually make it happen, but we did make it happen. We went through the mayor and first he said no, and then everyone else in the community said yes, so he had to say yes, which is a great example about voting ’cause that’s the other reason we’re here, to register people for November.”
Registering people to vote wasn’t the only thing on the agenda. Pearl Jam also wanted to give fellow Seattleites a positive and entertaining way to spend the day.
“They don’t have skateboard parks in Seattle and they don’t have a lot of things to do and they just shut down another all-ages club,” Vedder said. “There’s a lot of youth here. Unless you keep them subdued, they’re gonna rebel. Not everyone in this country is happy sitting home watching TV.”
Joining the 29,000 people who abandoned their TV sets for the day were Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl of Nirvana, laying to rest rumors about any remaining ill feelings between the two bands.
Vogue magazine featured a very ’60s-looking Madonna on the cover of its new issue this week in 1992. Inside, the singer appeared to be attempting a one-woman retro-fashion trend, bounding about in hip-hugger bell bottoms, some wild Janis Joplin-inspired hats and one barely-there see-through top.
In an accompanying interview, Madonna described the fans who hung around outside her apartment building as “not all that bright,” and advised women not to sleep with their boyfriends for the first five dates.
The very recognizable duo of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were relaxed and relatively unmolested on the streets of midtown Manhattan as they went about filming the video for the title track of Bon Jovi’s soon-to-be-released album Keep the Faith.
As an album title, Keep the Faith was a response to fans who had been hearing rumors at the time of a Bon Jovi breakup, rumors that had persisted through a spate of solo projects that saw release since the band’s previous album, 1988’s New Jersey. But “Keep the Faith,” the song, had a wider focus.
“There’s some dark things happening all over this planet at this moment,” Sambora explained. “As a musician, as a musical reporter, so to speak, you can actually do two things. You can be an observer and kind of report on it, which I think a lot of bands are doing now. That’s very relevant and very cool. Or you can actually comment on what’s happening.”
Sambora stressed, however, that Bon Jovi, who were of course a hair metal band back in the ’80s, had not turned into a completely issue-oriented group.
“I don’t want ‘Keep the Faith’ to sound like it’s such a heavy kind of comment,” he said. “That’s not really what it is. It’s still a lot of fun and some good rock and roll.”
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