One of the cool things that Pearl Jam have continued to do – beyond the records and the regular tours and stuff – is produce posters for every gig they play. The same holds true for Eddie Vedder’s solo gigs. It is now quite a substantial output; whoever keeps churning out fresh poster ideas must be starting to fray at the edges.
Since 1996, PJ have produced silk-screened* posters, for sale at their shows: all of them original and imaginative artwork. As you can imagine, what with there being the odd hardcore PJ fan out there, many of these are also now collector’s items. The merch stands at PJ and Vedder shows are usually pretty lively when the doors first open.
Anyhoo, the Spreading the Jam blog – we are, after all, all toast – includes images of the posters with the setlists and bootlegs they upload. I’ve been squirrelling these away and am going to post them for recent tours over the next few weeks, starting in 2014 and working back until I either run out of posters or steam, whichever comes first.**
First up, and following on from my recent post about the new song that he debuted on the tour, Vedder’s recent foray in South America.
*Silk-screening is some fancy production technique that leads to a higher quality of poster whilst still being relatively inexpensive. Yes, I had to look it up, but if anyone knows about it, or has had a go at it, please add something to the Comments section below.
**It will be the steam. I’ll never make it back to 1996 (although many are convinced I’ve yet to leave 1996. Speaking as a child of the 90s…)