For their 20th anniversary this year, Pearl Jam are throwing one hell of a party: They’ve rolled out deluxe reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy and are plotting an outdoor destination weekend party for this summer. Their pal, director Cameron Crowe, is also digging through hours of video footage to compile a documentary that traces the band’s entire history. The doc won’t hit theatres until September, but they are teasing PJ20 with a trailer, which you can watch here.
Pearl Jam’s first promo is a fitting one: The footage reveals how the group abandoned their original name Mookie Blaylock (named after the NBA player) for Pearl Jam because of “legal problems.” There’s also shots of a fresh-faced Eddie Vedder, some early club footage, and a quick pan of Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley signing an autograph before a gig. Sweet!