PEARL JAM HONORS PARKLAND SURVIVORS, CHRIS CORNELL AT TOUR OPENER
Pearl Jam dedicated the first-ever concert performance of its new song "Can't Deny Me" to the survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the students who participated in Wednesday's (March 14th) National School Walkout. Performing at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, singer Eddie Vedder told the crowd in Spanish, "This is dedicated to the incredible students in Florida, and the United States, who survived a terrible tragedy. We will all be protesting tomorrow throughout the United States."
Vedder also paid tribute to one of the most vocal students to emerge from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, saying, "We support you all, and Emma Gonzalez, we love you. We'd like to play this for them, and us."
- The show in Chile kicked off a string of South American gigs for Pearl Jam and was their first concert since August 2016, not including a brief performance at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.
- It was also the band's first show since the death of their close friend and -- for Vedder and drummer Matt Cameron -- bandmate Chris Cornell, who took his own life last May.
- Vedder acknowledged the late singer by saying, "This one's for Chris," before the band broke into "Come Back" from its self-titled 2006 album.
- "Can't Deny Me" was released last weekend and is Pearl Jam's first new song in five years. The band has confirmed it's from an upcoming album, its first since 2013's Lightning Bolt. A release date has yet to be unveiled.
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- On Wednesday (March 14th), students across America exited their respective schools at 10:00 a.m. local time for 17 minutes to show solidarity with the 17 victims of the Stoneman Douglas shooting and protest the government's inability to pass gun legislation.
- Organizers said the purpose was to highlight "Congress’ inaction against the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods."
- An estimated 185,000 people in 50 states were expected to join the walkout, with around 3,100 schools planning to participate.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Eddie Vedder introduce "Can't Deny Me":
Watch the introduction to "Come Back":
ROB ZOMBIE STARTS FILMING NEW MOVIE '3 FROM HELL'
Rob Zombie has started production on his next movie and confirmed on social media that the project, titled 3 From Hell, is a sequel to his 2005 horror hit The Devil's Rejects. The film, which started shooting on Tuesday (March 13th), is said to continue the story of the Firefly clan -- Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby -- whom we saw go down in a torrent of bullets at the end of the first film.
Although Zombie does map out his films in advance, he told us that you can only plan so much before you start shooting: ["The hardest thing is, until the moment you're gonna shoot, that'll be the first time you've ever been on set, that set, with your actors in wardrobe, with a camera, you know. So sometimes things just look different. You know, you can visualize in your head, like, 'Well, this, that and the other thing,' but you get in there and you're like, 'Wow, now that we're all here and I see you in that wardrobe against that backdrop, it's very different.'"] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . it's very different.)
- It's not clear whether Zombie plans to resurrect the Firefly trio from the dead in some kind of supernatural fashion in the new film or has found a way to explain that they survived the original movie's climactic shootout.
- The Devil's Rejects is widely considered Zombie's best film. It's a semi-sequel to his directorial debut, 2003's House Of 1,000 Corpses, which introduced the Firefly family.
- There's no word yet on a release date or distribution plan for 3 From Hell.
- Meanwhile, Zombie and Marilyn Manson will co-headline the "Twins Of Evil: The Second Coming Tour" this summer, starting July 11th in Detroit and wrapping up on August 29th in Irvine, California.
- Zombie also plans to release a solo career-spanning vinyl box set -- including a new live album -- on March 30th and is working on a new studio LP fo release this year.
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CHECK IT OUT: Here's Rob's Instagram post about the start of filming: