It took a week, but Pearl Jam’s TEN finally arrived as downloadable content for Wii’s version of Rock Band 2. Last tuesday I got home all excited, loaded up the account with Wii Points, and logged on to find no new PJ to choose from. Man, that pissed me off. Luckily, I had just received my official copy of Crack the Skye, and had the ‘Making of’ DVD to calm me down.
After about 30 minutes of downloading the tracks (there was no BUY ALBUM button), I was ready to accept PJ’s invitation to become their 5th drummer.
I’ve been drumming along, much to the chagrin of everyone else around me, with TEN for nearly two decades now, so I knew I would be able to handle it on HARD from the get go, and I was right, all the practice paid off. A couple of the songs get pretty tough (Once, Porch, Master/Slave), but most of them are just really fun to play along to. I can’t wait to shred some guitar…maybe tonight.
The experience reminded me of a night back in like 1998 when I was cruising through the foothills of Almaden Valley with my friends Jordan, Mike and Anthony. No street lights, dangerous curves, smoke pouring out of the cabin of my early 80′s BMW, and Pearl Jam’s TEN turned up to ten. We sang our hearts out that night…words and guitar solos. I’ll never forget it.
I should also point out that the mixes for the songs on the game are great. If you’re a fan, it’s a must have. Let’s hope they do it for all the PJ albums as they are re-released over the next 2 years.