The final chapter in Pearl Jam's huge 20th anniversary plans is a Cameron Crowe-directed documentary about the band's history. PJ20 isn't due out until September, but the band posted a small preview of what to expect on its website last night. In the brief clip, you get the sense that the footage the band is unearthing for the doc is truly awesome. This specific clip was literally recorded the day Pearl Jam decided that they would no longer operate under the moniker Mookie Blaylock, the name of a real NBA player at the time, because of "legal problems." Instead, the band reveals in its tour van, the group will now be known as "Pearl Jam." Historic moment.
Using our amazing detective skills -- Chicago was the home team based on the Jordan photo, the Bulls won, and Mookie had an "awful game"-- The Amp actually tracked down the Bulls/Nets box score the band was referring to: February 16, 1991, which means the video was shot on the 17th. And wow, Blaylock did have a horrible game, scoring only six points in 38 minutes while shooting 3/14 from field-goal range. Although they weren't allowed to use Mookie's name as their own, Pearl Jam did call their 11-song debut album Ten as a tribute to Blaylock's jersey number.
Bonus: The Layne Staley cameo at the start of the clip.
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