Ok, so just got home from the Scottsdale, AZ showing. I originally had tix for Tucson, as that was the only theater showing it within driving distance (1 1/2 hours away), but then I got an email for the IPIC theater in Scottsdale regarding an 8:00 showing. It is a great theater that serves beer/wine/cocktails, and they eventually added at least 6 more screenings b/c the 8:00 sold out. Awesome venue.
As for the movie, thank you Cameron Crowe. I recall seeing Singles in the theater back in the day and enjoying it, yet, I have always thought it was the best soundtrack ever. Then, Cameron topped himself with the in-depth look at the Yield album (Single Video Theory), which may explain some of that album's absence b/c hardcore fans surely have that album - although I missed it as well. As a huge Almost Famous fan, Cameron Crowe has even topped his greatest MOVIES. This was the best theater experience I have had in a decade, and I was a film minor at USC.
The footage he was able to put together and the editing is amazing. PJ has been the soundtrack to my life, as Ten peaked my interest in middle school, I stuck with No Code/Yield through college when most bailed, and my love for this band has grown bigger by the year, including Man of the Hour almost single-handedly getting through my father's suicide. Cameron Crowe just "gets it" with this band, and we are lucky for him to be able to communicate to the masses what we hardcore fans already know. While my favorite album has migrated to No Code, these albums have to grow on you. It is a really uneven studio album at first listen (i.e. Sometimes to Hail Hail to Who You Are is a strange transition) - having said that, these three are GEMS if you are reading this forum. The beauty of the movie is that it will maybe provide some incentive for fans of the early days to discover what the fans that stuck with them already knew - this band has simply aged better than wine.
Thank you PJ and Cameron Crowe - I cannot wait until PJ30
1992: Phoenix, Desert Sky Pavilion
1998: RFK Stadium -- Tibetan Freedom
1998: Great Western Forum I
2000: Greek Theater
2006: Great Western Forum I
2008: The Wiltern (EV SOLO)
2008: VH1 The Who Tribute
2009: LA I, LA III, SD