Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready announced he has recruited famous friends like Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins for the inaugural Peak To Sky festival, taking place in Big Sky, Montana on 6 July.
Brandi Carlile will also perform at the one-day festival, for which tickets go on sale on 19 April, with more information about Peak to Sky to come in the approaching weeks.
“I love playing music with Chad Smith, Duff McKagan and Josh Klinghoffer. I am stoked to play with Taylor Hawkins too. Asking Brandi Carlile to be a part of this event was a no brainer,” McCready, a part-time Big Sky resident, told Explore Big Sky.
“This show is going to be awesome and I am looking forward to the town of Big Sky and the surrounding area coming out to rock with us. Maybe this can turn into something that lasts.”
McCready also recently spoke to Rolling Stone about his Infinite Sound and Color Art Exhibition project.
He revealed he titled the exhibition Sway after the bluesy track on the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album. “It’s my favorite Rolling Stones song of all time,” McCready said. He points to its refrain, “It’s just that demon life has got you in its sway,” as having a particular meaning to him and the art he’s created with Infinite Color & Sound.
“What does it take to get out of that?” he offers up as a question he hopes their art answers. “All of us as human beings experience fear, loneliness or sadness; you’re swaying into an unknown territory that’s terrifying. How do you get out of it? What do you learn from it? Can you get through it? That’s significant in terms of life and art for me. How do you get through those times that are hard?”
McCready is the second Pearl Jam member to curate his own festival. Eddie Vedder fronts the annual Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes and Jenny Lewis on this year’s line-up.
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