New Pearl Jam Album Slated For November
Pearl Jam has penciled in a Nov. 19 release date for its seventh, as-yet-untitled Epic studio album. As previously reported, the set was produced by the band with Adam Kasper and mixed by longtime colPearl Jam has penciled in a Nov. 19 release date for its seventh, as-yet-untitled Epic studio album. As previously reported, the set was produced by the band with Adam Kasper and mixed by longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien. No song titles have yet been unveiled, but based on a letter in the latest fan club newsletter from frontman Eddie Vedder, at least some of the material seems to have been influenced by the events of Sept. 11.
The band is joined on a few tracks by a friend of Vedder's named Boom, who contributes piano, organ, and keyboards. It is not known if Pearl Jam has recorded any of the ukulele songs Vedder debuted at solo performances in California earlier this year.
There are tentative plans for Pearl Jam to play "a few live shows before the end of this year," according to Epic, followed by an extensive world tour in 2003. A long-discussed collection of rarities is "still happening" but will not be released until next year. According to the label, it will consist of live and studio recordings and could grow to two discs.
As for the possibility of Pearl Jam again releasing its own live bootlegs from the forthcoming tour, "the answer is that they are working it out," according to the band's official Web site.
In related news, guitarist Stone Gossard releases "Welcome to Discovery Park," the third album from his side band Brad, Aug. 13 via Redline. Guitarist Mike McCready can be heard guesting on the Wallflowers' upcoming album, "Red Letter Days," due Sept. 24 from Interscope.