New Pearl Jam Due Early Next Year

Pearl Jam will complete work next month on its seventh and final studio album under contract with Epic, according to the band's official Web site. As previously reported, the set is being co-produced

Pearl Jam will complete work next month on its seventh and final studio album under contract with Epic, according to the band's official Web site. As previously reported, the set is being co-produced by the band with Adam Kasper, who worked with Pearl Jam on its albums "Vs." and "Vitalogy." The as-yet-untitled set is due early next year.

Beforehand, fans can look forward to the release of an oft-discussed rarities collection, the final tracklist for which should be decided "in the next month or so," according to the site. The collection, which is expected to feature some previously unreleased songs alongside hard-to-find items, is due out by the end of the year.

Look for Pearl Jam to hit the road around the new album's street date. "Current thinking/plans are to tour in Australia/New Zealand next, possibly kicking off again from Hawaii," the site says. The band followed a similar itinerary for its tour in support of 1998's "Yield." The site also reports that the band's Ten Club fan organization is "working on some exciting changes" for ticket distribution at upcoming shows.

Meanwhile, guitarist Stone Gossard's side band Brad has signed with Redline for the summer release of its as-yet-untitled third album. Tour dates are in the works for sometime this year or next, depending on Pearl Jam's schedule. The Pearl Jam site also shoots down rumors of a solo album by frontman Eddie Vedder, who recently played a host of new songs at solo shows in California for the Recording Artists Coalition benefits and the All Tomorrow's Parties festival.

As previously reported, Vedder will cover "I Believe in Miracles" on the upcoming Ramones tribute album, due in June or July. Billy Corgan, Marilyn Manson, Green Day, Rancid, the Offspring, and project organizer Rob Zombie are among the other artists confirmed to participate.
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