Pearl Jam have announced that their new album “Gigaton” will be released on March 27. The cover art features Paul Nicklen’s “Ice Waterfall” photo, which he captured in Svalbard, Norway.
Mike McCready commented:
“Making this record was a long journey. It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on ‘Gigaton’ ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”
With this news, the band have also announced a spring North American tour:
03/18 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
03/20 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
03/22 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
03/24 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
03/28 Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
03/30 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
04/02 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
04/04 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
04/06 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
04/09 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
04/11 Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
04/13 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
04/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
04/16 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
04/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
04/19 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Pearl Jam have announced a summer European tour. Pixies, Idles, and White Reaper will open on select dates.
06/23 – Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle *
06/25 – Berlin, GER – Waldbühne *
06/27 – Stockholm, SWE – Lollapalooza Stockholm
06/29 – Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena *
07/02 – Werchter, BEL – Rock Werchter
07/05 – Imola, ITA – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari ^
07/07 – Vienna, AUT – Wiener Stadthalle +
07/10 – London, UK – BST Hyde Park ^+
07/13 – Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena +
07/15 – Budapest, HUN – Budapest Arena +
07/17 – Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion +
07/19 – Paris, FRA – Lollapalooza Paris +
07/21 – Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome +
Pearl Jam have been chosen as the 2019 Record Store Day ambassadors. This year the event will take place at independent record stores on April 13.
Mike McCready commented:
“Independent record stores are hugely important to me, and have been ever since I was 12 years old. Before I even really knew what they were, there was a certain feeling of ‘this is a dream come true,’ and it’s a wonderland and there’s so much to learn in here… and it’s still that way.
Support every independent record store that you can. They’re really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it. And it helps people who work here and that’s important, too. And it kind of takes an effort, you have to look for something that you want; you have to talk to people. I had to talk to people to figure out which Aerosmith record to get first or anything back in the day. It’s a place to learn. It’s a place to have fun. And it’s a place to discover new music.”
Pearl Jam have announced that they are going to discontinue their Ten Club singles series in 2019. The band commented:
“Beginning January 1, 2019 the Ten Club Single will be discontinued. PEARL JAM and all of us at Ten Club appreciate the loyalty and dedication from our members. It has been amazing to watch the fan club evolve over the years into the tight-knit community it is today, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”
Pearl Jam have announced that their Home Shows initiative has raised close to $11 million, which will be distributed to nearly 100 organizations in an effort to fight homelessness in Seattle and King County. The money was raised with the assistance of over 170 partners and various individuals.
“A HUGE thank you to the more than 170 businesses—both big and small—philanthropic partners, and individuals that have committed nearly $11 million to fight homelessness.
Even more important is seeing our community and fans rally around this effort. Tens of thousands of you have taken action by signing up for The Home Shows mailing list, watching stories of our neighbors with lived experience with homelessness, volunteering, getting registered to vote – and voting.
And this is just the beginning. You have more influence than you think—and now is the time to use it.
Email your elected officials and let them know what you want from them. Ask your employers what they’re doing on this issue. Support businesses committed to ending homelessness. Go out of your way to say “Hello” and “How can I help?” when you see a neighbor experiencing homelessness.
Then, keep learning, donating, volunteering, paying attention, and believing. The more than 12,000 people living on the streets of our city need us to.
During Pearl Jam’s August 10 show at Seattle’s Safeco Field the group were joined onstage by some special guests including Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner. Thayil performed MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams” with the band during the first encore and returned to the stage to play Iggy and the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy” and The Dead Boys’ “Sonic Reducer” with Arm and Turner during the second encore. You can see footage of all that below. If that’s not enough, you can also see footage of Pearl Jam paying tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a cover of “Missing” and footage of them paying tribute to the late Tom Petty with a cover of ” I Won’t Back Down” as well.