During Pearl Jam’s encore at Portugal’s NOS Alive festival last night (July 14), the band were joined onstage by Jack White. You can see footage of them playing a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” below. It’s also worth noting that Pearl Jam mixed The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” into “Porch” earlier in the encore as well.
Pearl Jam released their single “Can’t Deny Me” back in March, and said a new studio album would follow, but now it appears they haven’t even started the recording process for the effort. During an interview with Jeff Sweatman of 106.1 The Corner, Jeff Ament was asked for an update on the album and he responded with the following:
“I wish I had an answer for you. We have a bunch of stuff that’s sort of partly written. Unfortunately, we have rehearsals coming up for Europe and the shows this summer, so it’s in a little bit of a limbo state right now. We still need to record it; we haven’t really recorded anything. But [there are] a lot of ideas.
“We’ve sort of been telling ourselves that we weren’t gonna put a ton of pressure on the situation. We really wanna make something great, and we wanna have the freedom to live with some of these ideas for a while and then maybe record them in a different way. We’re sort of exploring all sorts of different things right now. So I think it bodes well for whatever the next album is.”
The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, WA, have teamed up with Pearl Jam and their fan club to create a Pearl Jam suite. According to the hotel’s site, the room features concert memorabilia, industrial grunge-inspired décor, an in-room guitar, an amp, a vinyl record player, and more. From now through the band’s August hometown shows, 10% of the room’s proceeds will go towards ending homelessness in Seattle.
During Pearl Jam’s March 13 show at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, the band played their new song “Can’t Deny Me” live for the first time. Eddie Vedder dedicated the track to the students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Pearl Jam have officially confirmed that they will be releasing their first new album in nearly five years. The effort’s first single, “Can’t Deny Me, ” was previously only available to members of their fan club, but now it is also available in all digital outlets. That track was co-produced by the group and Brendan O’Brien, and it was recorded in Seattle, WA last month. Mike McCready wrote the music, while Eddie Vedder handled the lyrics.
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery on May 10 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA. The guitarist will be recognized for his support of MusiCares and for his commitment to helping people with addiction recovery. The event will include performances by Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), and Mike Ness (Social Distortion), and it will end with a special performance by McCready and friends. McCready commented:
“Recovery is a journey that you take each day, and mine has been affirming from a musical standpoint and a community perspective. To be able to raise funds for MusiCares and the critical addiction recovery work they do for music people across the country all year long is humbling, and it speaks to the way we can come together to help those in need.”