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.
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.