Pearl Jam Unveil Jay-Z Collaboration Christmas Single

Rolling Stones' "Shattered" featured as B-side.

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Details of this year's Pearl Jam holiday single have recently surfaced, confirming the grunge icons will unveil a Jay Z cover "99 Problems" featuring the rapper himself. The B-side will feature the cover of Rolling Stones' 1978 hit "Shattered." Pearl Jam Online broke the info, posting the following single details as "spoiler alert."

Pearl Jam Holiday Single 2013:

Side A: "99 Problems" - Written by Jay-Z, Performed by Pearl Jam with Jay-Z (9/2/2012 Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Made in America Festival) Side B: "Shattered" - Written by Rolling Stones, Performed by Eddie Vedder with Jeanne Tripplehorn (9/15/2013 Private Location, Malibu, CA, EBMRF Benefit with Ed Vedder) In other Pearl Jam news, the band is expected to keep a busy tour schedule throughout 2014, as drummer Matt Cameron confirmed temporarily leaving Soundgarden to focus on playing with PJ crew. "Hello Knights of the Soundtable faithful," Matt explained in an official announcement. "I will be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden touring due to prior commitments promoting 'Lightning Bolt' with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family. I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career." The latest Pearl Jam studio effort, "Lightning Bolt," saw its release on October 14 via Monkeywrench Records.

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    wow..I wouldn't be surprised if this was an april hoax. Not that I'm not interested in the PJ covers, but it's just too many weird news in one article. Anyways, I honestly think it's crazy that Matt Cameron drums for two such big bands. It's crystal clear that their schedules must overlap sometime...after the Soundgarden reunion I'd actually rather see him staying in his "home" band, so Pearl Jam could find a new, STABLE drummer who wouldn't have to make compromises.
    It's called an April fools joke, it's not even close to April. But it's not a joke. These two concerts happened and they are releasing this single to their fan club for free for Christmas. You have a problem with a band playing for a rapper? All this shows is that Jay-Z actually has an idea of how to play live, by having a real band play behind his tracks unlike most rappers who just put a backing track on.
    Title sounds like they recorded a new song together, but nope it's just a cover at a festival.
    Non news with a misleading title. Standard of journalism for UG. Not a fact checker in sight.
    i dont think it's an April hoax in December... It's legit though. the performance from the Made In America Festival is on youtube
    PS - Matt Cameron is an incredible drummer… with Soundgarden. He has a few moments with PJ sure, but for the most part he's stiffens up when playing their more standardized times… Wish Jack Irons would sign back on for them. Cameron reverted back to his old awesome self with SG on the album and live… It'd be better for all involved, including me.