Pearl Jam: New Album Update

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is sharing news about the band's next studio album.

Pearl Jam: New Album Update
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"We really want to finish a record this year," tells Gossard. "[It's] now between half and three quarters done, but we got some new material and we're excited about hopefully doing some more work on that later in the year." Among that new material, he divulges, is a brand new hard-edged rocker by fellow Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, "that's fantastic that reminds me of Motorhead. I hope that that one is in the mix coming up." No release date is set for the as yet untitled follow up to 2009's "Backspacer," but Gossard explains Pearl Jam hopes it will be out in the first half of 2013, "if all goes according to plan." Stone's session was to discuss his long-running band, Brad, who just released their fifth studio album, "United We Stand." Though Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder recently had to postpone his spring solo tour to allow a back injury that resulted in temporary nerve damage to his right arm to heal properly, the Pearl Jam plan is still on track for live dates beginning in June. Beyond the already announced summer European tour and gigs at Florida's DeLuna Festival and Atlanta's Midtown Music Festival (both the weekend of Sept. 21), Gossard hints that there are more 2012 shows in the works. "We're going to try to play a little bit more this year Not too much, but a few things." Gossard shares that Vedder is "plugging away" at recovering fully. "It's just really one of those things you have to rest it [and] you have to do physical therapy for awhile to get it to come back. He's doing everything he can to get well He's probably overwhelmed with all the people sending him notes and saying, "Hey we're thinking about you." Vedder's summer solo European tour remains slated to kick off July 25 in Amsterdam and wrap Aug. 3 in Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal, and his postponed spring tour has been rescheduled in full to begin on Halloween in Las Vegas and wind up in Clearwater, FL on Dec. 4. Thanks for the report to Hennemusic.com.

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    Steelrod
    ^ Disagree Matt has become Pearl Jam's secret weapon. He is the glue when they play live. Plus he writes songs!!!
    siraxlrose
    I don't think backspacer was that poor. I loved 90% of the album, minus the end and speed of sound. Not to mention cameron wrote one of the best songs on the album, the fixer. Would be nice to have a more classic album, very guitar driven.
    FlyingPirahna
    The Fixer was alright. The rest of Backspacer was entirely forgettable. That album was bad enough for me to lose a ton of interest in this band.
    BaptizedinFire
    I agree, they should bring back Irons. Cameron is "too good" to be playing with a meat n' potatoes-band like Pearl Jam. But yeah, The Fixer truly is a great song.
    biff022
    Rated this an 8 since Backspacer was so poor. Trade Matt Cameron back for Jack Irons! Cameron is a better drummer but PJ ruins him... he's too prog and belongs full time in SG.
    Kjellum
    I really enjoy Backspacer. I don't get all the criticism that album is getting.
    coco-axeman
    For those who expected another ten, disappointment was obvious; I personally really liked it. Perhaps Eddie's gotten all that mellow out of him with Backspacer and Ukelele songs and they'll give us another rocky album. Who knows...
    Hungry_Hameds
    FlyingPirahna wrote: The Fixer was alright. The rest of Backspacer was entirely forgettable. That album was bad enough for me to lose a ton of interest in this band.
    Bless you, expecting Ten all over again... Amongst the waves, Johnny Guitar, Unthought known, great tunes, great album, they're not trying to compete with themselves, why do so called fans???
    biff022
    BaptizedinFire wrote: I agree, they should bring back Irons. Cameron is "too good" to be playing with a meat n' potatoes-band like Pearl Jam. But yeah, The Fixer truly is a great song.
    Well put. I do really like The Fixer...