Pearl Jam Announce New Album "Dark Matter" + Tour, Single

Pearl Jam, the Grammy-winning idealistic grunge mainstay, have announced a new record, single, and world tour.

The Dark Matter album is the Seattle band's 12th studio LP, and hold on to your Mookie Blaylock jerseys, but singer Eddie Vedder claims it is the group's best.

“I’m getting chills, because I have good memories," Vedder said recently. "We’re still looking for ways to communicate. We’re at this time in our lives when you could do it or you could not do it, but we still care about putting something out there that is meaningful and we hopefully think is our best work. No hyperbole, I think this is our best work.”

Dark Matter album art

Vedder, bassist Jeff Ament, drummer Matt Cameron, and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready recorded Dark Matter in just three weeks at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La Studios in Malibu.

The album is produced by Andrew Watt, a member of Vedder's side project, The Earthlings. Watt is a hot commodity who recently produced the Rolling Stones' Hackney Diamonds, and has overseen albums from Justin Bieber to Ozzy. Fun fact: Pearl Jam has been around longer than Watt, who is just 33 years old.

The title track of the new Pearl Jam album

“What Ed said about getting us in a room at this point," Ament explained, "we felt like we were about to make a really important record. A lot of that had to do with the atmosphere Andrew set up. He has encyclopedic knowledge of our history, not only as a band and how we wrote songs, but as players. He could pinpoint things we did on old songs to the point where I was like, ‘What the fuck is he talking about?’ His excitement was contagious. He’s a force. I just want to say thanks for keeping us on track. I couldn’t be prouder of us as a band. I feel so grateful for the fans, but mostly for my brothers and these people I’ve made music with.”

How excited are fans?

While in LA last week for the Grammys, the band hosted a listening party at the world famous Troubadour in West Hollywood.

One diehard ran around to the back of the club on Santa Monica Blvd., a block from Beverly Hills and recorded what he could hear leak out from the hallowed walls.

Another fan has isolated Vedder's iconic voice from the single so PJ aficionados can hear the lyrics better without the heavy riffs.

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The boys will be kicking off the tour just on the other side of the border in Vancouver, BC, Canada, then making their way down the coast with stops in Vegas and the BottleRock Fest.

In June they'll head off to Europe and in August they'll come back to the States for a pair of dates at Vedder's happy place, Wrigley Field. Then they'll keep the party going with stops at Madison Square Garden and Fenway. They'll wrap the year of rock Down Under.

Presale tickets are available on the Pearl Jam website.

05-04 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena
05-06 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena
05-10 Portland, OR - Moda Center
05-13 Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
05-16 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
05-18 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
05-21 Inglewood, CA - Kia Forum
05-22 Inglewood, CA - Kia Forum
05-25 Napa Valley, CA - BottleRock Festival
05-28 Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena
05-30 Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena
06-22 Dublin, Ireland - Marlay Park
06-25 Manchester, England - Co-op Live
06-29 London, England - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
07-02 Berlin, Germany - Waldbühne
07-03 Berlin, Germany - Waldbühne
07-06 Barcelona, Spain - Palau Sant Jordi
07-08 Barcelona, Spain - Palau Sant Jordi
07-11 Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival
07-13 Lisbon, Portugal - NOS Alive Festival
08-22 Missoula, MT - Washington-Grizzly Stadium
08-26 Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Music Center
08-29 Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
08-31 Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
09-03 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
09-04 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
09-07 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
09-09 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
09-12 Baltimore, MD - CFG Bank Arena
09-15 Boston, MA - Fenway Park
09-17 Boston, MA - Fenway Park
11-08 Auckland, New Zealand - Go Media Stadium
11-13 Gold Coast, Australia - Heritage Bank Stadium
11-16 Melbourne, Australia - Marvel Stadium
11-21 Sydney, Australia - Giants Stadium

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Last updated: 21 Apr 2024, 01:26 Etc/UTC