'Lightning' strikes for Pearl Jam (Updated 6/5/14)
If it feels like there's not a corner of the globe Pearl Jam won't touch this year, there's a good reason.
Following a summertime European tour that will take them all the way through the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Germany, Sweden and Norway, the alt-rockers will finally bring it on home to North America for a U.S. tour this fall.
Beginning in mid-June, the Seattle-based outfit will spend a month jaunting through Europe before returning statewide for an Oct. 1 kick-off in Cincinnati, Ohio a the U.S. Bank Arena. The current schedule has the band stopping in at least 10 cities, as well as two headlining weekend gigs at the Austin City Limits Festival. The trek is set to wrap on Oct. 22 in Denver, Colorado at Pepsi Center.
Pearl Jam's tour is in support of "Lightning Bolt," the group's 10th studio album, on their very own Monkeywrench Records label. The 12-track project released back in October 2013 and climbed to the top of the Billboard 200 chart and also landed at No. 2 on the U.K. Albums chart. In fact, the halfway point of the tour will essentially mark the one-year anniversary of the album.
"Lightning Bolt" sold 166,000 copies in its first week and was the fifth Pearl Jam album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It spawned two moderately successful singles in "Mind Your Manners" and "Sirens" and was well-received by critics, many of whom said the project marked a welcome return to the band's old sound.
Still Jammin' (Created July 26, 2013)
Pearl Jam broke into the mainstream with the debut album "Ten." Now, more than two decades later and with an estimated 60 million records sold worldwide, the group has outlasted many of its contemporaries from the early 90's. With nine studio albums to date (and counting), the group broadened its musical range with every release thanks to Eddie Vedder's steady leadership and ability to block out the noise and just make music.
So what helped Pearl Jam make that connection to fans? What's the secret behind their longevity? It may have something to do with nights like Friday, July 19 (2013), when "An Evening With Pearl Jam" at Wrigley Field became a marathon night of songs that stretched until 2am. Though that ultimately included a nearly three-hour rain delay, there was also about three hours of new music – including never-before-heard-songs "Mind Your Manners," "Lightning Bolt" and "Future Days."
It is "Lightning Bolt" that will serve as the title track to the just-announced, long-awaited new album from the band. It will arrive on October 15 in the U.S. (October 14 internationally), though a full tracklist has not yet been released. It will be the band's first studio effort since 2009's "Backspacer," which went all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
A tour to support "Lightning Bolt" will run from October 11 through December 6. That announcement was the culmination of a mysterious countdown clock on Pearl Jam's website that had been running for a week. The two-part trek begins in Pittsburgh, PA before wrapping in Seattle. Tickets for all of the concerts go on sale to the public on July 27 at 10 a.m. (EST).
In addition to their work with Pearl Jam, the band's individual members have also been busy with other projects. Stone Gossard released his second solo album, "Moonlander," on June 25. Drummer Matt Cameron, who toured with his other band Soundgarden this winter, also has an album called "Drumgasm" due out Aug. 27.
Pearl Jam is Headlining Global Citizens Fest
Update 7/9/15 The rumors are true, and today is has been announced the Pearl Jam will headline this year's Global Citizens Fest. Also joining them as headlines is Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. Tickets for the event are free, so head over to GlobalCitizen.org to find out how to get involved. Will this be the…Read more
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