Jeff Ament talks about Pearl Jam plans for touring this year

Pear Jam bassist talked in a interview with Variety about touring this year.

I don’t think there’s any way we’re going into arenas before the end of the year. I think we’ll wait to see how everything shakes out. We have so many fans that travel, and that’s the thing that freaks me out the most. You see how bad things are with COVID-19 in South America right now and you think about 50 people getting on planes and coming to one of the upcoming shows. I would guess that a good portion of our fans are vaccinated, but some may not be, and some may be immune-compromised. The last thing we want to do is be a part of anybody getting really sick or dying. We’re going to take our time. It feels like playing Ohana and Sea.Hear.Now is a perfect way to get our feet wet. Both of those environments are going to be crazily celebratory and it’s going to be awesome.

On Gigaton songs never played live before (for now) Ament added, “A good chunk of that record could be really fun to play live. Even in the rehearsals we did, we got a sense of which sections of songs could stretch out. Quick Escape is an obvious one that could really stretch out live. I’m excited about River Cross, which is one of my favorite things we’ve ever done, and one of my favorite songs Ed has ever written. It was really outside of our normal instrumentation and it’s such a beautiful song. I think that will go over really well live”.