German music magazine Visions (July 2009 issue – scans here, thanks to skyvalley@PJ’s Message Pit) published a tracklist of “Backspacer”, the new Pearl Jam album due out on September 18, 2009. Here’s the tracklist (not yet confirmed by Ten Club) of the record, whose length is about 36 minutes, according to the review on the magazine:
01 See My Friend
02 Got Some
03 The Fixer
04 Johnny Guitar
05 Just Breathe
06 Amongst The Waves
07 Unthought Known
09 Speed Of Sound
10 Force Of Nature
11 The End
Interesting notes: “Got Some” was performed at ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’ on June 1st, 2009; “The Fixer” is the song that the band taped at the end of May at The Showbox in Seattle for the Target ad; “Unthought Known” is a song written by Vedder and presented during his solo tour last year, while “The End” and “Speed of souns” are two other songs recently performed by the singer during his current US solo tour. Moreover, it is not 100% confirmed yet but a few websites (like this one ) list “The Fixer” as the first single from “Backspacer” with a release date scheduled for July 20-21.
According to the official Austin City Limits blog, the day before Pearl Jam headline the Austin City Limits Music Festival (their performance is set for October 4, 2009), the band will tape an episode of the namesake TV show. Vedder and company will perform for about an hour before an audience of just over 300 people. It is still to be announced when the episode will be broadcast on television by PBS.
In conclusion, Flight To Mars (UFO cover band featuring Mike McCready) will perform with Kristen Ward on July 23 at Neumo’s in Seattle. Ticket info available at this link.
Pearl Jam’s official website has announced that Gomez will open Pearl Jam’s upcoming European dates in Rotterdam (8/13), Berlin (8/15), Manchester (8/17) and London (8/18). For more information on this great British rock band, check their official site at this link: http://www.gomeztheband.com or visit their MySpace page (link).
Yesterday, Kelly Curtis was interviewed by Billboard (link) & by Entertainment Weekly (link). Here are the highlights of the two interviews, plus all the latest info that have emerged after Pearl Jam’s appearance at the “Tonight Show”:
– It is now confirmed that Pearl Jam’s ninth studio album is titled “Backspacer” (remember the Great Turtle Race and the Pearl Jam sponsored turtle? We were talking about it here). The title has also been confirmed by TV host Conan O’Brien, introducing Pearl Jam’s performance at the ‘Tonight Show’ last night (full detailshere). Conan held up what it seemed to be a CD with artwork (photo), but the image was only part of a greater whole — it wasn’t the finished album cover, wich is still in production and is being created by Tom Tomorrow, cartoonist and Vedder’s friend (source: Tom Tomorrow’s blog). You may remember that Vedder wrote a support letter for him, earlier this year.
– An official first single will likely be released in July, while the CD will presumably be in stores on September 22, 2009 in the U.S. (September 18, 2009 in Europe),
– Possible first single “The Fixer” was filmed at the Showbox on May 28. Curtis said that the band shot three or four songs that night and confirmed that some of the footage may be used for a project that Cameron Crowe is working on in connection to the band’s 20th anniversary and may also appear on additional materials for online or European release. Contrary to what we reported two days ago, the band wasn’t shooting a music video last week at Seattle’s Showbox, they were actually recording a commercial for Target (which is US’s third-largest discount retailer) under the direction of Cameron Crowe,
– Curtis confirmed that the band’s next release would in fact come without a U.S. label, but a consortium of partners, including Target as the “big box” retail partner. “We’ll have a lot of partners,” said Curtis, who confirmed that deals were also finished or in the works with an online retailer, a mobile partner, a gaming company and with a network or possibly networks of indie retail stores. Internationally, the album will be released via Universal Music Group and, obviously, it will also be for sale via Pearl Jam’s fan club, Ten Club.
According to some rumors circulating on the Web, Pearl Jam played a surprise gig at the Showbox in Seattle on May 28 to shoot a video for the first single from their upcoming new album. The performance was filmed by an old acquaintance of the band, director Cameron Crowe. The song (whose title is still unknown) has been tried a dozen time in front of an audience of about 300 extras, hired to be in the crowd for the taping, a large number of whom were reportedly laid-off workers from the area. The performance ended with a cover of Dead Boys’ “Sonic Reducer” and an unnamed (likely new) slow jam.
After months of lobbying, Crohn’s disease sufferer Mike McCready recently saw Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire sign a bill into law that will allow residents suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases to legally use businesses’ private restrooms. The law will come into effect on July 26 (more info here).
Mike McCready & Jeff Ament have also contributed their sports lists and memories to “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists” — a new book penned by local Seattle sports personalities Art Thiel, Steve Rudman and Pearl Jam fan and friend, Mike Gastineau.
On June 15, the Gaslight Anthem will re-release their single “The’59 Sound” (originally published last year) following the recent success of the New Jersey rock band and anticipating their upcoming Euro tour. As one of the B-sides, the 7” vinyl single features a cover of “State of Love and Trust” written in 1992 by Pearl Jam and taken from a recent performance of the Gaslight Anthem at Webster Hall in New York.
Rolling Stone reports that Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a violent robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band is recording their ninth studio album with producer Brendan O’Brien.
According to a police report, Ament and a band employee pulled up to the rear of the studio on the afternoon of April 27th when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks, gloves and pants. The robbers smashed the windows of a rented Jeep and grabbed a BlackBerry before demanding more money. In total, the pair were robbed of $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods. The bassist was chased and knocked to the ground, sustaining a head laceration which was treated by EMS. The attackers — who also stole Ament’s passport — escaped into a waiting black Nissan Maxima. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera (see above), but no arrests have been made. Pearl Jam declined to comment on the incident..
Pearl Jam’s official website, MTV Games and Harmonix have officially announced that 40 Pearl Jam live songs will be chosen to be part of a forthcoming “Rock Band” project dedicated to the Seattle band, scheduled for release by the end of 2010. The developers want the fans to select the best live performances of the band directly through the Rhapsody system, available at this link.
Two Feet Thick reports that Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has financed the new EP by Scribes, a Seattle rapper. McCready recently made an appearance on Kiswire Radio in Seattle to play a cover of Rolling Stones’s classic “Wild Horses” together with Loaded’s Duff McKagan (Guns N’Roses). A video of the exhibition is available at this link.
Members of Pearl Jam’s official fan club are receiving the 2008 annual holiday single. This year’s vinyl features the new song “Santa Cruz” played full band by Pearl Jam and “Golden State”, a cover by John Doe, performed by Ed Vedder with Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney). Interesting note: the first song had been played by Ed Vedder alone during his solo tour last year, while “Golden State” was featured on a self-titled EP by John Doe, released in 2008. The Ten Club single features a new, acoustic version of this song.
The band’s website has announced that Pearl Jam have added a second date in Chicago, scheduled for August 24 at the United Center.
Pearl Jam’s official website, www.pearljam.com, has just announced that starting August 13 in Rotterdam and ending August 18 in London, Pearl Jam will grace the stage in the following cities:
PEARL JAM IN EUROPE
13 August – Rotterdam – Ahoy
15 August – Berlin – Wulheide
17 August – Manchester – MEN Arena
18 August – London – 02 Arena
Ten Club is offering pre-sale tickets to active members only. You must be an active member as of April 26th to qualify for the pre-sale. This pre-sale will be restricted to European members only from April 27-29. On April 30, the pre-sale will open to ALL active members of the Ten Club. (More info here).
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 8th. Visit these links for details:
According to some rumors that have been circulating around the web lately, Pearl Jam could play a few dates in Europe this year. As reported by a fan on the band’s official forum, Jeff Ament spoke on Radio 103.3 The Trail of Missoula (Montana) on April 17 and revealed that the band is planning a 2009 tour that includes “West (U.S.), South (U.S.) and some dates in Europe. ” Jeff has also said that the band will know by May 1st the album release date and that it is “halfway done”. Ament has also listed his favorite venues: The Gorge, Washington Grizzly Stadium (Missoula, Montana) and the Arena in Verona – the bass player said it was spectacular and that he hopes it doesn’t rain “next time”.
While it is basically confirmed that Pearl Jam will headline the Austin City Limits Festival (Texas) on October 4, 2009 (the lineup will officially be announced on April 28, but yesterday a nice cartoon – later removed, see it above- appeared on the festival’s homepage, hinting at Pearl Jam as one of the headliners), Radio Eins in Berlin has repeatedly mentioned a possible Pearl Jam show in Germany’s capital this summer, which would take place in the outdoor venue Wuhlheide. Another rumor has surfaced, not so unlikely after Jeff’s recent statements… according to local newspaper Il Giornale di Reggio, an Italian promoter is in contact with FestaReggio, the annual entertainment festival organized by the Italian Democratic Party, which takes place in late August/early September in the outdoor venue Campovolo in Reggio Emilia (Northern Italy). The festival organisers are in contact with various artists, including Pearl Jam, which are considered as ‘the most probable ones’ by the newspaper. If confirmed, this would be amazing for all Italian fans (and especially for this site, which is based in Reggio Emilia!). We will keep you updated as soon as we know something more. In the meantime, we keep our fingers crossed…
Thanks to TwoFeetThick, PJ’s board & Bugs ML.
While Pearl Jam continues to work on the new album, the Ten Club has confirmed the band’s first official date for this year: they will be among the headliners of the Outside Lands Festival, which is set to take place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park on August 28-30.
Tonight, Ed Vedder will attend the Opening Night Gala at the Atlanta Film Festival for the presentation of the documentary “The People Speak” which we have already anticipated in the past months (link).
* UPDATE * (04.17.09) – According to this article, the whole band made a surprise visit yesterday to opening night of the Atlanta Film Festival. The quintet made a low-key entrance to the festival — avoiding the red carpet — to see lead singer Eddie Vedder’s appearance in the Tony Sacco film, “The People Speak”. The festival executive director said the group was in town making a new album with Atlanta producer Brendan O’Brien. After the screening, Vedder answered questions from the audience with some of the other personalities involved in the project and signed some autographs, but he did not perform. Photos available here.
The Great Turtle Race starts today, organised by Conservation International and National Geographic: 11 leatherback sea turtles are taking part in a race from Canada to nesting beaches of the Caribbean. The turtles are tagged with state-of-the-art satellite tracking devices that allow us to follow their incredible 3,700-mile (6,000-kilometer) journey. To raise awareness about the protection of this endangered species, Pearl Jam chose to sponsor the event ‘adopting’ a turtle named Backspacer (biography here), whose progress can be followed live at this link and that has Nightswimmer (sponsored by R.E.M.) as one of its major rivals. This is what Stone Gossard has to say: “The fate of sea turtles, the global marine environment and humanity itself are inextricably tied to the choices we make today. Pearl Jam is happy to be a part of the Great Turtle Race and we are encouraging all our fans and friends to join the fun, cheer on our turtle Backspacer and help save the seas.”
Stone, who has always been at the forefront for environmental protection, has also recently had the opportunity to meet with Senator Maria Cantwell and the staff of the Wild Salmon Center to discuss the Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act. More info at the following link.
Pearl Jam’s other guitarist, Mike McCready, will play the American national anthem at the Seattle’s Mariners’ game at Safeco Field in Seattle on May 19, as a banefit event for the CCFA.
Pearljam.com has announced that Ed Vedder will embark on an 11-date, 2009 U.S. solo tour, which begins June 8th in Albany, New York and ends July 2nd in Honolulu, Hawaii (full list of tour dates below). New Zealand singer-songwriter Liam Finn will open these shows. Ten Club will be hosting a ticket pre-sale for a limited quantity of tickets on April 10 (click here for details). General public tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster and Live Nation starting April 18 (more details here).
Eddie Vedder 2009 U.S. Tour Dates:
June 8 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
June 11 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
June 12 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
June 14 Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House
June 15 Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House
June 18 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
June 20 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
June 23 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
June 29 Maui, HI Castle Theater
July 1 Honolulu, HI Hawaii Theatre
July 2 Honolulu, HI Hawaii Theatre
In other news, according to Billboard, The Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood has recruited Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder for a song on his upcoming solo album. Wood has recorded roughly 12 songs with producer Bob Rock for “More Good News”, Wood’s first solo LP since 2001.
Flight to Mars (UFO tribute band featuring Mike McCready) will perform at the annual benefit concert for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on May 2nd. Joining Flight to Mars for this special event is Duff McKagan’s Loaded as well as Mike McCready’s original band Shadow ’86, who will reunite once again on-stage to perform a tribute to Seattle rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
Info for Ten Club members – The new DEEP Magazine is now finished and headed to press. It will be shipped together with the 2008 Holiday Single by the end of April (hopefully). This issue of DEEP is a special TEN issue featuring more great material from the TEN era that didn’t make it into the Super Deluxe Box plus new insights from Mike, Jeff and Stone.
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger will turn 90 on May 3, and to celebrate, a massive tribute concert is being planned for that night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ed Vedder is confirmed as a performer. Also on the bill: Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, John Mellecamp, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Ben Harper, Steve Earle and Tom Morello (full cast here).
VH1 Classic will premiere “Pearl Jam Ten Revisited,” a 30-minute look back at the album and its place in music history, including original videos, the uncensored “Jeremy” video and archival interview footage of the band (full viewing schedule available here, EST time zone). In early May, CBS’s “Cold Case” will have Pearl Jam-only soundtracked episodes for its two-part sixth-season finale. Pearl Jam is one of only 10 artists to be exclusively featured by “Cold Case,” and the first to takeover more than one episode. 16 Pearl Jam songs will be used on the shows, including several from “Ten.” (Source)
Pearl Jam’s official YouTube channel is streaming a promo video featuring new interviews with band members and producer Brendan O’Brien talking about the reissue of “Ten”.
To coincide with Pearl Jam’s previously announced reissue of their debut album, Ten, on March 24, 2009, Sony Music has launched an interactive game (available online at the following link: www.pearljamtengame.com) and released a promotional video of the band (link). Matt Cameron will also play Rock Band 2 with Xbox LIVE Gold members on March 27 (more info here). Also, to commemorate the re-issue of Ten, Volcom released a limited edition Pearl Jam/Volcom t-shirt and a 7” vinyl featuring live versions of “Even Flow” and “Porch”, taken from their 2005/ 2006 tour. This special package is available at this link.
The Daily Record recently published an interesting Q&A interview with Pearl Jam. They revealed that Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis has had the idea to do a 20 year anniversary retrospective movie and that he’s been on board with film director Cameron Crowe for the last few years. In the same interview Jeff Ament said that the band is planning to return to Europe over the next 18 months. To read the full interview, click here.
Green River announced on their MySpace that they’re going to be teaming up with The Melvins for at least two shows for the Melvins’ 25th anniversary. Two dates set for May 22nd and 23rd at the Showbox Market, with a possible third show.
Ed Vedder has published a letter on the band’s official website (link) expressing worry about the current global economic situation and focusing his attention on his friend, cartoonist Tom Tomorrow (creator of the strip This Modern World), who recently found himself unemployed.
Finally, the Pearl Jam frontman phoned the Kings Of Leon to congratulate them for the great success they recently achieved. “He was just telling us how proud he was of us,” says Caleb, Kings Of Leon lead singer, “and he said, ‘Now you guys are playing on the same stages that we were playing on together’ – it was amazing.”
The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine (US print edition) features an interesting interview with Pearl Jam members talking about the new album. These are the main extracts:
– They plan to release their ninth studio album on their own, without a label. “We’ll make deals with a number of partners – retail, online and probably mobile, too” says Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis, adding that the group will sell digital and physical versions of the album on its own website. “The cool thing is, as the record companies are kind of dying, the opportunities are growing”
– The band will soon begin recording with producer Brendan O’Brien and hopes to release the still-untitled disc by yhe fall. “At this point, I think we’re willing to let somebody cut the songs up a little bit,” says Vedder. “In the past, Brendan would say, ‘It’s a great song, but I think you should do it in a different key’, and we’d say no. But now that we’ve heard Bruce has listened to his suggestions, I think we will too.”
– Pearl Jam are carrying through with the punchy, melodic energy of their last album. One song, a garage-y composition by Vedder, repeats the lyric “see my friends” over Stooges-meet-the-Who power chords and loose. Johnny Thunders-inspired lead guitar from Mike McCready. Another tune, penned by drummer Matt Cameron, is a bigger surprise: it’s sleek power pop, with a Stones-y intro riff-leading into a tight, chiming verse and a catchy vocal melody that wouldn’t be out of place on a Kings of Leon record. “That could have been a seven-minute, weird, sideways kind of artsy song with a cool groove,” Vedder says. “I thinkered with it after everyone left, and we shrunk it down and turned into somethig else… I’m thinking about set lists: ‘Will this be a song we’ll play every night?'”
– “The new record feels good so far – really strong and uptempo, stuff we can sink our teeth into,” says Vedder, who has seen his songwriting shift direction since the election. “I’ve tried, over the years, to be hopeful in the lyrics, and I think that’s going to be easier now.” Last year, everyone but Vedder gathered in bassist Jeff Ament’s Montana house for a songwriting retreat. “It’s the first time since the first record that we’ve really rehearsed,” says Ament, “instead of just going to the studio with a handful of ideas”. While Vedder seems most excited by the idea of short, fastsongs – citing Guided by Voices as an inspiration – his bandmates emphasize other parts of the recors. “There’s plenty of ballads, too,” says Stone Gossard. “And there’s some shifts in how Jeff And Matt and I are all relating – I think this record’s got a chance to sound significantly different.” Adds Ament, “There’s a couple of great things that Ed brought in that could be real departures for us. Whatever wave Ed caught with ‘Into the Wild’ has taken him to different places.”
UPDATE (02.06.09) Billboard reports that Pearl Jam is about to hit the studio for a two-week session in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O’Brien as it continues work on its ninth studio album. After laying down some instrumental beds last summer, additional demos were put to tape in December, and the band’s non-singing members formulated another batch of material during a recent trip to Montana. Frontman Eddie Vedder “put rough vocals on about half the stuff we worked on in December,” says bassist Jeff Ament. “There’s a handful of really great lyrics. Lyrically, that stuff is in the embryonic stage, but there’s a handful of lines and a couple of choruses that are just really great. He keeps getting better.” This will be the first time Pearl Jam has spent significant time recording outside Seattle since 1996’s “No Code. “There’s certainly been groups of songs that we’ve recorded very quickly,” Ament says. “When we went to Atlanta and New Orleans, we could knock out two, three, four songs in the same amount of days. We did the same thing in Chicago. I’m kind of approaching it with the idea that it’ll work out like those sessions did.” Ament says the band is very excited about the return of O’Brien: “He brings a brutally honest approach to what he thinks is working and what isn’t, and it really moves things along,” he says. We don’t get waded down with ideas that maybe aren’t even that good. He’s one of the few people outside of the band that we trust with our music, and we’re really, really looking forward to making this record.”
In other news, Best Buy’s website released a promo video in which you can see the contents of the ‘Ten’ reissue Super Deluxe Edition (attention! **SPOILER ALERT** Do not watch if you don’t want to know):
In conclusion , Mike McCready appears on Dierks Bentley’s latest album, “Feel That Fire” , playing the guitar on the track “Life On The Run.”
Billboard reports that EverGreen Copyrights (which controls rights of dead artists including folk singer Nick Drake) has signed a deal with Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records label to release a Nick Drake tribute album, featuring covers by Jack Johnson, Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Norah Jones, late actor Heath Ledger and Pearl Jam’s Ed Vedder, who is going to revisit one of the many beautiful songs written decades ago by the late English singer-songwriter. The project is scheduled to be released later this year.
Pearl Jam’s singer, who recently appeared at a Knitters show (click here for more information) to celebrate the settlement at the White House of the new president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, has expressed his feelings related to the event: “Relief, exhiliration, joy; at least we are going to be able to let go of some of the anger,” he said from his Seattle home. “Obama seems to be a true gift. Ten minutes after he was elected, I felt the goodwill on the planet double. It seems part of the enormous job he faces was to create hope in people and around the world. The night he was elected, I got calls from around the world. It was incredibly moving.” (Source: PJBoard)
A few weeks ago, Vedder has sent a new song to Neil Finn (Crowded House), who in these days (along with an all star band including members of Radiohead, Wilco and Smiths) is recording a new album linked to the project ‘7 Worlds Collide’, the series of concerts that were held back in 2001 (which saw the participation of Vedder) and that led to the publication of a live CD and a DVD titled ‘7 Worlds Collide’. Neil Finn said, friendly, that Vedder could not be present at the new sessions and concerts (which were held at the beginning of January) because he was busy taking care of two children: one, human, the new baby he recently had with his partner Jill McCormick, and another one, the new Pearl Jam album (Source: 3 News)
Paul McCartney, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Paul Horn, Moby and more will perform at the World Harmony Concert, a global benefit concert that will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in support of the David Lynch Foundation’s international initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation technique. Details on how to order tickets before they go on sale to the public can be found at the David Lynch Foundation website.
Stone Gossard’s wife, Liz Weber, whose mother suffers from Huntington Disease, is going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of people as a fundraiser to help fight hereditary diseases, starting February 6th. Check out their site www.klimbforthekure.com, not only are Pearl Jam listed as a sponsor, but there are some pics of Stone at fundraisers there as well. They hope to raise a million dollars U.S., but are only up to $150,000. (Thanks to PJLostDog).
Speaking about the ‘Ten’ reissue, Pearl Jam are also making tracks from their debut album available exclusively via Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States. The newly remastered tracks can be purchased as ringtones, ringbacks and ringback jukeboxes (link). Each week a different song will be made available to Verizon customers until the new version of ‘Ten’ is reissued on March 24, 2009. The first song to be made available will be ‘Once’ on January 13. Videos for ‘Jeremy,’ ‘Even Flow,’ ‘Alive’ and ‘Oceans’ will also be available. “Pearl Jam fans have been waiting to commemorate the musical genius of ‘Ten,’ and Verizon Wireless is proud to be the exclusive over-the-air retailer of digital downloads from the re-mastered debut album,” said Ed Ruth, director of digital content at Verizon. (Source: Billboard)
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Favorite song: Given To Fly
Favorite album: Vitalogy
Favorite bands/artists other than PJ: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Mark Lanegan, Cat Power, Ramones