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Pearl Jam Announces New Album “Gigaton” & Spring Tour

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The Press Release:
Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020 in the US. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group. Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam, Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since GRAMMY award-winning Lightning Bolt.

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Gigaton is available for pre-order now at www.pearljam.com. The first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants”, will be released in the coming weeks.

“Making this record was a long journey,” explains Mike McCready. “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”
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Pearl Jam Announces 2020 European Tour

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Though we didn’t notice any sort of “formal” press release about the news, the band Pearl Jam did post a notice on their Official Facebook about an upcoming European run in the new 2020 year. These are all festival appearances and since I know a lot of our readers are fans of the group (as we are too of course), I’m sharing the posted dates for your review.

Pearl Jam 2020 Tour Dates:
Jun. 23 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle *
Jun. 25 – Berlin, Germany @ Waldbühne *
Jun. 27 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Lollapalooza Stockholm
Jun. 29 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena *
July 2 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
July 5 – Imola, Italy @ Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari ^
July 7 – Vienna, Austria @ Wiener Stadthalle +
July 10 – London, UK @ BST Hyde Park ^+
July 13 – Krakow, Poland @ Tauron Arena +
July 15 – Budapest, Hungary @ Budapest Arena +
July 17 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion +
July 19 – Paris, France @ Lollapalooza Paris +
July 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome +

* = with IDLES
^ = with Pixies
+ = with White Reaper

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve been listening to Pearl Jam since the very beginning and was the first of my own circle to even know about them thanks to my assisting a popular local radio program when the bands debut album was being introduced to stations such as his. Heck, I even had a strong background in Mother Love Bone where some members hailed. It was a different time in music for sure as a new genre was stepping in and moving other forms of sound aside. That being said, I still never managed to catch Pearl Jam in concert much less cover them as a media person for this here website. I think it would be fun to do that so let’s cross our fingers and see if they announce a US run when the new year arrives. As I close this I wonder how many of you are planning some festival visits based on this news. You can chime in down below in the comments because I’d love to hear from you. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.pearljam.com

The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Are:

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Well the votes have been submitted and I am not speaking about the whole Electoral College ones and instead am here to reveal the 2017 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Check them out below along with some quick notations.

The Class of 2017 Is:

Electric Light Orchestra: ELO has long been one of my favorite artists based on just how many songs I knew by them and could sing word for word thanks to the traditional Rock radio of the past. Congrats to Jeff and the rest of the group. Looking forward to seeing their performance on the broadcast.

Journey: I think I’ve been listening to Journey almost as long as I’ve been listening to KISS and that my friends is a very, very, very long time. Super stoked to see them inducted and while the jury is still out on whether or not Steve Perry will perform with them on the stage I hope we get Greg Rolie up there as well since he was a vital part of their earliest success.
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Pearl Jam’s “Ten” Is Twenty-Five (1991-2016)

Just the other day I mentioned how there were a lot of albums getting a special anniversary in 2016 and I wasn’t kidding since on this very day back in 1991 a little band named Pearl Jam came out of the apparent nowhere with their debut album “10”. It’s a bit of a slap from the time machine as I realize how such an album is now 25 years old and how in today’s music world that Pearl Jam is one of the very biggest bands known to man. I remember that I first heard Pearl Jam on my friend Rebel’s local Metal and Hard Rock radio show and how excited we both were about it since the music of Mother Love Bone was something that he used to play each and every week on the show. I was in one of my Metal bands at the time and it was clear by the sound of this particular album that the music scene was entering a dramatically shifting area. The Grunge movement was officially in place and the crushing thunder of double bass, razor riffing guitars and pounding bass were being moved to the side for this seemingly simpler sound. Of course the “Ten” album was nothing simple at all but loaded with atmosphere in terms of melody and deeply focused lyrics that spoke to the world around us more than stuff that found you unsheathing swords against imaginary adversaries.
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Temple Of The Dog Reunite For First-Ever Tour

So I am travelling at the time and the email hits my mobile device with the words “Temple Of The Dog members reunite for first-time ever tour” and I thought that I had been the victim of an elaborate email hoax. A couple of quick zaps around the web to contacts found me smiling at this nothing less than historic news about a fantastic band that no one really ever got the chance to see in the live sense. It’s also the time to reflect upon their self-titled excellence on its 25th Anniversary. Check out the official press copy below the image and the dates. I will be back as well.

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TEMPLE OF THE DOG – FEATURING CHRIS CORNELL, STONE GOSSARD, JEFF AMENT, MIKE MCCREADY, AND MATT CAMERON – REUNITE TO TOUR FOR FIRST-TIME EVER – SPECIAL 25TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE COLLECTION TO BE RELEASED BY UME ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

The Press Release:
Temple of the Dog – the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) – has reunited and will tour for the first time ever since forming in 1990. The band will play five cities, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, in November. A special ticket pre-sale for fans signed up to the Ten Club, Soundgarden, and Chris Cornell email lists begins immediately and runs through July 27th. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 12:00 PM local time on Friday the 29th. $1.50 from each ticket sold will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and an additional $1.50 will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.
The tour marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Temple of the Dog’s first and only album, a self-titled set that was released by A&M Records on April 16th, 1991. “We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do … play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago,” Cornell says of the 2016 tour.
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