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.
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.” Continue reading Pearl Jam Announces New Album “Gigaton” & Spring Tour→
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.
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. Continue reading The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Are:→
It’s that time of the year again my friends and I am speaking about the fact that the nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions have been released. I’ll share them with you below and then we can discuss in a little more detail.
Nominees: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), The J. Geils Band, Janes Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur and Yes.
Fans can vote their favorites in an online ballot that lets you select up to five artists. I’ll have that at the close of this missive.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: This year like others before it finds some interesting choices in the mix and I am running out of the groups to complain about not being included since we are finally seeing Yes on the ballot along with Journey and some others that I feel are long overdue. We also see more Rap and Disco related artists being included and my stand remains the same on those types of additions to the nominees. “THEY ARE NOT ROCK!!!!” Call me closed minded or not looking deep into the roots of said artists but someone like Tupac Shakur, while a legendary music figure, is a legendary RAP music figure and not a Rock one. Yeah Run DMC made it in, but they also did Rock things during their heyday. Chaka Khan is a little harder to speak against since she is widely known as the Queen Of Funk but Janet Jackson? No frigging way is that Rock at all and is more Pop Disco stuff. The top of my long overdue list goes to Yes who in my humble opinion are the reason that Progressive Rock exists. When I think of Prog I think of Yes and ELP and the latter one has been in for a few years now. I like a lot of the Rock acts being offered up and while Steppenwolf is widely known for taking the “Magic Carpet Ride” and being “Born To Be Wild” does this merit inclusion? Joe Tex is a Soul Artist and I must admit that I only ever knew his “Ain’t Going To Bump No More With No Big Fat Woman”. I wasn’t the biggest follower of the MC5 or Bad Brains and J.Geils Band either but loved so much Journey and Cars music that I was happy to see them be a part of the mix. The same applies for me with ELO whose back catalog was a part of my musical upbringing. Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction was a tossup for me personally and I opted for Pearl Jam being included based on liking more of their material than the other.
So before I close out I wanted to share who I voted for in the Fan Voting process. I selected Journey, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam and Yes. I stuck to the Rock of course since this is the “Rock Hall” after all. I’ve shared the link below for you to give your opinions a chance and help honor the groups you feel are the most deserving. You can let me know what you think of this year’s nominees in the comments section below and if you choose to, please also let me know who you voted for. It will be nice to learn who others are behind.
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. Continue reading Pearl Jam’s “Ten” Is Twenty-Five (1991-2016)→