Pearl Jam’s New Album Is ‘Mastered, Mixed’ And ‘Ready To Go’
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron was recently a guest of “The Vinyl Guide” podcast and talked about the band’s upcoming recording and tour plans, “We’re sort of figuring all that stuff out right now, but we did make a record with Andrew Watt that’s in the can — mastered, mixed, ready to go. And so I think the powers that be are trying to figure out when that’s gonna come out and touring and all that kind of stuff.”
Cameron added, “But, yeah, we did dip our toes back in after the pandemic. We did some shows in 2021 and then we did some shows in 22. We did kind of a big tour in 2022, and we had to wear masks and the crew had to wear masks, and we had to test and it was just no fun. We got through it great, and the crowds were fantastic. But we just did a little run this past September, and that was kind of back to normal. I caught COVID during that tour, unfortunately. But I think in general, the touring industry is pretty much back to normal.”
You may remember this past September, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready spoke to Guitar World magainze about working with multi-Grammy-winning producer Andrew Watt (Dua Lipa, Post Malone and Justin Bieber), saying, “Andrew Watt brought an energy and a youthfulness and a great ear to us that I think we needed. He kind of kicked us in our asses a little bit. Like, ‘Okay, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go go go!’ He’s the most hyper guy I’ve ever met besides myself. But he’s a giant fan of our band, and he’s a really smoking guitar player in his own right. He got us into a room and just pushed us as hard as we could be pushed.”
McCready continued, “You know, it’s hard for a quote-unquote outsider to come into our world because we’ve done things a certain way. We’re open to new things, but we are also in our own world. We’ve done things for 30 years. So we know the dynamics of our band very well. But sometimes we need to get pushed and questioned, and Andrew did a great job of that.”
2020 marked 30 years of Pearl Jam performing live. They’re now eleven studio albums, hundreds of unique live performances and official live concert bootleg releases deep – over 85 million albums sold and 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees.
Pearl Jam’s latest album, “Gigaton”, was released in March 2020 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums, and Billboard Vinyl Albums Chart.
Wonder if their new album will have the same success. Probably. Right?
Where do you place Pearl Jam among Seattle’s ‘grunge’ bands? Top 10? Top 5? The top?