Pearl Jam fans have been worried about the status of the band’s new album with no official recording plans or tours being announced for 2019, and Eddie Vedder planning new solo shows. Other Pearl Jam members also described the album’s status as being uncertain as recently as a couple of months ago. Pearl Jam released “Can’t Deny Me” in March 2018 and said it was from their ‘forthcoming new album’ which did not come in 2018.
Now in very positive news, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament attended Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s ‘Saucerful of Secrets’ show in Seattle on Wednesday. While this doesn’t confirm that the band are working on finally finishing their new album, it is a major hint that positive developments are taking place, as Ament spends a lot of his time in Montana these days. You can view the photo below.
Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament revealed in January that Pearl Jam’s new album was ‘in limbo’ and the band haven’t collectively worked on in together awhile. Ament said he wishes Pearl Jam recorded more often. The band haven’t put out a new album in six years, since Lightning Bolt.
“It’d be fun to record or even just write a song together,” bassist Jeff Ament told Rolling Stone in a new interview. “I think when Chris [Cornell] passed, that’s really been a tough one to wrap our heads around, and then there’s just life stuff.”
Gossard says that he, too, is ready to resume focus on recording with Pearl Jam. “We’re going to make a record, and we’re in the middle of it,” the guitarist says. “We’re just going to keep plugging away until we get one done.”
“We’ve gone in, probably, four or five times in the last couple of years, so we have a whole ton of unfinished stuff,” Ament says. “We’re just sort of in a little bit of limbo. I’m sure everybody’s got a bunch more riffs, and I’m sure Ed’s got a handful of journal lyrics. It’s just going to take us all getting into a room together for six weeks and just knocking something out.”
Ament says he has plenty of music that would potentially work for a new Pearl Jam album. And if not, he’ll find other ways to put it out. “I just have a little groove where I write and paint and walk my dogs,” he says. “Some of the stuff, it could turn into Pearl Jam stuff, and if I get a big group of songs together, I’ll just put it out as a little solo release, which I’ve done three of or something. When I do those, it’s mostly to clean off the shelves and finish stuff; it’s stuff that has been on the Pearl Jam shelf for a few years and nobody is really responding to it. I think all of us have gotten into the habit of finishing stuff up and putting it out. This is a broken record, but I think I’ve said that I would record a lot more with Pearl Jam if that was what could happen. It just hasn’t happened for some reason.”