Jeff Ament Reveals Why Pearl Jam Are Entering Their 25th Year ‘In Pristine Shape’

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Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament discussed his side project RNDM’s new album Ghost Riding and their upcoming tour in a new Rolling Stone interview.

Ament discussed hearing requests for Pearl Jam songs at some RNDM concerts. “It was in the cities you wouldn’t think that would happen in,” says Ament. “But the Pearl Jam fans are pretty respectful in that regard. I think they even understand that we don’t have to be doing this. There’s a fair amount of work that goes into making it as special we can.”

Ament believes that side projects like RNDM are what allowed Pearl Jam to hit the 25-year mark in pristine shape. “You have to go out and do your own thing and learn new things, how to create differently,” he says. “You bring something new back to the band each time. Sometimes when you play with new people there’s a rough patch after the honeymoon period and you appreciate the 25 years you had with your other bandmates. It’s amazing to be able to do it all. I feel super lucky.”

According to a Missoula Montana newspaper Pearl Jam’s lone bachelor has finally tied the knot in what seemed to be a very secret ceremony. The Missoulian mentions two people by the same name as Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and his long time girlfriend Pandora Andre-Beatty getting married on February 16th, 2016 in the “Marriages” section of their website. Unless there is another couple who reside in Missoula with the same name as the Pearl Jam bassist and his girlfriend, this report seems to be legit. This in the only known reporting of the marriage.

Pearl Jam also released a slew of North American tour dates this past January.

April 8: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (BB&T Arena)
April 9: Miami, Fla. (American Airlines Arena)
April 11: Tampa, Fla. (Amalie Arena)
April 13: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena)
April 16: Greenville, S.C. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
April 18: Hampton, Va. (Hampton Coliseum)
April 20: Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)
April 21: Columbia, S.C. (Colonia Life Arena)
April 23: New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest)
April 26: Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena)
April 28: Philadelphia, Penn. (Wells Fargo Center)
April 29: Philadelphia, Penn. (Wells Fargo Center)
May 1: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
May 2: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
May 5: Quebec City, Quebec (Centre Videotron)
May 8: Ottawa, Ontario (Canadian Tire Centre)
May 10: Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada Centre)
June 9-12: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo)
Jul. 9: Telluride, Colorado (Ride Festival)
Aug. 5: Boston, Mass. (Fenway Park)
Aug. 7: Boston, Mass. (Fenway Park)
Aug. 20: Chicago, Ill. (Wrigley Field)
Aug. 22: Chicago, Ill. (Wrigley Field)