Eddie Vedder Reveals Why Pearl Jam Won’t Play ‘For Awhile’


At Pearl Jam’s second Fenway Park show in Boston on Tuesday night, Eddie Vedder announced that it would be ‘the last time we will be playing together for awhile. Next time will be in the studio.” dimitrispearljam from the PearlJam.com forums transcribed the quote. The Fenway Park concert was Pearl Jam’s final 2018 show, wrapping up the limited Home and Away Shows North American stadium tour.

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready was recently interviewed on KEXP, and he discussed the band’s new album, and addressed rumors that it will come out in 2019, despite the release of a new song titled “Can’t Deny Me” coming in spring 2018.

The KEXP host said he was looking forward to a new album.

McCready said, “Yeah, me too. I don’t know where we’re at in that process right now (laughs). So we’ll see, I’ve heard rumors that it’s next year. I don’t know where we’re at in that process right now. I wish we did.”

He was then asked if there would be a tour to promote it.

“I’m sure we’ll do something to promote it. I’ll come in here and say (in joking voice), ‘Play this record.'”

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was recently interviewed by 103.3 The Trail in Montana, and he gave an update on the band’s new album, stating that he hopes the band will get back to work on the record soon, and that it is only halfway done with ‘a lot’ of work still to be done.

“Yeah, we are smack dab in the middle. We have a lot of work to do. Once we get these shows done, we will probably get back at it. I hope.”

He was then asked if his bandmates ever come out to his home to work on new material.

“Occasionally yeah, those guys come out.”

Pearl Jam are expected to release a new album in 2019. Their last album was 2013’s Lightning Bolt.