Josh Klinghoffer from Red Hot Chili Peppers is set to be a live member for Pearl Jam on their 2022 tour, as he was for their select 2021 performances.
Pearl Jam guitarist opens up having Josh Klinghoffer
Gigaton debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on the Top Alternative, Rock, and Hard Rock Albums chart. The single “Superblood Wolfmoon” reached No. 4 on the Mainstream Rock tally, while “Retrograde” hit No. 9 on AAA radio.
“‘Seven O’Clock’ was great — loved that. ‘Quick Escape.’ All of it was feeling great,” Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard said while speaking to Spin.
He then revealed that having Klinghoffer as a member of the band was a great experience and lavished praise on the musician.
“Having Josh Klinghoffer playing with us, he’s an amazing musician and a total sweetheart. He plays all these little cool parts that we wrote for Gigaton and he can sing all those background parts. Having him involved makes the band sound so full.”
He also spoke about ‘Alright’ and ‘Buckle Up’ songs that are “more sensitive and low-key.”
“I feel like the guys probably didn’t have the same endorphins released as to when they played ‘Superblood Wolfmoon’ or something a little more rocking. Speaking from my own experience. I think everything has sounded really good. It’s just a question of doing them more. You can do them at rehearsal a thousand times, but the minute you get up on stage, it’s a different thing. It takes a couple of shows to get your feet under you.”
It has been more than two years after becoming the first major artist to postpone a tour at the outset of the pandemic, Pearl Jam has rescheduled North American shows in support of their 2020 album Gigaton as part of a two-leg tour, the first of which will begin May 3 in San Diego and wrap May 20 in Las Vegas. A fall leg kicks off Sept. 1 in Quebec City, Quebec, and closes Sept. 22 in Denver.
It has been noted that the planned Baltimore show from the original routing has been canceled due to renovations at Royal Farms Arena, but new California dates have been added in Fresno and Sacramento, Las Vegas, and Camden, N.J.
The new Pearl Jam touring member Josh Klinghoffer will open each night with his solo project Pluralone, whose latest album, ‘This Is the Show’ which arrives March 17 through ORG Music.