Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has indicated that he doesn’t want the band to do indoor arena shows where they check fans for proof of vaccination in a new Kyle Meredith interview.
“We actually had a little bit of a play, like three weeks, four weeks ago in Seattle. We just got in a room. We weren’t playing any songs. We just jammed, and it was so beautiful. I just missed that so much. And we talked a little bit just about how everybody was feeling.
“We have a few things penciled in for next year,” he continued. “Hopefully this [COVID-19] variant and whatever’s going on with the vaccinations and all that stuff, hopefully we’ve turned a corner. It feels like we’re sort of still teetering on the edge of this thing. If we turn a corner, then hopefully we hit late winter, early spring with a tour, or a leg, at least. We’re jonesing to do it.
And most of the shows that we have to make up for — the two legs: the European leg and the U.S. leg — most of those shows, they’re indoors. I just don’t know if I wanna go out and do 30 shows where you’re checking vaccination cards. Hopefully we can be smart enough that, again, we can just turn a corner and, by March, we’re rocking and everybody can feel good about traveling and getting 20 thousand people into a space.”