Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament discussed Pearl Jam delaying their 2020 world tour due to the pandemic, and plans to celebrate their 30th anniversary with concerts in a new Rolling Stone interview. Sadly, fans may need to wait until 2021 or 2022 to celebrate three decades of Pearl Jam.
“Once or twice a week, the band is having Zoom meetings to talk about different things we can do that we’re exited about, like artwork and collaborating with artists.”
Ament said the band haven’t confirmed any virtual or online type concerts, but he has spoken with other artists about the idea.
“We’ve talked through so many different ways,” says Ament. “I have friends that have done the drive-in shows. I think it’s been weird, but also some of those people have said it was so good just to be with the band again. We need to figure out how to do some of that stuff because this might last for another year or two.”
Eddie Vedder made a surprising Howard Stern and Paul McCartney revelation yesterday. October is the 30th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s first show in Seattle under the name of Mookie Blaylock, and Ament seemed ready to celebrate once it is safe to tour again. “I think these last six months doesn’t count,” says Ament. “Whenever we get to play a show again, that’s when we’ll continue. Right now, we’re stuck at 29 years and six months.”
Metallica have offered a concert film as a live drive in performance, while other artists have also done drive in shows across the country, though no major rock bands have done it on a widespread basis. Pearl Jam have not performed live since their Home and Away Shows limited North American tour in 2018, with the past two years being their longest break from playing live in their 30-year history. Pearl Jam released Gigaton, their first album in 7 years, back in March.