Host Eddie Trunk and the show’s staff have announced the upcoming season’s guests. Big names this year include Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith, Alice Cooper, former Metallica bass slinger Jason Newsted, Flying Colors and Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Disturbed’s David Draiman, to name a few.McCready also spoke briefly with the Orange County Weekly in California about Pearl Jam's progress on their new, some would say "experimental" album:
In a phone interview last Friday, guitarist Mike McCready told the Weekly that Pearl Jam has officially began work on its tenth studio album. "We started yesterday," McCready said. Contrary to other reports, McCready said the band began work on the album only Thursday last week. He confirmed that the Seattle quintet has started to flush out demos internally and will be working with longtime producer/collaborator Brendan O'Brien on the record.
"We're in the process of everyone bringing their demos and getting their songs out there," he added.