Friday, July 24, 2020

Europe 2021, Plus Two Dates!


In an optimistic move, Pearl Jam has announced new, rescheduled dates for their European Tour and added Holland's Pinkpop Festival and a show in Prague.
Tickets will remain valid for all rescheduled shows. Fans who are unable to attend the rescheduled shows can reach out to their point of purchase for ticket options. Ten Club ticket holders can request a refund from the My Tickets page in their membership accounts.

We look forward to returning to Europe, pending these events can safely take place in Summer 2021. The safety and well-being of the band’s fans, crew and event staff continue to be priority.
The new dates are below.

DATECITYVENUE
June 16Amsterdam, HollandZiggo Dome
June 17  Amsterdam, HollandZiggo Dome
June 20         Landgraaf, HollandPinkpop Festival
June 23Berlin, GermanyWaldbuhne
June 26Imola, ItalyAutodromo Internazionale
Enzo e Dino Ferrari
June 29Zurich, SwitzerlandHallenstadion
July 1Werchter, BelgiumRock Werchter Festival
July 4Stockholm, SwedenLollapalooza Stockholm
July 6Copenhagen, DenmarkRoyal Arena
July 14Budapest, HungaryBudapest Arena
July 16Frankfurt, GermanyFesthalle
July 18Paris, FranceLollapalooza Paris
July 21Vienna, AustriaWiener Stadthalle
July 23Krakow, PolandTauron Arena
July 25Prague, Czech RepublicO2 Arena

Monday, July 13, 2020

Mirror Ball Remaster


One of our first stories, over 11 years ago, was a rumor that Neil Young and Pearl Jam may be collaborating on a new project, which we called Mirror Ball II.  Sadly, that never came to fruition, but now it appears that Young plans to reissue a remastered version of Mirror Ball in 2021.


Sunday, July 12, 2020

Nude Dragons


It looks like, from the creation of this Twitter account, which was pushed out by Pearl Jam's Ten Club, that the surviving members of Soundgarden, Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd, and Kim Thayil, are reforming under a new name, Nude Dragons.  Can't wait to see what is coming our way!




Friday, June 26, 2020

American Death Squad


Today, Jeff Ament has released a surprise 7" EP called American Death Squad.  It features five songs:

Piano - Side A: 1. The Divine Perfume 2. No Papers
Guitar - Side B: 1. Loss Leaders 2. Killer 3. Revenge 
“In the days following the postponement of our tour, I found it necessary to find an outlet for the energy we had created going into the tour. Pivot was the word of March. So, every morning, I retreated to the studio with the goal of writing a song every day, no matter how shite. Days of isolating and watching the news of the destruction courtesy the virus (and the ineptitude of our leadership or as named here, the American Death Squad) made for vivid dreams and a helplessness. These were some of the first songs out of the gate. Raw and succinct.” -Jeff Ament.
You can order the EP from the Ten Club for $10 (+$7 domestic S&H), or stream it on several services.

Or enjoy the video of the first song, The Divine Perfume.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

All in Washington: Dance of the Clairvoyants


Pearl Jam's performance from last night's All In Washington streaming concert is up on YouTube for fans to enjoy.  It was a performance of Dance of the Clairvoyants featuring an appearance by former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, and Ed's daughters as background dancers.

For the whole All In Washington show, you can head to Amazon Prime where it is currently streaming for free.



Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Podcast: State of Love and Trust


Two Pearl Jam fans, Jason Kerepesi and Paul Ghiglieri, started a podcast last month for the super fan that digs into the minutia of all things Pearl Jam.

You can check out their first issue here, or subscribe via iTunes.

If you've ever wished you could sit down and drink a beer with someone who likes Pearl Jam as much as you do, this is the podcast for you.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Art of Do The Evolution, Finally?

We've been waiting SIX YEARS for IDW Publishing to bring us the book, Art of Do The Evolution, and it looks like the wait may be over.  This week Blabbermouth announced the official release date, October 6th, 2020, and published several quotes and pages from the book, and it looks GREAT!
"Being able to produce this seminal animated video at my studio for PEARL JAM and to work with super talents like Eddie Vedder, Todd McFarlane and Kevin Altieri was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Pearson. "And then to see the positive and continuing worldwide reaction of millions of fans to our group effort was the icing on this dense cake of edgy music and animation."

Justin Eisinger, IDW's editorial director of graphic novels & collections, says, "PEARL JAM's 'Do The Evolution' brings the threat of man's quest for domination into stark, relatable terms, a theme that remains at the forefront of current conversation. Filled with bold imagery and layered visual storytelling that accentuates the already searing lyrics, McFarlane and Altieri created a video that spans the history of mankind. And now their groundbreaking work can be fully appreciated in this in-depth, behind-the-scenes book that explores how it all came together."
The book can be found on Amazon or at your local comic book retailer, comishoplocater.com.



Monday, June 1, 2020

Sweet Relief, New Date


Thanks to changes to Record Store Day, the Sweet Relief benefit compilation LP has a new release date.  The 2600 copies of the 2 LP album will be released to independent record stores on October 24th, 2020.

Sweet Relief is an album of songs written by Victoria Williams, but performed by artists popular in the 90s.  It was a project inspired when Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and supports the Sweet Relief Fund, which aids professional musicians in need of health care.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

All in Washington: June 10th


It looks like Pearl Jam might be getting together for some sort of show.  The campaign, All In Washington, has announced that they will be having "A Concert for COVID Relief," a virtual benefit concert featuring Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Dave Matthews, and several other Washington-state musicians.  It is unknown if bands will be together or separated.

The event will air June 10th at 6:30pm (presumably Pacific time).  

To learn more and get updates, visite the KEXP website.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Video: Retrograde


Today, Pearl Jam released an official video for the song, Retrograde, on Gigaton, featuring a whole new crew of filmmakers.

Video Credits:
Director: Josh Wakely
Producer: Rachel Pinchbeck for Grace - a storytelling company
VFX Supervisor: Daniel Roizman
Post-Production Producer: Paul Furminger & Steve Won
Editor: Simon Furminger


Thursday, May 7, 2020

High End Gigaton Prints in the Ten Shop

The Ten Club is currently offering high end posters by Ken Taylor and Krzysztof Domaradzki commemorating Gigaton.  Both retail for $250 (plus $22 domestic S&H).  The Ames Bros. poster, previously sold on their website, has already sold out, so don't waste time.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Record Store Day(s) 2020


Record Store Day has announced more changes for 2020.  Instead of releasing albums on one day later this year, they're going to release albums on three different days.  Coming June 1, they plan to announce a new list of releases for each day.
Since 2008, Record Store Day has grown into the world’s largest single-day music event, shining a light on the culture of the indie record store across the globe. In 2020, that world is different, so Record Store Day will be too. RSD is now scheduled to be celebrated with special, properly distanced release dates on Saturdays in August, September and October.

Record Store Day will look very different this year, but supporting indie record stores may be more important than ever. We don't know what sort of rules will be in place, or what sort of gatherings people will be in the mood for this year, so we're focusing on the music and getting the really great titles on the RSD Official List this year into the stores and into your hands, in the most financially and socially responsible way.

The titles on the RSD 2020 Official List, launched on March 5th, will be released at participating record stores on one of these three RSD Drops: August 29th, September 26th, and October 24th. The new version of The List, with newly assigned RSD Drops dates will launch on June 1 so check back here for a look at when you'll be able to pick up the titles on your RSD 2020 wishlist at your local record store.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Jeff Covers Buzzcocks' Sitting Around At Home


Today, Pearl Jam posted a video of Jeff Ament and John Wicks (of Fitz and The Tantrums) covering Buzzcocks' Sitting Around At Home.  The Pearl Jam website calls it a "single."  Could we expect a 45 in the near future?
"This Buzzcocks’ tune (written by Steve Diggle) has entered my brain every bored moment I’ve had since 1979. Different Kind of Tension is a great existential pandemic listen. Recorded with my crosstown brother John Wicks, crushing the drum kit in his basement". - Jeff




Sunday, April 26, 2020

Eddie Vedder on the Kōkua Festival Stream


Last night, the Kōkua Festival, which was forced to cancel this year, aired several artists from home.  Among them, Eddie Vedder, singing Far Behind from his Soundtrack for the movie Into the Wild, a duet of Constellations with Jack Johnson, and Better Together with Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, and an entire ensemble. 

Other artists included in the stream were Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, G. Love, Ziggy Marley, Lukas Nelson, Paula Fuga, Kawika Kahiapo, John Cruz, Anuhea, Ron a Artis II, and Thunderstorm Artis.


Peak to Sky 2020, Cancelled


Friday, April 24, 2020

Gigaton Visualizer Comes to Apple TV


Pearl Jam has announced a week-long collaboration with Apple TV to bring you the Gigaton Visualization Experience in Dolby Atmos to your living room.  Apple TV subscribers will be able to watch Gigaton (oh, and also the Beastie Boys Story) starting today. 
Pearl Jam and Apple TV are announcing the release of the Gigaton Visual Expierence in Dolby Atmos - a special audio visual event. This experience will be available for free to all Apple TV users for one week. Start watching on Friday, April 24.
Check tv.apple.com for a free week offer, if you want to subscribe.


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Ames Bros Gigaton Serigraphs

Ames Bros is offering a very limited run of Gigaton-themed posters tomorrow, April 20th, 2020, at 1pm ET.  Head to their shop tomorrow if you want one, but hurry, because there will be very few available.  Here's what to expect:
  • Signed and Numbered out of 200. 
  • Only 85 available at time of sale.
  • Large Format Serigraph
  • Seven Color Serigraph on Coventry Rag 320 GSM, 100% Cotton Archival Paper with hand-deckled edges
  • Hand signed & hand numbered
  • Official Pearl Jam serial numbered security label

Eddie's At-Home Performance of "River Cross"


In case you didn't make it though all 10 hours of live performances that were part of the One World: Together at Home special, you can watch Eddie performing River Cross on the same pump organ featured on Gigaton.

You can still be part of Global Citizen's efforts to combat poverty on their Take Action page.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Jeff Ament & Montana Pool Service on PMA Podcast


Jeff and his work building pools in Montana was featured in the final episode of PMA's podcast.  He talks about growing up in Montana, what inspired him to build skate parks all over Montana, and how his early life influenced his music.
This Season Zero finale is special for a few important reasons. The first one is that unlike all the previous episodes, we actually recorded this one properly in a studio, so this is a little glimpse into what the next season will sound like. It’s also remarkable because had our guest this week not done so much important work building skateparks across his home state of Montana, this magazine and podcast may never have been created.

Please enjoy our interview with Jeff Ament, who was kind enough to drop by for a chat to help us trace the roots of his empathy, and learn more about his truly groundbreaking organization, Montana Pool Service. We hope you enjoy it!
You can also pick up the print issue, featuring Jeff on the cover on their website.


Friday, April 10, 2020

The Gigaton Image 3-D Viewer



Did you have View Master as a kid?  Do you wish you could enjoy the Gigaton artwork through one while rocking out to the album?  Well, Pearl Jam has the item for you!  Pick up an Image 3-D viewer with a disc of Gigaton artwork on their website for $35 (unknown S&H).

Now if Pearl Jam will get into the back catalog for more discs!




Pearl Jam Postpones European Shows


From Pearl Jam's website:
In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Pearl Jam's 2020 European tour dates have been postponed until June/July 2021.

We are working with all of our partners to reschedule these dates and will release the new tour routing as soon as we are able.

All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled concert dates.

Refunds are not being offered at this time. However, we are still reviewing specific ticketing policies with our partners in each country. Ticket holders will be notified of any changes.

As previously announced, London's BST festival was cancelled on April 8th. For more information and the event statement, please go here.

We look forward to returning to Europe in 2021!

The Ten Best Answers from Mike & Stone's AMA


If you missed Stone and Mike's AMA on Reddit last night, never fear.  Their answers are archived here, but we've combed through and found you 10 great answers.


From Stone, re: Buckle Up

i wrote the riff in Santiago Chile in my hotel before our first show in SA last time we were there.. i think. i wrote lyrics in seattle about a year ago . it was the last song that was brought to band right at the end of making the record ...fall last year. i love the simplicity of the song> Jeff Ament came in and threw wicked lyrical bass and keys on it right away and the rest is history.. Thank you so much for enjoying. It makes makes me very happy. we rehearsed a few times ... its gonna be gooooooood.

How do you decide who handles which guitar part when writing a song? Is it each of you writing your own parts, or do you write parts for one another?


Depends on the song. I usually am confident that Stone will come up with something great for my songs.On Retrograde he came up with the atmospheric melody in the first part of the chorus.Sometimes ED will have a fixed Idea on how a rythm should be played with references like " make it sound like the KInks" Jeff will have specific melodic leads that he will want me to play. I usually like to hear what the guys will come up with on their own.Mike

From Mike, re: singing
I really want to sing for songs I write outside of Pearl Jam. Its been daunting cause Ive been around the best ! Im taking singing lessons from Sue Carr in Seattle shes really great and Im practicing a bunch.

Stone: follow-up to Moonlander when?!
Im finishing up a record i co wrote with Mason Jennings that is a song away from being mixed. Its called Painted Shield. its really good. Hopefully out in a few months if we survive this crazy shit .

Is there any chance that we could get another lost dogs type album with all the unreleased songs from Avocado onward


Hope you’re both doing great in these tough times and thanks again for all the amazing music, can’t wait to see you guys live when all this is over!

Gigaton is its own record. Id love to record more music in this time of pandemic but its imoportant that we are all taking measures to be safe. Good Idea about Lost Dogs 2 Ill bet we have the music for that.MM

 Hi there. Quick escape has a very rare (and wonderful) effect on the guitar, on the solo, how do they do that? With any pedal, which one? greetings from Argentina
Stone: What solo ... first or second...? the first solo is me and he had lots of crap on it... harmonizer and octaver plus tons of distortion.... Thats all Josh Evans on effects choice . It might be guitar direct into the board and distortion with preamps .. i do love that line though.. stone

Mike: On Quick escape I was using a bunch of pedals .One for sure was the Electric Mistress flanger that Alex Lifeson turned me on to.I love that pedal. I also asked Josh Evans and Neil Hunt at separate times to move the switches on an old delay while I was playing so I would get a sound that I couldnt repeat live. I wanted it special for the track

Have been pretty blown away by the cover of Hunted Down by Soundgarden that Stone is doing lead vocals on that was one of the recent ten club singles. Was wondering how that cover came about? It's a really exciting interpretation of that song.
Thanks . i can't get that lyric out of my head. It speaks to me how we spend our lives hiding from( metaphorical) howling dogs. I remember hearing that song for the first time as a test pressing of the Subpop single at one our local music bars.. My jaw fell through the floor ....Matt fucking Cameron and Chris Cornell showing why SG is one of the greatest of all time. sg

Mike: any plans for a solo record?
I would like to do a solo record some day and have some Ideas for it. I hope it will happen in the next few yearsMM

It seems like you guys had a lot of choices for this record, the one notable that missed the cut is Can’t Deny Me. Two years ago when you guys released it as a single, did you have a different concept for the album? If so, when did that all change?

Also, was Of The Earth ever considered for this album? I love the song and would love to hear a studio recording of it some day (hoping that maybe we have enough “Stray Cats” laying around)

Cant Deny Me was a single that came out when we didnt have a record out.It might come out again someday but Im not sure. I think Ed feels like we havent gotten the best take of Of The Earth from what I remember.I hope we can get it sometime>MM

If you Mike, and you Stone could freely pick a Neil Young cover to play love (From his vast amount of amazing songs) - which one would it be? Off the top of your head? Other than Opera Star off Reactor that is!
I keep humming The Great Divide. It really is stuck in my head. Lets play that as a cover!!!! sg

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Pearl Jam at Hyde Park Cancelled; Band Considering Other European Shows


This from Pearl Jam's Facebook page:
We've just been informed that BST Hyde Park 2020 has been cancelled. We are hugely disappointed to share this news and are working closely with event organizers on our possible 2021 return.

In the meantime, ticket holders can hold onto their tickets. For the official statement and full refund information: bst-hydepark.com

We are assessing the rest of the 2020 European tour dates with partners and plan to have a full tour update on Friday. We appreciate your patience in understanding that Ten Club customer service has no further information to share until then.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Fan Club Singles 2017 & 2018!!


Yes, it is about time!  If you head to the downloads section of Pearl Jam website, those of you who were paying members in 2017 and 2018 will have four songs to download.  

The 2017 Single is a pair of Eddie Vedder covers, Tom Petty's Wildflowers, and Warren Zevon's Keep Me in Your Heart.

The 2018 Single are Pearl Jam covers, Soundgarden's Hunted Down, featuring Stone Gossard on vocals, and Chris Cornell's Missing (from the Poncier EP)

Download them today plus the two missing issues of Deep magazine.  The 45s can't be far behind.



Monday, April 6, 2020

Eddie Vedder Joins One World Together at Home


Pearl Jam has announced that Eddie Vedder will be one of 25 musical artists streaming live as part of One World Together at Home, a streaming event hosted by Global Citizen and benefiting the World Health Organization.

The show will take place on April 18th on a long list of streaming platforms, including Amazon, YouTube and Apple TV, but the time is unclear at this point.

For the most up-to-date information and to receive e-mail notifications, visit the Global Citizen website.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Artwork Leak for Gigaton II?

Lost Humans cover art, with a flat-lining EKG?

Last night, one of our Australian members received some mock-up artwork from a a source close to Pearl Jam.  Based on information from the source, this is an on-going project that may be under consideration due to COVID-19 and the "Stay At Home" orders that have postponed Pearl Jam's North American Tour and kept the band in isolation from each other.

The files came with the name, Gigaton II: Lost Humans.  This is, no doubt, a working title, but it may be a play on Lost Dogs, the previous collection of b-sides by the band, released in 2003.

Reversed imagery from the spine of Gigaton?
There certainly is no shortage of demo material that has leaked since 2003 and a few songs have dropped onto Fan Club singles, soundtracks, and compilations.  Is there second collection of b-sides on their way to us?  Is there a sequel of Gigaton in the works already?  Sadly, we're left only with questions and a couple of poorly-cared for jpeg files.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mike McCready: Live from the Bathroom, Again

At least one member of Pearl Jam isn't letting COVID-19 stop him from playing music for the fans.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Gigaton: Track-By-Track with Josh Evans


Variety published an amazing interview with Josh Evans where he breaks down Gigaton, track-by-track in amazing detail.  If you're listening to Gigaton today, you MUST read this article while you do.
“The mission statement for the record was, if it sounds good and feels good, go with it,” he says. “Nobody was like, how come the first verse doesn’t sound like the second verse? It was a real playful experience of going down different roads and seeing what happens.”
The interview even includes the most important question that we ask EVERY album.
Did you finish any other songs during the recording sessions? 
They’re always working on something. It’s hard to say, because it’s not really done until it’s out. There are all kinds of things sitting on hard drives — from pieces of ideas to something one of the guys might consider a finished song. As far as mixing the record, these were the only 12 songs we mixed. Sometimes you have to capture these moments. If “River Cross” had sat around for another four years in its two-thirds-finished state, it probably never would have gotten finished, because the world would have changed. Creatively, they’re looking forward right now — that’s what’s exciting for them.

Ed and Jeff on The Bill Simmons Podcast


Ed and Jeff spoke with Bill Simmons yesterday to talk about Gigaton, cancelling a tour, the early days of the band, and, of course, basketball.
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament to discuss a wide variety of topics, including Pearl Jam’s first concert, the Seattle SuperSonics, hanging with Dennis Rodman, the best music venues, tour stories, their new album Gigaton, and MUCH more.

The Gigaton Official Visualizer

While you wait for your vinyl to arrive, enjoy the Gigaton Official Visualizer.

























It's Gigaton Day!


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pearl Jam Live Chat on YouTube


Tonight at 9pm ET, Pearl Jam will be live on YouTube to chat with fans (or each other?  It's not clear.).  Tune in tonight, and then stay on at midnight for the "video" premiere of Gigaton.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Quick Escape: The Game!


If you were a fan of Pearl Jam's 8-bit Home Run Derby Game, you're gonna love the new Quick Escape game they just made available!  You can listen to the latest single from Gigaton via Spotify, Apple Music, or Deezer, while you shoot down aliens with your favorite member of Pearl Jam.


Video: Quick Escape


This morning, as a last minute goodie, Pearl Jam dropped one more video for Gigaton, out in just two days.  Credits for the Quick Escape video haven't come out yet, but we do know writing credits for the song.

Lyrics by Eddie Vedder
Music by Jeff Ament
Guitars, keys, and drum loop by Jeff Ament
Keys by Brendan O'Brien



Monday, March 23, 2020

585-20-PEARL


Four more days!  But if you can't wait for Gigaton, you can call 585-20-PEARL (585-207-3275) to leave the band a message and listen to clips for all the songs on the album.

Josh Evans: Gigaton MVP?


One of our favorite things about Gigaton is the way it sets itself apart from Pearl Jam's independent work, their last 3 albums.  How much of that was the band?  How much of that was the new producer, Josh Evans?  Since Josh is, apparently, the new blood in this process, it's easy to hold him up.

We may never know for sure, but Rolling Stone Italy tried to get to the bottom of it in an interview with Josh Evans this week.  We, here at Red Mosquito, are monolingual and hand to depend on Google Translate, but you can check out the interview in its entirety here.
The album [...] is the result of sessions of almost home-made recordings spread over a long period of time during which musicians have often worked on songs individually or in pairs. The collector and guarantor of these sessions is called Josh Evans, has been collaborating with Pearl Jam for fifteen years, is their trusted sound engineer and for the first time co-produces their album.
Here is what we learned about how the process may be setting Gigaton apart.
The Gigaton sessions had started almost two years earlier, in January 2017. "Inside the Warehouse a small recording room has been created, the GT Studios. Nothing in particular, just the cabin for the battery, the control room. It is as if it were a home study. Some recordings were made before January 2017, the River Cross pump organ is from 2015 for example, but that was when they started getting serious. For a couple of months he worked every day. Not all together, but someone was always there. There have been breaks for the tour. And the death of Chris Cornell in May stopped everything. He was a friend and a source of inspiration for everyone. It blew us away. It took a year to recover and process the mourning."  It is said that Comes Then Goes is dedicated to Cornell. "I don't know specifically. But I'm sure there's a bit of Chris in all Gigaton songs . And so it is in his texts he tries to make sense of what he lives, raising his daughters, climate change, Cornell"

[...]

"They no longer wanted to get together in the hall, turn on the amps, play and record, even if some piece born like this is there, for example Who Ever Said that basically they are the ones who play together in the same room even if then Mike put some strange atmospheres experimenting with the E-Bow. Maybe two members of the group came to the studio and recorded a draft song. The next day, two others came and radically rearranged what had been done the day before. And on the third day someone else came and took his own. The important thing was to have an open mind and not be afraid of messing up writing and recording. The rule was: no rule. "