Pearl Jam announce first studio album in seven years, Gigaton… and reveal plans for North American tour
It’s been seven years since Pearl Jam’s last studio album, but now comes word that the drought will soon be over.
The legendary Seattle rockers announced on Monday, January 13, they will release Gigaton, their 11th album, on March 27.
What’s more, there will also be a tour of North America that will coincide with the new release.
They’re back! Pearl Jam announced their first studio album in seven years dubbed – Gigaton – that’s slated to drop March 27
The push into 2020 will begin with the lead single – Dance Of The Clairvoyants – that’s slated to drop in the coming weeks, according to Rolling Stone.
‘Making this record was a long journey,’ guitarist Mike McCready confessed in a statement.
‘It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption.’
He added: ‘Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.’
On the road again: The band will also tour North America beginning March 17 – April 19
Artistic payoff: ‘It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption,’ guitarist Mike McCready (center-front) said in a statement of the the ‘long journey’ making the new album
The new collection of songs was produced by Pearl Jam and Josh Evans, who’s worked as an engineer with the likes of Soundgarden, Mad Season, Chris Cornell and McCready, himself.
Formed during the burgeoning grunge movement of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Pearl Jam’s debut album – Ten – was a smash hit, staying on the Billboard charts for nearly five years, while going 13X platinum.
In all the band has sold nearly 32 million albums in the U.S. and 85 million albums worldwide during their career.
Iconic: Pearl Jam were one of the bands to hit big out of the grunge movement in Seattle; they are pictured in 1992, one year after the release of their smash debut album, Ten
The upcoming 16-date tour will kick off March 18 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
There will be three other dates in Canada before the band heads to the U.S. for stops in Baltimore, New York, Nashville, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles and Oakland.
Pearl Jam will also perform at the BST Hyde Park show on 10th July. It is their only 2020 European date.
More dates in the U.S. are expected to be added later in the year.
Pearl Jam: North American tour dates
March 18 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
March 20 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
March 22 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
March 24 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
March 28 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
March 30 – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
April 2 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
April 4 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
April 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
April 9 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
April 11 – Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
April 13 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
April 15 & 16 -Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
April 18 & 19 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena