Grunge pioneers Pearl Jam have announced a release date for their much-anticipated 11th studio album, Gigaton.
The band, who were formed in Seattle in 1990 out of the ashes of another key grunge outfit, Mother Love Bone, will unleash their latest record on March 27.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Pearl Jam playing live for the first time, and to promote the new record they will embark on the first leg of North American tour dates in March and April. The 16-date tour kicks-off on March 18 in Toronto and wraps with a two-date stint in Oakland April 18-19.
Those dates are in addition to the band’s previously announced European summer tour, which kicks off in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 23, and include a massive BST show in London’s Hyde Park on July 10.
The band’s 2020 line-up is comprised of founding members Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, as well as drummer Matt Cameron, who joined in 1998.
Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam, Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since Grammy Award-winning Lightning Bolt, which was released in 2013.
Gigaton is available for pre-order now at www.pearljam.com. The first single, Dance Of The Clairvoyants, will be released in the coming weeks.
“Making this record was a long journey,” explains lead guitarist McCready. “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”
Gigaton’s cover features Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist Paul Nicklen’s photo ‘Ice Waterfall’. Taken in Svalbard, Norway, the image features the Nordaustlandet ice cap gushing high volumes of meltwater.
Pearl Jam have sold more than 85 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.