Pearl Jam enthusiasts around the globe are in for a treat as the iconic rock band announces a world tour and the release of their highly anticipated 12th studio album, “Dark Matter,” set to debut on April 19. The album, a follow-up to their 2020 offering “Gigaton,” promises a fresh sonic journey for fans.
Recorded in a whirlwind three-week session at Rick Rubin’s famed Shangri-La studio in Malibu, “Dark Matter” marks a significant milestone for the band. Renowned producer Andrew Watt, celebrated for his work on Eddie Vedder’s acclaimed album “Earthling” in 2022, was enlisted to helm the production of this latest endeavor. Bassist Jeff Ament lauded Watt’s profound understanding of Pearl Jam’s musical legacy, describing his infectious enthusiasm and keen insights into the band’s creative process.
Reflecting on the writing and recording experience, frontman Eddie Vedder emphasized the band’s enduring commitment to meaningful artistic expression. Despite being at a stage in their careers where they could choose to take it easy, Pearl Jam remains dedicated to crafting music that resonates with authenticity and significance. Vedder expressed confidence in “Dark Matter,” boldly proclaiming it to be their finest work yet, devoid of hyperbole but laden with conviction.
Accompanying the album announcement is the revelation of an extensive world tour spanning nine countries and 25 cities over six months. The tour commences in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 4, traversing the United States and Europe before culminating in Sydney, Australia, on November 21. The itinerary includes a diverse array of venues, from outdoor baseball stadiums and arena gigs to appearances at prestigious festivals like Mad Cool and NOS Alive.
Pearl Jam’s enduring influence and unwavering dedication to their craft continue to captivate audiences worldwide. With “Dark Matter” and an exhilarating world tour on the horizon, fans eagerly anticipate immersing themselves in the band’s latest sonic odyssey. As they embark on this next chapter of their storied career, Pearl Jam remains an indomitable force in the realm of rock music, poised to leave an indelible mark on the musical landscape once again.