Ah, November. The smattering of Pearl Jam’s 2012 tour dates are behind us; while collectively Pearl Jam may not be making new music together-yet, the Fabulous Five are keeping mighty, mighty busy. How about we catch up a bit?
First things first: Instant Classic Bootlegs! Pearl Jam has launched an Instant Classics bootleg series, which consists of recordings that are deemed “special” by the boys. First up, Missoula, Montana Sept 30, 2012. For a short time, this download is available for $4.99 at PearlJam.com. Get it while you can in the goods section here; through Nov. 13th proceeds of the sales go to benefit Poverello Center, an organization dedicated to health and wellness of underserved Montanans!
New Pearl Jam album? It’s going to be a while. In case you missed it, Travis Hay of Guerilla Candy posted a fantastic, lengthy 2-part interview with Jeff Ament. He talks about his new side gig with RNDM, status on Pearl Jam album goings-on (or lack thereof), and so much more. You can read that here: Part 1 Part 2. Excerpt:
People want to know what’s going on with the next record and I think everybody has sort of talked about it, but it still really isn’t anything. We still don’t really know exactly when we will finish it so it’s hard to talk about it. It really could be anything at this point. Even though we have seven or eight songs recorded it’s still sort of a blank slate and that’s exciting. I don’t think there’s any doubt we’re going to make a record, but when that’s going to be, and when everybody is ready to do it, well that’s another story. And there’s no pressure. So if at any point the guys called up and said “Hey, we’re ready to do this,” I’d have no problem dropping everything because that’s my first love. I’m going to do whatever works for everyone else.
Along with Joseph Arthur and Jeff’s longtime percussive collaborator Richard Stuverud, Jeff’s side project RNDM are on the road in the month of November! A few East Coast dates have come and gone; ticket links are at PearlJam.com, and here are the remaining dates:
November 7: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
November 8: New York City, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
November 9: Montreal, QC – Corona
November 13: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
November 14: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
November 15: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St. Entry
November 16: Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
November 18: Boulder, CO – The Fox
November 21: Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
November 23: San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
November 25:Portland, OR – The Doug Fir Lounge
November 26: Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
November 27: Seattle, WA – The Showbox at the Market
To keep up with RNDM on tour, Joseph Arthur has wonderful tumblr blog packed with many RNDM goings-on – a beautifully written tour journal and marvelous photographs. Check it out! RNDM have a great You Tube Channel as well, click onto that here. Oh – and our own TFT co-editor Jessica interviewed Jeff and Joseph at her other gig, Billboard.com. You can see that video interview here.
Eddie On The Road: Mr. Vedder’s make-up dates for his postponed Southern spring tour are well underway; (we reported on his pre-tour San Francisco Bay Area appearances at two benefits here). The remaining dates for Eddie’s 2012 tour are:
Nov. 6—Kiva Auditorium—Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov. 7—Plaza Theater—El Paso, Texas
Nov. 9-11—Bass Concert Hall—Austin, Texas
Nov. 12-13—Jones Hall for the Performing Arts—Houston, Texas
Nov. 15—The Music Hall at Fair Park—Dallas, Texas
Nov. 16—Lila Cockrell Theatre—San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 18-19—Brady Theater—Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nov. 21—Orpheum Theater—Memphis, Tennessee
Nov. 24-25—Moran Theater—Jacksonville, Florida
Nov. 27-28—Bob Carr Performing Arts Center—Orlando, Florida
Nov. 30-Dec. 1—Broward Center for the Performing Arts—Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Dec. 3-4—Ruth Eckerd Hall—Clearwater, Florida
Pearl Jam’s keyboardist extraordinaire Boom Gaspar is accompanying Eddie on the road and has been joining Ed on a few songs.
Matt Cameron: The Hardest Working Man In Rock! We Pearl Jam fans are mighty lucky to have the amazing & versatile drummer Matt Cameron occupying the chair. Even luckier still – new music from Matt’s pre-PJ gig, the legendary Soundgarden. The foursome’s new record “King Animal” hits the stores November 13th; the band have a handful of scheduled tour dates, and will appear on Late Show With David Letterman November 12th and Jimmy Kimmel Live November 26th.
Soundgarden tour dates:
Nov. 7 FZW – Dortmund, Germany
Nov. 9 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
Nov. 13 Irving Plaza – NY, NY
Nov. 16 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, Canada
Nov 27 Fonda Theatre – Hollywood, CA
Mike w/Steve Gleason-GleasonGras 2012 photo from Nola.com
Mike & Stone Do Good Works: In addition to Mike’s popular pro-Obamacare video “Life Is A Preexisting Condition” , on Sunday Nov. 4th he appeared at Gleason Gras, an event held in New Orleans to raise funds for Team Gleason, former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason’s organization to raise funds/awareness for ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Back in September, Stone Gossard’s other band Brad announced a nice chunk of European Dates scheduled in February 2013 . While he’s not specifically scheduled to attend, perhaps, as he did last year, the conservation-minded guitarist will put in an appearance at the Pearl Jam-funded Arbor Day work party, taking place Saturday Nov. 10th at Crestwoods Park in Kirkland, WA. 500 trees will be planted, so if you’re in the area – lend a hand. Specific details available here.
Together, separately – Rock!