Pearl Jam announce new album, tour with 4 shows in Canada
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performs at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File
TORONTO -- Pearl Jam will release their highly anticipated 11th studio album, dubbed "Gigaton," on March 27 as the Seattle rockers get set to hit the road for a massive 2020 tour, making stops in four Canadian cities.
Eddie Vedder and company confirmed the band's first studio album since 2013's Grammy-winning "Lightning Bolt" on Monday after a weekend full of speculation that began when Pearl Jam sent out cryptic messages on social media, sending fans on a scavenger hunt of sorts.
“Making this record was a long journey,” guitarist Mike McCready said in a statement. “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.”
The album will also feature artwork by award-winning Canadian photographer and co-founder of conservation company SeaLegacy Paul Nicklen. Nicklen's image, "Ice Waterfall" was shot in 2014 depicting a melting glacier in Svalbard, Norway.
"The Nordaustlandet ice cap gushes high volumes of meltwater. Even though this was taken just 600 miles from the North Pole the temperature was in the high 60’s," reads the photo description on the National Geographic photographer's website. "The Arctic could be completely devoid of sea ice during the summer months in the next 10 to 20 years. This striking scene is a reminder of the fragility of this icy ecosystem."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees said in a statement the first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants," will be released "in the coming weeks," making the track the first new music since Pearl Jam released "Can't Deny Me" in 2018.
Pearl Jam also announced the band will kick off their 2020 tour in Toronto on March 18, just over a week before "Gigaton" hits store shelves. From there, Pearl Jam will make stops in Ottawa, Quebec City and Hamilton before heading to the U.S.
The North American leg of the tour wraps up in Oakland, Calif. on April 19. Last month, Pearl Jam announced a European tour that gets underway in Frankfurt, Germany on June 23.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.
Tour dates are as follows:
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