Pearl Jam Announce New Album Dark Matter Alongside 2024 Tour

Seattle-hailing rock mainstays Pearl Jam have announced the release of their twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records set to drop on 19th April. The record will be accompanied by an epic 35-date world tour, kicking off in Vancouver with a pair of shows at Rogers Arena on 4th May before wrapping up in Sydney on 21st November 2024.

Pearl Jam (Danny Clinch)

Pearl Jam (Danny Clinch)
Pearl Jam (Danny Clinch)

Produced by multi-GRAMMY® award winning producer Andrew WattDark Matter marks the band’s first release since 2020’s critically-acclaimed Gigaton.

Pearl Jam @ BST Hyde Park 2022

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (Kalpesh Patel)
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (Kalpesh Patel)

In 2023, the members of Pearl Jam – Eddie Vedder [vocals], Jeff Ament [bass], Stone Gossard [rhythm guitar], Mike McCready [lead guitar], and Matt Cameron [drums] –retreated to Shangri-La Studios in Malibu where they simply plugged in and played with Andrew Watt at the helm.

Check out the album’s title track below:

Dark Matter channels the shared spirit of a group of lifelong creative confidants and brothers in one room playing as if their very lives depended on it. All of the blood, sweat, tears, and energy of a storied career felt renewed and poured into this one body of work. Dark Matter was born in just three weeks. The band is celebrating indie record stores with the release of a special edition of Dark Matter on 20th April. Only at participating stores as part of Record Store Day.

Pearl Jam @ BST Hyde Park 2022

Mike McCready & Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (Kalpesh Patel)
Mike McCready & Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (Kalpesh Patel)

The record’s album packaging features light painting art by Alexandr Gnezdilov. The album cover art was crafted using a large self-made kaleidoscope. Each letter visible on the cover was individually captured and handwritten midair with a specially designed flashlight to create the pearlescent effect.

The news marks the first time the band has announced a new album and tour simultaneously and first time the group has unveiled all worldwide tour dates at once. They will be hitting nine countries and 25 cities, and will cover much of North America, including their first hometown performance in six years at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the world’s first net zero certified arena.

UK and Europe shows, include their first performance at London’s brand new and state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, followed by the group’s long-awaited ten-year return to New Zealand and Australia this November.

European dates will feature special guests The Murder Capital (UK/EU), Richard Ashcroft (Dublin and London) while Pixies will join Eddie Vedder’s men across Australia and New Zealand.

The Murder Capital @ BST Hyde Park 2022

James McGovern of The Murder Capital supporting Pearl Jam @ BST Hyde Park 2022 (Kalpesh Patel)
James McGovern of The Murder Capital supporting Pearl Jam @ BST Hyde Park 2022 (Kalpesh Patel)

UK & Dublin dates:

22nd – Dublin, Marlay Park
25th – Manchester, Manchester Co-op Live
29th – London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Live photography of Pearl Jam and The Murder Capital by Kalpesh Patel

Pearl Jam at BST Hyde Park 2022: An Intimate Show On A Massive Scale

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