Amidst an enigmatic social media campaign that had fans speculating that Pearl Jam were crafting their 11th studio album, Pearl Jam confirmed today that their new album, Gigaton, is set for release on March 27.
“Making this record was a long journey,” guitarist Mike McCready shared on the the band's website. “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's first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants,” is expected to release in a couple weeks. The album is now available for preorder on CD and vinyl at Pearl Jam's webstore.
It seems the band is just getting started. News of their new album was coupled with dates for their 2020 North American tour this spring. Kicking off on March 18 in Toronto, Ontario, the band will hit the road across North America and wrap on April 2019 in Oakland, California. The full tour dates are available below.
Produced by Josh Evans and the band, Gigaton is Pearl Jam's first full album release since 2013's Lightning Bolt, marking their long awaited, 7-year return.
"We’re going to make a record, and we’re in the middle of it," guitarist Stone Gossard had shared with Rolling Stone in January 2019. “We’re just going to keep plugging away until we get one done."
Rumors of Pearl Jam's musical return began last week as the band embarked on a social media campaign. Speculation of a new album was fueled by an interactive map that pinpointed locations of large billboards that depicted the EKG logo and a polar ice cap that melted when viewed via Instagram.
Pearl Jam 2020 Tour
March 18 -- Toronto, Ontario at Scotiabank Arena
March 20 -- Ottawa, Ontario at Canadian Tire Centre
March 22 -- Quebec City, Quebec at Videotron Centre
March 24 -- Hamilton, Ontario at FirstOntario Centre
March 28 -- Baltimore, MD at Royal Farms Arena
March 30 -- New York, NY at Madison Square Garden
April 2 -- Nashville, TN at Bridgestone Arena
April 4 -- St. Louis, MO at Enterprise Center
April 6 -- Oklahoma City, OK at Chesapeake Energy Arena
April 9 -- Denver, CO at Pepsi Arena
April 11 -- Phoenix, AZ at Gila River Arena
April 13 -- San Diego, CA at Viejas Arena
April 15 -- Los Angeles, CA at The Forum
April 16 -- Los Angeles, CA at The Forum
April 18 -- Oakland, CA at Oakland Arena
April 19 -- Oakland, CA at Oakland Arena