Eddie Vedder has postponed a string of North American tour dates due to injury.
The Pearl Jam frontman had been due to kick off a run of shows in Las Vegas on April 10. The gigs will now take place this autumn because of temporary nerve damage to the rocker’s right arm as the result of a back injury. His show at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been cancelled outright.
A statement on Pearljam.com by Pearl Jam’s manager Kelly Curtis reads:
After having worked aggressively with doctors and physical therapists for the last eight weeks to repair the damage, the intensity of the injury and time needed to heal has made it impossible to play the shows as scheduled. There was hope up until the last minute that the treatments would be successful.
Eddie Vedder released his solo album ‘Ukelele Songs’, last year. Pearl Jam will still headline this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival alongside Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. The festival takes place from June 22–24.
Last month Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard gave an update on their progress in recording their 10th studio album. The axeman said that the band are “not in a rush”, but that they may only be “a song or two away” from finishing.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Backspacer’, Gossard said: “We’ve recorded some songs, and we’re going to record and write some more. It might be that we’re a song away or two, or it might be that we’re going to record six or seven more songs.”
Asked if he could describe the songs for the band’s new record, Gossard said that the album was “refreshingly cool” and that the band would make sure it didn’t sound too polished.