My Morning Jacket return

The country rockers are back after illness

My Morning Jacket are set to make their 2006 return with a live CD and DVD.

The band, who have kept a low profile since singer Jim James was struck down with pneumonia last autumn, are also set to support Pearl Jam on the first leg of their North American tour in May.

Speaking about the jaunt, James told “It might be a little easier because it will be a shorter set, if nothing else. It will be a great way to get back into the swing of things.”

The as-yet-untitled DVD will feature a gig in the middle of a forest and it is being put together with the help of Sam Erickson, who has previously worked on DVDs with John Mayer and Bruce Hornsby.

“We want to make this a watchable movie that is an hour-and-a-half or an hour-and-45 minutes, so you can hopefully sit down and watch the whole thing as an experience, rather than it being three hours long with every single song we’ve ever played,” James added.

The DVD and a separate double live CD are set for release later this year.

In the meantime, the band are set to appear at Coachella, Bonnaroo and High Sierra festivals before they return to the UK in the summer for a series of rescheduled dates which were cancelled last year.