Pearl Jam have confirmed that they will tour in 2016, and that they plan to mark their 25th anniversary, though they did not confirm how.
The news came via a Twitter Q&A session yesterday (December 11), which featured Pearl Jam’s bassist Jeff Ament and band manager Kelly Curtis.
Curtis confirmed that a tour will take place in 2016, and that the first of the dates will be announced in the New Year. He also said the band have something planned to celebrate their 25th anniversary, but wasn’t prepared to reveal more than that at this stage.
In 2011, when Pearl Jam celebrated their 20th anniversary, they did so by creating the PJ20 tour, which included a two-day festival and a tour. This included support slots from Queens of the Stone Age and The Strokes, though the tour only visited North and Latin America.
Despite saying Pearl Jam are always in the studio, Curtis also said that nothing has been recorded since 2013 album ‘Lightning Bolt’. “They are always in and out of the studio and constantly writing,” he commented.
During the Q&A, Ament also responded to a question about “ignoring Europe” by saying “Huh? We’ve been to Europe 12-15 times. Doesn’t seem the like the definition of ignorance!”
Eddie Vedder has been matching donations made to EB Research Partnership (a charity raising money for research into Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare blistering disorder that affects children from birth), encouraging Pearl Jam’s fanbase to donate to the charity’s fundraising efforts. Vedder and wife Jill have been instrumental in promoting the organisation, and both sit on the board of executives. They co-founded the organisation in 2014.
The band recently returned from playing in Brazil, where they covered Eagles of Death Metal following the Paris Bataclan tragedy, as well as U2’s ‘A Sort of Homecoming’.