And there will also be a rarities compilation this year...

PEARL JAM will put the finishing touches to their new album during studio sessions in April.

The album, their seventh and the follow-up to ‘Binaural’, will be released at the start of 2003, preceded by a rarities album later this year, according to the group’s [a][/a].

The band have been working with producer Adam Kasper, who has worked with the group before, on their ‘Vs’ and ‘Vitalogy’ albums.

No tour dates have yet been confirmed, although Pearl Jam have revealed that live dates will take place around the release of the currently untitled record in 2003.