Pearl Jam is one of the dozens of artists who have been pulled off the road by coronavirus, but the pandemic can’t stop the music entirely.
Eddie Vedder and company are still on track to release their 11th studio album, Gigaton, on March 27th, and they shared three more previews of the LP.
“Who Ever Said” will lead off the album and features the lyrics “But I won’t give up. No I won’t give up” over the familiar Pearl Jam sound of recent releases.
“Alright” is the fifth track on Gigaton and includes the fitting for the times lyric “It’s alright to be alone.”
The biggest ear catcher of the three new music-only clips is “Quick Escape,” which immediately brings Led Zeppelin to mind – maybe “Kashmir” – from the groove to the guitar sound. It’s the fourth track on the new album, sliding in after “Superblood Wolfmoon” and “Dance of the Clairvoyants,” which have already been released as singles.
Album closer “River Cross” was previewed in a Super Bowl commercial for Verizon, which means we’ve now heard at least part of half of the 12 tracks on Gigaton.
The North American leg of Pearl Jam’s tour was supposed to kick off March 18th in Toronto, but they were one of the first bands to cancel because of health fears. The band’s next chance to perform will be June 23rd in Germany if there are no further cancellations.