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Eddie Vedder Speaks on Pearl Jam Retirement: 'We Might Have One or Two Records Left'

Pearl Jam's upcoming album 'Dark Matter' is due out on Friday, April 19.

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Pearl Jam could be retiring soon, frontman Eddie Vedder said during a recent interview.

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Pearl Jam's long career could soon come to a close, frontman Eddie Vedder said during a recent interview. The update comes as the band prepares to release its 12th studio album Dark Matter on Friday, April 19.

"We might have one or two (records) left," the frontman told MOJO Magazine:

At the time, Vedder was talking about what it's like to age in the music industry: "The older you get the better you are at living in the present," he said. "The understanding you have less time is the biggest number in the quotient. The goal is to keep making music."

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'We might have one or two (records) left,' the frontman said during a recent interview.

The vocalist also reflected on his counterparts who didn't make it this far, including Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden.

"You lean on the relationships with the people who are still around," Vedder said.

"It really hits you when you are in a situation where that person would be there. And you’re sad for them that they’re not.

"But it makes you realise you gotta be healthy. You want to be around for your kids. You want to make good records."

Pearl Jam's new album isn't due out until Friday, April 19, but superfans can get a sneak preview of the LP earlier that week.

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The band is hosting a global listening party at more than 500 theaters around the globe on Tuesday, April 16. Tickets are available for purchase at this link.

"Attendees will be among the very first to hear the band’s new record in select cinemas around the world," the band said in an Instagram post earlier this month.

"This communal experience will play Dark Matter in its entirety twice: first in a dark cinema, and then again with added visuals."

Pearl Jam shared a new punk-inspired single called "Running" earlier this month. This followed the release of the title track in February.

"Jeff [Ament] had the main parts for that one, and we worked it over as a band," guitarist Stone Gossard told SPIN of the newest single during a recent interview. "I love the bridge. I don’t know what the hell those chords are that [guitarist] Mike [McCready]'s playing, but it sounds original.”

The album was produced by Andrew Watt and recorded over the course of three weeks at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La studio in Malibu, California. This will be Pearl Jam's first new album since their 2020 record Gigaton.

"It's one of the last ones we recorded at Shangri-La, and it was fun to come up with one more uptempo song," Gossard said of "Running." He added that Vedder's "vocal dexterity here and on a few other spots on the album is just stunning."

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Pearl Jam's new LP 'Dark Matter' is due out on April 19.

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Check out the tracklist for Dark Matter below:

  1. Scared of Fear

  2. React, Respond

  3. Wreckage

  4. Dark Matter

  5. Won’t Tell

  6. Upper Hand

  7. Waiting for Stevie

  8. Running

  9. Something Special

  10. Got to Give

  11. Setting Sun

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The band will tour North America in support of the upcoming release later this year.

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Here's a list of Pearl Jam's upcoming global tour dates:

May 04 - Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena

May 06 - Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena

May 10 - Portland, OR, Moda Center

May 13 - Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center

May 16 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena

May 18 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena

May 21 - Los Angeles, CA, Kia Forum

May 22 - Los Angeles, CA, Kia Forum

May 25 - Napa Valley, CA, BottleRock Festival (already on sale)

May 28 - Seattle, WA, Climate Pledge Arena

May 30 - Seattle, WA, Climate Pledge Arena

Jun 22 - Dublin, IE, Marlay Park

Jun 25 - Manchester, UK, Manchester Co-op Live

Jun 29 - London, UK, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Jul 02 - Berlin, DE, Waldbühne

Jul 03 - Berlin, DE, Waldbühne

Jul 06 - Barcelona, ES, Palau Sant Jordi

Jul 08 - Barcelona, ES, Palau Sant Jordi

Jul 11 - Madrid, SE, Mad Cool Festival (already on sale)

Jul 13 - Lisbon, PT, NOS Alive Festival (already on sale)

Aug 22 - Missoula, MT, Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Aug 26 - Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Music Center (rescheduled date from 2022)

Aug 29 - Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field

Aug 31 - Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field

Sep 03 - New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

Sep 04 - New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

Sep 07 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

Sep 09 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

Sep 12 - Baltimore, MD, CFG Bank Arena

Sep 15 - Boston, MA, Fenway Park

Sep 17 - Boston, MA, Fenway Park

Nov 08 - Auckland, NZ, Go Media Stadium Mt Smart

Nov 13 - Gold Coast, AU, Heritage Bank Stadium

Nov 16 - Melbourne, AU, Marvel Stadium

Nov 21 - Sydney, AU, Giants Stadium

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