Vedder says Pearl Jam's new album
"half way there."
Good news for fans of grunge legends Pearl Jam as frontman Eddie Vedder has told Rolling Stone magazine that the group’s long awaited new album is “half way there.” Well, better than nothing.
It has been known for some time now that the band was working on new material – mostly on and off – over the past year or so but have never committed to a time table as the group members continue to work on solo projects and tours.
Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone – centered on his involvement with the West Memphis Three – Vedder was asked for an update on Pearl Jam's latest recording project.
"Um, maybe halfway there," said Vedder. "We're taking our time. I was talking to Jeff [Ament] today, we were texting, he's got his group up there. He's heading to the West Coast, I'm heading east. And we're out here like, you know, like Johnny Appleseed. He's covering part of the country. I'm doing the other. And at some point we'll join forces again for sure, but the band is as healthy as ever and I'm sure it's good to get a little break from each other, but it's nice to – we'll be ready to go when we're ready to go."
Well, looks like it might not be just around the corner as some of you had expected but its none the less good to hear that the album is in fact still a reality.
And in lighter news, Jack White’s solo debut album, Blunderbuss, has been named the biggest selling vinyl album of 2012, selling over 33,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan.
White’s first solo effort knocked the Beatles’ Abbey Road off the top spot – a position the legendary album had maintained since Nielsen Soundscan began specifically tracking vinyl sales in 2008 – as well as the highest for a new album.
And finally, Dave Grohl plans to celebrate the premier of his directorial debut the only way he knows how – with a concert featuring plenty of his rock star buddies, of course!
As many of you out there already known, the Grohl directed “Sound City” documentary is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th before hitting theaters next month.
And now, the Foo Fighters frontman has announced that he's bringing a collection of musicians, billed as the Sound City Players, to Sundance for a concert at Park City Live on the night of the premiere.
There's no word on who will join the newbie director on stage but there's a serious collection of players in the film who may be a part of the performance, such as Paul McCartney who recently performed a song off the film’s soundtrack live with Grohl and the surviving members of Nirvana.
If Dave’s past on-stage collaborations are any indication – there should be plenty of big name rockers walking around Sundance on January 18th.