Stone Gossard Announces Pearl Jam’s Radical Live Show Decision

In a recent interview with Spin, Stone Gossard opened up about why Pearl Jam’s live performances are briefer since 2021.

When Pearl Jam started doing concerts again in 2021, fans saw something different. The band’s usually very long shows were shorter. Jonathan Cohen of Spin asked Gossard:

“When Pearl Jam finally played again in 2021 after a three-year break, the shows were comparatively shorter than the three-hour-plus marathons from before the pandemic. Does that help the band stay fresh and not burn itself out?”

The Band Tried To Adapt To Age

The guitarist replied, sharing how the band’s aging members impacted this change:

“Well, everyone’s almost 60 years old. So, if you want us to keep doing this, we can’t do it the same way we did over the last 10 years or so. The length is gonna be a little bit shorter in general, but there will still be a lot of variety, and we’re still going to take chances. We just might do that in different ways.”

He went on to thank the fans for being open to the band’s willingness to try new things:

“We’ve been so fortunate that our fans have been so open to our whims and experimentations, even if sometimes they wish we’d play ‘Jeremy’ and instead we play a B-side not very well [laughs]. They’ve grown to understand and even appreciate that. It’s not going to be a marathon every night because we just can’t do that. Ed and Matt, in particular, are physically doing so much on stage.”

Pearl Jam’s New Record And Upcoming Tour Dates

Pearl Jam announced their 12th studio album, ‘Dark Matter,’ in late January. It will arrive on April 19, 2024. This album is a follow-up to their 2020 work, ‘Gigaton.’ The album will sound heavier than fans might expect. Guitarist Mike McCready noted in a chat with Classic Rock that it will mix strong tunes like their early music, explaining:

“It’s a lot heavier than you’d expect. There’s the melody and energy of the first couple of records. Andrew pushed us to play as hard, melodic, and thoughtful as we’ve done in a long time. I feel like Matt Cameron’s drumming has elements of what he did in Soundgarden.”

Last month, the band shared their 2024 tour plans. They’ll start on May 4 in Vancouver, Canada. After visiting many places in the U.S., they will go to the U.K. and Europe. In August, they will come back to the U.S. to visit big cities on the East Coast, like New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Then, they have shows in Australia planned for November.