Could Pearl Jam’s two-night stand in Seattle last year have been our last shots to see the band for a long, long time? Several sources, including Harms from Seattle’s KNDD-FM (The End, 107.7) in Seattle, are reporting that Pearl Jam is going on hiatus.
“Thank you for coming to our last show,” Eddie Vedder told a crowd at the Optimus Alive Festival in Lisbon Portugal. “Not our last ever, but our last in a long time.”
That’s the widely circulated translation of a statement Vedder read in Portuguese (see video.) But he seemed upbeat, and I wonder if something has been added in translation. After all, it’s not strange for Pearl Jam to take an extended vacation. the band’s members typically scatter for a good while before reassembling to record again. Four years passed between the “Riot Act” and “Pearl Jam” albums, for example.
But speculation continues, even if die-hard fans refuse to believe the hype, as reflected in this thread that TRC reader Kevindot1 pointed out.
P.S. Harms also brings up the possible up side of not seeing Seattle’s rock heroes for a while – namely, the chance to see some other Seattle rock heroes:
Drummer Matt Cameron will hopefully be busy with the Soundgarden reunion. Only one show (Lollapalooza) has been officially announced. However, bass player Ben Shepard recently confirmed that more are on the way.
Hmmm. I guess I have heard a whisper or two about where “Nudedragons” might show up around these parts.