So. Earlier this week, the administrators of the good ol’ Pearl Jam Message Pit (a.k.a. bbs) quietly told TenClub members to get their info updated–which usually means a major announcement is just around the corner. In this case, it would seem two major announcements are just around the corner. First up, I would imagine: news of the band’s forthcoming album, its first on its new record label (whose name I forget, and which I can’t be bothered to look up right now). Today, radio stations around the world debuted a fifteen-second clip of the album’s first single, “Worldwide Suicide”–and, naturally, I avoided hearing it…until about 4:30pm, when I accidentally caught in on the Edge. First impressions? Definitely positive. On the band’s ill-fated Vote for Change tour in 2004 (which failed miserably at realizing its raison d’etre, which was getting George W. Bush turfed out of office), Pearl Jam pulled out a bunch of old school punk covers, including “The American in Me” by the Avengers, “A New World” by X and “Bleed for Me” by the Dead Kennedys. When news started filtering out of the Pearl Jam camp that the new album was some of the rawest stuff the band has ever written, my gut instinct was a bunch of raw, hard, punkish songs. Based on what I’ve heard so far, I’d say that’s an accurate assessment.
Anyway. A new album also means a new tour, which will probably be announced in the coming weeks. In any event, touring-steve-2006 is no longer available as a Blogspot URL.
Finally, on a related note, the Tragically Hip added a second gig at Fort York–which means I won’t have to travel to see the band in 2006. Which is good news, given what’s about to come out of Pearl Jam Headquarters–not to mention the forthcoming Who tour of North America. I love the start of concert season.