Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has revealed that the legendary grunge band are looking to record their next album with producer, guitarist and songwriter Andrew Watt.
Watt worked with Vedder on his upcoming solo album “Earthlings,” but also has a history with Justin Bieber, working with the pop star on seven tracks from 2021’s “Justice.”
Watt has also produced Ozzy Osbourne’s “Ordinary Man”, contributed to Miley Cyrus’ “Plastic Hearts” and over the past two years has worked with Elton John, Dua Lipa, Post Malone and Sam Smith. Watt won Non-Classical Producer of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Talk to Mojo (Going through contact music), Vedder said, “We’ll do a record with Andrew, I think. We have already talked about that. You know, the pandemic happened just as we were leaving for a tour on the ‘Gigaton’ record. We had planned many shows. Two-thirds of these shows have even been put on sale. So one thing we will do in 2022 is delivering on our promise to play these shows.
Vedder went on to say that between their tour commitments, Pearl Jam will be in the studio with Watt “because now we have a strong, healthy ambition to do so”.
“I think we’ll move fast for a year or two and then I can see us slowing down a bit. We have the ability to play better than ever, but we also know what we want to keep the group healthy and want to keep coming back,” added Vedder.
Pearl Jam released their eleventh album “Gigaton” in March 2020 while Eddie Vedder’s solo album “Earthling” (featuring guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr) is slated for February 11, 2022.
According to Watt, he’s been a lifelong Pearl Jam fan. Speaking in an interview with Billboard Last month he said: “I was born in 1990 and my brother was born in 1985, so all we listened to growing up was Pearl Jam and the Chili Peppers.
“If I told you how many Pearl Jam concerts I attended, it would probably be good for nothing. But I used to go to Pearl Jam shows with a sign saying, “Let me play the guitar solo on ‘Alive’,” and I found myself on stage at the Ohana Festival playing the guitar solo on ‘Alive’ with Pearl Jam.
“So (working with Vedder) was just an amazing, wrapped up moment, where I feel like I’m ready for my whole life. It’s not supposed to be like this – you’re not supposed to have these posters on your wall and be in the position where you create with these people.