Pearl Jam's annual fan club holiday single will include two new, as-yet-unnamed songs from the band, according to the group's brand-new official fan club site.
"The upcoming Christmas single will be two absolutely unlistenable tracks as to thwart any outside interest," writes frontman Eddie Vedder in a letter which can be seen at www.tenclub.net, which launched on Friday.
The "outside interest" Vedder refers to was generated by the band's 1998 single, a cover of "The Last Kiss" by J. Frank Wilson And The Cavaliers, which became a renegade radio hit. The song was then issued to retail as a benefit single (see "Pearl Jam To Release Benefit Single For Kosovo Refugees").
Pearl Jam's official Rumor Pit page tells readers that the new songs are not the same ones that surfaced during Pearl Jam's recent performance at the Bridge School benefit and confirmed that the
two tunes will, as usual, be issued only on vinyl.
In the letter he posted to the new site, Vedder tells fans he hopes that by providing access to live shows, radio broadcasts, and demo recordings on www.tenclub.net, the band can help keep fans from paying big bucks to bootleggers. He also wrote that the group intends to offer registered fan club members advance tickets and preferred seating to help thwart scalpers.
Vedder did indicate that the band will be touring. "This new record thing we've been working on is sounding quite good to our ears," he writes. "I can imagine wanting to go out and play it live."
Pearl Jam has been in the studio with producer Tchad Blake since September (see "Pearl Jam Prepares to Record New Album"). No release date has been set, but the album is widely expected sometime this spring.