Pearl Jam Working On New Album, Planning Release Of Rarities

Bandmembers also plugging away at side projects.

The next Pearl Jam release won’t be another live album — they’ve issued 75 in the past year — but it won’t be a new studio disc, either.

Before the end of 2002, the band will put out a rarities disc that will consist of B-sides, outtakes, soundtrack and benefit album cuts, and songs originally released as fan club Christmas singles, according to an Epic Records spokesperson (see “Pearl Jam Adding Rarities Album To Recent Release Flood” ). The band is currently finalizing the track list for the LP.

That doesn’t mean Pearl Jam are suffering from writer’s block. In February, the bandmembers entered the studio to work on new material. They took a short break in March, but will return in early April. Adam Kasper, who worked on the band’s Vs. and Vitalogy, will man the boards.

Some members of the group have been plugging away at side projects as well. Guitarist Stone Gossard plans to release the third Brad record this summer on Redline Records; bassist Jeff Ament recently recorded an album of material with King’s X vocalist Doug Pinnick, according to King’s X’s label; and last weekend, drummer Matt Cameron, who last year played on albums by Wellwater Conspiracy and Our Lady Peace, joined Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and Saliva singer Josey Scott to play on the song “Hero” for the “Spider-Man” soundtrack.