ATN world-wide exclusive: Don't be surprised if Neil Young's backing
band for his summer tour of the US and Europe turns out to be Pearl
Jam. Neil and the members of Pearl Jam have been discussing this.
Both are very keen to tour together, with the Pearl Jam guys backing
Neil as they do on his upcoming album, Mirror Ball , which, as
we told you the other day, should be in stores June 27th. Our sources
also tell us that Neil is planning to make unannounced guest
appearances at five Pearl Jam shows this summer including the group's
Polo Field performance in San Francisco, and at the Austin and Chicago
shows. We are also told that one track on the album, "Fallen Angel
(Body Heat)," is a very short, extremely beautiful piece of music that
finds Young singing and playing organ; there are no other instruments
on that song. Apparently on "Peace & Love," one of the tracks on
Mirror Ball , Eddie Vedder sings on some of the verses along
with Neil, but is not the lead vocalist (as we had thought). It is
expected that if Pearl Jam does tour with Neil, a live album will be
recorded. That album will likely be released on Epic Records (the
label Pearl Jam records for), since Reprise Records (which Young records
for) is releasing Mirror Ball . While nothing is set in stone
yet, either in terms of Pearl Jam backing Young, or Young appearing at
the Pearl Jam shows, our source believes all of that will
happen. "Pearl Jam is going to tour as Young's backing band,"
said one of our sources. "Eddie wants to do it and Neil wants to do
it. That means they're going to do it."