ATN worldwide exclusive: Pearl Jam will definitely back Neil Young
when he tours Europe this August. Young told us this during an
exclusive interview with ATN yesterday (June 12). ATN had reported in
early May that, according to our sources, Pearl Jam would serve as
Young's backing band for U. S. and European tours. This was the first
confirmation from Young himself of the collaboration. And what about
the U.S.? "I don't have a tour in the U.S.," Young said. "Yet," we
responded. Remaining poker-faced, he said, "Right." Which we
interpreted as meaning that, yes, Pearl Jam will likely back him if he
chooses to tour the U. S. in the late fall. And if Mirror Ball
is as big a seller as we think it will be, why wouldn't he tour the U.
S. ? We also told Young we had been told that he would be making
unannounced guest appearances at some of this summer's Pearl Jam
shows. "Yeah, I don't have their itinerary right now," he said, cagey
as ever. "We'll see what happens. I know I want to go hear them." As
for performing live with Pearl Jam (the group backed Young last week
in Seattle; see story below), Young got animated, raving about making
music with them in the studio, and expressing excitement in
anticipation of touring with them. He explained that working with them
so far had been a great experience. "And I'm not used to playing with
them yet," he said. "When they start reading my body language over
months or weeks of playing together--it's still a new experience.
We're just breaking that in."