Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt

The last Pearl Jam internet “countdown” ended with the announcement of a fall tour. It was followed immediately by the start of a new Pearl Jam internet countdown, which was goosed along by teasing updates on Twitter. I can’t tell you how dispiriting I find these things to be — they’re a cynical strategy for maximizing coverage of press releases. But maximize they do! And here we are. The just-concluded Pearl Jam internet countdown has “unlocked” details of the band’s new album, Lightning Bolt, their 10th, and their first since 2009′s Backspacer. I’m kinda excited to hear this thing, because I actually liked Backspacer more than most, I think. (I had it ranked above some fan favorites on our own Countdown of Pearl Jam’s albums.) Anyway, Lightning Bolt is due out 10/15, and will be preceded by first single “Mind Your Manners.” There’s a video announcement, as well as tour dates, below.

Pearl Jam North American tour dates:

10/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
10/12 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
10/15 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
10/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/25 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
10/27 – Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
10/29 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
10/30 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
11/01-03 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
11/15 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
11/16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
11/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena
11/21 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
11/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Sports Arena
11/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Sports Arena
11/26 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
11/29 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
11/30 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
12/02 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
12/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
12/06 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena

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Comments (15)
  1. continuing their streak of terrible album covers since 2006′s “Avocado?”

  2. I know this probably isn’t gonna be that great, but I can’t help but get really excited about it.

  3. By the way, Dallas has the American Airlines CENTER. Those fuckers in Miami have the Arena. :)

  4. Michael Nelson, serious question. what do you like about Backspacer exactly? I dusted it off a couple weeks ago and I still find it to be thoroughly unenjoyable with the exception of The Fixer (which even still has that cheesy dime store piano lick) and this is coming from a PJ fanatic. it’s the only record of theirs I plain don’t like.

    • I’d have to go back to it myself to pick out details — and maybe in doing so I’d like it less than I did last year — but I’ve always found it to be a very catchy, great-sounding rock record. I understand why PJ fanatics react negatively to it, though, and I think it helps that I’m not a PJ fanatic, just a guy who’s followed their career since day 1.

      • that’s fair. i don’t want to be the result of anyone liking a record less so maybe just leave it on the shelf!

      • Good point. I think Backspacer was best for the ‘mid-tier’ PJ fan. For the fan that has gone to 75 shows and travels the country with them and needs to analyze every little detail, Backspacer may be too light? But for a fan that still has a little bit of that innocence when it comes to PJ I think it works well.

    • Backspacer was about half hit and half miss for me. If there’s one record of theirs I plain don’t like, it’s Riot Act.

    • It does have a certain vibe…Much like Yield. Great energy to it. Even though their parts are straight up matt and jeff sound way more exciting together than avacodo. I hated it at first until I got to force of nature. Which sounds like the Hip at the begining then breaks into into guided by voices/ who ish cord changes and delivers. But I only reach for it when Ive been drinking…So maybe like most pearl jam its a guilty pleasure.

  5. new single is actually awesome

  6. Can’t wait to hear them play this new album at Voodoo in New Orleans. I’ve got my tickets and I’m ready to see Eddie Vedder on Halloween weekend!

  7. Definitely going to New Orleans for their headlining spot at Voodoo. Eddie Vedder in New Orleans on Halloween weekend! What could be better??

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