In 1991, Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, catapulted the little-known Seattle-based band into superstardom. Nine studio albums, hundreds of unique live performances and hundreds of official live concert bootleg releases later, the band continues to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful - with over 60 million albums and counting sold worldwide.
Over the past twenty years, the band has remained a major force in rock and roll, as much for its aggressive loyalty to its social and political principles and restless experimentation as for its rock radio staples and best selling albums. The fact that they've managed to retain the core of the band - Eddie Vedder (vocals), Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass) and Mike McCready (guitar) - since Pearl Jam's inception is an anomaly in rock 'n' roll.
Now the band is set to release their highly-anticipated tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records. Produced by frequent collaborator Brendan O’Brien, Lightning Bolt marks Pearl Jam’s first studio album since the highly acclaimed Backspacer, which was released nearly four years ago in September of 2009. The 12-song set will be preceded by the explosive lead single "Mind Your Manners."
Mike McCready on the new album: “If you’re a Pearl Jam fan you’re going to love it. And even if you’re not, maybe it’ll turn you into one!"