This year marks Pearl Jam’s 25th anniversary as a band. In a new interview with Popmatters, Jeff Ament discussed how the band plans to mark the occasion. Along with a North American tour set to kick off next month, the band “is trying to get into the studio and mess around a little bit,” Ament explained.
“Everybody’s ready for the challenge and everybody’s ready to do something different,” Ament added. “Maybe the last couple of records have been trying a different formula. Everybody’s sort of on board with that. It feels like there’s inspiration, like people are inspired right now. That’s exciting.”
Pearl Jam’s last album, Lightning Bolt, was released in 2013.
Beyond recording and touring, however, Ament said it’s unlikely Pearl Jam will do anything on the scale of PJ20 to mark their 25th anniversary. He explained, “I think largely because PJ20 really does almost feel like it was last year. That’s how fast time goes at this point. Going out and playing shows, having people show up, having our fans be so great and so engaged in the shows—all the shows that we play feel like celebrations. I’m enjoying acknowledging that on stage more than I ever have and really taking that in and being humbled by it. Being really proud of what we’ve created as a band and the decisions that we’ve made. That’s the PJ25 answer.”