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Pearl Jam “in the middle” of a new studio album

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Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament have confirmed that Pearl Jam have been working on material for a new studio album.

They released the standalone single Can't Deny Me in March 2018 (opens in new tab), which was the first new material from the band since 2013’s Lightning Bolt. 

Now Gossard tells Rolling Stone (opens in new tab): “We’re going to make a record, and we’re in the middle of it. We’re just going to keep plugging away until we get one done.”

Ament adds: “We’ve gone in, probably, four or five times in the last couple of years, so we have a whole ton of unfinished stuff. We’re just in a little bit of limbo. I’m sure everybody’s got a bunch more riffs, and I’m sure vocalist Eddie Vedder’s got a handful of journal lyrics. 

“It’s just going to take us all getting into a room together for six weeks and just knocking something out.”

He adds: “It’d be fun to record or even just write a song together. I think when Chris Cornell passed, that’s really been a tough one to wrap our heads around, and then there’s just life stuff.”

Gossard, Ament and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron took to the stage at the Chris Cornell tribute concert in Los Angeles last weekend as Temple Of The Dog, which featured the much-talked about vocal performance from Miley Cyrus on Say Hello 2 Heaven (opens in new tab).

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