Pearl Jam, after some not-so-subtle hints, have announced the release date of their eleventh studio album, as well as North American tour dates for this spring.

Due out March 27, Gigaton is the band’s first new studio album since 2013’s Lightning Bolt. It’s first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants,” will be released in the coming weeks.

In a statement on the album, guitarist Mike McCready said, “Making this record was a long journey. It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”

The album’s ice cap artwork was shot by Canadia photographer/filmmaker/marine biologist Paul Nicklen and shows the Nordaustlandet ice cap in Svalbard, Norway purging mass amounts of melted water.

Pearl Jam cover of Gigaton

Paul Nicklen


On top of new album news, Pearl Jam will head out on the road for a 16-date tour in North America starting March 18 in Toronto and wrap with a two-night-stand in Oakland, Calif. on April 18 and 19. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 24 via Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Fans can register for Verified Fan access starting now through Wednesday, January 15 at 11:59 PM PT. Pearl Jam Ten Club members will have access to a special pre-sale. Complete details for that pre-sale can be found at


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