Pearl Jam just released their new album, Lightning Bolt, and they’ve been doing some press here and there to talk up the release. It’s been a few months in the making, too — “Mind Your Manners” was a single released months ago and the video came soon after. Other than that, they really haven’t been too public about the release compared to what you’d expect (remember their Target deal?).
They sat down with Judd Apatow last week for an hour but NPR was saying there wasn’t much more to expect:
To promote this release, Pearl Jam came up with a new way to do what it must within pop’s hype cycle. In four interviews with friends who have all experienced the privilege and pressure of being creative in public – athletes and , fellow rocker-turned-Renaissance woman and producer Judd Apatow (whose interview NPR Music debuts in full on this page) – the guys converse, individually and in various combinations, about what actually concerns them: Songwriting. Enduring inspirations. Playing music together. Life on the road and at home with their families. Giving each other respect and space.
The band’s not doing any other press to promote Lightning Bolt.
That’s not entirely true as it turns out: Billboard was reporting earlier this week that the band will be given the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon “tribute” treatment starting next Monday, Oct. 21st.
Pearl Jam is getting special treatment on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” For a full week from Oct. 21 to 25, special performances from the iconic band’s catalogue will be performed by star musicians, the network announced Friday. The weeklong celebration will come days after the band releases its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, on Oct. 15 in the U.S.