Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is set to release a new solo album in February and his latest single tackles a very difficult subject, the loss of a loved one. In this case, he has experienced multiple tragedies in recent years. The unexpected death of his half-brother Chris in 2017 affected him deeply. That, in addition to the loss of Cornell a year later as discussed in a 2020 Howard Stern interview has left him reeling.
Vedder’s new album Earthlings drops on February 11. Not only does the album feature a number of legends, the band he’s taking on the road features some familiar characters. Billboard reports collaborations with the likes of Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Ringo Starr can be expected.
The live band supporting Vedder includes Chad Smith on drums (RHCP). His former RCHP bandmate Josh Klinghoffer on guitar. Chris Chaney joins on bass, he’s well known for his time in Janes Addiction. Recent collaborator Glen Hansard (The Frames) is featured on guitar/vocals.
Andrew Watt produced the album and will join the lineup on guitar. He’s known for his production work with everyone from Post Malone to Cardi B. According to a recent press release, the band made its debut at the Ohana Festival in the fall of 2021.
Earthlings is Vedders’ first solo album since 2011’s Ukulele Songs. It is his first new material since the release of Pearl Jam’s Gigaton in March of 2020. Vedder also recently collaborated on the Flag Day soundtrack with Hansard. His previous solo work includes the 2007 release of the soundtrack for the Into The Wild movie.