Pearl Jam have announced that they will be releasing their 12th studio album, Dark Matter, on April 19th via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records. The album is produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Watt and is their first album since 2020’s Gigaton.

Dark Matter is now available for pre-order here.

To go alongside the album announcement, Pearl Jam have also released the album’s title-track, which can be heard below.

In 2023, the members of Pearl Jam — Eddie Vedder[vocals], Jeff Ament [bass], Stone Gossard [rhythm guitar], Mike McCready [lead guitar], and Matt Cameron [drums] — retreated to Shangri-La Studios in Malibu where they simply plugged in and played with Watt at the helm. Writing and recording in a burst of inspiration, Dark Matter was born in just three weeks.

Pearl Jam personally previewed the record with a listening party at the iconic Troubadour in West Hollywood during Grammy week.

Vedder said: “I’m getting chills, because I have good memories. We’re still looking for ways to communicate. We’re at this time in our lives when you could do it or you could not do it, but we still care about putting something out there that is meaningful and we hopefully think is our best work. No hyperbole, I think this is our best work.”

Ament added, “What Ed said about getting us in a room at this point, we felt like we were about to make a really important record. A lot of that had to do with the atmosphere Andrew set up. He has encyclopedic knowledge of our history, not only as a band and how we wrote songs, but as players. He could pinpoint things we did on old songs to the point where I was like, ‘What the fuck is he talking about?’ His excitement was contagious. He’s a force. I just want to say thanks for keeping us on track. I couldn’t be prouder of us as a band. I feel so grateful for the fans, but mostly for my brothers and these people I’ve made music with.”

The band is celebrating indie record stores with the release of a special edition of Dark Matter on April 20th. Only at participating stores as part of Record Store Day. Get more information and find stores

Dark Matter album packaging features light painting art by Alexandr Gnezdilov. Light painting is an artistic form of photography where images are created by adjusting a camera’s exposure for an extended period and using a light source, such as a flashlight, to “paint” in the dark. The album cover art was crafted using a large self-made kaleidoscope. Each letter visible on the cover was individually captured and handwritten midair with a specially designed flashlight to create the pearlescent effect. See more info on Alexandr Gnezdilov below.

In support of Dark Matter, Pearl Jam will head out on a world tour this year, marking the first time the band has announced a new album and tour simultaneously and first time the group has unveiled all worldwide tour dates at once. Their global tour, hitting nine countries and 25 cities, kicks off at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will cover much of North America including shows at Wrigley Field, Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, and their first hometown performance in six years at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the world’s first net zero certified arena.

The tour continues with performances in the UK and Europe, including their first performance at London’s brand new and state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, through September, followed by the group’s long-awaited ten-year return to New Zealand and Australia this November. Full routing below.

Special guests Deep Sea Diver (North America Leg 1), Glen Hansard (North America Leg 2), The Murder Capital (UK/EU), Richard Ashcroft (Dublin and London) and Pixies (Australia and New Zealand) will serve as support for these dates.

The tour will use all-in pricing across all North America, Europe and UK shows to ensure the ticket price listed is the full out-of-pocket price inclusive of fees.


Pearl Jam Dark Matter album art


  1. Scared of Fear
  2. React, Respond
  3. Wreckage
  4. Dark Matter
  5. Won’t Tell
  6. Upper Hand
  7. Waiting for Stevie
  8. Running
  9. Something Special
  10. Got to Give
  11. Setting Sun

Tour dates:

May 04 Vancouver, BC                    Rogers Arena

May 06 Vancouver, BC                    Rogers Arena

May 10 Portland, OR                                       Moda Center

May 13 Sacramento, CA                 Golden 1 Center

May 16 Las Vegas, NV                     MGM Grand Garden Arena

May 18 Las Vegas, NV                     MGM Grand Garden Arena

May 21 Los Angeles, CA                                 Kia Forum

May 22 Los Angeles, CA                 Kia Forum

May 25**            Napa Valley, CA                 BottleRock Festival

May 28 Seattle, WA                                         Climate Pledge Arena

May 30 Seattle, WA                                         Climate Pledge Arena

Jun 22                   Dublin, IE                                             Marlay Park

Jun 25                   Manchester, UK                 Co-op Live

Jun 29                   London, UK                                         Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Jul 02                     Berlin, DE                                             Waldbühne

Jul 03                     Berlin, DE                                             Waldbühne

Jul 06                     Barcelona, ES                                     Palau Sant Jordi

Jul 08                     Barcelona, ES                                     Palau Sant Jordi

Jul 11**                Madrid, SE                                           Mad Cool Festival

Jul 13**                Lisbon, PT                                            NOS Alive Festival

Aug 22                  Missoula, MT                                     Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Aug 26*                Indianapolis, IN                 Ruoff Music Center

Aug 29                  Chicago, IL                                           Wrigley Field

Aug 31                  Chicago, IL                                           Wrigley Field

Sep 03                   New York, NY                                     Madison Square Garden

Sep 04                   New York, NY                                     Madison Square Garden

Sep 07                   Philadelphia, PA                Wells Fargo Center

Sep 09                   Philadelphia, PA                Wells Fargo Center

Sep 12                   Baltimore, MD                                   CFG Bank Arena

Sep 15                   Boston, MA                                         Fenway Park

Sep 17                   Boston, MA                                         Fenway Park

Nov 08                  Auckland, NZ                                      Go Media Stadium Mt Smart

Nov 13                  Gold Coast, AU                  Heritage Bank Stadium

Nov 16                  Melbourne, AU                  Marvel Stadium

Nov 21                  Sydney, AU                                          Giants Stadium

* Rescheduled date from 2022

** Festival dates are already on sale