Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 3: PEARL JAM

As part of the 2013 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the year.

Finalists for the 4th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The 2013 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Friday, January 17.

Rock News Artist of The Year No. 3 – PEARL JAM

Pearl Jam began 2013 with news from frontman Eddie Vedder that the band’s work-in-progress new album was about half done.

In late January, the group announced a pair of summer “Evening With” shows, including a July 16 date in London, Ontario and a July 19 show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field (details here).

In February, Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut, “Ten”, reached the 10 million mark in US sales, making it the 22nd album to reach the threshold since the company began tracking data in 1991.

That same month, guitarist Mike McCready confirmed the band’s next album out will be released "this year, for sure."

In early July, Pearl Jam announced a fall North American tour (here), and three days later revealed the fall release of their tenth studio album, “Lightning Bolt”, and issued the project’s lead single, “Mind Your Manners.”

The group delivered the live debut of the new single in London (video here) and played more tracks during their Wrigley Field date (here).

"Lightning Bolt" was released October 3, and went on to debut atop the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts with opening week sales of 166,000 copies (details here).

The Seattle band kicked off their fall tour in Pittsburgh on October 11 (video here).

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon hosted Pearl Jam Week, with guests Chris Cornell, Robin Pecknold and Dierks Bentley performing tracks by the band, who showed up to play new music on the final two shows of the week-long tribute.

In November, the group began airing concerts from their current tour on its Pearl Jam Radio channel on SiriusXM.

The year ended with Eddie Vedder announcing a February solo tour of Australia, and the band confirming European dates for the summer.

2013 Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10

04 – KISS

See also:

2013 hennemusic Rock News Awards announced
Van Halen dominate the 2012 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen win two hennemusic Rock News Awards
Guns N’ Roses named hennemusic’s Rock News Artist of The Year
Jimmy Page’s 2011 plans named hennemusic’s Rock News Story Of The Year