Numerous rumors are spreading on Pearl Jam’s official Ten Club message board that Pearl Jam have a ‘busy’ 2016 planned following their Latin American tour and Global Citizens Festival performance, but it will not involve a show at the Gorge. The band though are rumored to be planning a United States tour leg in the first half of the year, with shows in southern cities rumored as taking place.
Mike McCready said he hadn’t heard of any plans to celebrate Pearl Jam’s 25th anniversary yet during an interview with Alternative Nation earlier this month.
“I haven’t heard of anything about that, but I’d like to do something for sure. I’m happy to be still around (laughs), we’re still around one more year. It’s astonishing to be here for 24 [years], or 23 and a half, or wherever we’re at now, and we’re talking, and we’re still talking about Pearl Jam because there’s a lot of bands that aren’t around any more that we came up with. I feel very lucky and grateful that we can still do that. So who knows, there’s probably some surprises that I don’t know of yet, but again, we haven’t talked about it yet.”
He did say that he was “sure” Pearl Jam would doing some stuff next year when talking about his 2016 musical plans. He also discussed how the band pick the live shows they play.
“How we go about the process is we look at it kind of year to year, and we look at where the offers come from. Business wise, that’s kind of where you have to make the decisions. What we have to do to support our fan club, our management, our families, what we need to make for the year. Then we have the certain places we enjoy going, and we know we’ll do very well at. We’re very grateful that we can go to South America and play to really big crowds down there: 50, to 60, to 70,000 people. It’s a very powerful experience, and exciting. Or we’ll go to Australia and do the same, play in the States, maybe do less than that, but it’s still fun to play here.
We kind of look at a couple of things per year, maybe three legs of a tour, and hitting specific areas like Europe, and maybe the midwest, these are all hypotheticals. In the past we’ve done South America and Canada. We don’t want to be out forever, we have other things we do, but we certainly love it and we want to be out there at times. We all get the itch to be playing music again, and interact with the crowd, and play those songs live, because that’s what we do. But we do talk about it, and have meetings about it and kind of decide what we want to do in the coming year, tentatively. It’s never that mapped out, but then it does get mapped out, if that makes sense.”