Pearl Jam bassist also big funder of skate parks
By David Sands
August 28, 2015
Listening to a bass player will definitely help you get into the groove of a song, but sometimes it can also clue you to a juicy morsel of news—in this case, a new Pearl Jam album.
Yep, you heard that right! In a recent interview with Vice, Pearl Jam’s bassist Jeff Ament let it slip that the group behind unforgettable tunes like “Alive” and “Jeremy” is about to begin work on a new recording.
“The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year,” Ament told the publication in an story that largely revolved around his work building skateboard parks for economically disadvantanged communities like Native American reservations.
According to the publication, the bassist has helped fund more than a dozen skateparks, many of them in Montana and South Dakota.
In the interview, Ament confessed he’s not a huge fan of taking Pearl Jam’s music on the road these days but tries to keep a positive attitude about it.
“The way I look at it is if I’m touring and doing more things with the band I make more money,” he said. “If I make more money, I build more parks. It helps me get more excited about touring because I’m usually not too excited about it.”
Pearl Jam’s last album, Lighting Bolt, came out in 2013. In November, the group will embark on a Latin American tour that will take them though Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.
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