MUSIC NEWS OF THE WORLD: Pearl Jam To Tour In Fall

PEARL JAM TO TOUR IN FALLAfter being off the road for a year, Pearl Jam are planning a fall tour. According to a source close to the group, Pearl Jam will hit the road following the release of their as yet untitled next album. Sessions for the album have taken place over the past year in Chicago, New Orleans, and Seattle, although we understand that the bulk of the new album was recorded during intense sessions in Seattle earlier this year. Pearl Jam's last album, Vitalogy, was released nearly two years ago; the group backed Neil Young on 1995's Mirror Ball. The group's last release was the single, Merkin Ball, recorded during the Mirror Ball sessions. The group has a playful version of the old surf tune, "Gremmie Out Of Control which appears on the new Music For Our Mother Ocean compilation album. The upcoming Pearl Jam album, produced by longtime Pearl Jam producer Brendan O'Brien who mixed it in Atlanta, is scheduled for an August 27 release. Like all things Pearl Jam, all details about the album including song titles are being kept under wraps.PUMPKINS SET FOR "MTV UNPLUGGED" PERFORMANCEAddicted to Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: This fall the Smashing Pumpkins will be back in Chicago for an MTV Unplugged concert featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. No word yet on whether the performance will eventually be released on CD. Meanwhile, the Pumpkins, who are currently touring America, are set to release a box set by year's end. According to sources, the set, which is scheduled to contain all five Mellon Collie singles and their respective international b-sides, will also feature a few covers, including the Cars' "You're All I've Got Tonight," Blondie's "Dreamin'" and Missing Person's "Destination Unknown," which the band recently recorded while on a break from touring. Towards the end of their show on June 30 at Detroit's State Theater, the group played an instrumental cover song medley that included bits of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Black Sabbath and Pearl Jam. And, we're told a highlight of that evening was a 20 minute jam on "Silver Fuck."RUN-D.M.C. READY TO RECORD 8TH ALBUMAddicted To Noise's Scott Warden reports: While most Americans were sleeping in and eating a lot of burnt barbeque-type meat, hip-hop pioneers Run-D.M.C. spent this 4th of July weekend in Germany. The trio annually jumps on a big ol' jet plane and head to the land of beer and sausage to perform at a huge 3 on 3 basketball tournament sponsored by Adidas. Fans of the group will no doubt make the connection between their tune, "My Adidas," from 1986's multi-platinum Raising Hell and the footwear that inspired it. "The first time we sold out Madison Square Gardens and the whole place is wearing Adidas, that's when they said, 'We think we can do business with you all,'" Daryl McDaniels (D.M.C.) told ATN. The group has been sponsored by the shoe they love so much ever since. Perhaps more interesting is the status of Run-D.M.C. The group still needs to record eighth album, which was originally supposed to be released this summer, but was postponed due to McDaniels' throat problems; the album is now expected out at the end of the year. "After 13 years of rapping, your vocals are bound to get strained," McDaniels said, adding that his throat is getting better, and isn't effecting the energy of the group's live performances. "Now I'm trying to learn how to scream without screaming, without killing myself."Following a heavy summer touring schedule, the group will enter the studio to record the album. "We're gonna take it back to the raw," said McDaniels, who noted that his group's last disc, 1994's gold Down with the King, had numerous producers working on it. "This new record's gonna be ill and more well-rounded like Raising Hell."TWO ALBUM SET EXPECTED FROM WILCOAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Wilco, the acclaimed "No Depression" country-rock band is expected to release a double CD later this year. Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy is currently in Los Angeles finishing mixes on the band's sophomore effort, which, if all goes as planned, will be a double CD for the price of one. The Tweedy-produced double-shot, due in mid-October, will likely contain 24 new songs recorded in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and St. Louis over the past year. According to our source, the sound of the new songs is "tougher and more experimental" than the band's countryish debut, which lumped them in with a raft of other No Depression bands, including former Uncle Tupelo mate Jay Farrar's Son Volt, Whiskeytown, the Bottlerockets and Tweedy's off-hours night job, Golden Smog. In a further effort to step away from the New Country sound, our source says the new CD will feature horns on a few songs, keyboards on others and even a few tracks with -- gasp -- strings."NEW WAVE HOOKERS" DIRECTOR TAKES ON MELVINSAddicted to Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Some of you will be happy to know that the Melvins have a new CD coming out on July 16. Stag contains more of what the trio's fans have come to expect from their unhinged heroes: psychedelic dirges, thick as crude sludge, metal mayhem and enough unadulterated weirdness to make the Residents look like a pop band (well, maybe not, but you get the idea). The first single from the new disc will be for the loopy "Bar X-the Rocking M," and according to drummer Dale Crover, the video was helmed by a very famous director. "Yes, Gregory Dark directed the video for the song," Crover recently told me, "he's a famous director in the, um, adult entertainment business. Ever heard of New Wave Hookers? He directed all of those," Crover said. Crover bragged that the video is the best one they've done yet, thanks to Dark's enthusiasm and meticulous preparation (he sat in the studio the whole time while they recorded the CD and jotted down dozens of ideas). Asked to describe the finished product, Crover offered the following: "It's got a voodoo priestess scratching on some turntables, since most people think there's scratching in the song, even though that's really guitar. And we play voodoo priests playing our instruments and controlling these zombies. There's some dancing pigs and a part where we're all tied up in bondage gear. It's pretty weird." Sounds like par for the course.OFF-THE-(ATN) WIRE: When he performed at the Metro in Chicago recently, Paul Westerberg got a tad nostalgic. Midway through the hour plus set Westerberg took a moment to reminisce, wherein he looked around and said, "I've been here before," alluding to the fact that five years earlier the Replacements played their final show on that very stage... Much of Soul Coughing's sophomoric effort, "Irresistible Bliss" (released Tues., July 9) is based on the end of band leader M. Doughty's relationship, which he says actually fell apart over the phone while the group was on tour. So sad about us, as the Who once sang... A sunny, free, 4th of July weekend concert in Central Park brought together three generations of New York City's avant-pop underground: Cibo Matto, John Zorn, and Yoko Ono (with IMA). For a rousing finale, Yoko Ono was joined by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Cibo Matto, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion drummer Russell Simins and John Zorn... The Cardigans, the loungey quintet, have landed a major label deal with Mercury Records. The group has already finished recording their Mercury debut, The First Band on the Moon, scheduled for a late September release... Mike Watt (formerly of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE) is playing bass with Porno For Pyros for the summer... Caught in traffic heading to Lollapalooza on Sunday (June 30), the Ramones driver started speeding down an emergency lane, only to be pulled over by the cops after a few miles. When the driver tried to explain that the group was late for a gig, the cop yelled, "Well you should have known better!!" Then he proceeded to get in his car and give the group a police escort to the site of the all-day festival. "Saved us a lot of time," Joey Ramone told Addicted To Noise...The new album from the man once was known as Prince is his last for Warner Bros. There's a lot of intriguing imagery in the album art. Plus on the back of the CD booklet it reads: "...this compilation serves as the last original material recorded by [TAFKAP's symbol] 4 warner brothers records - may u live 2 see the dawn." Prince has been trying to get out of his Warner Bros. deal for some time now...

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