Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will release a new solo album and live DVD on May 31st. Ukulele Songs is a mix of Vedder originals and covers, and the first single, “Longing to Belong,” will be at digital retailers this week. The live DVD, Water on the Road, was shot during two shows at Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre in August 2008.
Pearl Jam will convene next month to start work on their next album. Bassist Jeff Ament tells Billboard that everyone in the band has a disc of 25 demos and that “April will be the time where we get together and learn to play all these demos and figure out which 12 to 15 of them float to the top. Hopefully we can get something done this year.”
Ament adds that they also plan to announce details about their Pearl Jam Twenty Festival next month. The fest is set for Labor Day weekend.