Eddie Vedder’s New ‘Earthling’ Solo LP Features Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, & Elton John; Stream “Brother the Cloud”

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Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder is preparing to release a new solo album titled Earthling, which will arrive on Feb. 11.

The iconic singer/songwriter has been sharing a few songs from the record in recent weeks. The latest, “Brother the Cloud,” landed on streaming services late Thursday/early Friday. An expert-level example of soft/loud dynamics, the song is highlighted by Vedder’s signature passionate vocal delivery and squealy guitars that build to the song’s soaring chorus.

Lyrically, it’s an emotional expression of yearning for a lost “brother”:

If I could wish, wish it away
I would bleed out my knees and pray
If I could give all that I have
To bring him back today
These are but dreams
As sad as it seems
I’m always wide awake

Vedder’s backing band for this project, by the way, is an all-star lineup comprised of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Josh Klinghoffer (formerly of the Chili Peppers and now with Pearl Jam), and guitarist Andrew Watt, who produced Earthling. Bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and singer/songwriter Glen Hansard are also part of the Earthlings live band that will accompany Vedder on the road in February.

The record also features guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr and Elton John.

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Announced a few weeks backEarthling will be Vedder’s third proper full-length solo record and the first since 2011’s Ukulele Songs. He previewed it with “The Haves”:

And “Long Way,” which was premiered live at his Ohana Festival in October with that backing band mentioned earlier.

The album’s track listing:

Power of Right
Long Way
Brother the Cloud
Fallout Today
The Dark
The Haves
Good and Evil
Rose of Jericho
Picture ft. Elton John
Mrs. Mills
On My Way

Eddie Vedder and his backing ensemble will pay a series of concerts in February to celebrate Earthling‘s release:

February 3 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
February 4 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
February 6 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
February 9 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
February 15 El Cajon, CA The Magnolia
February 17 Inglewood, CA YouTube Theater
February 21 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall
February 22 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall

After his solo tour, Vedder will get back to business with Pearl Jam, which recently announced that its previously postponed North American tour in support of 2020’s Gigaton will reconvene and start back up in May 2022. The dates will be revealed in early 2022:

Thank you, Pearl Jam fans, for your patience and flexibility as we have waited to reschedule the band’s postponed 2020 North American tour.

We are confirming that the previously scheduled shows in North America will start in May 2022. We are working to finalize the details of the new tour schedule and will announce the dates early next year.

For nearly two years, the band has wanted nothing more than to play their new music live for you. The whole Pearl Jam team shares your excitement for us all to be safely on the road again together.

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