Pearl Jam bassist Jeffery Ament says the band is about to head back into the studio to start work on its 10th studio album.
"We did a whole bunch of demos and everybody's got a disc of 25 [songs] right now," Ament told Billboard. "April will be the time where we get together and learn to play all these demos and figure out which 12-15 of them float to the top. Hopefully we can get something done this year."
The new album, a follow up to 2009's Backspacer, isn't the only thing on the band's agenda. Pearl Jam also plans to put out special reissues of previous albums Vs. and Vitalogy as part of box set to be released on March 29th. The band also plans to release a documentary and a book in late summer or early fall to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their smash debut album Ten, released in August 1991.
In addition to those goodies, frontman Eddie Vedder, currently on a solo tour in Australia, will soon begin work on a solo album, while Ament will be recording a solo album with his side project Tre Mts. Drummer Matt Cameron will be also working on a new record with Soundgarden.
Pearl Jam are also planning a special 20th anniversary festival. "We're not 100% where we're going to have it yet, so it's a little bit tricky... If it's Labor Day, that's three or four months; that should be plenty of time for people to make reservations," Ament said.