Pearl Jam is currently making good on its promise for a new album. You would think that’s enough to have the entire world collectively pumping its fist. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world is that cool.
Per Rolling Stone:
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a violent robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band is recording their ninth studio album with producer Brendan OBrien. According to a police report, Ament and a band employee pulled up to the rear of the studio on the afternoon of April 27th when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks, gloves and pants. The robbers smashed the windows of a rented Jeep and grabbed a BlackBerry before demanding more money. In total, Ament was robbed of $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.
The bassist was chased and knocked to the ground, sustaining a head laceration which was treated by EMS. The attackers who also stole Aments passport – escaped into a waiting black Nissan Maxima.
Fortunately, Jeff Ament appears to be alright, though no word on whether the injury will affect any of the bands upcoming plans, which in addition to a new LP, currently includes some tour dates.
Either way, this marks the third injury/illness suffered by a C3 headliner (Lollapalooza & Austin City Limits). Over the weekend, Perry Farrell tore his calf during a performance in Atlanta. Then, on Thursday, Depeche Mode was forced to cancel a concert in Athens after singer Dave Gahan was stricken with a stomach flu.
Quick, somebody go borrow Wayne Coyne’s bubble and put Brandon Flowers in it!
Pearl Jam 2009 Tour Dates:
08/15 – Berlin, DE @ Wuhlheide
08/17 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
08/18 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
08/21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
08/23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
10/04 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits