Pearl Jam's datebook is filled for fall. First, the Seattle band will regroup in early October for its first live shows in nearly a year, and it will go to work on its eighth studio album.
"I think they're planning on going back to the studio this winter," manager Kelly Curtis tells Billboard.com, adding that as far as a release date is concerned: "When they're done, they give it to us and we go."
Pearl Jam's October dates are part of the politically motivated Vote for Change tour, which Curtis helped organize with the managers of Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, R.E.M and Dixie Chicks. The tour begins Oct. 1 in Pennsylvania and will proceed to eight additional presidential election battleground states.
Curtis hinted that there may be additional Pearl Jam shows in 2004 but declined to reveal specifics. Asked if the band would unveil some new material at Vote for Change appearances, he said, "I'm sure that will be the case."
As for the possibility of additional acts being added to the tour or rumors of an Oct. 10 all-star finale show in Florida, Curtis declined to comment.
Meanwhile, also joining the political bandwagon against President Bush are such rap and R&B stars as Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot and Eve.
The trio plan to re-record the '60s hit "Wake Up Everybody," which was used during the 1976 election to mobilize African-American voters to back Jimmy Carter and which will now be included on a benefit album for America Coming Together, a campaign group promoting a change in the White House.
Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds will produce the new version, and songs by Marvin Gaye, Linda Ronstadt and Yoko Ono will also be on the album, reports the Associated Press.