Pearl Jam is halfway through recording a new album and will appear in Los Angeles early next year.
Guitarist Stone Gossard also said fans can expect a live album in 1998.
“We’re contractually required to do it,” he said. “So, we might take the best of the bootlegs and bootleg the bootleggers. What are they gonna do, sue us?”
Gossard said six new songs had been completed for the disc, which is being produced in Seattle by longtime Pearl Jam collaborator Brendan O’Brien. The album is due by the end of the year.
“We’re all excited about crafting this record more than the last one (‘No Code’),” the guitarist said. “We’re all enjoying making music again. The feeling is, we’re definitely going to go out and play some shows.”