Pearl Jam Step Up for Bridge Benefit

Eddie Vedder & Co. first to sign up for Neil Young's annual benefit concert

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Pearl Jam is the first band to sign on for Neil Young's Thirteenth Annual Bridge School Benefit concert, according to a spokesperson for the Godfather of Grunge. The event will be held this year at Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheater on October 30 and 31. Other artists whose names have been mentioned in connection with the concert include Steve Earle and Patti Smith, but the spokesperson said that no other acts have been confirmed for the event so far.

In other Pearl Jam news, the band's Rumor Pit on the Sony Music Web site reports that they have snagged a new producer for their forthcoming album. The group has tapped Tchad Blake (Los Lobos, Crowded House, Fishbone, Sheryl Crow, X, and Tom Waits) to twirl the knobs. Blake and the boys will get down to work in September, but don't yet have a release date scheduled.

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