October 13, 2013


Pearl Jam Sign Unprecedented Deal for World Series

Gareth Cattermole
Gareth Cattermole

Looks like baseball is about to get a grunge makeover: Pearl Jam recently inked a deal with Fox Sports granting the network permission to use a whopping 48 PJ songs during this month's World Series coverage.

Tune in from October 23-31 to catch baseball champions doing their thing to Pearl Jam.

But the rocker's romance with sports doesn't end there. According to Billboard, Fox will also feature the Seattle guys' music throughout all of November.

Pearl Jam is being dubbed "Artist of the Month" for all Fox Sport properties.

Does that honor come with a cheap plastic, half-moon shaped plaque? They can stick it on the mantel next to all those Grammys!

But exactly which Pearl Jam songs will sports fans be rocking out to?

The deal reportedly includes the entirety of hot off the presses new LP, Lighting Bolt, and an additional 36 songs from the band's back catalog.

Every album will be represented, save for 2002's very political Riot Act. Expect to hear "Better Man," "Blood," "Even Flow" and "Animal" amongst other hits.

Pearl Jam's manager, Kelly Curtis, explained the band's current approach to licensing songs:

"There was a period of time when we didn't license much music.

"But for the past many years, we consider licensing requests using the same criteria we do for everything else: Do we like it? Would the fans like it? Does it provide a different forum for fans to hear the music? Is it something we can get behind? The band loves baseball, so this one was a no-brainer." 

Considering Lightening Bolt showcases the more sensitive side of Pearl Jam, baseball was definitely the right choice of sports.

Football fans like their theme music angry. Just ask Katy Perry.