Rockers Pearl Jam have split from record label EPIC - their home since their 1991 debut.

The issue was addressed in the latest PEARL JAM RUMOUR PIT, the band's official online newsletter.

In the questions and answers section, a fan asked, "Have Pearl Jam left their record company yet?" The enquiry was answered with a simple, "Yes."

Neither the band's management nor Epic are making official comments on the matter.

Prior to the start of Pearl Jam's North American tour, bassist Jeff Ament expressed the band's dissatisfaction with Epic and its parent company, Sony MUSIC, stating, "Our record company's in shambles right now, so we're gonna wait for the label to get their s**t together before we put anything else out.

"It might be the sort of thing where, 10 years or 12 years, it's kind of run its course a little bit. I mean, the good thing is that we have nothing but time right now, so we can enjoy our free agency."

The rockers have started talking to other labels, including CLIVE DAVIS' J RECORDS, but nothing has been decided yet.

Ament adds, "We want to be somewhere where people are really excited about us being at their label, and we have tons of ideas about how we want to do things, but we also want to hear somebody who has equally as many ideas about how we can do things."

20/05/2003 09:30