Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam have agreed to give executives at the Fox Sports TV network extensive use of 48 of their songs for promotional use leading up to, and throughout, the World Series. The musical deal includes all 12 tracks from Pearl Jam’s new album “Lightning Bolt,” which will be released next week.
The band’s manager Kelly Curtis tells Billboard, “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.”
Vedder is a big Chicago Cubs fan.