SOURCE: J RECORDS

May 19, 2006 17:49 ET

Pearl Jam Releases Its First Music Video in Eight Years

"Life Wasted" Video Available for Download at Pearljam.com and Google Video Broadcast Premiere Tonight on VH-1

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2006 -- Following the release of their new self-titled J Records album, Pearl Jam will premier "Life Wasted" -- the band's first video in eight years -- today, May 19. "Life Wasted" is the second single from "Pearl Jam" and the follow-up to the Number One Modern Rock hit "World Wide Suicide."

Beginning today, the "Life Wasted" video will be free to fans at www.pearljam.com and www.video.google.com today through May 24th. The video is being offered through Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial/No Derivatives license so that people around the world can legally copy, distribute and share the video.

"Life Wasted" is the first music video to be directed by mixed-media visual artist Fernando Apodaca (www.fernandoapodaca.com). In depicting a world both fragile and transitory, Apodaca used "life casts" of the musicians (transformed and animated through projection techniques) combined with traditional modes of sculpture in bronze, wax, and leather.

"Pearl Jam's decision to offer its new video to the public under a Creative Commons license proves that the band's reputation for fan-friendliness is well deserved. It's an inspiration to those of us who are passionate about building a pool of creative work that can be freely and legally shared by the world," says Lawrence Lessig, CEO of Creative Commons.

The VH1 network premiere of "Life Wasted" is scheduled for 6:00pm (ET) during this Friday's "Top 20 Countdown," and it will also be available simultaneously on vh1.com. In addition, the video will enter into MTV2 rotation on Monday (5/22).

"Pearl Jam" is the band's eighth studio album to reach the Top Five on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Rolling Stone hailed the new disc as "Their best album in years (****)."

Since the 1991 release of their multi-platinum debut album Ten, Pearl Jam have sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide including millions of live bootlegs. To date, the band has released eight studio albums, two live collections, a double-disc collection of B-sides, and a double-disc greatest hits set.