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Pearl Jam has been giving vague updates on the progress of its 10th studio album for months, without fully committing to a recording schedule or a release date. But now guitarist Mike McCready has admitted to Spin that the record is not really moving forward at the moment. He said that the project is in a "holding pattern," explaining, "We're just kind of sitting around, writing songs. We have about seven ideas so far that we did last year and we're just kind of sitting on those right now."

McCready added that part of the reason for the delay was that vocalist Eddie Vedder is preparing for a solo tour, while drummer Matt Cameron was also working with Soundgarden, who are getting ready to issue their own new album.

McCready himself is keeping busy: he recently composed the score for the independent movie Fat Kid Rules The World, directed by Scream and Scooby-Doo star Matthew Lillard. The movie is being released through the independent Tugg distribution system.

McCready also recently recorded guitar solos for the debut album from Walking Papers, a new band featuring ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin. The disc is due out in October.

McCready is also behind the revival of Mad Season, his mid-'90s project with Martin and late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley. He may have a series of different singers lay down vocals for tracks that were demoed for the group's never-completed second album.

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