Published May 14, 2009No snarky remarks here, 'cause this just sucks. News has come that Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a violent robbery back on April 27 of this year.
According to Rolling Stone, Ament and a band employee had just pulled into the rear of Southern Tracks Recording Studios in Atlanta, where they are working with producer Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Mastodon) on their as-yet-untitled ninth studio album. Three assailants then emerged from nearby foliage camouflaged in black masks, gloves and pants, brandishing knives. The crooks proceeded to smash the vehicle's windows and grab Ament's BlackBerry, demanding money. Rolling Stone reports Ament was "robbed of his passport, $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods."
Ament's misfortune didn't end there though. He was then chased and knocked to the ground, sustaining a head laceration that required medical attention. The attackers fled in a waiting black Nissan Maxima. Studio surveillance cameras documented the incident but no arrests have been made. The band have declined comment.
Why the hell someone would carry $10,000 worth of assets at any one time is questionable and clearly the boy had been targeted, but getting mugged is pretty crappy regardless.
The band have been working on their new album since February and are reportedly planning to self-release the effort in a manner similar to what Radiohead did with their In Rainbows.