Pearl Jam lines up tour dates
Band supporting ninth album, 'Backspacer'NEW YORK -- Pearl Jam will celebrate Halloween early with two concerts at Philadelphia's Wachovia Spectrum to be held Oct. 28 and 30. The shows are part of a brief North American tour that also includes stops in San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Ben Harper and Relentless 7 will open all announced shows except for those in Philadelphia.
The band also will head to Australia and New Zealand in November, with additional dates expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Philadelphia tickets go on sale to the public on July 17 at 10 a.m. ET. All other confirmed shows go on sale to the public on July 18 at 10 a.m. PT.
The tour dates come in support of Pearl Jam's self-released ninth album, "Backspacer," which will be out Sept. 22. As previously reported, Target will be the exclusive big-box retailer in the U.S., while Universal will handle distribution internationally.
The new album's first single, the hard-charging rock track "The Fixer," will hit U.S. radio and digital retailers on July 20. During a June 1 appearance on "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien," Pearl Jam premiered "Got Some," another new song from "Backspacer," and at recent solo shows, frontman Eddie Vedder has debuted three other tracks -- "Unthought Known," "The End" and "Speed of Sound" -- which are expected to appear on the album as well.
On Aug. 8, Pearl Jam will play its first full live show in more than a year at the Virgin Festival in Calgary, Alberta. After a quick four-show run in Europe, the band then visits Toronto (Aug. 21) and Chicago (Aug. 23-24) before headlining the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco on Aug. 28.
Also on tap is a headlining slot on Oct. 4 at the Austin City Limits festival in Austin, Texas. The day before, Pearl Jam will tape an episode of the long-running TV series "Austin City Limits."
Here are Pearl Jam's new tour dates:
Sept. 21: Seattle (Key Arena)
Sept. 22: Seattle (Key Arena)
Sept. 30: Los Angeles (Gibson Amphitheater)
Oct. 1: Los Angeles (Gibson Amphitheater)
Oct. 6: Los Angeles (Gibson Amphitheater)
Oct. 7: Los Angeles (Gibson Amphitheater)
Oct. 9: San Diego (Viejas Arena)
Oct. 28: Philadelphia (Spectrum)
Oct. 30: Philadelphia (Spectrum)