Pearl Jam offering ticket, album bundles

Purchasers have several options for Australasian tour

BRISBANE, Australia -- Pearl Jam is bundling their new album into ticket sales for their upcoming Australasian stadium tour.

Ticket buyers have an option to buy two separate "Backspacer" bundles. One version contains the forthcoming album and an exclusive, live bonus track "Last Exit" at a cost of $15 Australian ($12.36) on top of the ticket price.

At $31 Australian ($25.54) on top of the ticket price, the costlier bundle combines "Backspacer" and the bonus track with a digital album from tour support act Ben Harper and Relentless 7, and an EP from opener Liam Finn.

Tickets for the tour, which begins Nov. 14 at Perth's Members Equity Stadium, are priced from $99.90 Australian ($81.63) to $123.90 Australian ($102.16). Leading retailer chain JB Hi-Fi is advertising pre-orders of the 11-track Brendan O'Brien-produced "Backspacer" at $18.99 Australian ($15.65) ahead of the album's Sept. 18 Australasian release.

In the U.S., the Seattle grunge exponents will self-release "Backspacer" following the completion of their contract with Sony Music. In Australia, the album will be issued on multiple formats physically and digitally through Universal Music for the first time.

Meanwhile, Australian promoters Chugg Entertainment has hit upon a novel initiative to build buzz ahead of the band's seven-date national stadium tour. The company has launched its first tour TV channel, pearljamtour.tv, which will host footage of Pearl Jam, and the tour support guests.

The company's chairman, Michael Chugg, faces the fans in the first of about 10 webisodes which will be rolled out on a weekly basis until the American rock band's November tour of Australasia wraps Nov. 29 at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"I've been in this business since all we had to promote our shows was radio, putting up posters and handing out flyers," comments Chugg. "These days, there is a whole new world of promotional opportunity out there and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

Concertgoers, adds Chugg, are "hungry for more content and an insight into the artists that they love -- so that's what we're giving them."
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