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Following the June 3 close of the first leg of Pearl Jam’s North American tour, the band will return to the road June 23 in Pittsburgh. Fourteen dates are set for the second leg through a July 22 show at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., with more to be expected.
The Gorge show will be “an evening with” Pearl Jam and won’t feature an opening act. Sonic Youth will support on all but the first two second leg shows, which will boast a performance by former Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard.
As tipped here last month, Pearl Jam will also team up with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for a June 26-27 stand in St. Paul, Minn., and a July 2-3 engagement in Denver. In most cases, the summer shows will be available for download immediately after their completion from Pearl Jam’s Web site.
Pearl Jam is touring in support of its self-titled debut for J, which arrives May 2. First single “World Wide Suicide” is No. 1 for a third consecutive week on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart, which will be posted tomorrow (April 6) on Billboard.com.
Fans who preorder the album through Apple’s iTunes Music Store will receive exclusive video footage of the band in the studio plus a bonus audio track of “Why Go,” drawn from a Dec. 31, 1992, show in New York. That full concert is included as a bonus CD for preorders submitted via the Pearl Jam site.
The band has also confirmed an April 15 return to “Saturday Night Live” (its first appearance on the NBC show since 1994) and an April 20 club gig at London’s Astoria.
Here are Pearl Jam’s tour dates:
April 20: London (Astoria)
May 9-10: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
May 12: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
May 13: Hartford, Conn. (New England Dodge Music Arena)
May 16: Chicago (United Center)
May 19: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
May 20: Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena)
May 22: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
May 24-25: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
May 27-28: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
May 30: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
June 1, 3: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
June 23: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
June 24: Cincinnati (US Bank Arena)
June 26-27: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
July 2-3: Denver (Pepsi Center)
July 6: Las Vegas (MGM Grand)
July 7: San Diego (Cox Arena)
July 9-10: Los Angeles (Forum)
July 13: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
July 16, 18: San Francisco (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium)
July 22: George, Wash. (the Gorge)
Aug. 25: Leeds, England (Leeds Festival)
Aug. 27: Reading, England (Reading Festival)
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