Pearl Jam will embark on a European tour next summer, the clearest sign yet that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act is gearing up for a return to action in 2020. The 13-date trek, which will feature support from Pixies, Idles and White Reaper, will mark the band's first live appearances in nearly two years.
Pearl jam's tour will kick off on on June 23rd in Frankfurt, Germany and will include three festival appearances — Lollapalooza Stockholm in Sweden on June 27th, Rock Werchter in Belgium on July 2nd and Lollapalooza Paris in France on July 19th. The latter will mark the band's first performance in Paris since 2006.
Other countries on the group's itinerary include Denmark, Italy, Austria, England and Hungary, with the trip ending on July 21st in Amsterdam.
As usual for Pearl Jam, fans can expect the band to change the set list from show to show. Bassist Jeff Ament told us a while back that it keeps things fresh for the group: ["Probably 30 of the songs, or 20 of the songs that we end up playing, like, maybe we got to rehearse them once or, maybe we were, like, backstage right before the show, like, 'OK, what's the bridge to that song?' Like, that just makes it more exciting, you know? You're out there going, like, 'OK (chuckles), that song we haven't played in three years is coming up,' you know, and everybody's kind of excited and on the edge a little bit."] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . a little bit.)
Earlier this year, Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard confirmed to Rolling Stone that Pearl Jam was "in the middle" of the songwriting sessions for the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt album. Guitarist Mike McCready told the magazine last month that the band is in the process of recording its 11th studio LP.
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