Pearl Jam have announced a 12-city October U.S. tour, following a summer trek to Europe, that includes their appearance at Austin City Limits Music Festival. Tickets for the shows go on sale May 30th.
Last year, the group put out their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, which frontman Eddie Vedder kvelled about in an interview with Rolling Stone. "I say this in the least-competitive way possible, but we're trying to make not just the best Pearl Jam record, but just the best record," the singer said. "It's about getting to the next level of communication, or just trying to crack a code into some higher plane of playing music."
Outside of the world of Pearl Jam, the group's guitarist Mike McCready wrote an article for Rolling Stone about how Kiss had inspired him growing up, as the makeup-faced hard rockers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Moreover, he revealed that he wasn't the only member of his band to garner inspiration from the group. "Pearl Jam sit down and have conversations about Kiss all the time on tour," he wrote. "My band used to do 'C'Mon and Love Me.' Matt Cameron played in a Kiss tribute band when he was 14. They got so big around San Diego that they got a cease-and-desist order from Casablanca Records. Jeff Ament used to play 'She' in his band Deranged Diction. There's a Kiss through-line to a lot of the music that came out of Seattle, and it hasn't been talked about a lot."
Pearl Jam U.S. tour dates:
10/1 Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
10/3 St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
10/4 – 10/5 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/8 Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
10/9 Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/10 – 10/12 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/14 Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
10/16 Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
10/17 Moline, IL - iWireless Center
10/19 St. Paul, NM - Xcel Energy Center
10/20 Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/22 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center