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Pearl Jam sets European tour dates for 2020

Photo by Roberto Silvino/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Photo by Roberto Silvino/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Pearl Jam will embark on a European tour next summer, the clearest sign yet that the band 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.

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.

Side Notes:

Pearl Jam is finally releasing its long-running series of fan club holiday singles to streaming services. The band is rolling out the songs one at a time under the banner “12 Days of Pearl Jam,” with the first, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas,” available now. Pearl Jam started the holiday singles back in 1991 with “Let Me Sleep (Christmas Time),” a vinyl single sent to members of its fan club. The group continued the custom nearly every year until 2017, with a 1998 cover of Wayne Cochran’s 1961 classic “Last Kiss” becoming one of the biggest hits of the band’s career.