Pearl Jam fans hoping to catch the band’s rescheduled 2020 European dates this year will have to wait another year. The Seattle rockers have announced the decision to push their return to European stages to Summer of 2022, when they will kick off a 17-date run.
“Previously purchased tickets will remain valid for all rescheduled shows,” reads an email to fans. “If you are unable to attend the new dates, you can request a refund directly from the My Tickets page in your membership account.”
The band’s statement continued: “A year after postponing the 2020 tour, it remains difficult to again postpone getting back on the road. Pearl Jam is encouraged by the vaccine rollouts happening around the world and eagerly awaits the day they can safely tour again. In the meantime, the band hopes everyone will stay vigilant and keep wearing their masks in anticipation of gathering together safely in 2022.”
To help soften the blow, Pearl Jam have announced details of a free video stream of their 2010 show at London’s Hard Rock Calling. Fans can watch starting this Friday, April 2 from 8pm ET through to Monday, April 5 on YouTube, Facebook and nugs.net.
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) March 30, 2021
While fans have had Pearl Jam’s 2020 album Gigaton to pass the time in quarantine, they’re going to have to wait a bit longer to see the new songs performed live. Given the recent uptick in new European Covid variants, the delay is a potential lifesaver. And while it’s a bit far-fetched to imagine that the band will put together another album before bringing Gigaton to the masses onstage, last year Stone Gossard mentioned some promising goals for the next record when speaking to Kerrang.
“There’s some new territory there, and I think it bodes well for whatever comes next,” he said. “I think we’re still scratching the surface in terms of what really could be significantly different sounding songs. I guess I would probably compare [what I’m thinking of] to an OK Computer/Kid A moment, thinking about Radiohead’s transformation and the journey that they went on.”
When asked if that moment still lays ahead for the band, Stone considered, “I hope so. It’s not going to be OK Computer, obviously, but a moment where we stumble onto something that is significantly different. That prospect always intrigues me. I’d like to make another record that really shocks people – that makes them go, ‘Wow, that’s unexpected!’ ”
Rescheduled Pearl Jam dates are as follows:
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