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Pearl Jam sets European tour dates for 2020

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at Fenway Park on September 4, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at Fenway Park on September 4, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

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 PixiesIdles 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.”

Earlier this year, Amentand 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.

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Pearl Jam’s cover of “Someday At Christmas”: