Pearl Jam coming to KeyArena Sept. 21 and 22

If you are friends with Ear Candy on Facebook then you already knew this was happening, but the official announcement of Pearl Jam playing KeyArena in September was made today. The dates are Sept. 21 and 22 and tickets go on sale July 17. No word on costs yet. Opening for Pearl Jam is Ben Harper and Relentless7, a band that sounded really good at Sasquatch! and did an okay job closing the festival but I am guessing they are going to sound pretty crummy in the confines of KeyArena.Other PJ news of note is that “Backspacer,” the new album, will be released Sept. 20 and the first single “Got Some” is hitting radio July 20. Here’s the press release:


Backspacer in Stores September 20, 2009

Ben Harper and Relentless7 to Open All Dates Except Spectrum Shows

SEATTLE — Pearl Jam announced today that they will play a series of select North American tour dates in support of their ninth studio album, Backspacer. Scheduled for release in the U.S. on Sunday, September 20, 2009, the album will be released in the U.S. through Target, the exclusive mass retail partner, Pearl Jam’s own Ten Club and independent retailers, as well as online through digital, and gaming platforms yet to be announced. Internationally, the album will be available beginning on September 21, 2009 via Universal/Island Records. The first single, “The Fixer,” will be released at radio on July 20, 2009.

Pearl Jam’s North American dates kick-off in the band’s hometown of Seattle with two shows at Key Arena (September 21st and 22nd) and close with two concerts at Philadelphia’s historic Spectrum (October 28th and 30th).

Ben Harper and Relentless7 will open all dates except for the Spectrum shows.

Public tickets for Pearl Jam’s Spectrum shows will go on-sale Friday, July 17th at 10 a.m. EST through ComcastTIX at, by calling 1-800-298-4200, in person at the Wachovia Complex box office or select Acme Markets and at The remaining announced North American dates will go on-sale Saturday, July 18th. Specific ticket on-sale times and locations will be announced in local markets. (Note: Potential additional dates and corresponding on-sale information may be announced at a later date.)

A special ticket pre-sale for current members (as of July 7, 2009) of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club begins Monday, July 13th. Visit for full details.

Pearl Jam plans to tour Australia and New Zealand in November 2009. Full details on that leg of the tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pearl Jam’s North America Concert Dates are as Follows:


Sep-21 Seattle, WA Key Arena

Sep-22 Seattle, WA Key Arena

Sep-30 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre

Oct-1 Los Angeles, CA  Gibson Amphitheatre

Oct-6 Los Angeles, CA  Gibson Amphitheatre

Oct-7 Los Angeles, CA  Gibson Amphitheatre

Oct-9 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena

Oct-28 Philadelphia, PA The Spectrum

Oct-30 Philadelphia, PA The Spectrum

Pearl Jam’s North American tour dates are in addition to the band’s previously announced headlining performances at the Virgin Festival in Calgary, Alberta (Aug 8), Rotterdam’s Sportspaleis Ahoy (Aug 13), Berlin’s Wuhlheide (Aug 15), Manchester Evening News Arena (Aug 17), London’s 02 Arena (Aug 18), Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre (Aug 21), Chicago’s United Center (Aug 23 & 24), San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival (Aug 28) and Austin City Limits Festival (Oct 4). Full list of dates available at

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