Pearl Jam will visit South America for the first time later this year. Area fans have been clamoring for the band to tour the region for years, having collected thousands of signatures on a petition t

Pearl Jam will visit South America for the first time later this year. Area fans have been clamoring for the band to tour the region for years, having collected thousands of signatures on a petition that was sent to band's representatives. At deadline, eight shows were confirmed, beginning Nov. 22 in Santiago, Chile.

The group will also visit Buenos Aires and four cities in Brazil, as well as play two Mexico shows in Monterrey and Mexico City. The only show that is already on-sale is the Nov. 25 stop in Buenos Aires. Information about fan club ticketing is available on Pearl Jam's Web site.

Last night (Sept. 1), the veteran Seattle outfit kicked off its fall tour in George, Wash., with a 36-song show split into acoustic and electric sets. The trek continues to Vancouver tonight and will wrap Oct. 3 in Philadelphia.

As previously reported, Pearl Jam has also launched its own digital download site for authorized bootlegs of shows from the tour.

Here are Pearl Jam's South American tour dates:

Nov. 22: Santiago, Chile (venue TBA)
Nov. 25: Buenos Aires (Boca Juniors)
Nov. 28: Porto Alegre, Brazil (venue TBA)
Nov. 30: Curitiba, Brazil (venue TBA)
Dec. 2: Sao Paulo, Brazil (venue TBA)
Dec. 4: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (venue TBA)
Dec. 7: Monterrey, Mexico (venue TBA)
Dec. 9: Mexico City (venue TBA)