Pearl Jam has finally confirmed the details for its own festival, as well as a film, tour and book in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its debut album, "Ten."
Anchored by the only U.S. performances by Pearl Jam this year, the festival will be held Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-4) at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis., outside Milwaukee. Among the other bands set to appear are the Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, X's John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Glen Hansard (the Swell Season/the Frames) and Liam Finn, with more to be announced.
Festival tickets go on sale next Monday (May 23) for members of Pearl Jam's Ten Club fan organization, and June 4 for the general public.
Following the festival, Pearl Jam will play 10 shows in Canada, beginning September 7 in Montreal. Ten Club members will get first crack at tickets for those appearances on May 24. Public onsales for the Canadian dates are on May 27 and 28. Two dollars from every ticket sold to the festival and Canadian shows will benefit the Vitalogy Foundation, which aids non-profit organizations chosen by band members.
Also on tap as part of Pearl Jam's anniversary celebration is a highly anticipated documentary, "Pearl Jam Twenty," directed by longtime band friend Cameron Crowe ("Singles," "Almost Famous") and created from over 1200 hours of rare, vintage footage along with new interviews and live material. In addition, Crowe has selected the track list for an accompanying soundtrack, which will be released on a date to be announced by Columbia Records.
The "Pearl Jam 20" film will have its national broadcast premiere on Oct. 21 at 9pm ET/PT as part of PBS' "American Masters" series, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Lastly, Crowe has written the forward to a book, also titled "Pearl Jam Twenty," to be released this fall by Simon & Schuster in North America and Atlantic Books in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The volume was written by former Billboard journalist/current "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" music booker Jonathan Cohen with Mark Wilkerson, who previously wrote "Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend."
Amid all this activity, Pearl Jam is in the "embryonic" stages of writing material for its tenth studio album, according to a recent interview with frontman Eddie Vedder in the Chicago Tribune. As previously reported, Vedder is also about to release his second solo album, "Ukulele Songs" on May 31, in addition to a live CD/DVD, "Water on the Road." He will begin a solo tour on June 15 in Providence, R.I.
Here are Pearl Jam's tour dates:
Sept. 3-4: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley Music Theatre)
Sept. 7: Montreal (Bell Centre)
Sept. 11-12: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Sept. 14: Ottawa, Ontario (Scotiabank Place)
Sept. 15: Hamilton, Ontario (Copps Coliseum)
Sept. 17: Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)
Sept. 19: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Credit Union Centre)
Sept. 21: Calgary, Alberta (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Sept. 23: Edmonton, Alberta (Rexall Place)
Sept. 25: Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum)