Pearl Jam Unleashes U.S. Concert Dates

Before they head off to Europe in June, Pearl Jam will augment its support of recent album "Backspacer" with a short run of dates in the midwest and East coast beginning in early May and finishing up with a two-nighter at New York's Madison Square Garden on May 20 and 21.

The new U.S. dates, announced at PearlJam.com today, come as the veteran Seattle rockers prep to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this week (March 13). As previously reported, Pearl Jam will also be playing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 1. The band heads to Europe for a run of dates kicking off June 22 in Dublin and ending in Oeiras, Portugal on July 10.

A fanclub only presale for the new American dates will begin on March 15 via the band's website, and the public onsales will be on March 19 and 20.

In other Pearl Jam news, a live version of "Animal" from the band's performance at Bonnaroo in 2008 is featured on a "Best of Bonnaroo" compilation organized by HeadCount and the NRDC Action Fund to raise awareness about climate change. The song is available for dowload free at musicforaction.org.

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, meanwhile, has also been busy with his side band Brad. With a new album, "Best Friends?" headed for release in the next few months, Brad is offering a free download of the track "Running For Cover" at Bradcorporation.com. The band is also playing a sold-out Seattle show on April 14, billed as Brad & Friends, which features Pearl Jam's Gossard and Jeff Ament and the rest of their surviving former Mother Love Bone bandmates, Bruce Fairweather and Greg Gilmore. Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Mother Love Bone frontman Andy Wood.

Here are Pearl Jam's U.S. Tour Dates:

May 1: New Orleans (New Orleans Jazz Festival)
May 3: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
May 4: St. Louis (Scottrade Center)
May 6: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
May 7: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
May 9: Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)
May 10: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
May 13: Bristow, Virginia (Jiffy Lube Live)
May 15: Hartford, CT (XL Center)
May 17: Boston (TD Garden)
May 18: TBA
May 20: New York (Madison Square Garden)
May 21: New York (Madison Square Garden)