Fourteen dates are set for the second leg.
Following the June 3 close of the first leg of Pearl Jam's North American tour, the band will return to the road June 23 in Pittsburgh. Fourteen dates are set for the second leg through a July 22 show at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., with more to be expected.
The Gorge show will be "an evening with" Pearl Jam and won't feature an opening act. Sonic Youth will support on all but the first two second leg shows, which will boast a performance by former Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard.
As tipped here last month, Pearl Jam will also team up with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for a June 26-27 stand in St. Paul, Minn., and a July 2-3 engagement in Denver. As has become customary, the shows will be available for download immediately after their completion from Pearl Jam's Web site.
Pearl Jam is touring in support of its self-titled debut for J, which arrives May 2. First single "World Wide Suicide" is No. 1 for a third consecutive week on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, which will be posted tomorrow (April 6) on Billboard.com.
Fans who preorder the album through Apple's iTunes Music Store will receive exclusive video footage of the band in the studio plus a bonus audio track of "Why Go," drawn from a Dec. 31, 1992, show in New York. That full concert is included as a bonus CD for preorders submitted via the Pearl Jam site.
The band has also confirmed an April 15 return to "Saturday Night Live" (its first appearance on the NBC show since 1994) and an April 20 club gig at London's Astoria.