What better place to call a truce with your former enemy than in your hometown?
Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster famously fought over fees and the future of ticketing in the '90s, but now the band's manager has signed on with an alliance that includes the ticket company's owners Live Nation, along with Azoff MSG Entertainment and the Oak View Group, to win the contract to develop Seattle's KeyArena against competitor and current venue operator AEG. To sweeten the deal, Live Nation and Pearl Jam's manager Kelly Curtis are teasing the possibility of a Pearl Jam residency at the renovated Pacific Northwest arena that will be modeled after The Forum in Los Angeles.
"Our intent is to have them play the building a lot, and we'll figure out what that means once we get it done," Tim Leiweke tells Billboard. The pitchman and OVG CEO has signed on with Investment bank Goldman Sachs for financial backing and hired Populous and ICON to design and construct the facility, which drops the lower bowl 15 feet and comes with a major acoustical upgrade.