Billboard Bits: Petty/Pearl Jam, ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, Ricardo Arjona

News on Petty/Pearl Jam, ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, Ricardo Arjona

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Pearl Jam kicked off their six-show stint of co-headlining shows last night (June 26) in St. Paul, Minn. Playing first, Pearl Jam tacked on a snippet of Petty's "I Won't Back Down" at the end of its own "Daughter." For his last song of the night, Petty returned the favor and brought out Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder to handle a verse on "American Girl."

The artists will take the stage again tonight in St. Paul, to be followed by two shows in Milwaukee (June 29-30) and another two in Denver (July 2-3). In addition, Pearl Jam's official bootleg download service is offering both shows from any of the three cities for the price of one.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.