Pearl Jam adds US dates to international tour

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Pearl Jam announced on March 11 that it will play 11 US tour dates in May 2010. The tour leg begins on May 3 in Kansas City, Missouri and ends with back-to-back nights at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

The band will begin its tour just following its previously announced headlining appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 1. American indie group Band of Horses is set to open all shows other than the May 20 performance in NYC, where blues-rock duo The Black Keys will open.

Following the US dates, Pearl Jam is set to head to Europe for a series of headlining and festival appearances in June and July. That tour leg will begin on June 22 at Dublin's O2 Arena, moving on to Belfast, London, and Berlin, plus festivals in France, Belgium, and Portugal.

Pearl Jam is touring in support of its self-released album Backspacer, which debuted in the top ten on US and European charts following its September 2009 release.

US tour dates:

May 1: New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz Festival
May 3: Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
May 4: St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
May 6: Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
May 7: Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
May 9: Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
May 10: Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena
May 13: Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
May 15: Hartford, CT - XL Center
May 17: Boston, MA - TD Garden
May 18: TBD @ TBD
May 20: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
May 21: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

A fan club pre-sale begins March 15 at 9 AM PST. Public tickets for the Columbus, Noblesville, Hartford, Boston and Bristow shows go on sale Friday, March 19. The remaining shows go on sale Saturday, March 20.

Since its inception in 1990, Pearl Jam has become one of the longest-standing alternative rock bands to first find success in the 1990s, selling an estimated 60 million records worldwide.