Adding to the already impressive list of openers for the
Rolling Stones, Seattle mega-rockers Pearl Jam have signed on to play at least
two dates on the fast-approaching Bridges to Babylon tour, a source close
to Pearl Jam said Monday.
And there's likely more where that came from.
The dates of the recently confirmed shows, which would take place in Oakland,
Calif., have not yet been announced, but the source said that the first two shows
would take place Nov. 14 and 15. The source suspected that, based on ticket sales,
which have so far been brisk, with 10 of the 13 initial dates selling out, up to
four Pearl Jam/Stones shows could be in the offing.
Heather Davis, a spokesperson at Pearl Jam's label, Epic, would neither confirm
nor deny the opening gigs. "I can't say if they will or won't play the shows,
but I've heard speculation and I heard they were holding four dates," she said,
adding that no plans have been solidified for a previously hinted-at Pearl Jam
The Rolling Stones tour launches next Tuesday at Soldier Field in Chicago. The
group's new album, Bridges To Babylon, will be released on Sept. 30; the
first single, "Anybody Seen My Baby," is currently getting radio and MTV play.
The Stones, who in the past have hosted everyone from Living Colour to Bob
Marley as opening acts, have attracted an impressive list of openers for their
current tour as well.
Among opening acts on the Babylon tour are: Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, the
Dave Matthews Band and the Smashing Pumpkins. The latter two, along with
Matchbox 20, will join Mick and the boys on Nov. 1 at a just-announced date at
the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
As previously reported, the Foo Fighters will be opening two dates (Oct. 16-17)
at New Jersey's Meadowlands. The rest of the dates with the Matthews Band, the
Pumpkins and Sheryl Crow have not been announced as of yet. -- Gil Kaufman
[Mon., Sept. 15, 1997, 5 p.m. PST]