Pearl Jam To Open For The Stones; Keith Says Good Luck

September 16 [12:00 EDT] -- As we reported Monday, a source close to Pearl Jam has confirmed that the band will join the list of top-shelf acts opening for the Rolling Stones on their Bridges To Babylon tour.

While it might seem like a dream gig, legendary Stones guitarist Keith Richards sees it in a different light.

"Opening for the Stones ain't easy," Richards told MTV News during a break from tour rehearsals in Toronto last weekend. "But then when we were opening for Little Richard, Bo Didley, and the Everly Brothers, it wasn't easy either in '63. It's something that you go through. [1MB QuickTime] Some guys like to take the challenge on, and others run a mile. I don't know who's gonna be there, but I wish them the best."

Pearl Jam is apparently up to the challenge, as are Sheryl Crow, Foo Fighters, Blues Traveler, Smashing Pumpkins, and Dave Matthews Band who will

all have a shot opening for the Stones on their upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off next Tuesday in Chicago.

As previously reported, Pearl Jam will open for the Stones on November 14 and 15 in Oakland. Pearl Jam will also have a new album out this winter, but fans should not expect it to arrive before Christmas.