Eddie Vedder to launch brief solo tour in April

Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:53pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will launch his first solo tour in Vancouver on April 2 to help promote his soundtrack album for "Into the Wild," according to a statement issued on Friday.

But the brief "April Fools" theater trek will take him only as far as California: Santa Cruz (April 5), Berkeley (April 7), Santa Barbara (April 10), Los Angeles (April 12, 13) and San Diego (April 15).

Tickets, priced at $65 before fees, go on sale on February 22, except for Santa Barbara, where they will be available on February 29.

New Zealand singer/songwriter Liam Finn will open the shows. Vedder and Finn have played together before, and Vedder is a longtime fan of Split Enz, the art-rock band led by Finn's father Neil and uncle Tim.

Vedder won acclaim with his soundtrack for "Into the Wild," director Sean Penn's adaptation of the nonfiction book about a college graduate's ill-fated expedition to Alaska. Vedder won a Golden Globe for the track "Guaranteed," but was a surprise omission when Oscar nominations were announced last month. The song also received a Grammy Award nomination.

Pearl Jam, meanwhile, after a relatively quiet 2007, will headline the Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival, which takes place in Manchester, Tenn. on June 12-15. Tickets go on sale on Saturday.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman)

 
<p>Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, opens with his band for U2 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 9, 2006. Vedder will launch his first solo tour in Vancouver on April 2 to help promote his soundtrack album for "Into the Wild," according to a statement issued on Friday. REUTERS/Lucy Pemoni</p>