There is a possibility that Pearl Jam could perform Down Under in 2024.
One of the fans on Pearl Jam community on PearlJam.com’s forums noted that as per a very reliable source on the PJ Australia Facebook group (who was receiving set lists for the nine-leg tour before the show started), dates are locked in for Australia and New Zealand. Check out the potential dates below:
Auckland 8 and 10 Nov
Gold Coast 13 Nov
Sydney 16 Nov and 18 Nov
Melbourne 21 and 23 Nov
It was noted that nothing confirmed about re announcement or venues. However, for Melbourne Aami Park could be the place.
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam lead guitar legend Mike McCready joined Shred With Shifty to break down the band’s origin story and recap the Hendrix-inspired solo for “Alive.”
Host Chris Shiflett starts things off with a discussion on the musical context McCready emerged.
“If you didn’t have this punk rock background, then you were looked down upon,” remembers McCready. As he explains, his upbringing was less punk rock and more Cub Scouts until he picked up the guitar. He and Pearl Jam rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard preferred the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, and after Gossard caught McCready shredding Stevie Ray Vaughan licks at a party, he phoned him up to start a two-guitar band. “I could only do what I knew how to do, which was play leads,” says McCready.
A major turning point came for McCready when he witnessed Muddy Waters’ performance in The Last Waltz. “It seemed like he could do more in one note than I was doing with all these thousands of notes,” he says. The observation led him to give up shredding and move in an emotion-driven, blues-rooted direction.