Pearl Jam Announce Highly Anticipated Australian Tour

14 February 2024 | 3:00 am | Mary Varvaris

Pearl Jam’s tour follows their performance at the final Big Day Out in 2014. Special guests Pixies will open all shows.

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Pearl Jam have finally announced their long-awaited Australian tour, returning to our shores for the first time in ten years on their Dark Matter world tour.

Booked to play three massive stadium gigs, Pearl Jam’s tour follows their performance at the final Big Day Out in 2014. Special guests Pixies will open all shows.

Pearl Jam will bring new songs – Their new album, Dark Matter, will be released on Friday, 19 April; you can listen to the title track below and pre-order/pre-save the album here – and the classics to the Gold Coast’s Heritage Bank Stadium (13 November), Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium (16 November) and Sydney’s Giants Stadium on 21 November.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, 23 February, with the registration period to access tickets open NOW until Sunday, 18 February – punters will receive a code from Ticketmaster to purchase tickets on the 23rd, with the sale beginning at 11 am local time for Melbourne and Gold Coast shows, and 1 pm local time for the Sydney concert.

Register for access to your tickets now via the band’s website and Ticketmaster.

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Dark Matter, the single, was unveiled yesterday. The album was previously discussed by guitarist Mike McCready, who dropped this bombshell in a Classic Rock Magazine interview: “It’s a lot heavier than you’d expect. There’s the melody and energy of the first couple of records.”

McCready said listeners can expect “a lot more lead guitar from me”, saying he “went crazy” with the kind of guitar-playing on the Temple Of The Dog track Reach Down. The album was produced by music star Andrew Watt.

This tour has been a long time coming, not only because of the ten-year wait but also because Pearl Jam began teasing their imminent return at Christmas time.

Posting to Instagram, the band shared a snippet of their performance at Melbourne Park in 1998, writing in the cheeky caption, “Are you koala-fied for our ticket presales? Not a current member? Hop to it, mate! 🐨🦘🇦🇺 #TenDaysOfPJ”.

On the weekend, Pearl Jam kickstarted the Australian tour rumours again when Live Nation Australia took over Sydney’s Bondi Beach with a world-first installation promoting their new music and the forthcoming tour.

In December, keen fans on the band’s subreddit suggested that Pearl Jam’s Australian and New Zealand shows would take place from 8-10 November in Auckland before heading to Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne from 13-23 November. Turns out that the rumours were true – what a joy!




Wednesday 13 November - Heritage Bank Stadium, Gold Coast

Saturday 16 November - Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Thursday 21 November - Giants Stadium, Sydney