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Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, Relentless7 Kick Off Tour

The mighty Pearl Jam consolidated their reputation as one of the world's best live acts with another fantastic performance at Members Equity Stadium last night – http://http://www.perthnow.com.au


Pearl Jam remain a class act, showing off new album Backspacer and the tunes that were some of the 90's biggest smash hits – http://http://www.watoday.com.au


Monday, 16 November, 2009: — Pearl Jam, Ben Harper & Relentless7 and Liam Finn kicked off their Australian tour in Perth on a balmy Saturday night with over 25,000 elated fans converging on ME Bank Stadium. It was a record capacity for a concert crowd at the venue, for what was a night to remember with the band playing an almost two-and-a-half hour set that the Sunday Times called “entertainment at its finest”.


Liam Finn opened the proceedings before Ben Harper and Relentless7 rocked the stage, with Eddie Vedder joining during their set, together performing a cover of Under Pressure.


Ben returned the favour by joining Pearl Jam during their first encore for Red Mosquito, a track they’ve been regularly performing live together on their recent tour dates. Eddie Vedder then returned to the stage for a second encore, this time with Liam Finn joining them for a self confessed, ‘unrehearsed’ rendition of the Hunter’s and Collectors classic Australian song Throw Your Arms Around Me, complete with a harmonious backing choir of 25,000 fans.


Promoter, Michael Chugg, summed it all up: “The magic of watching an audience bonding with Pearl Jam, with the same energy of the first time they bonded, some six years ago, some 20 years ago, is why I’m still in the rock n roll business. To be able to see the brilliance and the creativity of Ben Harper and Relentless 7, and to see Liam Finn stand up with EJ Barnes and conquer a stadium audience on the same might, it was just incredible.”


A project which kicked off alongside their Australian/New Zealand tour announcement, Pearl Jam Tour TV (http://http://www.pearljamtour.tv) this week launches its 14th episode. Over the more than 3 month long campaign, the weekly webisodes, which go live every Sunday at http://http://www.pearljamtour.tv, have already received well over 115,000 views on you tube and through the course of the campaign, have offered insights into the Pearl Jam fans, the media reaction to the tour, the band’s affinity with Australia and New Zealand, and the incredible depth of the connection between each of the acts on the bill.


This week’s episode breaks new ground with exclusive behind the scenes footage from their first show in Perth, an insight into the long hours that go into building the show, the anticipation from the fans and footage of Pearl Jam on stage. In addition to live performance footage and a behind the scenes look at production, Pearl Jam Tour TV speaks with Mike McCready, Ben Harper and Relentless 7 and Liam Finn backstage. Go to http://www.pearljamtour.tv, to watch this week’s episode of Pearl Jam Tour TV “The Show Begins”, filmed in Perth less than 48 hours ago.


Limited tickets are still available for all the remaining shows so you’d better be quick!


AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TOUR DATES:


Saturday, 14 November, 2009


Members Equity Stadium, Perth, Australia


Tuesday, 17 November, 2009


Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia


Ticket prices: $123.90 – Gold and $99.90 – Silver


Tickets available from Ticketek - http://http://www.ticketek.com.au


Friday, 20 November, 2009


Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia


Ticket prices: $123.90 – Gold and $99.90 – Silver


Tickets available from Ticketmaster - http://http://www.ticketek.com.au


Sunday, 22 November, 2009


Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia


Ticket prices: $123.90 – Gold and $99.90 – Silver


Tickets available from Ticketek - http://http://www.ticketek.com.au


Wednesday, 25 November, 2009


QSAC Stadium, Brisbane, Australia


Ticket prices: $123.90 – Gold and $99.90 – Silver


Tickets available from Ticketek - http://http://www.ticketek.com.au


Friday, 27 November, 2009


Mt Smart, Auckland, New Zealand


Ticket prices: $119.50 – Gold and $99.50 – Silver


Tickets available from Ticketek: http://http://www.ticketek.com.au


Sunday, 29 November, 2009


AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand


Ticket prices: $119.50 – Gold and $99.50 – Silver


Tickets available from Ticketek: http://http://www.ticketek.com.au


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