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Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary Fest Is Going Down in Wisconsin


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Wisconsin is the home of the current Super Bowl champions, cheap beer, headline-making labor struggles, and now Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary. After much speculation, the Seattle rockers have revealed that they'll celebrate their 20th birthday with a two-day festival at East Troy, Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theatre on Labor Day weekend, September 3rd and 4th. Vedder's hometown (Chicago), Denver, or New Orleans were believed to be the frontrunners for the Pearl Jam Twenty fest after bassist Jeff Ament hinted it would take place in the middle of the country, but it's safe to say no one expected Wisconsin, the land of cheese.

Looking back at The Amp's predictions about the Pearl Jam 20 lineup, we nailed two of the fest's supporting acts: Pearl Jam's Seattle buddies Mudhoney and the Strokes. Our argument: "Vedder and Julian Casablancas are pals, and the Strokes are playing pretty much every other festival this summer, so why not this one?" Two out of eight isn't bad! The rest of the lineup so far includes Queens of the Stone Age, X's John Doe, Joseph Arthur, the Swell Season's Glen Hansard, Liam Finn, and "special guests to be announced." So there's still hope for a Soundgarden performance, perhaps? Tickets for Pearl Jam Twenty (like "Pearl Jam Ten," doubled) go on sale Monday, May 23rd; $2 from every ticket will go to the band's charitable Vitalogy Foundation.

There's even more Pearl Jam news: The Cameron Crowe-directed Pearl Jam Twenty documentary will make its PBS debut on October 21st, the New York Times reports. The film will be accompanied by a soundtrack featuring music handpicked by Crowe, and anyone who owns the Singles soundtrack knows how incredible Crowe is at handpicking music. Also, while Pearl Jam's Wisconsin fest will be the band's lone U.S. gig, they have announced a 10-date tour of Canada. Check out the tour dates at the band's official site.

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