Pearl Jam has been tagging along on music festival tours for parts of three decades. I guess they figured it was time to get their own. Announced by Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis, Pearl Jam will host their own music festival “somewhere in the middle of the U.S.” But don’t expect it too soon — Eddie Vedder is set to embark on a solo tour in March, 2011.
As for possible locations, Chicago is in the middle of the U.S. and the boyhood home of one Eddie Vedder (Evanston, more accurately). But with Lollapalooza in the mix, it seems unlikely. Denver is sort of in the middle of the U.S., and a small festival at Red Rocks would be interesting. But, Denver also has Mile High Music Festival. New Orleans is centrally located, albeit the southern portion of the States. Pearl Jam does, however, have a history with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Texas already has Austin City Limits and South by Southwest. Milwaukee has Summerfest. Memphis has Memphis in May, the CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo. That leaves Minneapolis, maybe? St. Louis? Detroit?