Alternative rock titan and live concert favorite Pearl Jam has announced plans for a one-month tour of the United States this spring as it continues to back the 2009 album “Backspacer.”

The 11-city outing officially begins with a May 3 show at Spring Center in Kansas City, MO, and concludes with a May 20-21 stand at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The spring itinerary includes performances on May 6 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH; May 10 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY; and May 17 at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

Before launching into its own outing, the band will perform a set at this year’s Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA. Pearl Jam has also carved out a spot in its calendar for a May 18 concert, but the city and venue for this event have not yet been announced.

The first round of tour presales began today, March 15, for members of the band’s official fan club, Ten Club. Public onsales start on March 19 in most markets, with the exception of St. Louis, Cleveland, Buffalo and New York City, where sales open March 20.

As with most Pearl Jam tours, presales are heavily regulated and do not allow orders of more than two tickets. Tickets are distributed on the day of the show at the venue to individuals with a valid photo ID. Additionally, Ten Club does not reveal the location of the purchased tickets until the day of the show.

These regulations, among others, are meant to curb reselling, which Pearl Jam strictly prohibits. More ticketing and onsale information is available on the band’s official Web site.

The upcoming May trek is a follow-up to Pearl Jam’s 2009 itinerary, which visited only a handful of cities in the U.S. and Canada during the late summer and early fall months. That tour promoted Pearl Jam’s ninth studio album, “Backspacer,” released in September 2009. The earned the band its first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 since 1996’s “No Code.”

Pearl Jam itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

May 1 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 3 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May 4 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
May 6 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
May 7 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
May 9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
May 10 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
May 13 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
May 15 Hartford, CT XL Center
May 17 Boston, MA TD Garden
May 20 – 21 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena

Last Updated on March 16, 2010

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