Pearl Jam is heading to New York City for the first time in three years to play the famed Apollo Theater for a special SiriusXM/Pandora concert.
The gig, set to take place in Harlem on March 26, will air live on Pearl Jam’s SiriusXM channel, Pearl Jam Radio, along with the band’s new album Gigaton, which arrives the following day, March 27. Additionally, Pandora will release a special Pearl Jam playlist, along with a “Pandora Story” where the band will share some stories about their music throughout the years. Tickets for the show will be available exclusively for SiriusXM and Pandora subscribers through an on-air Pearl Jam Radio contest or through marketing emails.
Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard said in a statement that the group is “humbled and honored” to take the stage at the Apollo Theater.
“We look forward to a memorable show to celebrate Gigaton and the 10-year anniversary of Pearl Jam Radio at SiriusXM,” Gossard said. “It’s hard to understate the sacred and historical importance of the Apollo to the history of American popular music and African Americans’ preeminent role in its invention. We will play this special one time show with those artists in mind.”
The New York City gig will take place amid Pearl Jam’s recently-announced North American Tour. The upcoming run, set to kick-off March 18 in Toronto, will make stops in cities like Nashville, Denver, San Diego, and Los Angeles before wrapping-up with a two-night gig at the Oakland Arena on April 18 and 19. Ahead of the outing, Pearl Jam decided to put aside its former beef with Ticketmaster and exclusively sell tickets through the ticketing giant’s SafeTix encrypted ticketing system, sparking headlines for its no-transfer policy.
This is the latest SiriusXM gig at the Apollo. Last year, the venue hosted pop icon Lady Gaga, and previously, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, and U2. The radio giant also hosted a slew of exclusive shows throughout the U.S. last year, including Phish at The Met in Philadelphia, the Jonas Brothers at New York City’s Webster Hall, and Coldplay and Dave Matthews Band at SiriusXM’s expanded west coast studios.