However, the grunge legends flat-out refused
The shows were suggested by GnR frontman Axl Rose in 1993, just after Pearl Jam had enjoyed the success of breakthrough debut ‘Ten’. In a new interview wit fansite GnR Central, former manager Doug Goldstein said that U2 had agreed to play the shows – but then everything fell apart.
“What happened was Axl [Rose] came to me, Pearl Jam had just broke, they had released Ten and it was on fire, I was [somewhere] in Tel Aviv, Israel, we were playing there,” said Goldstein. “Axl had come to me in the morning and said, ‘I don’t care if we open, I don’t care if we don’t get paid, I want to do a show or a couple of shows with us, Pearl Jam, and U2 closing. Can you please call everybody?’ I said, ‘Sure.’”
After U2’s Paul McGuinness said that the band were up for the shows, he then approached Pearl Jam’s Kelly Curtis – who immediately shut them down, allegedly without even asking the band. Goldstein claims that the curt conversation ended with Curtis telling him to not “fucking tell him how to do his fucking job”, before Goldstein wish them a nice life and the matter was closed.
Pearl Jam tour dates and tickets
The band’s upcoming UK and European tour dates are below. For tickets and information, visit here.
12 Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
15 Landgraaf, Pinkpop Festival
18 London, O2 Arena
19 London, O2 Arena
22 Milan, i-Days Fest
24 Padova, Stadio Euganeo
26 Rome, Stadio Olimpico
1 Prague, O2 Arena
3 Krakow, Tauron Arena
5 Berlin, Waldbühne
7 Werchter, Rock Werchter Festival
10 Barcelona, Palau St. Jordi
12 Madrid, Mad Cool Festival
14 Lisbon, NOS Alive Festival