Eddie Vedder postpones U.S. tour until fall to heal nerve damage
Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder has bumped back his U.S. tour plans by about six months so nerve damage to his right arm can continue to heal. The nerve damage is the result of a back injury earlier this year.
The 15-city tour was slated to open this Tuesday in Las Vegas, but now will get under way on Halloween and run into early December. All shows have been rescheduled except for his appearance May 3 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which is canceled. Tickets will be honored at new dates outlined on Pearl Jam’s website.
"After having worked aggressively with doctors and physical therapists for the last eight weeks to repair the damage, the intensity of the injury and time needed to heal has made it impossible to play the shows as scheduled,” Pearl Jam’s manager Kelly Curtis wrote in a post on the group’s website.
“There was hope up until the last minute that the treatments would be successful,” the statement continued. “Sincerest apologies go out to those who have made plans and bought tickets. Eddie is frustrated beyond measure, but remains positive that come this summer all will be back in good form."
Vedder’s dates were in support of his 2011 solo album “Ukulele Songs,” for which he played several shows last year, including a stop in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theatre.
Singer and songwriter Glen Hansard, former member of Swell Season and The Frames, will open Vedder's shows.
Photo of Eddie Vedder at the Wiltern Theatre in 2011 on his 'Ukulele Songs' tour. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.