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Pearl Jam reunite for the first concert in three years for Eddie Vedder’s Ohana festival

The veteran grunge rockers Pearl Jam have announced that they will be back in action for the first time in three years to play at frontman Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival. 

The festival is set to take place at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California from September 24th to the 26th. Pearl Jam will join Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Maggie Rogers and Sharon Van Etten on a line-up chocked with big names. 

The previous edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year is a go-ahead with tickets already on sale and part of the proceeds going to San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Foundation.

Eddie Vedder has been lauded by bands in the past for his work with the festival. “Ohana comes down to the generosity of the man himself,” the Frames frontman Glen Hansard tells Variety. “Everybody on the bill, Ed chose. One of the things I love about Ed, and I feel similarly about the way I operate, is that you’d be surprised what music a guy in a worldwide successful rock band listens to. It wouldn’t necessarily be the music you think.”

Adding: “Going along to Ohana illustrated how broad Ed’s taste is, and the cross-section of music that he was picking out of the sky. It was great for me to be involved. I felt very welcomed. And I feel welcomed by Pearl Jam fans, which I don’t take for granted. It isn’t lost on me.”

With Pearl Jam in the bill excitement is set to mount even further for the 2021 addition as it is the first time the iconic group will have taken to the stage since September 4, 2018, at Boston’s Fenway Park. 

The performance also follows the news announced last week when the band released 186 official live bootlegs to streaming services.

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