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Vedder 'Jams' South

SURRY HILLS, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Pearl Jam's notoriously anti-corporate rock frontman, Eddie Vedder, will be paying a visit to Australia in March 2011 for a string of theatre shows; live, solo and intimate.

The tour begins at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall in Brisbane with two shows and concludes in Adelaide at the Thebarton Theatre.

On his last visit to Australia as the front man of Pearl Jam in late 2009, the band embarked on a sold out stadium tour across the country; the tour saw the band play to some 160,000 people.

"Vedder's incantatory vocals and campfire instrumentation evoke the eerie beauty of untouched lands," says Spin Magazine.

There have been several occasions over the years where Vedder has stepped into solo mode, including his soundtrack contributions to the films of friend Sean Penn on Dead Man Walking (1995) and I Am Sam (2001).

This collaboration most notably came to fruition in 2007 when Penn engaged Vedder to write and record the full soundtrack for his film adaptation of Into The Wild – John Krakauer's best selling novel of the same name.

Vedder won a swag of awards and critical acclaim for the soundtrack, including a 2008 Golden Globe Award for the song 'Guaranteed.' He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his contributions to the film's original score. Furthermore in 2008, 'Guaranteed' received a Grammy nomination and in 2009 'Rise' received a nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance.

After the release of the Into The Wild soundtrack, Vedder embarked on a solo tour across North America over the latter part of 2008 and early 2009.

Chugg Entertainment will present the tour and Vedder will be joined by the US-based folk-pop outfit Evil J & Saint Cecilia; consisting of Australia's Eliza Jane Barnes and Ceci Herbert.

Tour Dates:
3/10 & 3/12 – QPAC Concert Hall – Brisbane
3/15 – Royal Theatre – Canberra
3/16 – Civic Theatre – Newcastle
3/18 & 3/19 – State Theatre – Sydney
3/24 & 3/25 – Palais Theatre – Melbourne
3/27 – Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon