Pearl Jam on Tuesday announced a Sunday, Sept. 30, concert in Missoula at the University of Montana’s Adams Center.

Rarely does Missoula grab the attention of such behemoth rock bands, but Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is a Montana native.

The last time the Seattle-based band performed for Montanans was in 2005 at the Adams Center as a fundraiser for then-Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Tester, who was trying to oust incumbent Republican Sen. Conrad Burns from his longtime seat.

Before that, the band played the Adams Center in 2003 and kicked off its 1998 North American tour with a sold-out show at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

This time, a little more than a month before Election Day, Pearl Jam is returning to play its only non-festival date in the United States for 2012. It will also be the band’s last scheduled performance of the year.

Opening for Pearl Jam is Mudhoney.

Earlier in the month, Pearl Jam headlines three U.S. festivals: Made in America, DeLuna Fest and Music Midtown.

Tickets for the Missoula show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22. Tickets can be purchased at the Adams Center Box Office, The Source in the University Center, Worden’s Market, Southgate Mall and the MSO Hub. Tickets will also be available online at www.griztix.com or by phone at (406) 243-4051 or 1-888-MONTANA.

Pre-sale tickets for active members of Pearl Jam’s fan club, Ten Club, began Tuesday and runs through Thursday. Information is available at www.pearljam.com.

Ament hails from Big Sandy, the same hometown as Tester. Their families have been longtime friends. Tester’s U.S. Senate re-election campaign is offering premium ticket packages for the concert, which include seats and admission to a pre-show event with Tester and members of the band. Those tickets also went on sale Tuesday at www.jontester.com.

In addition, the Tester campaign is sponsoring a “Best Seats in the World” sweepstakes. Fans can contribute $10 or any other amount to the Tester campaign to be automatically entered to win an opportunity to watch Pearl Jam’s show from a seat on stage, along with travel, hotel accommodations, meals, VIP passes to the show and admission to pre-show events with Tester and the band members. More information is available on Tester’s website.

In 2011, Pearl Jam celebrated its 20-year anniversary with a destination weekend in Alpine Valley, Wis., and toured Canada, South America, Central America and Mexico. Pearl Jam also released the film “Pearl Jam Twenty,” along with an accompanying book and soundtrack as part of the 20th anniversary celebration.

Reporter Chelsi Moy can be reached at 523-5260 or at chelsi.moy@missoulian.com.

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