After days of online leaks and rumors, Pearl Jam officially announced their concert at Missoula's Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
The Seattle grunge legends will play on Monday, Aug. 13.
According to a Wednesday news release, tickets will be sold through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration and presale, a Ten Club presale and a general public sale. Prices haven't been released yet.
The Verified Fan registration opens Wednesday and closes Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. Montana time. Go to pearljam.tmverifiedfan.com/ to register, and then you can buy presale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Fans who are already members of the Ten Club can buy tickets starting at 11 a.m. Montana time on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The general public sale opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.
It's the band's first show here since a 2012 concert at the University of Montana's Adams Center. They played there in 2005 and 2003 as well, and at the stadium in 1998 and the Adams Fieldhouse in 1995. In 1993, they performed at what's now called the Dennison Theatre.
The other acts who've played Missoula's stadium are the Rolling Stones in 2006 and Paul McCartney in 2014. The former Beatle's show had a capacity of more than 25,000 fans. Smokey Robinson was the first to perform at Washington-Griz, in 1988, according to the Missoulian archive.
Many of Pearl Jam's concerts here have coincided with the re-election campaigns of Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, although only the show in 2005 was an official fundraiser. The Democrat and farmer, who's seeking a third term, hails from Big Sandy, where bassist Jeff Ament grew up.
Last year, Pearl Jam was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making Ament likely the first and only native Montanan in that company. Others who've made a mark in the national industry, such as Chan Romero, author of the "Hippy Hippy Shake," haven't been inducted.
Ament studied at UM and played basketball before decamping for Seattle and joining the burgeoning grunge scene.
The part-time Missoula resident remains a fan of Griz basketball. He's also a serious skateboarder and has donated thousands of dollars to help build skateparks across the state.
Missoula music fans have had the chance to catch Ament's other acts over the years. In 2009-10, he reunited with Deranged Diction, the hardcore group he played with here in Montana before his Seattle days, for shows at the Badlander Complex. He also brought his trio with singer-guitarist Joseph Arthur, called RNDM, to the Badlander for Halloween 2012.