Eddie Vedder sets 2011 summer tour dates

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Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will be hitting the road solo this summer in support of his just-announced new album, “Ukulele Songs” reports the Los Angeles Times.

The North American trek begins June 15 in Providence, R.I. and heads down the East Coast, across the Midwest and then up the West Coast before wrapping in Vedder’s hometown of Seattle, with a show on July 15 at Benaroya Hall.

Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Glen Hansard is billed as a “special guest” for the whole tour.

Public ticket details have not yet been announced, but current members of Pearl Jam’s fanclub are eligible for a pre-sale that begins on March 29.

As previously reported, “Ukulele Songs” will arrive on May 31, as will a Vedder live DVD, “Water On The Road,” which was filmed in Washington D.C. in 2008.

The announcement of Vedder’s tour comes as the latest piece of Pearl Jam and its members’ packed schedule for 2011, which will find them hitting the studio in April to record a new album, which bassist Jeff Ament told Billboard.com last week they hope to release this year.

Sometime around Labor Day, the band will also have a festival celebrating its 20th anniversary, as well as a Cameron Crowe-directed documentary, “Pearl Jam Twenty,” and accompanying book. Deluxe remastered reissues of Pearl Jam’s 1993 album “Vs.” and 1994’s “Vitalogy,” both featuring previously unreleased tracks, are due March 29.

Ament and guitarist McCready are currently on the road with side band Tres. Mts, and drummer Matt Cameron is in the process of recording an album with his other band, Soundgarden.

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