After a hiatus far too long for their devoted fans, Pearl Jam announced a series of dates to accompany their new album Lightning Bolt. SoCal dates include stops at San Diego’s Viejas on 11/21 and two nights at the LA Sports Arena (11/23-24). With their 1991 debut, the band toured relentlessly and built credibility by attempting to sell tickets outside the Ticketmaster system. Main main Eddie Vedder took on various causes, further endearing him to fans. He has jammed with rock gods Neil Young and Pete Townshend, ensuring a stamp of approval across generations. Cameron Crowe, no slouch when it comes to getting deep inside musician’s oeuvre, produced a great documentary about the band. Most recently, Vedder joined Glen Hansard for a track on a four-song EP, a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s classic song “Drive All Night.” (All profits from the digital single sales of “Drive All Night” will be donated to Little Kids Rock, the non-profit charity that provides music education classes to K-12 students in public schools that have been stripped of their music programs). Although the new PJ album has sold far less than its predecessors, that is a function of the drastically evolved nature of the record business rather than its quality. Reports from gigs on the new tour are ecstatic, and their stops in SoCal are being anxiously awaited.