Pearl Jam announce new tour, including Bonnaroo

NEW YORK - Alternative rock giants Pearl Jam on Tuesday announced a new tour of North America that will include a headlining slot at leading summer festival Bonnaroo.

The rockers will open the 22-date tour on April 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and also play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as well as two dates each at a pair of historic baseball stadiums, Fenway Park in Boston and Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Led by singer Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam rose to stardom in the grunge era of the early 1990s but persevered to become one of the decade's top-selling bands, combining a left-leaning political sensibility with arena rock.

Pearl Jam last toured North America in 2014 and played across Latin America late last year.

Bonnaroo, whose June 9-12 edition will mark its 15th anniversary, has won a loyal following by creating a free-spirited communal atmosphere each year in rural Tennessee.

Announcing its lineup late Tuesday, Bonnaroo said that other headliners would include Dead and Company, the jam band that includes most surviving members of legendary countercultural act the Grateful Dead.

Bonnaroo will also showcase LCD Soundsystem, the influential New York electronic band, who will reunite two months earlier at the Coachella festival in California.

To mark 15 years, Bonnaroo also announced improvements at its venue - affectionately called "The Farm" by fans - that include flush toilets.