October 20, 2005

Pearl Jam gets OK to play in Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - After weeks of doubts, Sao
Paulo's mayor had agreed to allow U.S. rockers Pearl Jam to
perform in the Brazilian city's biggest stadium.

More than 40,000 fans are expected for the December 2 and 3
shows at the Pacaembu stadium, which will mark the
Seattle-based band's debut in Brazil.

Mayor Jose Serra had suspended shows in Pacaembu after
complaints from residents of the posh neighborhood around the
stadium about noise and mess.

For the concerts to go ahead, Serra set a list of demands.
The show must finish at 9.45 p.m. sharp and rehearsals must
take place during the day for just 30 minutes.

A special police operation will be mounted to maintain
security and the organizers must clean up the stadium and the
surrounding streets.

Pearl Jam's Latin America tour starts on November 22 in
Santiago, Chile. It then goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and
ends in Mexico City on December 9. In Brazil, the band will
also appear in Porto Alegre, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro.

The band emerged from the grunge scene in Seattle in the
1990s and still tours constantly, filling stadiums with ease.

Earlier this month, fans paid $1,000 a ticket to see them
play a special Hurricane Katrina benefit with Robert Plant at
Chicago's House of Blues.