Pearl Jam announces tour featuring two big Bay Area concerts

Here’s something that thousands of Bay Area music fans have been waiting a very long time to read:

Pearl Jam is coming to town.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act has announced a two-night stand, April 18-19, at Oakland Arena.

Tickets are $108.15 and go on sale Jan. 24, LiveNation.com.

The shows are part of the first leg of Pearl Jam’s North American tour, which begins March 18 in Toronto and is currently set to conclude with these Oakland dates.

The tour is in support of the band’s forthcoming album, “Gigaton,” which is due out March 27 and is available for pre-orders now at pearljam.com.

It’s the band’s 11th studio album, and its first since the Grammy-winning “Lighting Bolt” in 2013. It was produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam.

“Making this record was a long journey,” Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready says in a news release. “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on ‘Gigaton’ ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”

The album’s cover “cover features Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist Paul Nicklen’s photo ‘Ice Waterfall.’ Taken in Svalbard, Norway, this image features the Nordaustlandet ice cap gushing high volumes of meltwater,” according to the news release.

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