Pearl Jam Once Refused To Tour With U2 & Guns N' Roses

April 3, 2018

In the early '90s if you were to name 10 of biggest bands at the time, you can be sure that Guns N' Roses, U2 and Pearl Jam would be in the Top 5.

With U2 rising their wave of success from Achtung Baby, Guns N' Roses dominating with Use Your Illusion I and II, and Pearl Jam skyrocketing with Ten, a trio-headlining tour would have been made from the stuff of miracles. As it turns out, a U2/GNR/Pearl Jam tour actually almost happened!

While speaking with Guns N' Roses Central, former GNR manager Doug Goldstein revealed that he was once approached by Axl Rose and said that he was interested in doing a triple headlining tour with both U2 and Pearl Jam. He wasn't concerned if it was for only one show or if they wouldn't even get paid, Axl was dead-set on doing a show with the two bands.

According to Goldstein, U2's manager Paul McGuinness was on board to join GNR. But after calling Pearl Jam's manager Kelly Curtis, Goldstein was met by a hard pass from him and the band.

So despite their best efforts, the GNR/U2/PJ tour was scrapped.