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Backspacer Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Locations Europe, North America, Oceania
Supporting album Backspacer
Start date August 13, 2009
End date July 10, 2010
Legs 6
Shows 32 in North America
16 in Europe
7 in Oceania
55 in total
Pearl Jam tour chronology
2008 U.S. Tour
Backspacer Tour

The Backspacer Tour is a concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam to support its ninth album, Backspacer. It is the band's first tour since the 2008 U.S. Tour.



Pearl Jam promoted Backspacer with tours in Europe, North America and Oceania in 2009.[1]

In August 2009, Pearl Jam headlined the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival,[2] which was preceded by five shows in Europe and three in North America.[3][4][5] This tour preceded the release of Pearl Jam's 2009 album, Backspacer. On August 11, 2009, the band played an intimate show at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. The band was joined onstage by The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood to play a cover of "All Along the Watchtower".[6] Later that night the band was joined by Simon Townshend, younger brother of Pete Townshend, to perform The Who's "The Real Me".[6]

On August 21, 2009, the band played in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists were scheduled to be the support band, but Leo was unable to attend, after being stuck at the border.[7] This resulted in vocalist Eddie Vedder taking to the stage to cover Neil Young's "Sugar Mountain" and "The Needle and the Damage Done".[7] Guitarist Mike McCready then played two songs, followed by guitarist Stone Gossard covering "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" by Johnny Thunders, before The Pharmacists played their set.[7]

In October 2009, Pearl Jam headlined the Austin City Limits Music Festival.[8] The Austin City Limits appearance will take place amidst the fourteen-date North American leg of the tour.[1] On October 6, 2009, the band played in Los Angeles, California at the Gibson Amphitheatre. They were joined onstage by former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to perform the Temple of the Dog song "Hunger Strike".[9] This was followed with an appearance by Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell on "Alive".[9]

Pearl Jam is the final act that performed at the Wachovia Spectrum with four shows that took place on October 27–28 and October 30–31. At the final show at the Spectrum, the band played the song "Bugs" from their 1994 album Vitalogy for the first time.[10][11] An additional leg consisting of a tour of Oceania took place afterward.[12] They are scheduled to play at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May 2010.[13] This will be followed with 12 dates in America in the same month[14][15] and a second European leg planned for June 2010.[16]

Official bootlegs are available for this tour through the band's official website in FLAC, MP3, and CD formats.[17]

Tour dates

Information taken from various sources.[18][19][20]


Europe Leg 1

Date Location Venue Opening act
August 11, 2009 London, England O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
August 13, 2009 Rotterdam, Netherlands Sportspaleis Ahoy Gomez
August 15, 2009 Berlin, Germany Wuhlheide
August 17, 2009 Manchester, England MEN Arena
August 18, 2009 London, England O2 Arena

North America Leg 1

Date Location Venue Opening act
August 21, 2009 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Molson Amphitheatre The Pharmacists
August 23, 2009 Chicago, Illinois United Center Bad Religion
August 24, 2009
August 28, 2009 San Francisco, California Outside Lands Festival

North America Leg 2

Date Location Venue Opening act
September 21, 2009 Seattle, Washington KeyArena Ben Harper and Relentless7
September 22, 2009
September 25, 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada General Motors Place
September 26, 2009 Ridgefield, Washington The Amphitheater at Clark County
September 28, 2009 West Valley City, Utah E Center
September 30, 2009 Los Angeles, California Gibson Amphitheatre
October 1, 2009
October 4, 2009 Austin, Texas Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 6, 2009 Los Angeles, California Gibson Amphitheatre Ben Harper and Relentless7
October 7, 2009
October 9, 2009 San Diego, California Viejas Arena
October 27, 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Spectrum Social Distortion
October 28, 2009
October 30, 2009 Bad Religion
October 31, 2009

Oceania Leg

Date Location Venue Opening acts
November 14, 2009 Perth, Australia Members Equity Stadium Liam Finn, Ben Harper and Relentless7
November 17, 2009 Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval
November 20, 2009 Melbourne, Australia Etihad Stadium
November 22, 2009 Sydney, Australia Sydney Football Stadium
November 25, 2009 Brisbane, Australia Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre
November 27, 2009 Auckland, New Zealand Mt Smart Stadium
November 29, 2009 Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium

North America Leg 3

Date Location Venue Opening act
May 1, 2010 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Jazz Festival Band of Horses
May 3, 2010 Kansas City, Missouri Sprint Center
May 4, 2010 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center
May 6, 2010 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena
May 7, 2010 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center
May 9, 2010 Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena
May 10, 2010 Buffalo, New York HSBC Arena
May 13, 2010 Bristow, Virginia Jiffy Lube Live
May 15, 2010 Hartford, Connecticut XL Center
May 17, 2010 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden
May 18, 2010 TBD TBD
May 20, 2010 New York, New York Madison Square Garden The Black Keys
May 21, 2010 New York, New York Madison Square Garden Band of Horses

Europe Leg 2

Date Location Venue Opening acts
June 22, 2010 Dublin, Republic of Ireland The O2 Ben Harper and Relentless7
June 23, 2010 Belfast, Northern Ireland The Odyssey
June 25, 2010 London, England Hard Rock Calling Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Gaslight Anthem, Wolfmother[21]
June 27, 2010 Nijmegen, Holland Rock In Park Festival
June 30, 2010 Berlin, Germany Wuhlheide
July 1 , 2010 Gdynia, Poland Heineken Open'er
July 3 , 2010 Arras, France Main Square
July 4 , 2010 Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter
July 6, 2010 Venice, Italy Heineken Jammin' Festival
July 9 , 2010 Bilbao, Spain BBK Live Festival
July 10, 2010 Oeiras, Portugal Optimus Alive!

Band members

Pearl Jam
Additional musicians

Songs performed




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  2. ^ "Pearl Jam to appear at Outside Lands Festival". 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Pearl Jam European Tour Dates". 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Two More Pearl Jam Tour Dates Added". 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  5. ^ "And Another One ...". 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  6. ^ a b " Pearl Jam and Rolling Stones star unite onstage at intimate gig". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  7. ^ a b c " Concert Review: Pearl Jam". Canadian Online Explorer. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  8. ^ "The 2009 Line-up". Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  9. ^ a b "Two Feet Thick: LA3: Cornell & Cantrell". Two Feet Thick. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  10. ^ "Pearl Jam Setlist, Last Night of the Spectrum". Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  11. ^ "Ten Club: Bugs". Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  12. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2007-07-31). "Pearl Jam: 'Back' to the Future". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  13. ^ "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Daily Lineup Announced". Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  14. ^ "The Announcement". Tenclub. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  15. ^ "Pearl Jam adds US dates to international tour". Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  16. ^ "2010 European Tour Announced". Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  17. ^ "Pearl Jam and the Ten Club announce Bootleg program for 2009". 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  18. ^ "Pearl Jam: Set Lists". Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  19. ^ "The Pearl Jam Concert Chronology". Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  20. ^ "Pearl Jam announce Australian tour dates!". AAA Entertainment Pty Ltd.. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  21. ^ "Hard Rock Calling: Lineup". Retrieved 2010-02-20. 


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