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Riot Act Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Locations Australia, Japan, North America
Supporting album Riot Act
Start date February 8, 2003
End date July 19, 2003
Legs 3
Shows 58 in North America
10 in Australia
5 in Japan
73 in total
Pearl Jam tour chronology
Binaural Tour
Riot Act Tour
Vote for Change

The Riot Act Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam to support its seventh album, Riot Act. It was the band's first tour since the 2000 Binaural Tour.



Pearl Jam promoted Riot Act with tours in Australia, Japan, and North America in 2003. The tours were the band's first with keyboardist Boom Gaspar. The two legs of the North American tour focused on the Midwestern United States, the East Coast, and the West Coast. Opening acts for the tours included Johnny Marr, Sparta, Sleater-Kinney, Buzzcocks and Idlewild.

Pearl Jam received much publicity for its energetic politically-charged performances during the tour. The band gave a noteworthy performance during the encore of its February 23, 2003 show in Perth, Western Australia at the Burswood Dome where it was joined on stage by Hunters & Collectors frontman Mark Seymour to perform "Throw Your Arms Around Me", a personal favorite of vocalist Eddie Vedder. At many shows during the 2003 North American tour, Vedder performed Riot Act's "Bu$hleaguer", a commentary on President George W. Bush, with a rubber mask of Bush, wearing it at the beginning of the song and then hanging it on a mic stand to allow him to sing. The band made news when it was reported that several fans left after Vedder had "impaled" the Bush mask on his mic stand at the band's April 1, 2003 show in Denver, Colorado at the Pepsi Center.[1] Following a performance of the song at Pearl Jam's April 30, 2003 show in Uniondale, New York at the Nassau Coliseum, the band was met with boos from the crowd and chants of "U-S-A." Vedder responded by defending his right to free speech and the band followed with a performance of The Clash's "Know Your Rights".[2]

The song "Arc" was performed by Vedder at nine shows during the second North American leg of the tour as a tribute to the victims of the Roskilde disaster.[3] On the second leg of the North American tour the band performed a three-day set of Boston, Massachusetts shows at the Tweeter Center Boston. Pearl Jam played a completely different set list each night, spanning 105 songs from its catalog with only one repeat between the three shows, the popular concert-ending "Yellow Ledbetter". In May 2003, Pearl Jam extended its North American tour by announcing that it would be playing in Mexico for the first time. Before the first concert on July 17, 2003 in Mexico City at Palacio de los Deportes, the band gave its first press conference in almost ten years. In addition, the third concert was transmitted live on radio and television to all of Latin America for free.

The Australia, Japan, and North America tours were documented by a long series of official bootlegs, all of which were available through the band's official website. A total of six bootlegs were made available in record stores: Perth, Tokyo, State College, Pennsylvania, two shows from Madison Square Garden, and Mansfield, Massachusetts. One of the four warm-up dates was released as a DVD entitled Live at the Showbox, which was made available through the band's website. The first of two shows at Madison Square Garden was released as the Live at the Garden DVD.

Tour dates

Information taken from various sources.[4][5][6][7][8][9]


Warm-Up Shows

Date Location Venue Opening acts
December 5, 2002 Seattle, Washington The Showbox NEO
December 6, 2002 Steve Earle
December 8, 2002 KeyArena Steve Earle, Brad
December 9, 2002 Brad, Mudhoney

Pacific Leg

Date Location Venue Opening acts
February 8, 2003 Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre Johnny Marr
February 9, 2003
February 11, 2003 Sydney, Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre Johnny Marr, Betchadupa
February 13, 2003
February 14, 2003
February 16, 2003 Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre Johnny Marr
February 18, 2003 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
February 19, 2003
February 20, 2003
February 23, 2003 Perth, Australia Burswood Dome
February 28, 2003 Sendai, Japan Izumity 21
March 1, 2003 Yokohama, Japan Pacifico Yokohama
March 3, 2003 Tokyo, Japan Nippon Budokan
March 4, 2003 Osaka, Japan Kosei Nenkin Kaika
March 6, 2003 Nagoya, Japan Nagoyashi Kokaido

North America Leg 1

Date Location Venue Opening act
April 1, 2003 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center Sleater-Kinney
April 3, 2003 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Ford Center
April 5, 2003 San Antonio, Texas Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
April 6, 2003 The Woodlands, Texas The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 8, 2003 New Orleans, Louisiana UNO Lakefront Arena
April 9, 2003 Pelham, Alabama Oak Mountain Amphitheater
April 11, 2003 West Palm Beach, Florida Sound Advice Amphitheatre
April 12, 2003 Orlando, Florida House of Blues
April 13, 2003 Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum Sleater-Kinney
April 15, 2003 Raleigh, North Carolina Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
April 16, 2003 Charlotte, North Carolina Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
April 18, 2003 Antioch, Tennessee AmSouth Amphitheater
April 19, 2003 Atlanta, Georgia HiFi Buys Amphitheatre Sparta
April 21, 2003 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
April 22, 2003 St. Louis, Missouri Savvis Center
April 23, 2003 Champaign, Illinois Assembly Hall
April 25, 2003 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena
April 26, 2003 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mellon Arena
April 28, 2003 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania First Union Spectrum
April 29, 2003 Albany, New York Pepsi Arena
April 30, 2003 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
May 2, 2003 Buffalo, New York HSBC Arena
May 3, 2003 University Park, Pennsylvania Bryce Jordan Center

North America Leg 2

Date Location Venue Opening act Notes
May 28, 2003 Missoula, Montana Adams Fieldhouse, University of Montana-Missoula Idlewild
May 30, 2003 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada General Motors Place
June 1, 2003 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 2, 2003 Irvine, California Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 3, 2003
June 5, 2003 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
June 6, 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Arena
June 7, 2003 Phoenix, Arizona Cricket Pavilion
June 9, 2003 Dallas, Texas Smirnoff Music Centre
June 10, 2003 Little Rock, Arkansas Alltel Arena
June 12, 2003 Bonner Springs, Kansas Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 13, 2003 Council Bluffs, Iowa Mid-America Center
June 15, 2003 Fargo, North Dakota Fargodome
June 16, 2003 Saint Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center
June 18, 2003 Chicago, Illinois United Center
June 19, 2003 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center Cancelled
June 21, 2003 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre Buzzcocks
June 22, 2003 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 24, 2003 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater
June 25, 2003 Clarkston, Michigan DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 26, 2003
June 28, 2003 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Molson Amphitheatre
June 29, 2003 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Bell Centre
July 1, 2003 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion
July 2, 2003 Mansfield, Massachusetts Tweeter Center Boston
July 3, 2003
July 5, 2003 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
July 6, 2003
July 8, 2003 New York, New York Madison Square Garden
July 9, 2003 Sleater-Kinney
July 11, 2003 Mansfield, Massachusetts Tweeter Center Boston
July 12, 2003 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium
July 14, 2003 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center
July 17, 2003 Mexico City, Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
July 18, 2003
July 19, 2003

Band members

Pearl Jam
Additional musicians

Songs performed





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