Riot Act Tour

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Riot Act Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Associated albumRiot Act
Start dateFebruary 8, 2003
End dateJuly 19, 2003
No. of shows58 in North America
10 in Australia
5 in Japan
73 in total
Pearl Jam concert chronology

The Riot Act Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam to support its seventh album, Riot Act.


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 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 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[edit]

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

Date City Country Venue Opening acts Live album
Warm-up shows
December 5, 2002 Seattle United States The Showbox NEO
December 6, 2002 Steve Earle Live at the Showbox
December 8, 2002 KeyArena Steve Earle, Brad
December 9, 2002 Brad, Mudhoney
Pacific leg
February 8, 2003 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre Johnny Marr
February 9, 2003
February 11, 2003 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre Johnny Marr, Betchadupa
February 13, 2003
February 14, 2003
February 16, 2003 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre Johnny Marr
February 18, 2003 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
February 19, 2003
February 20, 2003
February 23, 2003 Perth Burswood Dome 2/23/03 – Perth, Australia
February 28, 2003 Sendai Japan Izumity 21
March 1, 2003 Yokohama Pacifico Yokohama
March 3, 2003 Tokyo Nippon Budokan 3/3/03 – Tokyo, Japan
March 4, 2003 Osaka Kōsei Nenkin Kaika
March 6, 2003 Nagoya Nagoyashi Kokaido
North America leg 1
April 1, 2003 Denver United States Pepsi Center Sleater-Kinney
April 3, 2003 Oklahoma City Ford Center
April 5, 2003 San Antonio Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
April 6, 2003 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 8, 2003 New Orleans UNO Lakefront Arena
April 9, 2003 Pelham Oak Mountain Amphitheater
April 11, 2003 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Amphitheatre
April 12, 2003 Orlando House of Blues
April 13, 2003 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum Sleater-Kinney
April 15, 2003 Raleigh Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
April 16, 2003 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
April 18, 2003 Antioch AmSouth Amphitheater
April 19, 2003 Atlanta HiFi Buys Amphitheatre Sparta
April 21, 2003 Lexington Rupp Arena
April 22, 2003 St. Louis Savvis Center
April 23, 2003 Champaign Assembly Hall
April 25, 2003 Cleveland Gund Arena
April 26, 2003 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
April 28, 2003 Philadelphia First Union Spectrum
April 29, 2003 Albany Pepsi Arena
April 30, 2003 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
May 2, 2003 Buffalo HSBC Arena
May 3, 2003 University Park Bryce Jordan Center 5/3/03 – State College, Pennsylvania
North America leg 2
May 28, 2003 Missoula United States Adams Fieldhouse, University of Montana Idlewild
May 30, 2003 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
June 1, 2003 Mountain View United States Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 2, 2003 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 3, 2003
June 5, 2003 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
June 6, 2003 Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena
June 7, 2003 Phoenix Cricket Pavilion
June 9, 2003 Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre
June 10, 2003 Little Rock Alltel Arena
June 12, 2003 Bonner Springs Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 13, 2003 Council Bluffs Mid-America Center
June 15, 2003 Fargo Fargodome
June 16, 2003 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
June 18, 2003 Chicago United Center
June 19, 2003 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center Cancelled
June 21, 2003 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre Buzzcocks
June 22, 2003 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 24, 2003 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater
June 25, 2003 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 26, 2003
June 28, 2003 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
June 29, 2003 Montreal Bell Centre
July 1, 2003 Bristow United States Nissan Pavilion
July 2, 2003 Mansfield Tweeter Center Boston
July 3, 2003
July 5, 2003 Camden Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
July 6, 2003
July 8, 2003 New York City Madison Square Garden 7/8/03 – New York, New York
July 9, 2003 Sleater-Kinney 7/9/03 – New York, New York
July 11, 2003 Mansfield Tweeter Center Boston 7/11/03 – Mansfield, Massachusetts
July 12, 2003 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium
July 14, 2003 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
July 17, 2003 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
July 18, 2003
July 19, 2003

Band members[edit]

Pearl Jam
Additional musicians

Live albums[edit]

February 23, 2003 Perth Australia- released June 10, 2003

Songs performed[edit]



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