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Backspacer Tour

Backspacer Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Associated album Backspacer
Start date August 13, 2009
End date July 10, 2010
Legs 6
Shows 33 in North America
16 in Europe
7 in Oceania
56 in total
Pearl Jam tour chronology
2008 U.S. Tour
Backspacer Tour
(2009 – 2010)
Pearl Jam Twenty Tour

The Backspacer Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam to support its ninth album, Backspacer.


Pearl Jam promoted Backspacer with tours in Europe, North America and Oceania in 2009[1] and further legs in North America and Europe in 2010.

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. 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 took 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 was the final band 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] The band also performed a cover of Devo's "Whip It" in full costume.[11] An additional leg consisting of a tour of Oceania took place afterward.[12] The band played at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 1, 2010.[13] They then played twelve dates in America in the same month[14][15] and completed a second European leg in July 2010.[16]

While most shows on the 2010 US leg were met with positive reviews,[17][18][19] Dan Aquilante of the NY Post commenting on the first night at Madison Square Garden, said the lyrics were "mostly indiscernible" and "were little more than garbled jibber-jabber".[20] At the show at the O2 in Dublin, a fan broke his arm in three places, after he jumped off the balcony and landed on the canopy above the mixing desk.[21]

Official bootlegs are available for this tour through the band's official website in FLAC, MP3, and CD formats.[22]

Opening acts

  • Gomez — 2009 European leg (excluding August 11)
  • The Pharmacists — August 21, 2009
  • Bad Religion — August 23 & 24, 2009 and October 30 & 31, 2009
  • Ben Harper and Relentless7 — September 21, 2009 – October 9, 2009 (excluding October 4), Oceania, 2010 European tour (excluding festival dates)
  • Social Distortion — October 27 & 28, 2009
  • Liam Finn — Oceania
  • Band of Horses — 2010 North America leg (excluding May 20)
  • The Black Keys — May 20, 2010

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
August 11, 2009 London England O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
August 13, 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
August 15, 2009 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
August 17, 2009 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
August 18, 2009 London The O2 Arena
North America
August 21, 2009 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
August 23, 2009 Chicago United States United Center
August 24, 2009
August 28, 2009[A] San Francisco Golden Gate Park
September 21, 2009 Seattle KeyArena
September 22, 2009
September 25, 2009 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
September 26, 2009 Ridgefield United States The Amphitheater at Clark County
September 28, 2009 West Valley City E-Center
September 30, 2009 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre
October 1, 2009
October 4, 2009[B] Austin Zilker Park
October 6, 2009 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre
October 7, 2009
October 9, 2009 San Diego Viejas Arena
October 27, 2009 Philadelphia Wachovia Spectrum
October 28, 2009
October 30, 2009
October 31, 2009
November 14, 2009 Perth Australia Members Equity Stadium
November 17, 2009 Adelaide Adelaide Oval
November 20, 2009 Melbourne Etihad Stadium
November 22, 2009 Sydney Sydney Football Stadium
November 25, 2009 Brisbane Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre
November 27, 2009 Auckland New Zealand Mt Smart Stadium
November 29, 2009 Christchurch AMI Stadium
North America
May 1, 2010[C] New Orleans United States Fair Grounds Race Course
May 3, 2010 Kansas City Sprint Center
May 4, 2010 St. Louis Scottrade Center
May 6, 2010 Columbus Nationwide Arena
May 7, 2010 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center
May 9, 2010 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
May 10, 2010 Buffalo HSBC Arena
May 13, 2010 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
May 15, 2010 Hartford XL Center
May 17, 2010 Boston TD Garden
May 18, 2010 Newark Prudential Center
May 20, 2010 New York City Madison Square Garden
May 21, 2010
June 22, 2010 Dublin Ireland The O2
June 23, 2010 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
June 25, 2010[D] London England Hyde Park
June 27, 2010[E] Nijmegen Netherlands Goffertpark
June 30, 2010 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
July 1, 2010[F] Gdynia Poland Lotnisko Gdynia-Kosakowo
July 3, 2010[G] Arras France Citadelle Vauban
July 4, 2010[H] Werchter Belgium Werchter Festival Grounds
July 6, 2010[I] Venice Italy Parco San Giuliano
July 9, 2010[J] Bilbao Spain Mount Cobetas
July 10, 2010[K] Oeiras Portugal Passeio Marítimo de Alges
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances

Band members

Pearl Jam
Additional musicians

Songs performed



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